George Strait continues his reign as ‘king of country music’ with 18 new RIAA certifications


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

Proving once again why he’s tagged “The King Of Country Music,” more than a dozen timeless Strait tracks 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’ have all achieved 2x Platinum status meaning the songs have been 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” have been certified Platinum singles, which means that the songs were sold/streamed over a million times.

In addition to several Strait singles that achieved Platinum or 2x Platinum status, several songs also achieved 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”.

An RIAA gold certification means 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 saw their songs achieve new status on July 15.

George Strait recently re-signed to his longtime label and revealed plans to record a new album soon.

In an April 2022 interview with PollstarStrait revealed that he quit his longtime label MCA Records.

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

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

Although Strait shared that he is semi-retired, he still plays dozens of shows throughout the year. However, Strait said he only plans to play around eight shows in 2023.

“It’s pretty much perfect,” Strait said of the number of shows he’ll be playing next year. “I will have a lot of free time and I can always get rid of this itch I have for live shows.”

The next scheduled appointment of the country icon tour date will take place on 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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