Steely Dan's Grammy Grab Followed By Platinum Pickup
Veteran rock act Steely Dan's Giant set "Two Against Nature" was certified platinum last week by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales of 1 million copies. The sales markVeteran rock act Steely Dan's Giant set "Two Against Nature" was certified platinum last week by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales of 1 million copies. The sales mark follows the Donald Fagen/Walter Becker-led group's surprising sweep at last month's Grammy Awards, where the Dan picked up a trio of awards -- album of the year and best pop album, as well as best pop performance by a duo or group for the track "Cousin Dupree."
The group's first studio set in nearly two decades, "Two Against Nature" saw a 747% surge in sales in the week following the Grammy honors. The album, which debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 last March and was certified gold (500,000) copies the next month, re-entered the chart at No. 54 that week. It stands at No. 87 on the current chart.
"Two Against Nature" joins a host of the band's titles that have reached the platinum plateau. 1977's "Aja" was certified double platinum in 1993. 1972's "Can't Buy A Thrill," 1974's "Pretzel Logic," 1975's "Katy Lied," and 1976's "Royal Scam" -- all originally issued on the ABC label and later re-issued by MCA after it took over the label -- were certified platinum the same year. The 1978 ABC release "Steely Dan's Greatest Hits" was also certified platinum shortly after its release, while "Gaucho," the first album the band recorded for MCA, was certified platinum in 1981.
Also sporting newly minted platinum is Dream's "It Was All A Dream." The Bad Boy/Arista female teen pop outfit's debut album was released in late January, following the success of the single "He Loves U Not," which peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard Hot 100 in December. The album debuted on The Billboard 200 at No. 6; it moves at 18-21 in its seventh week on the chart.
The various artists compilation "Wow Gospel 2000" (Verity) also hit the 1 million copy mark. Released in February 2000, the two-disc set features Bebe Winans, Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples, and Hezekiah Walker And The Love Fellowship Crusade Choir, among others.
Several artists reached new multi-platinum levels in the first round of March accountings by the RIAA. Britney Spears' Jive set "Oops...! I Did It Again" hit nine-times platinum (9 million copies sold), while George Harrison's 1970 Capitol set "All Things Must Pass," recently reissued in expanded form, notched the 6 million U.S. copies sold mark. Faith Hill's crossover smash "Breathe" (Warner Bros.) also hit six-times platinum.
Ted Nugent's legendary "Cat Scratch Fever" (Epic) posted triple-platinum receipts, while his 1981 set "Great Gonzos: The Best Of Ted Nugent" (Epic) tipped the two million U.S. copies sold mark. Also clocking in at double platinum were Lil' Bow Wow's So So Def/Columbia release "Beware Of Dog" and Mystikal's "Let's Get Ready" (Jive).