Charles Earns First Platinum RIAA Award
After nearly 60 years of recording, Ray Charles posthumously earned the first platinum award of his career with "Genius Loves Company" (Concord) via September certifications by the Recording IndustryAfter nearly 60 years of recording, Ray Charles posthumously earned the first platinum award of his career with "Genius Loves Company" (Concord) via September certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America.
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 been certified for 1 million units shipped to U.S. retailers. Charles scored five gold records over the years for the 1960s 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" reached triple-platinum status in September, making it the year's biggest debut by a female artist with 3 million copies in stores. The Geffen set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, where it stayed for three weeks.
Another former Billboard 200 chart-topper, Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying," achieved double-platinum honors a month after its release, raising the country star's career U.S. shipment level to 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 Al Green grabbed the first multi-platinum award of his career with "Al Green's Greatest Hits" (Right Stuff), thanks to shipments of 2 million units. 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 were rap act D12 and soul artist Jill Scott, with "D12 World" (Shady/Interscope) and "Who is Jill Scott?: Words and Sounds, Volume I" (Epic), respectively. Both acts were certified for U.S. shipments of 2 million units.
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.
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