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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Karl_O, Jan 11, 2003.
What does "Gold," "Platium," or "Diamond" mean in terms of record sales?
just to further clarify...certifications are based on 'shipments' and not actual 'sales' to end user
Is there a way to check on sales figures for a particular album?
unless it is published you would need to have soundscan access
Isn't it also different for other countries?
yes, certification numbers differ by country, the numbers listed above are for US
There's also some kind of process in which a record goes thru before being certified X number sold. Some records have actually sold more than what they've been certified for. Not every record company update certifications on a regular basis. I wonder if this is also one way to cheat artists/songwriters out of certain amount of royalties??
Do these figures pertain to cd, lp, or singles? Or all of them?
Just check with the Billboard website, and the requirements are the same for singles and albums....sales of 500,000 for gold and over 1 million for platium. By the way, in the US, certification of sales is done by the RIAA, the Recording Industry Association of America.
Here's the certification process, according to RIAA.
Top 100 albums in the US, according to RIAA.
Top artists in album sales in the US, according to RIAA. Notice the numbers have not been updated since 08/02.