Aerosmith's 'Toys' Notches 8x Platinum
Stalwart rock act Aerosmith's classic Columbia album "Toys in the Attic" has been certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Featuring the Boston-based banStalwart rock act Aerosmith's classic Columbia album "Toys in the Attic" has been certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Featuring the Boston-based band's immortal tracks "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way," the set has shipped 8 million copies to U.S. retailers since its April 1975 release.
The album was the band's third full-length studio set, and it reached a peak of No. 11 on The Billboard 200. It remained on the chart for 128 weeks as "Walk This Way" reached No. 10 on Billboard's Hot 100, while "Sweet Emotion" topped out at No. 36.
The latest round of RIAA certifications also includes a platinum plaque for country artist Kenny Chesney's "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem." One million copies of the BNA set have been shipped to U.S. retailers since its April 23 release, and it has remained firmly entrenched at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums tally for six straight weeks. The album is also No. 8 on The Billboard 200.
West Coast rapper E-40 (real name: Earl Stevens) picked up a platinum award for his sophomore 1995 Sick Wid'It/Jive album, "In a Major Way." Arguably the cult artist's strongest release, "In a Major Way" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 13 on The Billboard 200, and spawned the singles "1 Luv" (featuring Leviti) and "Sprinkle Me" (featuring Suga T). The album also sported a guest appearance by Tupac Shakur on the track "Dusted 'n' Disgusted," which also featured Mac Mall and Spice One.
Several albums recently earned gold certification from the RIAA for U.S. shipments of 500,000 copies, including R&B crooner Avant's "Ecstasy" (MCA) and the multi-artist hard rock soundtrack to "The Scorpion King" (Universal). The latter features the Godsmack track "I Stand Alone," which topped Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks, as well as cuts by Creed, P.O.D., and System Of A Down, among others.
Other newly minted gold titles include the TVT set "Put Yo Hood Up" by Lil' Jon & the Eastside Boyz, Cyndi Thompson's Capitol Nashville album "My World," and the Who's 1994 MCA compilation "30 Years of Maximum R&B."
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