Aerosmith, Matthews Lead Platinum Push
The latest albums by Aerosmith and the Dave Matthews Band tipped the gold and platinum scales in their first accountings by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Aerosmith's self-produThe latest albums by Aerosmith and the Dave Matthews Band tipped the gold and platinum scales in their first accountings by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Aerosmith's self-produced Columbia set "Just Push Play" and DMB's Glen Ballard-helmed "Everyday" (RCA) were each certified for U.S. shipments of 500,000 and 1 million copies within the last two weeks.
Last month, "Everyday" debuted on top of The Billboard 200, while a week later "Just Push Play" pulled in just behind it at No. 2 in its premiere week. DMB will kick off a North American tour in support of its set April 21 in Charlottesville, Va.; Aerosmith will kick off its own tour June 6 in Hartford, Conn.
Other newly mined platinum honors racked up in early April include the Corrs' "In Blue" (Atlantic), Eric Clapton's "The Clapton Chronicles" (RCA), and the various artists inspirational set "Songs For Worship: Shout to the Lord" (Integrity)."
Titles by both the Backstreet Boys and Meat Loaf reached the 14 million mark this month, albeit for releases that came 20 years apart. The new RIAA certification level came for Loaf's 1977 classic "Bat Out of Hell" (Epic) and the boy band's 1997 self-titled Jive set, respectively.
Several others reached new multi-platinum heights, led by the Red Hot Chili Peppers' 1991 Warner Bros. set "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" at 7 million. The sales of a slew of Columbia albums were also newly reviewed, including the 1967 "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" album and Billy Joel's 1993 release "River Of Dreams (5 million); two titles by Blood, Sweat & Tears -- 1974's "Blood, Sweat & Tears" (4 million) and 1972's "Greatest Hits" (2 million); and Marc Anthony's self-titled 1999 album (3 million).
Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" (MCA Nashville) and Aaron Carter's "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)" (Jive) were each certified double-platinum for U.S. shipments of 2 million copies.
The oldest album to show up on the latest RIAA list of certified albums is jazz saxophonist John Coltrane's "Blue Train." Considered by many to be the legendary artist's greatest album, the 1957 Blue Note set was certified gold.