Music recording sales certification

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An album needs a lot of sales to be a gold or platinum album

A music recording sales certification is the award system that a country uses for music sales.

Almost all countries have a type of sales certification, often using RIAA certification categories (such as gold, platinum and diamond). The number of sales that an album needs before it gets an award is different in each country, depending on the population of the country. In some sales certifications, there may be different awards for the type of music recording sold, such as albums, singles, or videos.

United States[1][2]
Media Silver Gold Platinum Diamond
Album 100,000 500,000 1,000,000 10,000,000
Single 100,000 500,000 1,000,000 10,000,000
Music video 25,000 50,000 100,000 N/A
United Kingdom[3]
Media Silver Gold Platinum
Album 60,000 100,000 300,000
Single 200,000 400,000 600,000
Music video N/A 25,000 50,000

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Certification Criteria". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinum.php?content_selector=criteria. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  2. "History of the Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinum.php?content_selector=historyx. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
  3. "Certified Awards Search". British Recorded Music Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx. Retrieved 22 June 2012.