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The Gold & Platinum Awards have been a pinnacle of success in the music industry since 1958. The awards below are earned by artists who have met rigorous standards, and recipients join the ranks of the most iconic recording artists.

RIAA GOLD & PLATINUM AWARDS

Certification Minimum Units
Date Established
Gold® 500,000 1958
Platinum® 1,000,000 1976
Multi-Platinum™ 2,000,000  (in increments of 1,000,000 thereafter) 1984
Diamond® 10,000,000 and counting 1999
Premios de Oro y Platino
Recognizes successful albums and singles that are more than 50% Spanish language. The Latin Program New Album Award counts album sales, song sales and on-demand audio and/or video song streams at the formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.
Oro 30,000 2001
Platino 60,000 2001
Multi-Platino 120,000 (in increments of 60,000 thereafter) 2001
Diamante 600,000 and counting 2001
Latin Digital Single Award 30,000 and counting of single sales and on-demand stream units 2013

 

RIAA GOLD & PLATINUM CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Gold Platinum Multi-Platinum
DIGITAL SINGLE AWARD*
This award counts both downloads and on-demand music streams. On-demand audio and/or video song streams are counted towards the thresholds required for certification at the formula of 150 on-demand streams being equivalent to one download sale.
Quantity
All versions count once toward certification.
500,000 units One million units Two million units
Requirements Recertified at each million unit sales level.
*Additional notes:

  • Only sales and streams occurring in the United States qualify for RIAA awards.
    • If you’re interested in learning more about international music awards programs, please visit IFPI’s website.
  • On-demand streams on digital music services that are authorized by and reported to the record labels, whether paid for by the consumer through a subscription or free to the consumer through ad-supported services, will be accepted for RIAA certifications.
  • WhyMusicMatters.com, a joint initiative of the RIAA and Music Biz, lists the leading authorized music services in the United States.
  • Only official label/company videos count towards certification; user-generated videos do not.
SHORTFORM ALBUM/EP*
The new Album Award counts album sales, song sales and on-demand audio and/or video song streams at the formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.
Quantity 500,000 units One million units Two million units
Requirements Must include at least three but no more than five different songs. Must include at least three but no more than five different songs. Must include at least three but no more than five different songs.
Average minimum running time is 30 minutes. Average minimum running time is 30 minutes. Average minimum running time is 30 minutes.
Recertified at each million unit sales level.
FULL-LENGTH ALBUM*
The new Album Award counts album sales, song sales and on-demand audio and/or video song streams at the formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.
Quantity 500,000 units One million units Two million units
Requirements May combine sale of all configurations. May combine sale of all configurations. May combine sale of all configurations.
Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% of audio content of regular CD. Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% of audio content of regular CD. Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% of audio content of regular CD.
Recertified at each million unit sales level.
MULTI DISC SET
Quantity
Package must include two or more CDs, or its tape and album equivalent.
500,000 units One million units Two million units
Requirements Each unit within set counts as one unit toward certification. Each unit within set counts as one unit toward certification. Each unit within set counts as one unit toward certification.
Minimum running time 100 minutes. Minimum running time 100 minutes. Minimum running time 100 minutes.
Recertified at each million unit sales level.
MUSIC VIDEO SINGLE
Quantity 25,000 units 50,000 units 100,000 units
Requirements Must contain no more than two songs per video. Must contain no more than two songs per video. Must contain no more than two songs per video.
Maximum running time 15 minutes. Maximum running time 15 minutes. Maximum running time 15 minutes.
Recertified at each 50,000 unit sales level.
MUSIC VIDEO LONGFORM
Quantity 50,000 units 100,000 units 200,000 units
Requirements Defined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior to distribution. Defined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior to distribution. Defined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior to distribution.
Recertified at 100,000 unit sales level.
MULTI-BOX MUSIC VIDEO SET
Quantity
Package must include three or more video marketed as a set.
50,000 units 100,000 units 200,000 units
Requirements Each individual video within set is counted as one toward certification. Each individual video within set is counted as one toward certification. Each individual video within set is counted as one toward certification.
Recertified at each 100,000 unit sales level.
MASTER RINGTONE AWARD
Quantity Recognizes the sale of more than 500,000 (and counting) ringtones