'N Sync's 'Celebrity' Tabbed 5X Platinum
Last week, exactly 30 days after its release, 'N Sync's Jive album "Celebrity" was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Released on July 24, the albumLast week, exactly 30 days after its release, 'N Sync's Jive album "Celebrity" was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Released on July 24, the album quickly rocketed to No. 1 on The Billboard 200 based 1.88 million units sold in its debut week, according to SoundScan. Only the band's "No Strings Attached" had higher first-week numbers with 2.4 million units sold last March.
In its first RIAA accounting, "Celebrity" notched marks for gold (500,000), platinum (1 million), and quintuple-platinum, for 5 million U.S. copies shipped. The certification was issued on Aug. 22, 30 days to the date from its release. According to the RIAA's rules, a recording does not become eligible for certification until 30 days after its initial release. To date, the set has sold 2.754 million copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Reaching a new multi-platinum mark in its latest accounting is Pink Floyd's 1987 Columbia album "A Momentary Lapse of Reason," certified for 4 million U.S. copies shipped. Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory" (Warner Bros.), Ja Rule's "Rule 3:36" (Murder Inc.), and Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds' "Live at Luther College" (RCA) each hit the triple-platinum mark.
Floyd's 1979 best-of set, "A Collection of Great Dance Songs" (Columbia), picked up double-platinum honors, as did a pair of Warner Bros.-issued Grateful Dead sets -- 1970's "American Beauty," and 1972's live "Europe '72," with the latter also earning a platinum certification. Shipments of other Warner Bros. Dead titles were also tabulated, with 1977's "What a Long Strange Trip It's Been" grabbing gold and platinum honors and 1960's "Live Dead" picking up a gold certification.
Other newly platinum titles are Drowning Pool's "Sinner" (Wind-Up), Sum 41's "All Killer No Filler" (Island), Alan Jackson's "When Somebody Loves You" (Arista Nashville), DJ Clue's "The Professional" (Rock-A-Fella), Pat Benatar's "Best Shots" (Capitol), Donald Fagen's "The Nightfly" (Warner Bros.), Al Jarreau's "Jarreau" (Warner Bros.), Lou Rawls' "Unmistakably Lou" (Epic), and Bob Dylan's acclaimed "John Wesley Harding" (Columbia).
Among the batch of newly certified gold albums are Foxy Brown's Def Jam set "Broken Silence," Depeche Mode's "Exciter" (Reprise), Tyrese's "2000 Watts" (RCA), Mudvayne's "L.D. 50" (Epic), and Rascal Flatts' self-titled Lyric Street set.
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