Grammy-nominated R&B newcomer Jill Scott has achieved the first piece of precious metal of her recording career. Last week, Scott's debut solo album, "Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Volume

Grammy-nominated R&B newcomer Jill Scott has achieved the first piece of precious metal of her recording career. Last week, Scott's debut solo album, "Who Is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Volume 1" (Hidden Beach/Epic), was certified platinum for U.S. sales of 1 million copies by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA). Scott is nominated for three Grammy Awards, including best new artist.

Crazy Town's Columbia release "The Gift Of Game" reached the same level in the RIAA's latest round of certifications, as did K-Ci & Jo-Jo's MCA release "X." The R&B-flavored Hollywood soundtrack to "Save The Last Dance" and the Atlantic compilation "Totally Hits 3" picked up both gold (500,000 copies) and platinum honors in first accountings for each.

Several titles reached new multi-platinum levels, led by the Backstreet Boys' 1999 Jive album "Millennium" (13) and the Beatles' Apple/Capitol collection "1" (seven). A trio of releases reached triple-platinum (3 million) -- Sting's "Brand New Day" (A&M), Outkast's LaFace/Arista set "Stankonia," and Shaggy's MCA album "Hotshot" (three), which currently tops The Billboard 200 in its 26th week on the chart.

Dido's "No Angel" (Artist), Moby's "Play" (V2), and Ja Rule's "Rule 3:36" (Murder, Inc.) were all certified double platinum for U.S. sales of 2 million copies.

A pair of soundtracks lead the gold charge as the various artists bluegrass accompaniment to the George Clooney-starring "O Brother Where Art Thou?" (Mercury Nashville) and the Aimee Mann-heavy companion to "Magnolia" (Reprise) were each certified for U.S. sales of 500,000 copies. Also reaching that level was Lifehouse's DreamWorks set "No Name Face," 3LW's self-titled Epic release, and Celine Dion's "The Collector's Series, Volume One" (Epic).

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