Garth Brooks’ two-CD “Double Live” (Capitol Nashville) was certified for U.S. sales of 14 million copies in a January accounting by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA), making it the best-selling live album in history. Brooks, who recently won the People’s Choice award for favorite male musical performer, last year became the first solo artist to sell 100 million albums in the U.S. when “Double Live” was certified for sales of 13 million copies.
Meanwhile, 14 AC/DC titles were reviewed this month, bringing the Elektra act’s total certified sales to 63 million, placing them behind only the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and the Eagles as the best selling band in U.S. history.
U2’s latest album, “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” (Interscope), picked up double platinum honors for U.S. sales of 2 million copies. Released last Halloween, the set achieved gold and platinum in its first accounting in December. Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Web/Aftermath/Interscope) also notched another platinum level as it was certified by the RIAA for 8 million copies sold.
New platinum certifications (1 million U.S. copies sold), were given to rapper Xzibit’s Loud album “Restless” and Kenny Chesney’s “Greatest Hits” (BNA Records). New gold certifications (500,000 copies) included recent releases Keith Sweat’s Elektra set “Didn’t See Me Coming,” Funkmaster Flex’ “Funkmaster Flex: 60 Minutes Of Funk, Vol. IV” (Loud), and Musiq Soulchild’s “AIJUSWANASEING” (Def Jam/Def Soul), as well as the Band’s legendary 1968 set, “Music From Big Pink.”