Washington, DC - She has a critically acclaimed debut album, is rapidly becoming a household name and has just been certified for the sale of more than two million copies of her debut album "Let Go" according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). And Avril Lavigne hasn't even reached her 18th birthday.
The Ontario-born Canadian import burst on the national music scene back in June and her Arista debut was certified both Gold® and Platinum® little more than a month later. Strong weekly sales have consistently landed the album in the Top 10 and it has now crossed the Multi-Platinum™ threshold.
"Avril is a great young performer and songwriter and it's very encouraging to see the way the public has responded to this album," said RIAA Chairman and CEO Hilary Rosen.
When does five equal six? When you're Creed who have been one of the hottest bands in the country and who saw their first album for Wind-up Records, "My Own Prison," reach the six million sales mark on the five-year anniversary of its release. This brings their cumulative sales to an impressive 21 million albums.
Just before receiving a record setting 10 CMA nominations, Alan Jackson saw his latest Arista Nashville set, "Drive," reach triple Platinum® status. His 1992 release "A Lot About Livin' (And A Little 'Bout Love)" remains his best selling album with sales of more than six million copies.
"Busted Stuff," the ninth album by the ever-popular Dave Matthews Band was certified Gold®, Platinum® and double Platinum® in August, just a month after being released. Each of the band's albums has been certified at least Platinum® with their 1996 blockbuster "Crash" topping the list with sales of more than seven million copies. In addition, Dave's collaboration with Tim Reynolds, 1999's "Live At Luther College" has been certified triple Platinum®.
Norah Jones earned her first Platinum® album for her debut "Come Away With Me" on Blue Note Records making her the second artist in Blue Note history to receive Platinum® honors. The jazz/hip-hop collective US3 received a Platinum® record back in 1999 for their "Hand On The Torch" album.
Atlantic's P.O.D. continues to enjoy huge success as their recently re-released sophomore effort "Satellite" has crossed the triple Platinum mark. Their 1999 debut, "The Fundamental Elements of Southtown" is certified Platinum®.
DreamWorks keeps churning out the hits as Jimmy Eat World picked up their first ever Platinum award for their latest, self-titled disc while Toby Keith also earned Platinum honors for his third album for DreamWorks Nashville, "Unleashed." Keith's previous two albums, "How Do You Like Me Now?" and "Pull My Chain" are also certified Platinum®.
Eminem continues to ride high as "The Eminem Show" crossed the five million sales level solidifying the album's status as what is currently the best selling record of 2002. In all, Slim Shady's three albums have sold more than 17 million copies.
Nearly three decades after the release of their Columbia debut, veteran rockers Aerosmith have come full circle as their double disc greatest hits compilation "O Yeah! Ultimate Aerosmith Hits" was certified both Gold® and Platinum® in August giving the Boston quintet their 23rd Gold® and 18th Platinum® album. In addition, they have inched past AC/DC to become the fifth highest certified group in U.S. history behind The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles and Pink Floyd.
"By The Way," the latest album by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was also certified Gold® and Platinum® giving the funky foursome a cumulative album sales total of more than 15 million copies since their 1984 debut.
Jazz guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan earned his first Gold® record for his 1985 release "Magic Touch" while country humorist Cledus T. Judd earned his first Gold for his Razor & Tie album "I Stoled This Record."
The RIAA awarded a total of 10 Multi-Platinum™, 11 Platinum® and 17 Gold® albums in August. All certifications are calculated by Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman. Complete lists of all album, single and video awards for August 2002 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 are the music labels that 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.
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