Shania Twain has joined an exclusive club as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November certified her 1997 album "Come On Over" 20 times platinum.
Shania Twain has joined an exclusive club as the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in November certified her 1997 album "Come On Over" 20 times platinum. The milestone reflects U.S. shipments of 20 million copies of the single-disc Mercury Nashville set, the equivalent of two of the RIAA's diamond level awards (10 million).
"Come On Over" is the best selling country album in history, according to the RIAA. Only five artists have titles that have shipped more copies to U.S. retailers: the Eagles (1976's single-disc "Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975)," 28 million), Michael Jackson (1982's single-disc "Thriller," 26 million), Pink Floyd (1979's two-disc "The Wall," 23 million), Led Zeppelin (1971's single-disc "Led Zeppelin IV," 22 million) and Billy Joel (1985's two-disc "Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & II," 21 million). (Ed note: For its accounting purposes, the RIAA counts each disc of a multiple-disc release as a single unit towards a title's total.)
Twain's entry into that pantheon debuted at No. 1 Billboard's Top Country Albums and No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart upon its release. Eleven of the 16 tracks reached Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart: "You're Still the One" (No. 1), "Love Gets Me Every Time" (No. 1), "Honey I'm Home" (No. 1), "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" (No. 4), "Come On Over"(No. 6), "Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You)" (No. 6), "From This Moment On" (No. 6), "That Don't Impress Me Much" (No. 8), "You've Got a Way" (No. 13), "I'm Holdin' On To Love (To Save My Life)" (No. 17) and "Rock This Country" (No. 30).
Other RIAA platinum certifications in November included Evanescence's "Fallen" (Wind-Up, 6 million), Josh Groban's "Closer" (Reprise, 4 million), John Mayer's "Room for Squares (Columbia, 4 million), George Strait's "50 #1s" (MCA Nashville, 3 million), the late Ray Charles' swan song "Genius Loves Company" (Concord Records, 2 million) and Nelly's "Suit" and "Sweat" albums (Derrty/Fo' Reel/UMRG), honored for shipments of 2 million and 1 million, respectively.
Several holiday albums also enjoyed platinum honors in advance of the season. The various artists compilation "Now That's What I Call Christmas!" (UTV) was certified for shipments of 6 million, Bing Crosby's classic "White Christmas" (MCA) for 4 million, Trans-Siberian Orchestra's "Christmas Eve and Other Stories" (Lava) received double-platinum honors and Harry Connick Jr.'s "Harry for the Holidays" (Columbia) was certified platinum, the ninth such award of the artist's career.