Groundbreaking independent rapper Tech N9ne earned Gold certification this week. The Kansas City artist’s single, “Caribou Lou”, has now sold 501,503 copies, according to SoundScan, which tracks the sale of music. Singles and albums are considered Gold once they have sold more than 500,000 units.
Produced by Rune Rask & Troo.L.S., “Caribou Lou” is featured on Everready (The Religion), Tech N9ne’s critically acclaimed 2006 album. “It’s a wonderful accomplishment to have a Gold record,” Tech N9ne says. “My fans are the reason this happened and I can’t thank them enough. To know that they love my music and continue to support what I create is truly a beautiful thing.”
The gold certification is the latest in a long line of recent accomplishments for Tech N9ne. The Strange Music co-owner was named one of Billboard Magazine’s Top Urban Power Players of 2012, an honor he shares with Cash Money Records, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Magic Johnson, among others.
Tech N9ne also made history this year with the “Hostile Takeover 2012 Tour,” which included 90 shows in 99 days, making it the longest consecutive tour in rap history.
Tech N9ne has also sold nearly 2 million albums independently and was No. 95 on Pollstar’s 2012 Mid-Year ranking of the Top 100 Worldwide Tours in terms of ticket sales. He is one of three rappers on the entire list, behind only Drake and Pitbull.
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