A little more than a month after its release, Coldplay's "X&Y" has been certified double-platinum in July by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The organization verified shipmen
A little more than a month after its release, Coldplay's "X&Y" has been certified double-platinum in July by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The organization verified shipments of 2 million copies of the Capitol set to U.S. retailers.
The feat follows a trend for the U.K.-based band, whose 2000 debut, "Parachutes," is also double-platinum, while 2002's "A Rush of Blood to the Head" has reached the triple-platinum mark.
Others reaching new multi-platinum heights in July included a pair of superstar country acts, Brooks & Dunn and Kenny Chesney. The former's 1997 Arista Nashville "Greatest Hits" set reached quadruple platinum as did the latter's 2004 BNA release "When the Sun Goes Down."
Kelly Clarkson's sophomore RCA album "Breakaway" tipped the RIAA's scales at triple platinum last month, while Velvet Revolver's "Contraband" (RCA) and Walt Disney's "The Lizzie McGuire Soundtrack" were each certified for U.S. shipments of 2 million copies.
George Strait notched double-platinum in July with two separate MCA Nashville albums. His latest studio set, "Somewhere Down in Texas," released in late June, was certified platinum for U.S. shipments of 1 million copies. In addition, his 2002 "20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection" also reached the same plateau. According to the RIAA, Strait has 30 platinum albums to his credit.
Also reaching platinum in July were Audioslave's "Out of Exile" (Interscope), the Backstreet Boys' "Never Gone" (Jive), the Black Eyed Peas' "Monkey Business" (A&M), the Foo Fighters' "In Your Honor" (RCA), Il Divo's "Il Divo" (RCA), Jay-Z and Linkin Park's "Collision Course" (Warner Bros.) and Sugarland's "Twice the Speed of Light" (Mercury Nashville).