Twenty albums achieved IFPI Platinum Europe status in December -- the highest monthly total in more than three years.

Twenty albums achieved IFPI Platinum Europe status in December -- the highest monthly total in more than three years.

During 2004, a total of 77 albums were certified with Platinum Europe status, up from 70 in 2003. The IFPI delivered 89 awards to 63 artists in 2004, vs. 83 awards and 57 artists the previous year. Each award recognizes European shipments of 1 million units.

Robbie Williams' "Greatest Hits" (Chrysalis) achieved quadruple-platinum status in December, the only album to have reached that milestone within three months of its street date.

Also during December, triple-platinum accolades went to Alicia Keys' "Songs in A Minor" (J), Christina Aguilera's "Stripped" (RCA), Lenny Kravitz' "Greatest Hits" (Virgin) and U2's "How To Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" (Universal Island).

Sets by Eminem, Keane, Maroon 5, Massive Attack and Scissor Sisters went double platinum during the month.