Petty's 'Hits' Earn RIAA Diamond
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have earned their first Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) diamond award for their 1993 MCA compilation "Greatest Hits."Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers have earned their first Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) diamond award for their 1993 MCA compilation "Greatest Hits." The set was certified in November for U.S. shipments of 10 million copies. Through a career that saw them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, Petty and the Heartbreakers have shipped more than 28 million copies of their albums in the U.S., according to the RIAA's accounting.
November also saw recently reunited duo Simon & Garfunkel and classic rock stalwart Boston reach a new milestone. Boston's self-titled 1976 Epic debut was certified for shipments of 17 million copies, while 1972's "Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits" (Columbia) notched the 14 million copies shipped mark. In addition, 1999's "The Best of Simon & Garfunkel" was certified platinum last month for 1 million copies shipped.
The RIAA also recently certified multi-platinum shipment honors for Alicia Keys' "Songs in A Minor" (J Records, 6 million), OutKast's "Stankonia" and "Speakerboxx/The Love Below" (Arista, 4 million each), Vince Gill's "Souvenirs" (MCA Nashville, 3 million), Clay Aiken's "Measure of a Man" (RCA, 2 million), Audioslave's self-titled debut (Epic, 2 million) and Rod Stewart's "It Had To Be You: The Great American Songbook" (J Records, 2 million).