Presley, Brooks Reach RIAA Milestones
In the months leading up to last week's 25th anniversary of his death, 15 Elvis Presley albums (eight previously certified, seven new titles) released by RCA were reviewed by the Recording Industry AsIn the months leading up to last week's 25th anniversary of his death, 15 Elvis Presley albums (eight previously certified, seven new titles) released by RCA were reviewed by the Recording Industry Association of America, which has certified his cumulative total of U.S. shipments at 100 million units. As recently as last month, the King's certified shipments had reached 93 million.
According to the RIAA, only the Beatles (164.5 million), Led Zeppelin (105 million), and Garth Brooks (105 million) have shipped more album units in the U.S. Even so, Presley has received more gold and platinum honors than any performer -- 88 gold records, 45 of which have been certified platinum and 22 of which have gone on to multi-platinum status.
"The Number One Hits" leads the three most recently certified Presley titles at three times platinum for shipments of 3 million units, followed by gold honors (500,000 units) for 1987's "The Complete Sun Sessions" and 1981's "This Is Elvis." "Elvis' Christmas Album" stands at the highest level at seven times platinum.
Also reaching a new milestone is "Double Live," Brooks' 1998 two-disc Capitol Nashville concert set, which has been certified 15 times platinum by the RIAA for U.S. shipments of 15 million units. As "Double Live" consists of two discs and each is counted as a "unit," the certification means that 7.5 million copies of the title have been shipped.
Amazingly, the 25-track collection was certified 12 times platinum by the RIAA just one month after its Nov. 17, 1998, release. The set debuted on top of Billboard's Top Country Albums chart and The Billboard 200.
Other newly certified platinum titles include Aerosmith's Columbia compilation "O, Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits," which reached the mark in just more than a month; Rhino's "Totally Hits 2002" compilation; and Michael W. Smith's "Worship" (Reunion).
To view a list of the RIAA's latest certifications, click here.