Over the last month, a number of veteran artists were given Gold and Platinum awards by the RIAA.
Michael Jackson had the biggest boost in his award numbers as his album Bad went to nine-times platinum, signifying sales of nine million units. Other Jackson albums to receive awards were Number Ones (4x), Essential (3x), Greatest Hits: HIStory Volume 1 (1x) and The Ultimate Collection (1x). Two of his videos were also upgraded, Live in Bucharest to eight-times platinum and Live in Wembley to gold.
Other veteran artists receiving certificates were Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, Tom Waits and Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones.
Platinum Albums (1,000,000 units per certificate)
- Bad - Michael Jackson (9x Platinum)
- Number Ones - Michael Jackson (4x Platinum)
- The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson (3x Platinum)
- Ultimate Hits: Rock and Roll Never Forgets - Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (1x Platinum)
- Greatest Hits: HIStory Volume 1 - Michael Jackson (1x Platnum)
- The Ultimate Collection - Michael Jackson (1x Platnum)
- Mule Variations - Tom Waits
- Live in Bucharest - Michael Jackson (8x Platinum)
- Live at Wembley - Michael Jackson
- Live at the Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981 - Muddy Waters & the Rolling Stones