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Encyclopedia > Gold album
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A gold album is a music album that has sold a minimum number of copies (in the United States, currently 500,000 sales). Originally applied to LP records, this RIAA certification is now most commonly awarded for compact disc sales. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA Single certification. ... Music is an art, entertainment, or other human activity which involves organized and audible sound, though definitions vary. ... An album is a collection of related audio tracks, released together commercially in an audio format to the public. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with RIAA Single certification. ... Interference colors. ...


A larger number of sales qualifies for the award of a "platinum album" (in the U.S., currently 1,000,000 sold), or "diamond album" (in the U.S., currently 10,000,000 sold). Similar awards are less commonly quoted for individual recordings (singles), videos, and increasingly for DVDs. A music album is certified a diamond album by the RIAA when 10 million copies are shipped in the United States. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less*) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... Look up Video in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Video is the technology of capturing, recording, processing, transmitting, and reconstructing moving pictures, typically using celluloid film, electronic signals, or digital media. ... It has been suggested that Dual layer recording be merged into this article or section. ...


The number of sales required for these awards vary depending on the population of the territory in which the album is released. Normally they are awarded only to albums released at least nationally, and are awarded individually for each country in which the album is sold.


The original "gold record" awards were presented to artists by their own record companies to publicize the achievement of 1,000,000 sales. The first of these was awarded by RCA to Glenn Miller in February 1942, celebrating 1,200,000 sales of "Chattanooga Choo Choo". Another example of a company award is the gold record awarded to Elvis Presley in 1956 for 1,000,000 sales of the single "Hound Dog". Several different thresholds have been in use at different times and places for both album and single awards. Some of these were based on units sold and others on the value of retail sales. The first official designation of a "gold record" by the RIAA was established for singles in 1958. On March 14, 1958 the RIAA certified Perry Como's hit single "Catch a Falling Star" as its first ever "gold record". Later that year, the Elvis Presley hit "Hard Headed Woman" became the first rock and roll single to earn the RIAA designation. For other uses, see RCA (disambiguation). ... Major Glenn Miller Glenn Miller (born Alton Glen Miller on March 1, 1904, in Clarinda, Iowa) was an American jazz musician and band leader in the swing era who was probably the genres best-selling performer from 1939-42. ... This article is about the year. ... Chattanooga Choo Choo was a Glenn Miller big-band/swing song featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade, which starred amongst others Milton Berle and Joan Davis. ... Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock n Roll was an American singer, music producer and actor. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In music, a single is a short (usually ten minutes or less*) record, usually featuring one or two tracks as A-side, often accompanied by several B-sides, usually remixes or other songs. ... March 14 is the 73rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (74th in Leap years) with 292 days remaining in the year. ... 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pierino Ronaldo Perry Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an Italian American crooner during the latter half of the 20th century. ... Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), also known as The King of Rock n Roll was an American singer, music producer and actor. ... Hard Headed Woman is an American song written by African American songwriter, Claude Demetrius. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ...


This has led to controversy over how to determine the placings for the biggest selling artists of all time, and claims that some gold albums should be disregarded or even retrospectively withdrawn although they were legitimately awarded at the time.


Like many record industry awards and rankings, the measurement is usually based on wholesale shipments to all types of retail outlets, not actual retail sales or financial transactions. This means that an early award or ranking for a new release reflects a distributor's expectations for the album and their market power. In the early years of the phonograph in the late 19th century, the music industry was dominated by the publishers of sheet music. ... In economics, market power (sometimes called monopoly power) is a market failure which occurs when one or more of the participants has the ability to influence the price or other outcomes in some general or specialized market. ...


Examples of thresholds

In Australia for music videos including audio-visual DVDs, gold represents 7,500 sales, platinum 15,000. Look up Video in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Video is the technology of capturing, recording, processing, transmitting, and reconstructing moving pictures, typically using celluloid film, electronic signals, or digital media. ... Audio Visual (AV) technology is technology that combines visual input such as video or 35mm slides with sound to convey information. ... It has been suggested that Dual layer recording be merged into this article or section. ...


In Canada, for music videos including Audio Visual DVDs, gold represents 5,000 sales, platinum 10,000, and diamond 100,000.


In Germany, the recognitions are given by the record labels, who report to the IFPI Deutschland/Bundesverband Phono. The thresholds for gold singles are 150,000 singles; to get platinum, 300,000 singles have to have been sold. The International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) is an international record industry organization based in Zurich, Switzerland. ...


In Ireland, for singles three categories are recognised; silver is 7,500 sales, gold 10,000, and platinum 15,000.


In The Netherlands, for singles two categories are recognised; gold is 40,000, and platinum 60,000. The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland) is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden). ...


In New Zealand, for singles, the thresholds are 5,000 sales for gold and 10,000 for platinum. For music videos including audio-visual DVDs, the thresholds are 2,500 sales for gold and 5,000 for platinum. Look up Video in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Video is the technology of capturing, recording, processing, transmitting, and reconstructing moving pictures, typically using celluloid film, electronic signals, or digital media. ... It has been suggested that Dual layer recording be merged into this article or section. ...


In the United Kingdom, for singles, the thresholds are: 200,000 for silver, 400,000 for gold, and 600,000 for platinum.

Country Certifier Thresholds Info as of
Silver Gold Platinum Diamond
Argentina CAPIF - 20,000 40,000 - 2005
Austria IFPI - 15,000 30,000 - 2005
Australia ARIA - 35,000 70,000 - 2003
Brazil ABPD - 50,000 125,000 500,000 -
Canada CRIA - 50,000 100,000 1,000,000 2005
Denmark IFPI - 20,000 40,000 - 2005
France SNEP 50,000 100,000 300,000 1,000,000 2005
Germany IFPI - 100,000 200,000 1,000,000 2005
Greece IFPI - 40,000 60,000 - 2005
Hungary Mahasz - 10,000 20,000 - 2005
India IMI - 10,000 20,000 - 2005
Indonesia ?? - 75,000 150,000 1,500,000 2005
Ireland IRMA - 7,500 10,000 - -
Italy FIMI - 50,000 100,000 - 2004
Japan RIAJ - 100,000 250,000 - 2004
Malaysia RIM - 15,000 25,000 150,000 2003
Mexico AMPROFON - 50,000 100,000 500,000 2005
The Netherlands NVPI - 35,000 70,000 - 2006
New Zealand RIANZ - 7,500 15,000 - -
Norway IFPI - 20,000 40,000 - 2002
Philippines PRIMA 25,000 50,000 100,000 1,000,000 2004
Spain PROMUSICAE - 40,000 80,000 - 2005
Switzerland IFPI - 20,000 40,000 - 2001
United Kingdom BPI 60,000 100,000 300,000 - -
USA RIAA - 500,000 1,000,000 10,000,000 2005

the mark for gold and platinum sales in Greece is since 2001 set to 20,000 and 40,000 sales respectively 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) is an international record industry organization based in Zurich, Switzerland. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the musical term aria. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Canadian Recording Industry Association is a non-profit trade organization that was founded in 1964 to represent the interests of Canadian companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) is an international record industry organization based in Zurich, Switzerland. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is a trade organisation representing the recording industry. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) is a trade organisation representing the recording industry. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Mahasz is the Hungarian music industry association, founded in 1992. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Imi was a Babylonian King from 2257 to (unknown) BCE. He fought for the power in Akkad after the death of Shar-kali-sharri. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) is the Irish counterpart of the Recording Industry Association of America. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) is an industry trade group composed of Japanese corporations involved the music industry. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Netherlands (Dutch: Nederland) is the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (Dutch: Koninkrijk der Nederlanden). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) is a non-profit trade association of record producers, distributors and recording artists in New Zealand. ... The International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) is an international record industry organization based in Zurich, Switzerland. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... The Philippine Music Association(PHIL Music) is the equivalent to the RIAA. The certifications are: Silver Record= 20,000 units Gold Record= 50,000 units Platinum Record= 100,000 units Diamond Record= 1,000,000 units The certifications for American crossovers: American Silver Record= 250,000 units American Gold Record... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Federation of Phonogram and Videogram Producers (IFPI) is an international record industry organization based in Zurich, Switzerland. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The British Phonographic Industry was founded in 1973 to represent the interests of British music companies and to fight the growing problem of music piracy. ... The RIAA Logo. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In Hungary exist three different types of marks for gold and platinium: 1. For international releases: 10,000 (gold) and 20,000 (platinium) 2. For national releases: 15,000 (gold) and 30,000 (platinium) 3. For Jazz/world music/classic/single releases: 5,000 (gold) and 10,000 (platinium)


External links

  • List of national recording industry associations

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