R&B vet's final record ships 1 million units in Sept.
After nearly 60 years of recordings, Ray Charles posthumously earns the first platinum award of his career with "Genius Loves Company" (Concord) during September certifications by the RIAA.
The R&B veteran's final studio album debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 last month with U.S. sales of 202,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and has since shipped 1 million units to U.S. retailers. Charles scored five gold records over the years including the1960s ABC Records sets, "A Man and His Soul," "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music," "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Vol. 2," "Greatest Hits" and Rhino's 1989 "Anthology."
Ashlee Simpson's "Autobiography" was awarded triple-platinum status in September to become the year's best-selling debut by a female artist. The Geffen set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, where it stayed for three weeks.
Fellow former Billboard 200 chart-topper Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying" achieved double-platinum honors a month after its release, tallying the country star a career certified U.S. shipment total of 25 million units. With an opening week of 766,000 copies, McGraw's latest Curb album enjoyed the fifth biggest debut for a country album in the Nielsen SoundScan era.
Soul icon Reverend Al Green grabs the first multi-platinum award of his career with "Al Green's Greatest Hits" (Right Stuff) for shipments of 2 million units. Green recently reunited with longtime producer/mentor Willie Mitchell after a 27-year gap to release his secular Blue Note debut, "I Can't Stop," and released the 4-CD boxed set, "The Immortal Soul of Al Green" (EMI), last month. In the midst of a North American tour, Green also notched a gold record last month for "More Greatest Hits" (Right Stuff).
Also grabbing their first-ever multi-platinum awards are D12 and Jill Scott, with "D12 World" (Shady/Interscope) and "Who is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Volume I" (Epic), respectively. Both acts were certified for shipments of 2 million.
Punk act Rancid earned its first platinum award for 1995's "And Out Came the Wolves" (Epitaph), as did rapper Lloyd Banks with his G-Unit/Interscope solo debut, "The Hunger for More," which bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in July.