Latest RIAA certification Stories

2010-02-19 15:55:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- According to The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), iconic superstar Beyonce, is the artist with the most total certifications over the past decade, with a total of 64. The certifications include cumulative album, digital song, master ringtone, and music video certifications. Beyonce also has the most master ringtone certifications for a female solo artist with 19 and the highest certified master ringtone for a female artist with...

2006-01-04 21:00:00

LOS ANGELES -- U.S. music album sales last year slid to their lowest level since 1996, squelching any hopes that the recording industry's long downward spiral may have bottomed out, according to sales data issued on Wednesday. Tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan, which measures point-of-sale purchases across the United States, said total album sales -- including current and catalog titles -- fell 7.2 percent from 2004 to 618.9 million units, the lowest since 1996, when they were 616.6 million....

2005-12-28 20:04:00

By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Capping one of pop music's biggest comebacks, Mariah Carey has overtaken rap star 50 Cent in a year-end battle to claim the hottest-selling album of 2005. Carey's Grammy-nominated "The Emancipation of Mimi" climbed to the No. 1 spot for the year on U.S. sales of 290,000 copies during the week ending December 25, raising her 37-week total to 4.87 million units, retail tracker Nielsen SoundScan reported on Wednesday. Assuming "Mimi" stays the...

2005-08-05 14:16:57

By Barry A. Jeckell NEW YORK (Billboard) - A little more than a month after its release, Coldplay's "X&Y" has been certified double-platinum in July by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The trade group verified shipments of 2 million copies of the Capitol set to U.S. retailers. (Actual sales to consumers stand at 1.76 million copies as at July 31, according to Nielsen SoundScan.) The feat follows a trend for the U.K.-based band, whose 2000 debut, "Parachutes," is...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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