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Dixie Chicks Certified Diamond® for "Wide Open Spaces"

Washington, DC - "Wide Open Spaces," the 1998 major label debut of country superstars The Dixie Chicks was certified for sales of 10 million copies this month according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The trio is only the fourth country act in history to land a Diamond® album following Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks and Shania Twain.

"This is a music industry success story. This record grew slowly while the band built up their fanbase," said RIAA president and CEO Hilary Rosen. "Ten million copies of this album along with the strong sales of their second release, 'Fly,' clearly shows that the Dixie Chicks will be around for a long time. We're thrilled to have another Diamond® award recipient."

Country music continued its resurgence this month as seven other artists also received awards. Kenny Chesney received his first Multi-Platinum™ honor for his 1999 release "Everywhere We Go," while Martina McBride landed her fourth consecutive Platinum® album for "Emotion." Twelve year old country sensation Billy Gilman received his first Platinum® album for "One Voice" while Andy Griggs' "You Won't Ever Be Lonely" was certified Gold®.

On the heels of her current sold-out tour with husband Tim McGraw, Faith Hill's "Faith" reached the five million sales plateau. Country music legends Alabama earned their 22nd Gold® record for their RCA release "Twentieth Century." Aaron Tippin earned his sixth Gold® record for "People Like Us," his first release on Lyric Street Records.

The sales of hip-hop music show no sign of slowing down as six artists were honored with awards this month. Eminem continues his dominance as "The Marshall Mathers LP" is certified for sales of seven million while Nelly adds another million in sales to "Country Grammar" which is now certified triple Platinum®. "No Way Out," the 1997 debut smash by Puff Daddy is now certified seven times Platinum®.

"I Got That Work," the major label debut by New Orleans own Big Tymers was certified both Gold® and Platinum® while "The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II A Book" by Wyclef Jean was certified Gold®.

Janet Jackson received her 19th Gold® single for "Doesn't Really Matter," the smash from the soundtrack to "The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps." Among solo female artists, only Madonna and Whitney Houston have more Gold® singles.

Britney Spears' "Oops!…I Did It Again" reached the seven million sales plateau just four months after being released. Her 1999 debut "…Baby One More Time," is certified for sales of 12 million copies.

Korn's "Follow The Leader," is certified quadruple Platinum®. Their latest release, "Issues" stands at three million while "Life Is Peachy" and "Korn" are both double Platinum®.

Bon Jovi received their eighth consecutive Platinum® album this month for "Crush." All of the band's albums have certified at least Platinum®. The band received a Diamond® award for "Slippery When Wet" which has sold more than 12 million copies to date.

Elektra recording artists Vitamin C and Yolanda Adams received their first Platinum® albums this month for "Vitamin C" and "Mountain High, Valley Low," respectively while Pink earned her first Platinum® album for "Can't Take Me Home" on LaFace Records.

Four artists were certified for their respective major label debuts this month. "The Madding Crowd" by Nine Days, "My Thoughts" by Avant, "The Truth" by Beanie Sigel and "The ABBA Generation" by The A*Teens were all certified Gold®. Son By Four earned their first Gold® award for their self titled release on Sony Tropical. The band had previously received honors under the RIAA's "Los Premios De Oro y Platino™" Latin award program.

The RIAA awarded a total of 12 Multi-Platinum™, eight Platinum® and 16 Gold® albums in September. All certifications are calculated by Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman. Complete lists of all album and single awards for September 2000 are attached and can also be accessed at www.riaa.com.


The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is the trade organization that supports and promotes the creative and financial vitality of the major music companies. Its members comprise the most vibrant record industry in the world. RIAA® members create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legitimate recorded music produced and sold in the United States.

In support of this mission, the RIAA works to protect the intellectual property and First Amendment rights of artists and music labels; conduct consumer, industry and technical research; and monitor and review state and federal laws, regulations and policies. The RIAA® also certifies Gold®, Platinum®, Multi-Platinum™ and Diamond sales awards as well as Los Premios De Oro y Platino™, an award celebrating Latin music sales.

Jonathan Lamy
Cara Duckworth
Liz Kennedy