In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other secondary stores.
List of certifications[change | change source]
Currently, the normal RIAA certifications for albums are:
- 500,000 units: Gold album.
- 1,000,000 units: Platinum album.
- 2,000,000 units: Multi-Platinum album.
- 10,000,000 units: Diamond album.
Special certifications exist for Latin albums (which the RIAA considers to be an album that is mostly sung in Spanish):
If a Latin album is certified on or after December 20, 2013:
- 30,000 units: Disco de oro (which means "Gold album").
- 60,000 units: Disco de platino (which means "Platinum album").
- 120,000 units: Disco de multi-platino album (which means "Multi-Platinum album").
- 600,000 units: Disco de diamante (which means "Diamond album").
If a Latin album was certified before December 20, 2013:
- 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
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Certification Criteria". RIAA.
- ↑ "Gold & Platinum - los Premios Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Archived from the original on 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
Other websites[change | change source]
- RIAA Website
- The RIAA Diamond Awards
- Search RIAA Gold and Platinum Database
- Billboard Magazine - a magazine that publishes weekly music rankings