The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has announced awards for 2012. Taylor Swift sold lots of course, but Metallica continue to sell.

Metallica’s Metallica (aka the“Black Album”) got its 16th Platinum certificate – that’s 16 million copies now sold. Ride the Lightning receive its 6th. They also received six gold certificates for passing 500,000 digital downloads of individual songs and two gold certificates for songs that exceeded 500,000 downloads as ringtones.

Other veteran artists receiving certifications in December were the Rolling Stones going gold with hits compilation Grrr!, Elton John getting platinum for over one million downloads of “Your Song,” and Tears for Fears receiving gold for digital downloads of their single “Shout.”

Metallica won in the “Mastertone Gold Song” category (500,000 ringtone downloads-plus) for “Enter Sandman” and “One.”