David Gray, Radiohead Reach Platinum
David Gray's ATO set "White Ladder" and Radiohead's Capitol album "Kid A" both reached the platinum level in the Recording Industry Association Of America's (RIAA) latest round of certifications. EachDavid Gray's ATO set "White Ladder" and Radiohead's Capitol album "Kid A" both reached the platinum level in the Recording Industry Association Of America's (RIAA) latest round of certifications. Each title was certified last week for U.S. sales of 1 million copies.
Gray's album has reinvigorated the artist's career, which hit a bump with the unsuccessful 1996 album "Sell, Sell, Sell," the artist's last for EMI. "White Ladder" was initially released on Gray's own iht label, and subsequently released by ATO in North America. The label will release "Lost Songs 95-98," an acoustic album featuring 11 songs written by Gray following his exit from EMI, in the coming months. The set was the week's top debut on the U.K. album chart, where it arrived at No. 7 on the chart released on Sunday.
"Kid A" is nominated for three Grammy Awards -- album of the year, best alternative music album, and best engineered album, non-classical. Its producer, Nigel Godrich, is also nominated in the producer of the year, non-classical category for his work on "Kid A" and on Travis' "The Man Who." As previously reported, Godrich has been working with both of those bands on follow-up albums. Radiohead's "Amnesiac" is due out June 5 in the U.S., and a day before internationally.
Santana's "Supernatural" (Arista) and Jay-Z's "Vol. 3... The Life And Times Of S. Carter" (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam) each reached new multi-platinum levels in the RIAA's mid-February certifications. "Supernatural," which re-established Santana as a force in popular music, was certified for U.S. sales of 14 million copies. Jay-Z's 1999 set -- which notched certification for 3 million copies sold in the U.S. -- is the rapper's third multi-platinum release.
A pair of notable gold certifications also came with the RIAA's latest accounting. Former Blackstreet member Dave Hollister's "Chicago '85... The Movie" (DreamWorks) was certified for U.S. sales of 500,000 copies, as was the latest best-of collection from southern rock kings Lynyrd Skynyrd, "20th Century Masters - The Best Of Lynyrd Skynyrd" (MCA).