Less than three months after its release, "The Emancipation of Mimi" has returned Mariah Carey to a territory she once inhabited with remarkable regularity: the land of multi-platinum albums.
Less than three months after its release, "The Emancipation of Mimi" has returned Mariah Carey to a territory she once inhabited with remarkable regularity: the land of multi-platinum albums. Carey's second Island Def Jam release was certified in June for U.S. shipments of 3 million copies by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The last time Carey reached this level, she did it a bit faster, as 1999's "Rainbow" (Columbia) was also certified triple-platinum just one month after its release, the minimum waiting period the RIAA allows for a certification request. In between, three sets -- 2001's "Glitter" (Virgin) and "Greatest Hits" (Columbia) and 2002's "Charmbracelet" (Island Def Jam) -- were certified platinum for shipments of 1 million copies.
Carey has eight other multi-platinum titles -- 1990's "Mariah Carey" (9X), 1991's "Emotions" (5X), 1993's "Music Box" (10X, equivalent to the RIAA's diamond award), 1994's "Merry Christmas" (5X), 1995's "Daydream" (10X) and 1997's "Butterfly" (5X), as well as the 1992 "MTV Unplugged" EP (3X) and the 1998 compilation "1's" (5X).
Others reaching multi-platinum milestones in June include the Eagles' 1994 Geffen reunion album "Hell Freezes Over," which is now certified at eight times platinum. Def Leppard's 1999 "Vault-Greatest Hits" (Mercury) and Maroon5's "Songs About Jane" (Octone/J) each tipped the 4 million mark.
Notable additions to the platinum family in June included rapper Mike Jones' "Who is Mike Jones?" (Warner Bros.), Toby Keith's "Honkytonk University" (Dreamworks Nashville), the Dave Matthews Band's "Stand Up" (RCA) and Motley Crue's "Red, White & Crue" (Hip-O).