It took a haunting cover of a 50yr old song to do the trick. Thanks to renewed exposure received for their version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence,” Disturbed’s 2015 comeback album, ‘Immortalized,’ has been certified double-platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), commemorating more than two million units’ worth of sales and streams.
There is little doubt that the band owes much of the renewed success and the public awakening of ‘Immortalized’ to their cover version of the classic tune. Singer David Draiman told radio station X96, “Paul (Simon) reached out to me after he saw our performance on ‘Conan.’ He was very, very complimentary, and we’ve been in contact with each other a number of times already.” Draiman added, “He’s been a big supporter and he even posted the ‘Conan’ performance on his own social media. It’s been very surreal.”
Disturbed’s video for “Silence’ has also reached new heights for the band: it has been seen more than 337 million times, a record number of views on YouTube for the group.
The band is definitely hoping to take advantage of its hot streak: they recently returned to The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, NV with producer Kevin Churko to begin working on new music.
The RIAA developed its Gold and Platinum awards program in 1958 to honor artists and create a standard by which to measure the commercial success of a sound recording. Presently, the RIAA awards a gold honor for 500,000 units sold, a platinum honor for 1 million units sold and a diamond award for more than 10 million units sold, with 100 streams counting as one certifiable unit.