Rod Wave was the largest artist-songwriter within the US in Q1, with 10 certifications

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The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) has announced the top songwriters for the first quarter of 2021, including the top artist songwriter and the top non-performing songwriter for that period.

In January, February and March, 1,228 gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications were awarded.

Rod Wave was the top artist-songwriter with 10 certifications including Rags2Riches who achieved double multi-platinum status. It is published by Sony Music Publishing.

The top distressed songwriter was Mike Dean with seven certifications, including achieving two-time multi-platinum status for Kanye West’s Ultralight Beam.

It is published by Warner Chappell.

In addition, For The Night by Pop Smoke ft. Lil Baby & DaBaby reached four times the multi-platinum threshold.

In collaboration with the RIAA’s Gold & Platinum program, NMPA finds and certifies the songwriters and editors of RIAA-certified singles.

RIAA counts both revenue and on-demand streams towards its gold (500,000), platinum (1 million), and multi-platinum (2 million +) thresholds.

Thousands of songwriters have been recognized since the NMPA program began in 2007.

The full list of Q1 songwriters and publishers can be found here.

David Israelite, NMPA

“Congratulations to Rod Wave for a phenomenal quarter of double-digit certifications and to Grammy winner Mike Dean who earned an impressive three multi-platinum certifications in three months.”

David Israelite, NMPA

David Israelite, President and CEO of NMPA, said, “So far in 2021 we’ve made great strides towards enjoying music again, and the resilience of the industry is a direct result of the continued evolution of songwriters and artists.

“Congratulations to Rod Wave for a phenomenal quarter of double-digit certifications and to Grammy winner Mike Dean who earned an impressive three multi-platinum certifications in three months.”

“I love to write so it pays to be appreciated.”

Mike Dean

Mike Dean added, “Grateful to be one of the top Q1 writers!

“I love to write, so it pays to be appreciated. Great start to the new year. “

21 Savage was the top songwriter in the fourth quarter of 2020 with 21 certifications.

Published by Sony / ATV, Kanye West was the top songwriter with 39 certifications in the third quarter of 2020.

J. Cole (published by Universal Music Publishing Group) was the top songwriter in the second quarter of 2020 with 21 certifications.

Lil Baby, also published by UMPG, was the top songwriter in the first quarter of 2020 with a total of 22 certifications.Music business worldwide

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