Albums by a trio of R&B artists -- newcomer Alicia Keys, Sisqo, and Jagged Edge -- are at the forefront of the latest list of gold and platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association
Albums by a trio of R&B artists -- newcomer Alicia Keys, Sisqo, and Jagged Edge -- are at the forefront of the latest list of gold and platinum certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Keys' debut album, "Songs in A Minor" (J Records), Sisqo's sophomore Def Soul/Def Jam set "Return of Dragon," and JE's "Jagged Little Thrill" (Columbia), were certified for U.S. shipments of 500,000 copies (gold) and 1 million copies (platinum), in a first accounting for each by the RIAA.
The Keys set debuted on top of The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in the issue dated July 14, the same week that JE's "Thrill" bowed at No. 3 on both tallies. A week prior, Sisqo's "Dragon" debuted on those charts at No. 7 and No. 3, respectively.
Several sets reached new multi-platinum peaks in the latest reviews by the RIAA. Southern rock stalwart Lynyrd Skynyrd, which recently lost bassist Leon Wilkeson to chronic liver and lung disease, saw its 1989 MCA compilation "Skynyrd's Innyrds" tip the scales at five-times platinum (5 million U.S. units shipped). Staind's Elektra set "Break the Cycle" notched triple-platinum honors, as did Brooks & Dunn's 1997 "Greatest Hits" (Arista Nashville) and last year's "My Name is Joe" (Jive), by R&B crooner Joe.
Jennifer Lopez' Epic set "J.Lo" reached the double platinum plateau along with the bluegrass soundtrack to the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (Mercury Nashville). Others earning new status for 2 million in U.S. shipments are Warner Bros. releases by Black Sabbath ("Master of Reality," 1971), the Doobie Brothers ("What Once Were Vices Are Now Habits," 1974), and Al B. Sure ("In Effect Mode," 1988), as well as Paul McCartney's 1987 solo Capitol album "All the Best."
Among the new gold-certified albums are Stone Temple Pilots' "Shangri-La Dee Da" (Atlantic), Eden's Crush's "Popstars" (London/Sire), Luther Vandross' self-titled J Records debut, Drowning Pool's "Sinner" (Wind-Up), Alien Ant Farm's "Anthology" (DreamWorks), Lonestar's BNA set "I'm Already There," and the soundtracks to "Shrek" (DreamWorks) and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" (Elektra).
To view the full list of the latest gold, platinum, and multi-platinum certifications, click here.