The seventh volume in the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" hits compilation series has been certified gold, platinum, and double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Releas
The seventh volume in the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" hits compilation series has been certified gold, platinum, and double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Released July 31, the set's first review revealed U.S. shipments of 2 million copies (500,000 for gold, 1 million for platinum).
Featuring previously released hits by Destiny's Child, the Backstreet Boys, American Hi-Fi, and Lifehouse, "NOW! 7" spent three weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, after becoming the third in the series to bow on top of the chart in its debut week.
Earning platinum honors in the latest go around was the self-titled Blackground/Virgin album by late R&B star Aaliyah. That album vaulted to the top of The Billboard 200 just a week after the artist was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
Other recently released albums tipping the 1 million U.S. units shipped mark were Blink-182's "Take Off Your Pants and Jacket" (MCA) and Alien Ant Farm's "Anthology" (DreamWorks).
Several albums listed new multi-platinum marks in their latest accounting, led by the Dixie Chicks' 1999 Monument album "Fly" and the Beastie Boys' 1986 breakthrough album "Licensed To Ill" (Def Jam) at nine times platinum (9 million U.S. copies shipped). Hitting seven times platinum is Jackson Browne's 1977 set "Running On Empty" (Elektra), followed by R. Kelly's '93 album "12 Play" (Jive) and Third Eye Blind's self-titled 1997 release at six times platinum. Browne's 1980 album "Hold Out" and 1983 set "Lawyers In Love" also notched double-platinum and platinum honors, respectively.
Newly RIAA triple-platinum certified are Robert Plant's 1988 Atlantic album "Now & Zen" and Def Leppard's 1995 "Vault - Greatest Hits" set, while Steve Martin's landmark 1978 comedy album "A Wild & Crazy Guy" (Warner Bros.) a earned double-platinum award.
Among the newly minted gold albums is Blu Cantrell's Arista debut "So Blu," as were the soundtracks to "Rush Hour 2" (Def Jam) and "American Pie 2" (Universal). Another notable gold disc is Christina Aguilera's Spanish-language collection "Mi Reflejo" (BMG U.S. Latin), which also earned gold (100,000 U.S. copies shipped), platinum (200,000), and triple-platinum (600,000) honors under the RIAA's Los Premios de Oro y Platino program.
For the full list of the RIAA's latest certifications, click here.