The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
The official RIAA certified list of "Top Selling Artists"
who have sold more than 10 million records as of  March 2011




The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members are the music labels that comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales. Full certification criteria can be found at the bottom of this page.





246 Top Selling Artists

ArtistCertified Units in Millions

BEATLES, THE 177
PRESLEY, ELVIS 129.5
BROOKS, GARTH 128
LED ZEPPELIN 111.5
EAGLES 100
JOEL, BILLY 79.5
PINK FLOYD 74.5
JOHN, ELTON 72
STREISAND, BARBRA 71.5
AC/DC 71
JACKSON, MICHAEL 70.5
STRAIT, GEORGE 68.5
AEROSMITH 66.5
ROLLING STONES, THE 66
SPRINGSTEEN, BRUCE 64.5
MADONNA 64
CAREY, MARIAH 63.5
METALLICA 60
VAN HALEN 56.5
HOUSTON, WHITNEY 55
U2 51.5
ROGERS, KENNY 51
DION, CELINE 50
DIAMOND, NEIL 48.5
FLEETWOOD MAC 48.5
TWAIN, SHANIA 48
KENNY G 48
JOURNEY 47
ALABAMA 46
JACKSON, ALAN 43.5
GUNS 'N ROSES 43.5
SANTANA 43.5
CLAPTON, ERIC 42.5
SEGER, BOB & THE SILVER BULLET BAND    41
MC ENTIRE, REBA 41
PRINCE 39.5
CHICAGO 38.5
SIMON & GARFUNKEL 38.5
2 PAC 37.5
FOREIGNER 37.5
STEWART, ROD 37
BACKSTREET BOYS 37
DYLAN, BOB 37
MC GRAW, TIM 36
DEF LEPPARD 35
NELSON, WILLIE 35
BON JOVI 35
KELLY, R. 33.5
COLLINS, PHIL 33.5
TAYLOR, JAMES 33
DOORS, THE 32.5
DENVER, JOHN 32.5
QUEEN 32.5
SPEARS, BRITNEY 32
MATTHEWS, DAVE BAND 32
PEARL JAM 31.5
BOSTON 31
EMINEM 31
DIXIE CHICKS 30.5
RONSTADT, LINDA 30
PETTY, TOM 29
OSBOURNE, OZZY 28.75
PETTY, TOM & THE HEARTBREAKERS 28.5
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER 28.5
'N SYNC 28
BOLTON, MICHAEL 28
LYNYRD SKYNYRD 28
MANILOW, BARRY 27.5
BROOKS & DUNN 27.5
MELLENCAMP, JOHN 27.5
JAY-Z 27
SINATRA, FRANK 27
BOYZ II MEN 27
ENYA 26.5
BEE GEES 26
JACKSON, JANET 26
CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL 26
HILL, FAITH 25.5
VANDROSS, LUTHER 25
NIRVANA 25
RUSH 25
CREED 25
ZZ TOP 25
CARPENTERS, THE 24.5
MILLER, STEVE BAND 24.5
CHESNEY, KENNY 24
KEITH, TOBY 24
GILL, VINCE 24
EARTH, WIND & FIRE 23.5
SADE 23.5
MOTLEY CRUE 23.5
CARS, THE 23.5
GREEN DAY 23
BUFFETT, JIMMY 23
HENDRIX, JIMI 22.5
POLICE, THE 22.5
KID ROCK 22.5
USHER 22.5
RICHIE, LIONEL 22
TLC 22
R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON 22
OUTKAST 22
BEASTIE BOYS 22
DOOBIE BROTHERS 22
GENESIS 21.5
BEACH BOYS, THE 21.5
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS 21.5
HEART 21.5
NICKELBACK 21
MEAT LOAF 21
NELLY 21
CASH, JOHNNY 21
WHO, THE 21
MORISSETTE, ALANIS 20.5
HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH 20
R.E.M. 20
WILLIAMS, HANK, JR. 19.5
BRAXTON, TONI 19.5
BLIGE, MARY J. 19.5
LINKIN PARK 19.5
WONDER, STEVIE 19.5
KISS 19
SMASHING PUMPKINS 18.75
STING 18.5
GROBAN, JOSH 18.5
MATCHBOX TWENTY 18.5
JEWEL 18.5
BROWNE, JACKSON 18.5
MC LACHLAN, SARAH 18.5
TRAVIS, RANDY 18
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG 18
STYX 17.5
YOUNG, NEIL 17.5
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS 17.5
GRATEFUL DEAD 17.5
DESTINY'S CHILD 17.5
MONKEES, THE 17.5
JONES, NORAH 17
NOTORIOUS B.I.G. 17
RAITT, BONNIE 17
GRANT, AMY 17
MATHIS, JOHNNY 17
ADAMS, BRYAN 17
RASCAL FLATTS 17
KORN 16.5
LIMP BIZKIT 16.5
MARLEY, BOB & THE WAILERS 16.5
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK 16.5
RIMES, LEANN 16.5
CONNICK, HARRY, JR. 16
HAMMER 16
CROW, SHERYL 16
DIRE STRAITS 15.5
MC CARTNEY, PAUL 15.5
ISLEY BROTHERS 15.5
ESTEFAN, GLORIA 15.5
BAD COMPANY 15.5
JOPLIN, JANIS 15.5
STEVENS, CAT 15.5
KANSAS 15.5
INXS 15
BLACK SABBATH 15
KEYS, ALICIA 15
CLINE, PATSY 15
NO DOUBT 15
FOGELBERG, DAN 15
MICHAEL, GEORGE 15
KING, CAROLE 14.5
OFFSPRING 14.5
AGUILERA, CHRISTINA 14.5
POISON 14.5
MURRAY, ANNE 14.5
CRANBERRIES, THE 14.5
NUGENT, TED 14
MCBRIDE, MARTINA 14
DMX 14
NEWTON-JOHN, OLIVIA 14
MONTGOMERY, JOHN MICHAEL 14
BOCELLI, ANDREA 14
LENNON, JOHN 14
SWIFT, TAYLOR 14
TEMPTATIONS, THE 13.5
SIMON, PAUL 13.5
DANIELS, CHARLIE BAND 13.5
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE/STARSHIP 13.5
YES 13.5
COLE, NATALIE 13.5
SWEAT, KEITH 13
CHAPMAN, TRACY 13
HALL & OATES 13
ETHERIDGE, MELISSA 13
BLACK, CLINT 12.5
LUDACRIS 12.5
YEARWOOD, TRISHA 12.5
CHER 12.5
WHITESNAKE 12.5
BENATAR, PAT 12.5
SNOOP DOGG 12.5
L.L. COOL J 12.5
BONE THUGS 'N HARMONY 12.5
DURAN DURAN 12
MIDLER, BETTE 12
LIVE 12
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA 12
LEWIS, HUEY & THE NEWS 12
COLE, NAT KING 12
TRITT, TRAVIS 12
3 DOORS DOWN 12
COUNTING CROWS 12
SMITH, WILL 12
UNDERWOOD, CARRIE 12
WEBBER, ANDREW LLOYD 12
BAKER, ANITA 12
ALICE IN CHAINS 12
HENLEY, DON 11.5
50 CENT 11.5
COLDPLAY 11.5
ABDUL, PAULA 11.5
VAUGHAN, S.R. & DOUBLE TROUBLE 11.5
JENNINGS, WAYLON 11.5
YOAKAM, DWIGHT 11
STEELY DAN 11
SPICE GIRLS 11
JETHRO TULL 11
YANNI 11
URBAN, KEITH 11
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD 11
LOVERBOY 11
WHITE, BARRY 11
LOPEZ, JENNIFER 11
KRAVITZ, LENNY 10.5
BRANDY 10.5
BUSH 10.5
HARRISON, GEORGE 10.5
SCORPIONS 10.5
DEPECHE MODE 10.5
NINE INCH NAILS 10.5
NICKS, STEVIE 10.5
CYRUS, BILLY RAY 10.5
JUDDS, THE 10.5
SMITH, MICHAEL W. 10.5
ABBA 10.5
MARTIN, RICKY 10.5
MAYER, JOHN 10.5
WILLIAMS, ANDY 10.5
LAVIGNE, AVRIL 10.25








March 21, 2011


The Association:

While web-surfing today,
I ran across a pretty funny quote from its own website



Fiction

(1)  "One of the most successful bands to come out of the 60’s..."

(2)  "...they have sold over 80 million records, tapes, Cds and DVDs"  (Heck, why stop at 80 million?)

(3)  "They’ve earned a number of achievement awards as well as 6 gold records and 2 platinum records"



Fact

(1)  Yeah, as long as you don't include pretty much anyone else...
say like this partial list of more than fifty bands that began in the sixties who sold many more records than the Association listed in numerical order of sales...


(1960) Beatles, (1968) Led Zeppelin, (1965) Pink Floyd, (1962) Rolling Stones, (1967) Fleetwood Mac, (1967) Santana, (1961) Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, (1967) Chicago, (1965) Simon & Garfunkel, (1965) Doors, (1964) Lynyrd Skynyrd, (1963) Bee Gees, (1967) Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1968) Rush, (1969) ZZ Top, (1969) Carpenters, (1967) Steve Miller Band, (1969) Earth, Wind & Fire, (1967) REO Speedwagon, (1969) Doobie Brothers, (1967) Genesis, (1961) Beach Boys, (1964) Who, (1968) Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, (1965) Styx, (1965) Grateful Dead, (1966) Monkees, (1959) Isely Brothers, (1968) Black Sabbath, (1960) Temptations, (1965) Jefferson Airplane/Starship, (1968) Yes, (1969) Hall & Oates, (1969) Electric Light Orchestra, (1967) Jethro Tull, (1969) Scorpions, (1967) Jimi Hendrix Experience, (1968) Moody Blues, (1968) Three Dog Night, (1969) Grand Funk Railroad, (1969) Allman Brothers, (1965) 5th Dimension, (1968) Deep Purple, (1967) Blood, Sweat & Tears, (1961) Peter, Paul & Mary, (1967) Steppenwolf, (1960) Supremes, (1967) J. Geils Band, (1967) Blue Öyster Cult, (1963) Herman's Hermits, (1962) Righteous Brothers, (1965) Mamas & the Papas, (1965) Rascals

This partial list doesn't even include the multi-dozens of best-selling solo artists from the sixties and early seventies.  Throw in a few bands that started in the very early seventies that also sold many, MANY more records, and you get a much more clear and accurate picture

(1971) Eagles, (1973) AC/DC, (1970) Aerosmith, (1973) Journey, (1971) Queen, (1974) Manheim Steamroller, (1973) Heart, (1971) Paul McCartney & Wings, (1973) Bad Company, (1970) Kansas, (1972) Steely Dan, (1972) Abba, (1970) America


(2)  I don't think so.  That's more than the Police, Doobie Brothers, CSNY, & Monkees COMBINED, but then honesty has never exactly been this band's strong suite.  They do excell at exaggeration, though.
Must have been a real "buttload" of unreported Association DVD's sold somewhere!

WAIT... Hey Russ, I think I know what happened...quick, click on picture

Cowbell



(3)  Not quite.  Sorry. there's only ONE platinum record, "Greatest Hits"



Here you go!




I would like to assign some light reading for you today, if I may.
Please look and read for yourself below at the following link:


Go to  RIAA Website  for Top Selling Artists

Go to  RIAA Searchable Database  type in artist name and click search





Below are the "official" RIAA certified sales (including ALL gold and platinum recordings)
of the Association and the two artists that are supposedly just below
and just above the Association's "mysterious" 80 million:
Billy Joel (79.5 million) and The Eagles (100 million)
You decide!


Go to  RIAA Website  for Top Selling Artists

Go to  RIAA Searchable Database  type in artist name and click search







Billy Joel - 79.5 Million

(7 Gold Singles)
"Just the Way You Are"
"My Life"
"It's Still Rock 'N' Roll to Me"
"Uptown Girl"
"We Didn't Start the Fire"
"Tell Her About It"
"Piano Man"

(2 Platinum Singles)
"My Life"
"It's Still Rock 'N' Roll to Me"

(18 Gold Albums)
"Piano Man"
"The Stranger"
"52nd. Street"
"Glass Houses"
"Turnstiles"
"Streetlife Serenade"
"Songs in the Attic"
"The Nylon Curtain"
"An Innocent Man"
"Greatest Hits - Volumes I & II"
"The Bridge"
"Kohuept"
"Storm Front"
"River of Dreams"
"Greatest Hits - Volume III"
"The Complete Hits Collection 1973-1997"
"200 Years - The Millennium Collection"
"The Essential Billy Joel"

(17 Platinum Albums)
"Piano Man"
"The Stranger"
"52nd. Street"
"Glass Houses"
"Turnstiles"
"Streetlife Serenade"
"Songs in the Attic"
"The Nylon Curtain"
"An Innocent Man"
"Greatest Hits - Volumes I & II"
"The Bridge"
"Kohuept"
"Storm Front"
"River of Dreams"
"Greatest Hits - Volume III"
"The Complete Hits Collection 1973-1997"
"The Essential Billy Joel"

(11 Multi-Platinum Albums)
"Piano Man" (4 million)
"The Stranger" (10 million)
"52nd. Street" (7 million)
"Glass Houses" (7 million)
"Songs in the Attic" (3 million)
"The Nylon Curtain" (2 million)
"An Innocent Man" (7 million)
"Greatest Hits - Volumes I & II" (21 million)
"The Bridge" (2 million)
"Storm Front" (4 million)
"River of Dreams" (5 million)

(6 Gold Videos)
"The Video Album - Volume I"
"The Video Album - Volume II"
"Eye of the Storm"
"Live at Yankee Stadium"
"Greatest Hits - Volume 3 (The Hits)"
"The Essential Video Collection"

(1 Platinum Video)
"Live at Yankee Stadium"



Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
PIANO MAN
Certification Date
11/11/1975
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE STRANGER
Certification Date
12/01/1977
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE STRANGER
Certification Date
01/18/1978
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE
Certification Date
03/06/1978
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
52ND STREET
Certification Date
10/23/1978
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
52ND STREET
Certification Date
10/23/1978
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
MY LIFE
Certification Date
01/16/1979
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GLASS HOUSES
Certification Date
05/05/1980
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GLASS HOUSES
Certification Date
05/05/1980
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
TURNSTILES
Certification Date
05/28/1980
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
IT'S STILL ROCK 'N' ROLL TO ME
Certification Date
07/23/1980
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
STREETLIFE SERENADE
Certification Date
12/22/1980
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
SONGS IN THE ATTIC
Certification Date
12/08/1981
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
SONGS IN THE ATTIC
Certification Date
12/30/1981
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE NYLON CURTAIN
Certification Date
11/29/1982
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE NYLON CURTAIN
Certification Date
12/07/1982
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
AN INNOCENT MAN
Certification Date
10/03/1983
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
AN INNOCENT MAN
Certification Date
10/03/1983
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
UPTOWN GIRL
Certification Date
01/16/1984
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
52ND STREET
Certification Date
10/19/1984
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
5.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
AN INNOCENT MAN
Certification Date
10/19/1984
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
4.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE STRANGER
Certification Date
10/19/1984
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
6.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GLASS HOUSES
Certification Date
10/19/1984
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
5.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
10/18/1985
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
10/18/1985
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST
Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
01/27/1986
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE BRIDGE
Certification Date
10/08/1986
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE BRIDGE
Certification Date
10/08/1986
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE VIDEO ALBUM VOLUME I
Certification Date
10/10/1986
Label
CAPITOL HOME VIDEO
Award Description
GOLD
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
PIANO MAN
Certification Date
11/21/1986
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
PIANO MAN
Certification Date
11/21/1986
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE VIDEO ALBUM II
Certification Date
04/03/1987
Label
CAPITOL HOME VIDEO
Award Description
GOLD
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE BRIDGE
Certification Date
04/06/1987
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
KOHUEPT
Certification Date
01/18/1988
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
AN INNOCENT MAN
Certification Date
07/06/1989
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
5.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
TURNSTILES
Certification Date
07/06/1989
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
08/09/1989
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
3.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
PIANO MAN
Certification Date
11/10/1989
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
3.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
WE DIDN'T START THE FIRE
Certification Date
11/28/1989
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
STORM FRONT
Certification Date
12/13/1989
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
STORM FRONT
Certification Date
12/13/1989
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
STORM FRONT
Certification Date
12/20/1989
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE STRANGER
Certification Date
02/07/1990
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
7.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
STORM FRONT
Certification Date
04/05/1990
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
3.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
EYE OF THE STORM
Certification Date
08/21/1990
Label
CAPITOL HOME VIDEO
Award Description
GOLD
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
LIVE AT YANKEE STADIUM
Certification Date
02/15/1991
Label
SONY MUSIC VIDEO
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
LIVE AT YANKEE STADIUM
Certification Date
02/15/1991
Label
SONY MUSIC VIDEO
Award Description
GOLD
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
04/29/1991
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
4.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
52ND STREET
Certification Date
04/29/1991
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
6.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
RIVER OF DREAMS
Certification Date
10/13/1993
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST
Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
RIVER OF DREAMS
Certification Date
10/13/1993
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
RIVER OF DREAMS
Certification Date
10/13/1993
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
RIVER OF DREAMS
Certification Date
12/03/1993
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
3.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
RIVER OF DREAMS
Certification Date
03/09/1994
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
4.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
STORM FRONT
Certification Date
10/03/1994
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
4.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
AN INNOCENT MAN
Certification Date
10/17/1994
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
7.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
10/17/1994
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
6.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
SONGS IN THE ATTIC
Certification Date
10/21/1994
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE NYLON CURTAIN
Certification Date
10/21/1994
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GLASS HOUSES
Certification Date
10/28/1994
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
7.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
52ND STREET
Certification Date
10/28/1994
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
7.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE STRANGER
Certification Date
11/14/1994
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
9.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
05/02/1995
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
8.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
KOHUEPT
Certification Date
08/16/1996
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
05/16/1997
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
9.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
STREETLIFE SERENADE
Certification Date
07/09/1997
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
09/08/1997
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
18.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME III
Certification Date
03/31/1998
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME III
Certification Date
03/31/1998
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
04/12/1999
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
20.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE COMPLETE HITS COLLECTION: 1973-1997
Certification Date
08/26/1999
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
SONGS IN THE ATTIC
Certification Date
11/17/1999
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
3.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
PIANO MAN
Certification Date
11/17/1999
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
4.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE COMPLETE HITS COLLECTION: 1973-1997
Certification Date
11/17/1999
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOL. 3: THE VIDEO
Certification Date
05/10/2000
Label
COLUMBIA MUSIC VIDEO
Award Description
GOLD
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST
Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
2000 YEARS -- THE MILLENNIUM CONCERT
Certification Date
05/31/2000
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
GREATEST HITS VOLUME I & VOLUME II
Certification Date
08/02/2000
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
21.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
TELL HER ABOUT IT
Certification Date
04/03/2001
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
IT'S STILL ROCK 'N' ROLL TO ME
Certification Date
04/03/2001
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
SINGLE
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
MY LIFE
Certification Date
04/03/2001
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
SINGLE
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
RIVER OF DREAMS
Certification Date
04/03/2001
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
5.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE ESSENTIAL BILLY JOEL
Certification Date
02/21/2002
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE ESSENTIAL VIDEO COLLECTION
Certification Date
07/01/2002
Label
COLUMBIA MUSIC VIDEO
Award Description
GOLD
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE ESSENTIAL BILLY JOEL
Certification Date
12/06/2002
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE STRANGER
Certification Date
09/26/2003
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
10.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
THE ESSENTIAL BILLY JOEL
Certification Date
10/28/2005
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
SOLO
Type
ST

Artist
JOEL, BILLY
Title
PIANO MAN
Certification Date
11/07/2005
Label
COLUMBIA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
SOLO
Type
DI







The Association - 80 Million... RIGHT!
Please enlighten me as to how this adds up to 8 million, much less 80 million!

(3 Gold Singles)
"Cherish"
"Never My Love"
"Windy"

(3 Gold Albums)
"And Then Along Comes..."
"Insight-Out"
"Greatest Hits"

(1 Platinum Album)
"Greatest Hits"

(1 Multi-Platinum Album)
"Greatest Hits" (2 million)



Artist
ASSOCIATION, THE
Title
CHERISH
Certification Date
10/18/1966
Label
VALIANT
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
ASSOCIATION, THE
Title
WINDY
Certification Date
07/14/1967
Label
WARNER BROS.
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
ASSOCIATION, THE
Title
ALONG COMES THE ASSOCIATION
Certification Date
11/27/1967
Label
WARNER BROS.
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
ASSOCIATION, THE
Title
NEVER MY LOVE
Certification Date
11/27/1967
Label
WARNER BROS.
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
ASSOCIATION, THE
Title
INSIGHT OUT
Certification Date
12/28/1967
Label
WARNER BROS.
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
ASSOCIATION, THE
Title
THE ASSOCIATION'S GREATEST HITS
Certification Date
03/03/1969
Label
WARNER BROS.
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
ASSOCIATION, THE
Title
THE ASSOCIATION'S GREATEST HITS
Certification Date
10/13/1986
Label
WARNER BROS.
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
ASSOCIATION, THE
Title
THE ASSOCIATION'S GREATEST HITS
Certification Date
06/01/1989
Label
WARNER BROS.
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST







The Eagles - 100 Million

(3 Gold Singles)
"New Kid In Town"
"Hotel California"
"Heartache Tonight"

(1 Platinum Single)
"Hotel California"

(13 Gold Albums)
"Eagles"
"On the Boarder"
"Desperado"
"One of These Nights"
"Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975"
"Hotel California"
"The Long Run"
"Live"
"Eagles Greatest Hits - Volume II"
"Hell Freezes Over"
"Selected Works 1972-1999"
"The Very Best of the Eagles"
"Long Road Out of Eden"

(13 Platinum Albums)
"Eagles"
"On the Boarder"
"Desperado"
"One of These Nights"
"Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975"
"Hotel California"
"The Long Run"
"Live"
"Eagles Greatest Hits - Volume II"
"Hell Freezes Over"
"Selected Works 1972-1999"
"The Very Best of the Eagles"
"Long Road Out of Eden"

(11 Multi-Platinum Albums)
"On the Boarder" (2 million)
"Desperado" (2 million)
"One of These Nights" (4 million)
"Eagles - Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975" (30 million)
"Hotel California" (16 million)
"The Long Run" (7 million)
"Live" (7 million)
"Eagles Greatest Hits - Volume II" (11 million)
"Hell Freezes Over" (8 million)
"The Very Best of the Eagles" (5 million)
"Long Road Out of Eden" (7 million)

(2 Gold Videos)
"Hell Freezes Over"
"Farewell I Tour: Live from Melbourne"

(2 Platinum Videos)
"Hell Freezes Over"
"Farewell I Tour: Live from Melbourne"

(2 Multi-Platinum Videos)
"Hell Freezes Over" (8 million)
"Farewell I Tour: Live from Melbourne" (30 million)



Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES
Certification Date
01/22/1974
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
ON THE BORDER
Certification Date
06/05/1974
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
DESPERADO
Certification Date
09/23/1974
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
ONE OF THESE NIGHTS
Certification Date
06/30/1975
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
02/24/1976
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
02/24/1976
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
12/13/1976
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
12/15/1976
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
NEW KID IN TOWN
Certification Date
03/21/1977
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
05/12/1977
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
THE LONG RUN
Certification Date
02/01/1980
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HEARTACHE TONIGHT
Certification Date
02/01/1980
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
THE LONG RUN
Certification Date
02/01/1980
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
LIVE
Certification Date
01/07/1981
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
LIVE
Certification Date
01/07/1981
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II
Certification Date
01/07/1983
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
THE LONG RUN
Certification Date
08/14/1990
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
4.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
08/14/1990
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
9.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
08/21/1990
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
12.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
12/14/1993
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
14.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
08/12/1994
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
10.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
LIVE
Certification Date
08/12/1994
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II
Certification Date
08/17/1994
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
3.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II
Certification Date
08/17/1994
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
01/13/1995
Label
GEFFEN
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST
Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
01/13/1995
Label
GEFFEN
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
01/13/1995
Label
GEFFEN
Award Description
4.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
01/25/1995
Label
GEFFEN HOME VIDEO
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
01/25/1995
Label
GEFFEN HOME VIDEO
Award Description
GOLD
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
04/06/1995
Label
GEFFEN
Award Description
5.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
06/05/1995
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
22.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
06/05/1995
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
14.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II
Certification Date
06/05/1995
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
7.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
06/19/1995
Label
GEFFEN HOME VIDEO
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
01/17/1996
Label
GEFFEN
Award Description
6.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
03/03/1997
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
24.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II
Certification Date
03/12/1997
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
9.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
03/16/1998
Label
GEFFEN
Award Description
7.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
01/08/1999
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
15.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
01/08/1999
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
25.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
11/10/1999
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
26.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
11/08/2000
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
27.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
SELECTED WORKS: 1972-1999
Certification Date
01/24/2001
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
16.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
LIVE
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
7.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
ON THE BORDER
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
ONE OF THESE NIGHTS
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
4.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
DESPERADO
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
THE LONG RUN
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
7.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST
Artist
EAGLES
Title
DESPERADO
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
ONE OF THESE NIGHTS
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
ON THE BORDER
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II
Certification Date
03/20/2001
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
10.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
10/24/2001
Label
GEFFEN HOME VIDEO
Award Description
8.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
SELECTED WORKS: 1972-1999
Certification Date
10/31/2002
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES GREATEST HITS VOLUME II
Certification Date
11/07/2002
Label
ASYLUM
Award Description
11.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
11/07/2002
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
28.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
THE VERY BEST OF THE EAGLES
Certification Date
12/17/2003
Label
WARNER STRATEGIC MARKETING
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
THE VERY BEST OF THE EAGLES
Certification Date
12/17/2003
Label
WARNER STRATEGIC MARKETING
Award Description
2.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
THE VERY BEST OF THE EAGLES
Certification Date
12/17/2003
Label
WARNER STRATEGIC MARKETING
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
THE VERY BEST OF THE EAGLES
Certification Date
12/13/2004
Label
WARNER STRATEGIC MARKETING
Award Description
3.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HELL FREEZES OVER
Certification Date
06/22/2005
Label
GEFFEN
Award Description
8.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
07/22/2005
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
GOLD
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
07/22/2005
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
07/22/2005
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
9.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
08/22/2005
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
10.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
10/12/2005
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
11.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
11/16/2005
Label
ATLANTIC
Award Description
GOLD
Format
SINGLE
Category
GROUP
Type
DI

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
01/13/2006
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
13.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
EAGLES/THEIR GREATEST HITS 1971 - 1975
Certification Date
01/30/2006
Label
ELEKTRA
Award Description
29.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
04/24/2006
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
14.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
08/10/2006
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
15.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
01/16/2007
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
16.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
LONG ROAD OUT OF EDEN
Certification Date
11/30/2007
Label
EAGLES RECORDING COMPANY II
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST
Artist
EAGLES
Title
LONG ROAD OUT OF EDEN
Certification Date
11/30/2007
Label
EAGLES RECORDING COMPANY II
Award Description
GOLD
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
LONG ROAD OUT OF EDEN
Certification Date
11/30/2007
Label
EAGLES RECORDING COMPANY II
Award Description
3.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
LONG ROAD OUT OF EDEN
Certification Date
01/07/2008
Label
EAGLES RECORDING COMPANY II
Award Description
7.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
FAREWELL I TOUR: LIVE FROM MELBOURNE
Certification Date
02/04/2008
Label
RHINO HOME VIDEO
Award Description
30.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
VIDEO LONGFORM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
THE VERY BEST OF THE EAGLES
Certification Date
02/22/2008
Label
WARNER STRATEGIC MARKETING
Award Description
5.00x MULTI PLATINUM
Format
ALBUM
Category
GROUP
Type
ST

Artist
EAGLES
Title
HOTEL CALIFORNIA
Certification Date
02/04/2009
Label
ATLANTIC
Award Description
PLATINUM
Format
SINGLE
Category
GROUP
Type
DI




Source:  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)








Certification Criteria

  • Along with minimum sales figures, a number of other criteria accompany each title for certification. The list and table below describe what titles and types of sales can be considered for the awards.
  • Each company that requests RIAA® certification must be a firm or corporation that has headquarters in the United States and is engaged in the legitimate production and sale of sound recordings.
  • Recordings become eligible for certification 30 days after initial street date. Audio and music video titles may be requested for award certification starting 30 days after product is commercially available to consumers.
  • Only domestic sales and sales to U.S. military post exchanges may be included. The requesting company must separate PX sales from other accounts on sales sheets. Export sales outside the United States are not included in certification.
  • Club sales and club free goods may be included towards certification. Product shipped to retail, mail order, record clubs, TV marketing and other ancillary markets are combined toward certified sales. All shipments to these accounts must be verified by the label.
  • Promotional radio and press copies, cut-outs, inventory sell-offs and surplus sales are not included toward certification.
  • Catalog product, specifically pre-1972 album releases, are eligible for certification by meeting either the unit shipment or manufacturer's dollar requirement for each award level.

 



RIAA® Gold and Platinum Certification Requirements


Configuration

Gold® Certification

Platinum® Certification

Multi-Platinum™ Certification

Single

Quantity:
500,000 units. All versions count once toward certification.

Quantity:
One million units. All versions count once toward certification.

Quantity:
Two million units. All versions count once toward certification.

Requirements:
*Must contain no more than four different songs.

*Only one song is eligible.

Requirements:
*Must contain no more than four songs.

*Only one song is eligible.

Requirements:
*Must contain no more than four different songs.

*Only one song is eligible.

*Recertified at each million unit sales level.

Shortform Album/EP

Quantity:
500,000 units

Quantity:
One million units

Quantity:
Two million units

Requirements:
*Must include at least three but no more than five different songs.

*Average minimum running time is 30 minutes.

Requirements:
*Must include at least three but no more than five different songs.

*Average minimum running time is 30 minutes.

Requirements:
*Must include at least three but no more than five different songs.

*Average minimum running time is 30 minutes.

*Recertified at each million unit sales level.

Full-Length Album

Quantity:
500,000 units.
Manufacturer's dollar volume at least $1 million based on 33 1/3% of sugg. list price

Quantity:
One million units. Manufacturer's dollar volume at lest $2 million based on 33 1/3% of sugg. list price

Quantity:
Two million units. Manufacturer's dollar volume at least $4 million based on 33 1/3% of the sugg. list price

Requirements:
* May combine sale of all configurations.

*Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% of audio content of regular CD.

Requirements:
*May combine sale of all configurations.

*Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% of audio content of regular CD.

Requirements:
*May combine sale of all configurations.

*Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% of audio content of regular CD.

*Recertified at each million unit sales level.

Multi-Disc Set

Quantity:
500,000 units. Package must include two or more Cds (or its tape and album equivalent.)

Quantity:
One million units. Package must include two or more CDs ( or its tape and album equivalent.)

Quantity:
Two million units. Package must include two or more Cds (or its tape and album equivalent.)

Requirements:
*Each unit within set counts as one unit toward certification.

*Minimum running time 100 minutes.

Requirements:
*Each unit within set counts as one unit toward certification.

*Minimum running time 100 minutes.

Requirements:
*Each unit within set counts as one unit toward certification.

*Minimum running time of 100 minutes.

*Recertified at each million unit sales level.

Music Video Single

Quantity:
25,000 units

Quantity:
50,000 units

Quantity:
100,000 units

Requirements:
*Must contain no more than two songs per video.

*Maximum running time 15 minutes.

Requirements:
*Must contain no more than two songs per video.

*Maximum running time 15 minutes.

Requirements:
*Must contain no more than two songs per video.

*Maximum running time 15 minutes.

*Recertified at each 50,000 unit sales level.

Music Video Longform

Quantity:
50,000 units

Quantity:
100,000 units

Quantity:
200,000 units

Requirements:
*Defined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior to distribution.

Requirements:
*Defined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior to distribution.

Requirements:
*Defined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior to distribution.

*Recertified at 100,000 unit sales level.

Multi-Box Music Video Set

Quantity:
50,000 units. Package must include three or more video marketed as a set.

Quantity:
100,000 units. Package must include three or more video titles marketed as a set.

Quantity:
200,000 units. Package must include three or more video titles marketed as a set.

Requirements:
*Each individual video within set is counted as one toward certification.

Requirements:
*Each individual video within set is counted as one unit toward certification.

Requirements:
*Each individual video within set is counted as one unit toward certification.

*Recertified at each 100,000 unit sales level.






About the RIAA

The Recording Industry Association of America, which represents U.S. record companies, has been the official certification agency for single and album certifications since 1958. The gold award is bestowed on albums that have shipped 500,000 units. The RIAA added platinum awards, signifying shipments of one million copies, in 1976, multiplatinum awards, for 2 million units and above, in 1984, and Diamond awards, 10 million units for a single title, in 1999.

* The RIAA only certifies a record if that record company pays for its official certification; some companies do not consider this an important distinction and will not request certifications unless pressed by its active, still saleable artists. A full and complete list of RIAA-certified recordings would be a very incomplete list of popular American music.

* The RIAA only certifies a particular recording of a song. For example, sales of Elton John's original "Candle in the Wind" single are not counted towards the 1997 version's official total.

* Retroactive RIAA certification only goes back to 1958; thus, a record like Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", released in 1942 and reported in 1963 as having sold 30 million copies, and currently listed by the Guinness Book of World Records at 50 million sales, would not be eligible. Bill Haley and His Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" is assumed to have sold more than 25 million copies since 1955. According to Billboard Magazine's statistician Joel Whitburn, other pre-1958 singles that would be affected by this cutoff point include Gene Autry's "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8 million sales reported); Crosby's "Silent Night" (7 million); Vernon Dalhart's "The Prisoner's Song" (7 million); the Mills Brothers' "Paper Doll" (6 million); Patti Page's "The Tennessee Waltz" (6 million); Gene Austin's "My Blue Heaven" (5 million); and Ben Selvin's "Dardanella" (5 million); and another 21 single releases in the 2-3 million range. (That is, assuming their respective record companies would elect to bear the optional expense of an official RIAA certification. It is unlikely, for example, that Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which absorbed RCA Records, which in turn had long ago purchased the Victor Talking Machine Company, now sees any particular advantage in precisely determining the sales for Selvin's 1920 smash hit on Victor Records.) The first officially RIAA-certified million-selling single was Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star", in March 1958.

* Prior to 1989, singles were awarded with a Gold certification for sales of 1,000,000 units and a Platinum certification for sales of 2,000,000 units. For certification dates after January 1, 1989, a Gold award represents sales of 500,000 units and a Platinum award represents sales of 1,000,000 units.








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