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In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. [1] Other countries have similar awards (see music recording sales certification). Certification is not automatic; for an award to be made, the record label must request certification. [2] The audit is conducted against net shipments after returns (most often an artist's royalty statement is used), which includes albums sold directly to retailers and one-stops, direct-to-consumer sales (music clubs and mail order) and other outlets.

Recording Industry Association of America voluntary association

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA says "create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States." The RIAA headquarters is in Washington, D.C.

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

Single (music) type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.

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Description and qualifications

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A platinum award for the album GHV2 of Madonna.

A Gold record is a single or album that managed to sell 500,000 units (records, tapes or compact discs). The award was launched in 1958; [3] originally, the requirement for a Gold single was one million units sold and a Gold album represented $1 million in sales (at wholesale value, around a third of the list price). [4] In 1975, the additional requirement of 500,000 units sold was added for Gold albums. [4] Reflecting growth in record sales, the Platinum award was added in 1976, for albums able to sell one million units, and singles selling two million units. [4] [5] The Multi-Platinum award was introduced in 1984, signifying multiple Platinum levels of albums and singles. [6] In 1989, the sales thresholds for singles were reduced to 500,000 for Gold and 1,000,000 for Platinum, reflecting a decrease in sales of singles. [7] In 1992, RIAA began counting each disc in a multi-disc set as one unit toward certification. Reflecting additional growth in music sales, the Diamond award was instituted in 1999 for albums or singles selling ten million units. [3] Because of these changes in criteria, the sales level associated with a particular award depends on when the award was made.

Nielsen SoundScan figures are not used in RIAA certification; the RIAA system predates Nielsen SoundScan and includes sales outlets Nielsen misses.[ citation needed ] Prior to Nielsen SoundScan, RIAA certification was the only audited and verifiable system for tracking music sales in the U.S.; it is still the only system capable of tracking 100% of sales (albeit as shipments less returns, not actual sales like Nielsen SoundScan).[ citation needed ] This system has allowed, at times, for record labels to promote an album as Gold or Platinum simply based on large shipments. For instance, in 1978 the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack shipped Platinum but was a sales bust, with two million returns. [8] Similarly, all four solo albums by the members of Kiss simultaneously shipped Platinum that same year but did not reach the top 20 of the Billboard 200 album chart. [9] The following year, the RIAA began requiring 120 days from the release date before recordings were eligible for certification, although that requirement has been reduced over the years and currently stands at 30 days. Sony was widely criticized in 1995 for hyping Michael Jackson's double album HIStory as five times Platinum, based on shipments of 2.5 million and using the RIAA's recently adopted practice of counting each disc toward certification, while SoundScan was reporting only 1.3 million copies sold. [10] A similar discrepancy between shipments and sales was reported with The Lion King soundtrack. [11]

Nielsen SoundScan is an information and sales tracking system created by Mike Fine and Mike Shalett in 1991. SoundScan is a method of tracking sales of music and music video products throughout the United States and Canada. Data is collected weekly and made available every Sunday and every Monday to subscribers, which include record companies, publishing firms, music retailers, independent promoters, film and TV companies, and artist managers. The Nielsen SoundScan is the sales source for the Billboard music charts, making it the largest source of sales records in the music industry.

<i>Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band</i> (soundtrack) 1978 film soundtrack

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is a double album produced by George Martin, featuring covers of songs by the Beatles. It was released in July 1978, as the soundtrack to the film Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which starred the Bee Gees, Peter Frampton and Steve Martin.

List of certifications

Records

For further information, see Music recording sales certification.

Multi-disc

Multi-disc albums are counted once for each disc within the album if it is over 100 minutes in length or is from the vinyl era. For example, each copy of Aaliyah's catalog, The Smashing Pumpkins's Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (running time of 121:39), and OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (running time of 134:56), both double albums, were counted twice, meaning each album was certified diamond after 5 million copies were shipped. Pink Floyd's The Wall and The Beatles' White Album , both vinyl-era, are also counted double even though their running times are under the minimum requirement. Rules may or may not apply depending on most recent staff within the Distributions position.

Aaliyah American singer, actress, and model

Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, actress, and model. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she first gained recognition at the age of 10, when she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At the age of 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.

The Smashing Pumpkins American alternative rock band

The Smashing Pumpkins is an American alternative rock band from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1988 by frontman Billy Corgan, D'arcy Wretzky, James Iha (guitar), and Jimmy Chamberlin (drums), the band has undergone many line-up changes. The current lineup features Corgan, Chamberlin, Iha and guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

<i>Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness</i> The Smashing Pumpkins album

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness is the third studio album by American alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, released on October 23, 1995 in the United Kingdom and a day later in the United States on Virgin Records. Produced by frontman Billy Corgan with Flood and Alan Moulder, the 28-track album was released as a two-disc CD and triple LP. The album features a wide array of styles, as well as greater musical input from bassist D'arcy Wretzky and second guitarist James Iha.

Spanish

Since 2000, the RIAA also awards Los Premios de Oro y De Platino (Gold and Platinum Awards in Spanish) to Latin albums which are defined by the RIAA as a type of product that features at least 51% of content in Spanish. [12]

Spanish language Romance language

Spanish or Castilian, is a Western Romance language that originated in the Castile region of Spain and today has hundreds of millions of native speakers in the Americas and Spain. It is a global language and the world's second-most spoken native language, after Mandarin Chinese.

As of December 20, 2013, the award levels for Latin certifications are: [13]

  • 30,000 units: Disco de Oro
  • 60,000 units: Disco de Platino
  • 120,000 units: Disco de Multi-Platino
  • 600,000 units: Disco de Diamante

For certifications made before December 20, 2013, the award levels are: [14]

  • 50,000 units: Disco de Oro
  • 100,000 units: Disco de Platino
  • 200,000 units: Disco de Multi-Platino
  • 1,000,000 units: Disco de Diamante

Note: The number of sales required to qualify for Oro and Platino awards was higher prior to January 1, 2008. [14] The thresholds were 100,000 units (Oro) and 200,000 units (Platino). All Spanish-language albums certified prior to 2008 were updated to match the current certification at the time. [14] [15] "La Bomba" by Bolivian group Azul Azul is the only single to receive a Latin certification based on shipments before the creation of the Latin digital singles awards in 2013. [16] The Disco de Diamante award was introduced after the RIAA updated the thresholds for Latin certifications in December 20, 2013. The Disco de Diamante is awarded to Latin albums that have been certified 10× Platinum. [17] [18]

Singles

Standard singles are certified:

Note: The number of sales required to qualify for Gold and Platinum discs was higher prior to January 1, 1989. The thresholds were previously 1,000,000 units (Gold) and 2,000,000 units (Platinum). [19]

Digital singles are certified:

From 2004 through July 2006, the certification level was 100,000 downloads for Gold and 200,000 for Platinum. When the RIAA changed the certification standards to match retail distribution in August 2006, all Platinum and Multi-Platinum awards for a digital release were withdrawn. Gold certifications, however, were not, meaning a song that was downloaded over 100,000 times and certified so by the RIAA during that time frame retains its Gold status. [20]

Starting May 9, 2013, RIAA certifications for singles in the "digital" category include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads at a rate of 100 streams=1 certification "unit". [21] [22] On January 2, 2016, this rate was updated to 150 streams = 1 certification unit. [23]

Latin digital singles are certified:

The Latin Digital Single Awards began on December 20, 2013. As with the digital sales, 100 streams count as one download sale. [13]

Video Longform

Along with albums, digital albums, and singles there is another classification of music release called "Video Longform." This release format includes DVD and VHS releases, and certain live albums and compilation albums. The certification criteria are slightly different from other styles. [24]

Video Box Set

The video box set (or "Multi-Box Music Video Set") award is a classification for video compilations that include three or more videos that are grouped and marketed together as a set. Like Video Longform, this includes DVD and VHS releases and the certification criteria is the same. Each individual video within set is counted as one toward certification. [25]

The best-selling video box set as certified by the RIAA is The Rolling Stones' Four Flicks DVD compilation from their Licks World Tour, with a 19X Multi-Platinum designation. This was likely achieved due to exclusive distribution rights owned by Best Buy by their short-lived music production company, Redline Entertainment. [26] [27]

Records

Lists from RIAA site showing current status holders of RIAA Certifications:

Artists with the most album certifications

Albums that have been certified Gold might receive additional certifications for achieving Platinum and Multi-Platinum levels.

Artist# Gold# Platinum# Multi-Platinum# DiamondTotalSource
AC/DC 222012155 [28]
Aerosmith 251812156 [28]
Alabama 222010052 [28]
The Beach Boys 2096035 [28]
The Beatles 4842266122 [28]
Bee Gees 1592127 [28]
Garth Brooks 212115764 [28]
Jimmy Buffett 1793029 [28]
Mariah Carey 15139239 [28]
Britney Spears 984223 [28]
Johnny Cash 19105034 [28]
Kenny Chesney 16115032 [28]
Chicago 23188049 [28]
Eric Clapton 23117142 [28]
John Denver 21137141 [28]
Neil Diamond 402111072 [28]
Celine Dion 13118234 [28]
The Doors 20145140 [28]
Bob Dylan 33155053 [28]
Eminem 988227 [28]
Grateful Dead 2064030 [28]
Jimi Hendrix 16106032 [28]
Isley Brothers 15103028 [28]
Alan Jackson 18158041 [28]
Michael Jackson 15309256 [28]
Jefferson Airplane/Starship 2051026 [28]
Jethro Tull 1531019 [28]
Billy Joel 181712249 [28]
Elton John 372712177 [28]
Toby Keith 18125035 [28]
Kenny G 15118135 [28]
Kiss 26103039 [28]
Led Zeppelin 191814556 [28]
Lynyrd Skynyrd 20137040 [28]
Madonna 201712251 [28]
Barry Manilow 24136043 [28]
Mannheim Steamroller 1884030 [28]
Dean Martin 1720019 [28]
Johnny Mathis 1562023 [28]
Dave Matthews Band 17147038 [28]
Paul McCartney 1674027 [28]
Reba McEntire 27199055 [28]
John Mellencamp 15125032 [28]
Anne Murray 1562023 [28]
Willie Nelson 18146038 [28]
Tom Petty 1585129 [28]
Pink Floyd 191512248 [28]
Elvis Presley 9052251168 [28]
Prince 18114133 [28]
Queen 19127038 [28]
Kenny Rogers 28177153 [28]
The Rolling Stones 432811183 [28]
Linda Ronstadt 17137037 [28]
Rush 24143041 [28]
Santana 21107139 [28]
Frank Sinatra 34104048 [28]
Bruce Springsteen 221710251 [28]
Rod Stewart 271910056 [28]
George Strait 393313085 [28]
Barbra Streisand 513012093 [28]
James Taylor 20145140 [28]
The Temptations 1761024 [28]
U2 161611144 [28]
Luther Vandross 19157041 [28]
The Who 19125036 [28]
Andy Williams 1830021 [28]
Hank Williams, Jr. 2381032 [28]
Neil Young 1873028 [28]

Note: The RIAA provides the Detailed List of Artists with Most Album Certified Units

Artists with the most single certifications

Singles that have been certified Gold might receive additional certifications for achieving Platinum and Multi-Platinum levels. For example, Eminem has had 13 singles certified Gold, 8 of which went on to achieve Platinum certification as well.

This list includes the RIAA formats 'Single','12 inch single' and 'Video Single'. This list includes singles of the RIAA types 'standard' and 'digital'.

This table tracks artists with some number of singles that have received at least twenty total certifications.

Artist# Gold# Platinum# Multi-PlatinumTotalsource
Eminem 138627 [29]
Adele 129526 [30]
Elvis Presley 5427889 [31]
Rihanna 433630109 [32]
Katy Perry 17171347 [33]
Lil Wayne 25211056 [34]
Mariah Carey 2512239 [35]
Taylor Swift 523520107 [36]
Madonna 27+Gold 12 inch6247 [37]
Beyoncé 2513543 [38] [39]
The Beatles 289441 [40]
Michael Jackson 2310134 [41]
Whitney Houston 197127 [42]
Janet Jackson 204-24 [43]
Elton John 188127 [44]
Lady Gaga 15131240 [45]
Bruno Mars 18161347 [46]
Kanye West 31241368 [47]
R. Kelly 147-21 [48]
Usher 149124 [49]
Chris Brown 38281076 [50]
T.I. 1611431 [51]
Jay-Z 2215744 [52]
Linkin Park 117220 [53]
Black Eyed Peas 129829 [54]
Ariana Grande 1411732 [55]
Justin Timberlake 129425 [56]
Ludacris 107320 [57]
Kenny Chesney 248-36 [58]
Flo Rida 13111034 [59]
Brad Paisley 178429 [60]
Tim McGraw 2412339 [61]
Jason Aldean 2115541 [62]
Nicki Minaj 1410529 [63]
Ne-Yo 108523 [64]
Drake 22161149 [65]
Demi Lovato 109423 [66]
Rascal Flatts 138-21 [67]
Fall Out Boy 1310528 [68]

Note: The RIAA provides the Detailed List of Artists with Most Singles Certified Units

RIAA Diamond certifications

Diamond (10+ million) certified albums and singles [69]

Year of ReleaseArtist(s)TitleLabel(s)CertificationYear of CertificationRelease Type
1976 Eagles Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975) Rhino 38× Platinum2018Album (Greatest Hits)
1982 Michael Jackson Thriller Epic 33× Platinum2017Album
1976 Eagles Hotel California Rhino 26× Platinum2018Album
1985 Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II Columbia 23× Platinum2011Album (Greatest Hits)
1971 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV Atlantic 23× Platinum2006Album
1979 Pink Floyd The Wall Columbia 23× Platinum1999Album
1980 AC/DC Back in Black Epic 22× Platinum2007Album
1998 Garth Brooks Double Live Capitol Nashville 21× Platinum2006Album (Live Album)
1994 Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View Rhino 21× Platinum2018Album
1977 Fleetwood Mac Rumours Warner Bros. 20× Platinum2014Album
1997 Shania Twain Come On Over Mercury Nashville 20× Platinum2004Album
1968 The Beatles The Beatles Apple 19× Platinum2001Album
1987 Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction Geffen 18× Platinum2008Album
1992 Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album RCA 18× Platinum2017Album (Soundtrack)
1976 Boston Boston Epic 17× Platinum2003Album
1974 Elton John Greatest Hits Island 17× Platinum2016Album (Greatest Hits)
1990 Garth Brooks No Fences Capitol 17× Platinum2006Album
1973 The Beatles 1967-1970 EMI 17× Platinum2010Album (Greatest Hits)
1995 Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill Maverick 16× Platinum1998Album
1977 Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track Capitol 16× Platinum2017Album (Soundtrack)
1975 Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti Swan Song 16× Platinum2006Album
1991 Metallica Metallica Atlantic/Elektra 16× Platinum2012Album
1984 Bob Marley & The Wailers Legend Island 15× Platinum2014Album (Compilation)
1984 Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. Columbia 15× Platinum1995Album
1988 Journey Greatest Hits Columbia 15× Platinum2011Album (Greatest Hits)
1973 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon Harvest 15× Platinum1998Album
1999 Santana Supernatural Arista 15× Platinum2003Album
1973 The Beatles 1962-1966 Apple 15× Platinum2001Album (Greatest Hits)
2011 Adele 21 Columbia 14× Platinum2016Album
1997 Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys Jive 14× Platinum2001Album
1999 Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time Jive 14× Platinum2004Album
1991 Garth Brooks Ropin' the Wind Capitol 14× Platinum1998Album
1977 Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell Epic 14× Platinum2001Album
1972 Simon & Garfunkel Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits Columbia 14× Platinum2003Album (Greatest Hits)
1978 Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-78 Capitol 14× Platinum2017Album (Greatest Hits)
1999 Backstreet Boys Millennium Jive 13× Platinum2001Album
1986 Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live/1975–85 Columbia 13× Platinum1999Album (Live Album)
1991 Pearl Jam Ten Epic 13× Platinum2009Album
1984 Prince and The Revolution Purple Rain Warner Bros. 13× Platinum1996Album
1985 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston Arista 13× Platinum1999Album
1986 Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet Mercury 12× Platinum1995Album
1994 Boyz II Men II Motown 12× Platinum1996Album
1987 Def Leppard Hysteria Mercury 12× Platinum1998Album
1998 Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces Monument 12× Platinum2003Album
2014 Ed Sheeran "Thinking Out Loud" Atlantic 12× Platinum2019Single
2011 Eminem "Love the Way You Lie" (Featuring Rihanna) Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 12× Platinum2018Single
1995 Jewel Pieces of You Atlantic 12× Platinum2006Album
2010 Justin Bieber "Baby" (Featuring Ludacris) Island/Def Jam 12× Platinum2013Single
1992 Kenny G Breathless Arista 12× Platinum1998Album
1980 Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits Liberty 12× Platinum1997Album (Greatest Hits)
1969 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II Atlantic 12× Platinum1999Album
1996 Matchbox Twenty Yourself or Someone Like You Atlantic 12× Platinum2001Album
1985 Phil Collins No Jacket Required Atlantic 12× Platinum2001Album
1995 Shania Twain The Woman in Me Mercury Nashville 12× Platinum2000Album
1994 Soundtrack Forrest Gump Epic 12× Platinum2000Album (Soundtrack)
1969 The Beatles Abbey Road Apple 12× Platinum2001Album
1971 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971 London 12× Platinum2002Album (Greatest Hits)
1993 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits Interscope 12× Platinum2015Album (Greatest Hits)
2000 *NSYNC No Strings Attached Jive 11× Platinum2001Album
2015 Adele 25 Columbia/XL 11× Platinum2017Album
1980 Aerosmith Aerosmith's Greatest Hits Columbia 11× Platinum2007Album (Greatest Hits)
1996 Celine Dion Falling Into You 550 Music 11× Platinum2001Album
1999 Creed Human Clay Wind-up 11× Platinum2004Album
1982 Eagles Eagles Greatest Hits, Volume 2 Asylum 11× Platinum2002Album (Greatest Hits)
1997 Elton John "Candle in the Wind 1997"/"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" Rocket 11× Platinum1997Single (Double A-side)
2012 Florida Georgia Line "Cruise"BMX11× Platinum2018Single
1976 James Taylor Greatest Hits Warner Bros. 11× Platinum1996Album (Greatest Hits)
2010 Katy Perry "Firework" Capitol 11× Platinum2018Single
2013 Katy Perry "Dark Horse" Capitol 11× Platinum2018Single
1998 Kid Rock Devil Without a Cause Lava 11× Platinum2003Album
2009 Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" Streamline/Interscope 11× Platinum2015Single
1973 Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy Atlantic 11× Platinum1999Album
2000 Linkin Park Hybrid Theory Warner Bros. 11× Platinum2017Album
2014 Mark Ronson "UpTown Funk!" (Featuring Bruno Mars) RCA 11× Platinum2016Single
1997 Notorious B.I.G. Life After Death Bad Boy/Rhino 11× Platinum2018Album
2003 Outkast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below LaFace/Arista 11× Platinum2006Album
2002 Shania Twain Up! Mercury Nashville 11× Platinum2004Album
1987 Soundtrack Dirty Dancing RCA 11× Platinum1994Album (Soundtrack)
1997 Soundtrack Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture Sony Classical 11× Platinum2000Album (Soundtrack)
1967 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Capitol 11× Platinum1997Album
2000 The Beatles 1 Capitol 11× Platinum2010Album (Greatest Hits)
1994 TLC CrazySexyCool LaFace 11× Platinum1999Album
1998 *NSYNC *NSYNC RCA 10× Platinum2000Album
1998 2Pac Greatest Hits Interscope 10× Platinum2011Album (Greatest Hits)
1996 2Pac All Eyez On Me Death Row/Interscope 10× Platinum2014Album
1986 Beastie Boys Licensed To Ill Def Jam 10× Platinum2015Album
1977 Billy Joel The Stranger Columbia 10× Platinum2003Album
1994 Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Greatest Hits Capitol 10× Platinum2017Album (Greatest Hits)
2000 Britney Spears Oops!... I Did It Again Jive 10× Platinum2005Album
2010 Bruno Mars "Just the Way You Are" Elektra 10× Platinum2019Single
2012 Carly Rae Jepsen "Call Me Maybe" Schoolboy/Interscope 10× Platinum2016Single
1971 Carole King Tapestry Ode 10× Platinum1995Album
1997 Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love 550 Music/Epic 10× Platinum1999Album
1985 Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits Fantasy 10× Platinum2016Album (Greatest Hits)
1983 Def Leppard Pyromania Mercury 10× Platinum2004Album
1999 Dixie Chicks Fly Monument 10× Platinum2002Album
1976 Doobie Brothers Best of The Doobies Warner Bros. 10× Platinum1996Album (Greatest Hits)
2017 Ed Sheeran "Shape of You" Atlantic 10× Platinum2019Single
1970 Elvis Presley Elvis' Christmas Album RCA Camden/Pickwick 10× Platinum2011Album
2000 Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP Aftermath/Interscope 10× Platinum2011Album
2002 Eminem The Eminem Show Aftermath/Interscope 10× Platinum2011Album
2010 Eminem "Not Afraid" Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 10× Platinum2014Single
2002 Eminem "Lose Yourself" Shady/Aftermath/Interscope 10× Platinum2018Single
1992 Eric Clapton Unplugged Reprise 10× Platinum1996Album (Live Album)
2007 Garth Brooks The Ultimate Hits Pearl10× Platinum2016Album (Greatest Hits)
1997 Garth Brooks Sevens Capitol Nashville 10× Platinum2006Album
1989 Garth Brooks Garth Brooks Capitol 10× Platinum2006Album
1994 Garth Brooks The Hits Liberty 10× Platinum1998Album (Greatest Hits)
1987 George Michael Faith Columbia 10× Platinum1996Album
1994 Green Day Dookie Reprise 10× Platinum1999Album
1990 MC Hammer Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em Capitol 10× Platinum1991Album
2012 Imagine Dragons "Radioactive" KIDinaKORNER/Interscope 10× Platinum2015Single
2013 Katy Perry "Roar" Capitol 10× Platinum2017Single
2008 Lady Gaga "Poker Face" Streamline/Interscope 10× Platinum2015Single
1990 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Atlantic 10× Platinum2006Album (Boxed Set)
1983 Lionel Richie Can't Slow Down Motown 10× Platinum1985Album
2011 LMFAO "Party Rock Anthem" Interscope/Geffen/A&M 10× Platinum2018Single
2013 Lorde "Royals" Republic 10× Platinum2017Single
2017 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee "Despacito" Universal Music Latino/Republic 10× Platinum2018Single
2012 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Thrift Shop" (Featuring Wanz)Macklemore, LLC10× Platinum2015Single
1984 Madonna Like a Virgin Sire 10× Platinum1998Album
1990 Madonna The Immaculate Collection Sire 10× Platinum2001Album (Greatest Hits)
1995 Mariah Carey Daydream Columbia 10× Platinum1998Album
1993 Mariah Carey Music Box Columbia 10× Platinum1997Album
2014 Meghan Trainor "All About That Bass" Epic 10× Platinum2018Single
1987 Michael Jackson Bad Epic/Legacy 10× Platinum2017Album
2000 Nelly Country Grammar Republic 10× Platinum2016Album
2005 Nickelback All the Right Reasons Roadrunner 10× Platinum2017Album
1991 Nirvana Nevermind DGC 10× Platinum1999Album
1995 No Doubt Tragic Kingdom Trauma/Interscope 10× Platinum1999Album
2002 Norah Jones Come Away With Me Blue Note 10× Platinum2005Album
2013 OneRepublic "Counting Stars" Mosley/Interscope 10× Platinum2018Single
1967 Patsy Cline Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits MCA 10× Platinum2005Album (Greatest Hits)
1980 R.E.O. Speedwagon Hi Infidelity Epic/Legacy 10× Platinum2017Album
2013 Robin Thicke "Blurred Lines" Star Trak/Interscope 10× Platinum2018Single
1995 Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness Virgin 10× Platinum2012Album
1994 Soundtrack The Lion King: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Disneyland 10× Platinum1995Album (Soundtrack)
1976 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life Motown 10× Platinum2005Album
2008 Taylor Swift Fearless Big Machine 10× Platinum2017Album
2009 The Black Eyed Peas "I Gotta Feeling" Interscope/Geffen/A&M 10× Platinum2018Single
2016 The Chainsmokers "Closer" Columbia 10x Platinum2018Single
1985 The Doors The Best of The Doors Elektra 10× Platinum2007Album (Greatest Hits)
1987 U2 The Joshua Tree Island 10× Platinum1995Album
2004 Usher Confessions Arista 10× Platinum2008Album
1978 Van Halen Van Halen Warner Bros. 10× Platinum1996Album
1984 Van Halen 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) Warner Bros. 10× Platinum1999Album
2015 Wiz Khalifa "See You Again" (Featuring Charlie Puth) Atlantic 10× Platinum2018Single
1983 ZZ Top Eliminator Warner Bros. 10× Platinum1996Album
2016 Post Malone "Congratulations" (Featuring Quavo) Republic 10× Platinum2019Single

RIAA Diamante certifications

Diamante certified Latin albums and singles (1+ million for Latin albums certified before December 2013 and 600,000+ for Latin albums and singles certified after December 2013) [17]

Year of ReleaseArtist(s)TitleLabel(s)CertificationYear of CertificationRelease Type
2017 J Balvin & Willy William "Mi Gente" (Featuring Beyoncé) Universal Music Latino 68× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
1995 Selena Dreaming of You Universal Music Latino 59× Platinum (Latin)2017Album
2017 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee "Despacito" Universal Music Latino 55× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2016Nio Garcia, Casper Magico, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, Darell & Nicky Jam "Te Boté Remix"Flow La Movie, Inc./Glad Empire53× Platinum (Latin)2019Single
1994 Selena Amor Prohibido Universal Music Latino 36× Platinum (Latin)2017Album
2005 Shakira "La Tortura" Epic 32× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2017 Maluma "Felices los 4" Sony Music Latin 29× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2015 Nicky Jam "El Perdón" Sony Music Latin 27× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2016 Nicky Jam "Hasta el Amanecer" Sony Music Latin 22× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2017 Becky G "Mayores" (Featuring Bad Bunny) Sony Music Latin 21× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2017 Christian Nodal "Adiós Amor" Fonovisa 21× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2018 Daddy Yankee "Dura" Universal Music Latino 21× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2017 Ozuna "Se Preparó" VP 21× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2013 Romeo Santos "Propuesta Indecente" Sony Music Latin 20× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2011 Romeo Santos "Promise" (Featuring Usher) Sony Music Latin 19× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2002 Selena Ones Universal Music Latino 18× Platinum (Latin)2017Album (Greatest Hits)
2016 Carlos Vives & Shakira "La Bicicleta" Sony Music Latin 17× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2017 Daddy Yankee "La Rompe Corazones" Universal Music Latino 17× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2016 Daddy Yankee "Shaky Shaky" Universal Music Latino 17× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2018 Farruko "Krippy Kush" Sony Music Latin 16× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
1993 Gloria Estefan Mi Tierra Epic 16× Platinum (Latin)2000Album
2013 Marc Anthony "Vivir Mi Vida" Sony Music Latin 16× Platinum (Latin)2015Single
2016 Shakira "Chantaje" (Featuring Maluma) Sony Music Latin 16× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2017 Natti Natasha & Ozuna "Criminal" Pina 15× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
1990 Ottmar Liebert Nouveau Flamenco Higher Octave 14× Platinum (Latin)2002Album
2018 Becky G & Natti Natasha "Sin Pijama" Sony Music Latin 13× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2017 Nicky Jam "El Amante" Sony Music Latin 13× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2017 Ozuna "Siguelo Bailando" VP 13× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2014 Romeo Santos "Odio" (Featuring Drake) Sony Music Latin 13× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2016 Enrique Iglesias "Duele el Corazón" Sony Music Latin 12× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2015 Gente de Zona "La Gozadera" Sony Music Latin 12× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
1992 Maná ¿Dónde Jugarán los Niños? WEA Latina 12× Platinum (Latin)2000Album
2016 Ozuna "Dile Que Tu Me Quieres"Rimas Music12× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2018 Bad Bunny "Mia" (Featuring Drake) Warner Bros. 11× Platinum (Latin)2019Single
2017 Maluma "Corazón" Sony Music Latin 11× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2017 Nicky Jam Fénix Sony Music Latin 11× Platinum (Latin)2018Album
2017 Ozuna Odisea VP/New Masters11× Platinum (Latin)2018Album
2017 Ozuna "Tu Foto" VP 11× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2014 Romeo Santos "Eres Mía" Sony Music Latin 11× Platinum (Latin)2017Single
2014 Romeo Santos Formula, Vol. 2 Sony Music Latin 11× Platinum (Latin)2016Album
2005 Shakira Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 Epic 11× Platinum (Latin)2009Album
1996 Charlie Zaa Sentimientos Sonolux10× Platinum (Latin)2012Album
2017 Daddy Yankee "Vuelve" Universal Music Latino 10× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2015 J Balvin "Ginza" Capitol Latin 10× Platinum (Latin)2016Single
2014 J Balvin "Ay Vamos" Capitol Latin 10× Platinum (Latin)2015Single
2013 J Balvin "6 AM" (Featuring Farruko) Capitol Latin 10× Platinum (Latin)2015Single
2017 Karol G "Ahora Me Llama" Universal Music Latino 10× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
1997 Maná Sueños Líquidos WEA Latina 10× Platinum (Latin)2000Album
2017 Nacho "Báilame" Universal Music Latino 10× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
2018 Reik "Me niego" (Featuring Ozuna & Wisin) Sony Music Latin 10× Platinum (Latin)2018Single
1998 Selena Anthology Universal Music Latino 10× Platinum (Latin)2017Album (Greatest Hits)
1999 Selena All My Hits: Todos Mis Exitos Universal Music Latino 10× Platinum (Latin)2017Album (Greatest Hits)
1992 Selena Entre a Mi Mundo Universal Music Latino 10× Platinum (Latin)2017Album
1993 Selena Mis Mejores Canciones: 17 Super Exitos Universal Music Latino 10× Platinum (Latin)2017Album (Greatest Hits)
2010 Shakira Sale El Sol Sony Music Latin 10× Platinum (Latin)2018Album
2017 Shakira El Dorado Sony Music Latin 10× Platinum (Latin)2018Album
2015 Yandel "Encantadora" Sony Music Latin 10× Platinum (Latin)2018Single

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