George Strait; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media
George Strait; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Essential Broadcast Media

George Strait Continues His Reign As “The King Of Country Music” With 18 New RIAA Certifications

George Strait earned eighteen new certifications from The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Proving yet again why he is labeled “The King Of Country Music,” over a dozen of Strait’s timeless tunes were certified Gold, Platinum and 2x Platinum on Friday, July 15, including several of his signature hits.

Strait’s “Carrying Your Love With Me,” “Give It All We Got Tonight,” and “Troubadour” all earned 2x Platinum status, which means that the tunes were sold/streamed over 2 million times.

“I Can Still Make Cheyenne,” “Give It Away,” “Love Without End, Amen,” “The Chair,” “Write This Down,” and “I Got A Car” were certified as Platinum singles, signifying that songs were sold/streamed over 1 million times.

In addition to several of Strait’s singles earning Platinum or 2x Platinum status, he also had several songs achieve gold status, including “The Fireman,” “Carried Away,” “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls,” “She’ll Leave You With A Smile,” “Ocean Front Property,” “Easy Come, Easy Go,” “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” “Run” and “It Just Comes Natural.”  

A gold certification from the RIAA signifies that a single or album has been sold/streamed over 500,000 times.

Strait wasn’t the only country artist to earn new certifications from the RIAA. Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Billy Currington, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and several others also had songs achieve new status’ on July 15. 

George Strait Recently Re-Signed To His Longtime Label & Revealed Plans To Record A New Album Soon

During an April 2022 interview with Pollstar, Strait revealed that he resigned with his longtime record label MCA Records.

“I just re-signed with MCA Records and I’m really excited about that and the fact that they still want me around,” Strait said. “They’re the only record company I’ve ever been with, and I guess the only one I’ll ever have. They can bury me under the building when that time comes.”

In the interview he also shared that he has plans to “make another record soon.”

While Strait shared that he is semi-retired, he does still play dozens of shows throughout the year. However, Strait said he has plans to only play about eight shows in 2023. 

“That’s about perfect,” Strait said of the number of shows he will play next year. “I’ll have plenty of time off and still be able to scratch that itch that I have for live shows.”

The country icon’s next scheduled tour date is July 30 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. The show will feature support from Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town.

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