Spanish labels' group and IFPI affiliate Promusicae has reduced the number of shipments necessary for a record to reach gold or platinum status, with effect from Nov. 1.

Spanish labels' group and IFPI affiliate Promusicae has reduced the number of shipments necessary for a record to reach gold or platinum status, with effect from Nov. 1.

From that date, platinum disc awards will require unit shipments of 80,000, down from 100,000; platinum certification on singles will be down to 20,000 from 50,000 shipments. Gold discs will be issued for 40,000 unit sales instead of 50,000; singles will receive gold certification on 10,000 shipments, down from 25,000.

Promusicae blamed the continuing music industry crisis for the move. "The decision is the consequence of the difficult situation that has been dragging down our industry for some years, and has given Spanish labels a new reality with regards to record sales expectations," says Promusicae president Antonio Guisasola.

Promusicae says the value of first-half record sales in Spain were down 15.7% year-on-year at €180 million ($218 million), with a 13.4% drop in unit sales over first-half 2004 at 19.1 million units. The latest IFPI report on global piracy places Spain, for the second year in a row, among the top ten countries in the world most affected by physical CD piracy.

Spain's legal music market has declined 33% since 2000, and some 25% of all CDs sold are illegal copies, according to Promusicae. The pirate CD market is valued at €62 million ($75 million), not counting losses caused by online piracy for which figures are not available, says the trade body.

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