Melua, Bruni Score IMPALA Sales Awards

Katie Melua and Carla Bruni are among those recognised by the latest batch of IMPALA sales awards.

The pan-European trade body for independent music companies gives out the awards annually to acknowledge sales of independent releases across Europe.

Melua's latest release, "The Katie Melua Collection" (Dramatico), has been certified platinum (500,000 units). She also reached gold status (100,000) with the late Eva Cassidy on the duet "What a Wonderful World" (Dramatico).

Melua had already reached multi-platinum IMPALA status with her 2006 release "Piece by Piece" (Dramatico).

Carla Bruni was the only artist in this batch of awards to receive a multi-platinum award (1.5 million plus units), for her "Quelqu'un m'a Dit" (Naive) record.

Among those winning diamond awards (250,000 units) was Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut (XL Recordings), Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand's "Let Me Think About It" (Lifted House) and Camille Jones vs. Fedde Le Grand's "The Creeps" (Lifted House).

"The IMPALA Awards are to recognize, and to thank the artists and the record companies who produce such great music," said Alison Wenham, chairman and chief executive of U.K. indies body AIM, a member of IMPALA. "They help to spread the word across Europe and promote the grass roots of the indie sector, as well as the international stars independent companies regularly produce."

In total, 43 awards were given for platinum, diamond, gold and silver (30,000) sales across Europe. To date, about 550 awards have been registered with IMPALA.

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