Jackson, P.O.D. Mine Platinum

Less than two months after its release, Alan Jackson's latest Arista set "Drive" has become the country artist's 11th platinum album of his career. The set, which racked up six weeks at No. 1 on Billb

Less than two months after its release, Alan Jackson's latest Arista set "Drive" has become the country artist's 11th platinum album of his career. The set, which racked up six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and two topping The Billboard 200, was certified double-platinum in February by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. shipments of 2 million copies.

Inspirational hard rock act P.O.D. and R&B diva Mary J. Blige each reached the double-platinum level in February for shipments of 2 million copies with "Satellite" (Atlantic) and "No More Drama" (MCA), respectively. For Blige, the bump came following the January re-release of the title, which added new material and subtracted several songs from the original version (due to the substantial difference between the two versions, Billboard tracks retail sales of the albums as separate titles).

Platinum honors (1 million U.S. copies shipped) were also earned by older releases from rapper Jay-Z and rock act Pearl Jam -- the sixth such honor for each. The former saw certification for his 1996 Roc-A-Fella/Priority debut, "Reasonable Doubt," while the latter picked up the award for its 1998 Epic concert set "Live on Two Legs."

Among those claiming gold (500,000 U.S. copies shipped) for the first time were rock acts the Strokes ("Is This It," RCA) and Cold ("13 Ways To Bleed on Stage," Flip/Geffen), as well as country artists Phil Vassar (Arista), Trick Pony (Warner Bros.), and Nickel Creek (Sugar Hill), all for self-titled releases.

In addition, the Bee Gees reached a new career milestone last month, with the platinum certification of "Their Greatest Hits: The Record" (Universal). The album earned the sibling group its ninth platinum award from the RIAA, and brings the Bee Gees' total certified U.S. career shipments to 25 million copies.