10 albums certified in January.
Albums by British pop stars Robbie Williams and James Blunt each arrived at the four million shipments milestone during January, according to Platinum Europe certifications issued today (Feb. 13) by the IFPI.
Williams' October 2005 release "Intensive Care" (Chrysalis) finished the year as the biggest-shifting album across Europe, where it is recognized as platinum or multi-platinum in 15 markets. The album has achieved five-times platinum status in both the United Kingdom and Germany.
Also in January, Blunt's debut October 2004 record "Back to Bedlam" (Atlantic) reached quadruple platinum status on the back of massive success at home. Charts compiler the Official U.K. Charts Company last month acknowledged "Back to Bedlam" as the biggest-selling album in Britain during 2005, selling 2.368 million copies over-the-counter in the calendar year.
The singer-songwriter is also up for five trophies at the Brit Awards 2006, to be held Wednesday (Feb. 15) in London.
The IFPI presented platinum awards to a total of 10 albums during January. Madonna's "Confessions On a Dancefloor" (Warner Bros.) reached triple platinum status, for European shipments in excess of three million units.
Opera-pop act Il-Divo's self-titled Syco Music/Sony BMG album and follow-up "Ancora" each surpassed two-million unit shipments, as did Eminem's "Curtain Call" (Interscope).
Albums by Enya, Kelly Clarkson and Westlife also claimed platinum Europe status.