Beyoncé Notches Quadruple Platinum
As her public reunion with Destiny's Child nears, Beyoncé is celebrating her debut solo album's quadruple platinum certification last month by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)As her public reunion with Destiny's Child nears, Beyoncé is celebrating her debut solo album's quadruple platinum certification last month by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The music industry trade organization accounted for shipments of 4 million copies of "Dangerously in Love" (Columbia) to U.S. retailers since its June 2003 release.
"Dangerously" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and spawned a series of hit singles. "Baby Boy" featuring Sean Paul reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, as did "Crazy in Love" featuring Jay-Z. "Naughty Girl" made it to No. 3, while "Me Myself and I" topped out at No. 4.
As previously reported, Beyoncé, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland will release a new Destiny's Child studio album Nov. 16 through Columbia. The trio will perform tomorrow (Sept. 9) on ABC's National Football League "Opening Kickoff" special and Sept. 12 on the network's "Play for a Billion" game show. A two-hour ABC special and a 2005 world tour are also in the cards.
In other August certifications, the RIAA issued a triple-platinum award to "Elton John's Greatest Hits 1970-2002" (Island), and accorded double-platinum honors to Maroon5's "Songs About Jane" (Octone/J), Hoobastank's "The Reason" (Island) and Lil' Jon & the East Side Boyz' "Kings of Crunk" (TVT).
Jimmy Buffett achieved another platinum album last month as the RIAA certified "License To Chill" (Mailboat/RCA) for U.S. shipments of 1 million copies. His first album in more than two years -- which opened at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- brought the veteran singer/songwriter's career certified U.S. shipment total to 21 million units.
Modest Mouse's second major-label release "Good News for People Who Like Bad News" (Epic) gave the veteran underground rock act its first platinum release. The certification is especially notable considering Modest Mouse's previous top-selling album, 2000's "The Moon & Antarctica," has moved just 302,000 units to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Also scoring their first platinum honors in August were Velvet Revolver ("Contraband," RCA) and Big & Rich ("Horse of a Different Color," Warner Bros.). Van Halen's career-spanning compilation "The Best of Both Worlds" (Warner Bros.) reached the platinum level, as did Lil' Flip's "U Gotta Feel Me" (Columbia), Guns N' Roses' "Greatest Hits" (Geffen).