Rule, Usher, Vandross Lead Platinum Charge
Ja Rule's Murder Inc. set "Pain Is Love," Usher's Arista album "8701," and Luther Vandross' self-titled J Records debut lead the list of albums newly certified platinum by the Recording Industry AssocJa Rule's Murder Inc. set "Pain Is Love," Usher's Arista album "8701," and Luther Vandross' self-titled J Records debut lead the list of albums newly certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Released in October, August, and June, respectively, each has been certified for U.S. sales of 1 million copies. The Ja Rule and Usher albums were also each certified gold (500,000 copies) in their first accounting by the RIAA since their release.
Several titles reached new multi-platinum levels in the latest round, led by "The Best of the Doors" (Elektra). Originally released in 1973, the set has been certified for U.S. sales of 9 million copies. Other titles achieving new peaks are Destiny's Child's "The Writing's on the Wall" (Columbia, 8 million), Linda Ronstadt's "Greatest Hits" (Asylum, 7 million), Tracy Chapman's 1988 self-titled Elektra debut (6 million), and 1995 Elektra releases by Chapman ("New Beginning") and Natalie Merchant ("Tigerlily"), each for 5 million copies sold.
Staind's May release, "Break the Cycle" (Elektra), reached a new certification peak for U.S. sales of 4 million copies, as did the Cars' 1979 classic "Candy-O" (Elektra). Reaching the triple-platinum plateau were Jennifer Lopez' "J. Lo" (Epic), Ronstadt's 1989 album "Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind," the Doors' 1967 self-titled Elektra release and their 1980 "Greatest Hits," and the Mercury Nashville soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
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