The Band Perry goes Platinum
Friday, December 2, 2011
– The Band Perry not only received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist this week, but learned that their self-titled debut went Platinum for sales of more than 1 million units.
"We are excited and honored beyond belief. A Grammy nomination is like a gold star from the people you most look up to. As we begin our next album, this is a great vote of confidence. To both the music fans who bought our album (and told a friend!) and to the creative community that has welcomed us in; we promise not to let you down," said Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry in a statement.
These Grammy Best New Artist contenders are already the reigning ACM Best New Artist (April 2011) and CMA New Artist of the Year (November 2011).
The family band is planning their pursuits for 2012. They will continue performing their own headlining dates. They will join Brad Paisleyıs Camobunga! 2012 World Tour in January and continue writing and recording their second album.
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