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As The Olympics Begin, ‘U.S.A.’ Goes Gold And Platinum…


Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” continues to strike a chord with fans and audiences nationwide as digital sales of the patriotic hit tops more than 1,000,000. “God Bless the U.S.A.” also re-entered Billboard’s Top 10 Country Digital Songs at No. 9 in the week ending July 7th.

Mike Dungan, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group Nashville, recently presented Greenwood with a Gold RIAA plaque for more than 500,000 sales of the single as well as a Platinum RIAA plaque for more than 1,000,000 of “God Bless the U.S.A.”

Throughout our history, we’ve had songs that have been a battle cry, that have given us courage and strength. Each time, people reach out for something that will unite them, and make them feel proud as Americans. And every time they look for it, they find “God Bless the U.S.A.” So I sing it as much as a I can across America and I’m thankful for every download,” Greenwood said.

As one of the most recognizable patriotic songs in America, “God Bless the U.S.A.” went far beyond what Greenwood expected when he wrote it in the back of his tour bus in 1983. The song has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001 and 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It was also No. 1 on the pop charts after 9/11.

This summer Coca-Cola also celebrated Greenwood’s mega hit with its multi-platform “Share a Coke and a Song” campaign with his iconic lyric, “I’m Proud To Be An American,” gracing the packaging of limited edition cans and bottles nationwide.

Greenwood continues a heavy tour schedule this summer with dates across the country. For a complete list of tour dates and more information on Lee Greenwood, please visit and follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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