Kacey Musgraves may not be the typical country music commercial powerhouse or the perennial chart topper, but the hard work on her debut major label album Same Trailer, Different Park, and the resonance and appeal of her breakout single “Merry Go ‘Round” have finally paid off for the country star in RIAA certifications.
Announced today by the Recording Industry Association of America, Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer, Different Park is officially a gold record, denoting 500,000 copies sold, and “Merry Go ‘Round” has been certified platinum with 1,000,000 singles sold. Her third single “Follow Your Arrow” was also certified gold in the certification class covering 7/1/2014 to 7/31/2014. The certifications come despite Kacey’s general lack of support by country radio, and the lagging sales environment in music in general.
Though Kacey Musgraves may not be the cash cow as some of country’s other current mainstream stars, she has not run short on industry accolades. Kacey will be able to display her new gold and platinum plaques beside the Grammy Awards she won for Best Country Song for “Merry Go ‘Round”, and Best Country Album for Same Trailer, Different Park in 2014. Same Trailer also won the Album of the Year at the ACM Awards in 2014, and Kacey was awarded New Artist of the Year by the CMA’s in late 2013. This is all from an artist who has only managed to get to #10 on any singles chart, but shines when it comes to critical praise and appeal towards more distinguishing listeners.
“Does this mean a gold tooth is now appropriate?” Kacey tweeted out after the certifications were announced on Friday.
The certifications are also the result of Kacey’s heavy touring schedule that saw her playing with Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss earlier this summer. And despite not being released officially as a single, her song “The Trailer Song” actually showed up on the charts at #46.