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The Titanic Hits Eight Million Sales in RIAA Awards

February Certifications puts the Soundtrack and Celine Dion on Fast Track

Washington, DC - The Recording Industry Association of America certified Sony Classical's blockbuster soundtrack to "Titanic" for an additional four million sales this month, putting it among the fastest-selling albums ever. The RIAA awarded a total of 16 multi-Platinum, 7 Platinum and 22 Gold albums during February. Two Gold and one Platinum music video certified.

The "Titanic" soundtrack has reached only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, moving eight million units in just over 3 1/2 months, faster than any album since the introduction of the RIAA Multi-Platinum Award in 1984. The five fastest selling album contenders to reach the eight million mark include three top soundtracks: "Titanic"/Soundtrack (14 weeks); "Purple Rain"/Soundtrack (18 weeks); "The Bodyguard"/Soundtrack (22 weeks); "II"/Boyz II Men (38 weeks); "Please Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em"/Hammer (39 weeks). "Titanic" is the highest- certified original score soundtrack and has remained on top of the Billboard charts for seven weeks. The epic movie is nominated for 14 Academy Awards.

Celine Dion achieved a personal best this month. The Grammy-winning star's "Let's Talk About Love," is her fastest-selling album, hitting the five million mark in just three months. Dion's last album, "Falling Into You," took seven months to reach five million. None of her previous albums before reached five million in U.S. sales. Dion's single "My Heart Will Go On," from the "Titanic" soundtrack is an Oscar contender for Best Original Song.

Four Alabama titles were awarded this month, bringing its cumulative certified sales total to 36 million, more than any other group or duo in country music history. Alabama now has 19 Gold albums, the most for any country group. The group has recorded on the RCA Nashville label throughout its entire career.

Patsy Cline's "Greatest Hits" has reached sales of eight million posthumously. The country legend has the highest certified greatest hits collection for a female artist.

Veteran crooner Andy Williams is awarded his 18th career Gold album with "We Need A Little Christmas." The album is on the Unison label, which has six other certified titles this month.

Melissa Etheridge lands her third multi-Platinum album with "Your Little Secret." It follows the success of "Melissa Etheridge" and "Yes I Am."

New artists climbing the multi-Platinum ladder include Matchbox 20's "Yourself Or Someone Like You," which reaches five million and Chumbawamba's "Tubthumper," which hit triple-Platinum. Sugar Ray's "Floored" and Savage Garden's self-titled debut are the first double-Platinum albums for each.

The first Latin album of the year to certify Gold is Alejandro Fernandez's "Me Estoy Enamorando" on Sony Discos. The Lox's "Money, Power & Respect," Blink 182's "Dude Ranch," Bare Naked Ladies' "Rock Spectacle," Holly Dunn's "Milestones Greatest Hits," and Allure's self-titled debut also received their first Gold albums.

In the music video category, Fleetwood Mac's "The Dance," from Warner Bros. Home Video, is their first Platinum award at 100,000 units. Pantera's "Watch It Go" and Korn's "Who Then Now?" are both certified Gold for sales over 50,000 units.

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