GRETCHEN WILSON GOES PLATINUM
After a couple of years of fighting for chart positions, Gretchen Wilson's success proves that the girls are back in town. Only a month after its release, Gretchen's debut album, Here For The Party, has already gone gold and platinum. Sony Music Nashville staff, RIAA representatives and a number of Senate and Congressional representatives were on hand when Sony Nashville President John Grady surprised Gretchen with Gold and Platinum plaques last Friday. In keeping with the theme of Gretchen's debut single "Redneck Woman," the background of the gold plaque was shag carpeting, and the background of the platinum plaque was paneling. Here For The Party set the record for being the first album from a debut artist to debut at #1 on Billboard's Country Music Chart and #2 on the trade magazine's Top 200 Chart with over 226,900 units sold in the first week. Her "Redneck Woman" anthem became the fastest song to reach #1 on the country chart in the history of music trade Radio & Records. In addition, the song debuted as the #1 download on walmart.com, and it remained in the top spot for four consecutive weeks.