Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Key Significant Benchmarks in the African American Black Music industry (Part 7).

Tamela Mann is the only black female Gospel
artist in recent years to
 receive a gold plaque from RIAA
for a digital single.
The song featured on Tamela’s number-one selling 2012 album ‘Best Days’ was released to Gospel radio. The track quickly climbed to number-one  on the Gospel radio chart where it remained for more than 25 weeks. While Tamela has performed this song on numerous TV shows, including the BET Awards, Sunday Best, and the Stellar Awards, the song has found a special place in all her concerts as an inspiring high point of the powerhouse vocalist’s set.

The CD is almost gold certified with units sold in America in the excess of 470,000 copies to date. “Best Days”  is the third studio album by African  American recording artist  Tamela Mann, released on Mann's own independent record label  Tillyman Music Group on 14th August  2012. The CD debuted at number fourteen on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart  and topped the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart, becoming Mann's highest charting album to date. "Take Me to the King" was original released on  12th June 12  2012 as the lead single from Mann's third studio album, “Best Day".

 At the 55th Grammy Awards Ceremony, the song received a Grammy   nomination for "Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance". The was  song also a huge commercial success, "Take Me to the King" topped the  US Billboard  Gospel Songs Chart for 19 consecutive weeks. Mann is the only black female so far in recent years to receive a gold plaque from RIAA for digital recording which has sold over half a million copies in America according to RIAA ,which is the new certification level for digital singles established by RIAA. 

                                   Researched and compiled by               
                                  Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   

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Kevin Tomlin has over 34 years of teaching experience in Jamaica, England and America, including 15 years teaching music history of black origin and visual art in South Florida, U.S.A., through Arts in Education. Tomlin created special training programmes and workshops for music teachers in South Florida schools, using music history as the foundation, to build exciting programmes of study and support materials for education professionals. Since 2000, he’s taught music history, geography, religious education, history, visual arts and performing arts at schools in Hertfordshire and Essex, at both primary and secondary levels. He conducts research and provides consultancy services for multi-media organisations, schools, recording artists, cultural and faith-based groups and entertainment professionals.

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