Over the last month, five veteran artists received Platinum and Gold certifications.
The big one is Jeff Buckley's 1994 album Grace which was certified Platinum for one million units in sales. Now considered a classic, the album only reached number 149 when first released on the Billboard 200 and has peaked at 10 on the Catalog Albums. The album contains such tracks as Last Goodbye, Grace, Lover You Should've Come Over and the now ubiquitous cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
In this day and age, it is difficult to even reach a Gold certificate for an album, indicating 500,000 in sales, so we also have to tip our hat to the Grateful Dead for hitting the mark with their 30 Trips Around the Sun and Beck for doing it with Morning Phase.
For the Grateful Dead, it is their 30th award going back to their first Gold Album in 1971 for Grateful Dead. It would be fifteen years before they would receive another when Workingman's Dead went Platinum.
This is Beck's ninth certification with his albums Odelay and Mellow Gold have gone Platinum and Mutations, Midnite Vulture, Sea Change, Guero, The Information and, now, Morning Phase going Gold. He also has a Gold Single for Loser.
In singles, Tim McGraw has three new awards, Platinum for Felt Good on My Lips and Gold for She's My Kind of Rain and Just to See You Smile. McGraw now has 42 certifications according to the RIAA.
Hank Williams, Jr. received two, one for the 1979 single Family Tradition and the other for the 1982 single A Country Boy Can Survive. 31 of Williams' recordings have now been certified either Platinum or Gold.
Platinum Albums (1,000,000 units per certificate)
- Grace - Jeff Buckley
- 30 Trips Around the Sun - Grateful Dead
- Morning Phase - Beck
- Felt Good on My Lips - Tim McGraw
- A Country Boy Can Survive - Hank Williams, Jr.
- Family Tradition - Hank Williams, Jr.
- She's My Kind of Rain - Tim McGraw
- Just to See You Smile - Tim McGraw