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Kid Rock gets platinum album, Goodfellows honor

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Seven months after its release, Kid Rock's latest album has been certified platinum.

"Born Free," which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart after its Nov. 16 release, was given the platinum honor this week after certifying sales of more than a million copies. It's Rock's sixth platinum album.

The Clarkston-based artist and his Kid Rock Foundation will be honored by the Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund of Detroit at its 22nd annual Tribute Breakfast on Sept. 30 at Cobo Center. Rock and his charity will receive the Edward H. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award, which is presented to "distinguished and noteworthy individuals who have significantly contributed to the community."

Previous McNamara award winners include retired Detroit radio personality Dick Purtan, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, the late Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and other political and business leaders.

In a statement, Detroit Goodfellows President Mike Coakley said that the organization is "very excited and proud to be awarding this honor to Kid Rock, who shares our commitment to Detroit and its youth. Having a world-renowned recording artist as a recipient of the Edward H. McNamara Award is a first for our organization, and we hope it will serve to increase awareness about the Detroit Goodfellows among a broader audience."

Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker band play a one-off show on Saturday, June 18, in Atlantic City before starting a summer tour with Sheryl Crow on June 2 in Cincinnati. He comes home for concerts on Aug. 12-13 at Detroit's Comerica Park.

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