The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "Measure of a Man," has earned gold, platinum and double-platinum honors for U.S. shipments of more than 2 million units, according to November certifications by the RIAA.

The RCA debut by Clay Aiken, "Measure of a Man," has earned gold, platinum and double-platinum honors for U.S. shipments of more than 2 million units, according to November certifications by the RIAA. Also, the pop singer's remake of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has become one of the few singles to be certified platinum this year.

The original duo behind that classic has also hit new heights. Simon & Garfunkel's "Greatest Hits" (Columbia) was certified 14-times platinum in November, while 1999's "The Best of Simon & Garfunkel" (Columbia) received platinum honors. The act remains the most successful duo in history, with a shipment total of more than 38 million units.

Also in November, OutKast saw both its current Arista release, "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," and 2000's "Stankonia" go quadruple-platinum. Big Boi and Andre 3000 now enjoy a cumulative U.S. shipment total of more than 14 million.

The late Johnny Cash earned the first platinum studio album of his career last month with "America IV: The Man Comes Around" (American/Lost Highway).

Finally, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were honored with their first RIAA Diamond Award for 1993's "Greatest Hits" (MCA), which was certified 10-times platinum. The band's U.S. shipment total now exceeds 28 million units.

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