Zeppelin, Aerosmith Mine RIAA Diamonds
Led Zeppelin's 1969 self-titled Atlantic debut and Aerosmith's 1980 collection "Aerosmith's Greatest Hits" (Columbia) each earned Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) diamond awards with FLed Zeppelin's 1969 self-titled Atlantic debut and Aerosmith's 1980 collection "Aerosmith's Greatest Hits" (Columbia) each earned Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) diamond awards with February certification for 10 million U.S. copies sold. The sales feat puts the bands among a handful of top-selling artists, including the Eagles, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Garth Brooks, Elton John, and the Backstreet Boys.
In anticipation of the band's upcoming studio release, Aerosmith also enjoyed new certifications for three other titles -- the 1976 "Rocks" notched quadruple-platinum honors, 1974's "Get Your Wings" hit triple-platinum, and 1986's "Classics Live" reached platinum. The group's new Columbia set, "Just Push Play," is out tomorrow (March 6).
Destiny's Child leads a group of artists who find their albums reaching new multi-platinum levels in this go-around. The female R&B group's Columbia release "The Writing's On The Wall" tipped the sales scale with certification for 7 million U.S. copies sold, or seven-times platinum.
Shaggy's "Hotshot" (MCA) and Blink 182's "Enema Of The State" (MCA) each reached the 5 million level, while Eric Clapton and B.B. King's "Riding With The King" (Reprise) was certified double-platinum.
Jennifer Lopez' Epic set "J. Lo," O-Town's self-titled J Records debut, and Snoop Dogg's No Limit/Priority set "Tha Last Meal" were each certified gold and platinum -- for U.S. sales of 500,000 and 1 million copies -- at the end of the month in first accountings by the RIAA.
Other newly minted platinum titles are Fuel's "Something Like Human" (Epic), Toby Keith's "How Do You Like Me Now?!" (DreamWorks), Brad Paisley's "Who Needs Pictures" (Arista Nashville), and the various artists compilation "Ken Burns Jazz: The Story Of American Music" (Columbia/Legacy).
New gold titles are Coldplay's "Parachutes" (Nettwerk) and the various artists gospel set "Songs 4 Worship: Shout To The Lord" (Integrity).