S. 3804 Unanimously Approved

S. 3804 Unanimously Approved
The Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved S. 3804, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, which was introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) as a measure to provide federal lawmakers with more effective tools to discontinue websites that facilitate and profit from digital theft. "Music publishers and songwriters today applaud the work of the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance legislation that takes on digital theft," said David Israelite, president and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association in a statement. (11/18)

Boyle Tops U.S. And UK Charts
Susan Boyle
's The Gift is No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Official UK Albums charts, marking the first time in more than 40 years that an artist has held the No. 1 spot twice in a year simultaneously in the United States and UK. Boyle, whose first album, I Dreamed A Dream, topped both charts in November 2009, is the first woman to reach this milestone since the Monkees and the Beatles in 1967 and 1969, respectively, according to Sony Music Entertainment. (11/18)

RIAA Certifies Bieber, Ke$ha And Peas
The RIAA eleased its latest list of album and single certifications, including a six-time-platinum certification for digital sales for the GRAMMY-winning Black Eyed Peas, marking the highest digital song certification the RIAA has issued. Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 received double-platinum certification and Glee: The Music, Volume 1 attained platinum status, while Ke$ha and Phoenix received gold certifications for Animal and Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, respectively. Overall, the RIAA certified 91 digital singles and 28 albums from August through October. Ke$ha earned the most gold and platinum certifications during the period, including a quintuple-platinum certification for "Tik Tok," and her digital sales have totaled more than 8.5 million units. (11/18)

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