DEMO Announces New Round of Digital Music Certification Awards and Continues to Make History

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DEMO has announced its latest round of digital music sales awards and recently issued ten certification awards including two major firsts in digital music history.

DEMO: Digital & Electronic Music Organization, Inc. (http://www.d-e-m-o.com) announced its latest round of digital music sales awards and recently issued ten certification awards. There were two major first in digital music history. Gwen Stefani was honored for being the first artist in music business history to achieve digital music sales of 1,000,000 plus for a single, 'Hollaback Girl'. Prince, the Minneapolis-based musical genius, was honored for achieving album sales of 1,000,000 plus for his four CD set album 'Crystal Ball', the very first album to achieve such a monumental sales plateau via the Internet.

CD Baby was honored for selling a cumulative of 10,000,000 units of all independents through the Internet. In accepting the award on behalf of CD Baby, Derek Sivers, the President of CD Baby, said, "We're deeply honored to accept this award. Really CD Baby should get none of the credit, as we're just a tool that 100,000 musicians have used to sell their music directly to the world. Still, we'll be glad to accept it, to keep doing what we're doing." Andre Gray, inventor of online music sales certifications and the first person in the world to hand out these certification awards stated, "The success of CD Baby to sell 10,000,000 units of artists who were virtually unknown is indeed a very noteworthy and monumental achievement. The contribution of Derek Sivers to the digital music revolution is tantamount to that of Steve Jobs and, in some cases, more impressive..."

Apple was honored for selling a mind-boggling 500,000,000 downloads and 50,000,000 downloads in Europe. These sales figures are greater than all other digital music store sales figures combined. Sir Mix-A-Lot was honored for selling 500,000 downloaded ringtones of a remix of his classic hit 'Pick up the Phone (Baby Got Back)'. In other ringtones certifications news, 50 Cent was awarded two certification awards for selling 1,000,000 digital downloaded ringtones of the album "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" and 500,000 digital downloaded ringtones of the album 'The Massacre'. The Game was also honored for selling 500,000 digital downloaded ringtones of the album 'The Documentary'. And Snoop Dogg, the legendary rapper, was honored for selling 500,000 digital downloaded ringtones of his album 'Snoop Dogg R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta The Masterpiece'.

DEMO: Digital & Electronic Music Organization, Inc. (http://www.d-e-m-o.com) provides online music sales certifications on a global scale. Andre Gray, inventor of online music sales certifications on a global scale, envisioned the concept of DEMO on October 9, 1999, to create an organization that will award certifications for secured electronic music sales (SEMS) over the internet. The primary purpose of DEMO is to create a global de facto standard for online music sales and to promote all the musical genres of the world as a unifying force.

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