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Certification Criteria

Gold & Platinum Awards are earned by artists who have met rigorous standards, and recipients join the ranks of the most iconic recording artists.

We take certification very seriously. Our third party auditing firm has reviewed all applications for more than 40 years to ensure that each award recipient has qualified based on mandatory requirements like requisite sales and streaming figures, consumer demand and much more.

Audit Requirements:

RIAA AND GR&F CERTIFICATION AUDIT REQUIREMENTS – RIAA ALBUM AWARD

RIAA AND GR&F CERTIFICATION AUDIT REQUIREMENTS – RIAA SINGLE AWARD

Requesting certification:

Along with minimum sales and streaming figures, a number of other criteria accompany each title considered for certification. The list and table below describe what titles and types of sales and streams can be considered for the awards.

United States distribution:

Record labels are required to validate that titles redeemed through product sales/on-demand streams and counted towards certification have actually been distributed or downloaded within the United States.  Only domestic sales and sales to United States military post exchanges may be included.

Sales become eligible for certification:

  • 30 days after the release date (for albums/songs in physical product format) OR
  • At the release date (for albums/songs in digital product format).

Other sale requirements include:

  • Export sales outside of the United States are not included in certification.
  • The requesting label must separate PX sales from other accounts on sales sheets.

Pre-orders:

Initial pre-orders of digital albums are not counted towards certification. Pre-orders only count towards certification after the album is released, and the user receives a copy of the digital album.