With the release of her second greatest hits set just around the corner, Madonna’s 1990 Warner Bros. compilation “The Immaculate Collection” has been certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. sales of 10 million copies. It’s the second diamond award for the material girl, taking its place beside the one she earned in 1999 for “Like a Virgin.”
As previously reported, Maverick/Warner Bros. will release “GHV2,” a collection of 15 of Madonna’s more recent hits, on Nov. 13. The same date will bring a DVD and VHS release of the artist’s recent HBO special, “The Drowned World Tour.”
The latest round of RIAA certifications also found matchbox twenty reaching the 12-times platinum mark for its 1996 Atlantic album “Yourself or Someone Like You,” which earned its diamond award in 1999. The group’s 2000 album “mad season by matchbox twenty” was also certified for sales of 4 million copies to U.S. retailers.
Other multi-platinum milestones were reached by John Mellencamp’s Mercury set “Scarecrow” and Alan Jackson’s Arista Nashville “Greatest Hits Collection” (5 million), and Charlie Daniels Band’s Epic collection “A Decade of Hits,” Linkin Park’s Warner Bros. set “Hybrid Theory,” and Enya’s Reprise release “A Day Without Rain” (4 million). Triple-platinum honors were bestowed on Kirk Franklin’s “God’s Property” (Interscope), Brian McKnight’s “Back at One” (Motown), U2’s “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” (Interscope), and the various artists hits compilation “NOW! That’s What I Call Music 7” (Virgin).
Judas Priest’s 1982 album “Screaming for Vengeance” (Columbia) earned a double-platinum award in the latest accounting, as did Eve’s “Ruff Ryders’ First Lady” (Ruff Ryders), Disturbed’s “The Sickness” (Giant), Train’s “Drops of Jupiter” (Columbia), and the late Aaliyah’s “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” (Jive).
A slew of recently released albums were certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies to U.S. retailers, including Slipknot’s “Iowa” (Roadrunner), Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama” (MCA), and System Of A Down’s “Toxicity” (Columbia). Other titles sporting newly minted platinum are P.O.D.’s “Satellite” (Atlantic), Nickelback’s “Silver Side Up” (Roadrunner), Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint” (Roc-A-Fella), the Arista compilation “Totally Hits 4,” and Mariah Carey’s “Glitter” (Virgin).
Another notable title reaching the platinum mark is “The Star Spangled Banner” single by Whitney Houston. As previously reported, the artist is donating all royalties and net proceeds from the sale of the Arista single to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police.
To view all of the latest RIAA certifications, visit Billboard.com’s Gold & Platinum section.