by VVN Music
Over the last month, the RIAA has given twelve new certifications to seven different veteran artists.
Garth Brooks' album The Ultimate Hits continues to sell at a rapid pace eight years after its release. The album has now gone nine-times platinum, indicating sales over over nine million units. Brooks, who is the top selling solo artist in U.S. recording history and number two overall behind the Beatles, has xx albums that have sold over ten million copies including Double Live which is at 21 million, No Fences at 17 million, Ropin' the Wind at 14 million and the trio of Garth Brooks, The Hits and Sevens all at ten million. If the current sales levels continue, The Ultimate Hits should join those albums at the 10 million level before the end of the year.
Two Red Hot Chili Peppers albums have added to their multi-platinum statuses with Californication moving to six times (6 million sold) and Stadium Arcadium to three times (3 million sold).
Californication, which was released on June 8, 1999, received its gold and platinum certifications just over a month after its release on July 22, 1999 and went double platinum before the end of the year. It's been a long road from the 5 million to 6 million level. The albums five-times certification was awarded on January 7, 2003 with the album taking over thirteen years to sell its next million units.
Stadium Arcadium was released on May 9, 2006 and went platinum on June 15 of that same year. It's double platinum award came on February 27, 2007 with the album taking almost nine years to move to the next level.
Also going multi-platinum was Rob Thomas' 2005 album Something to Be which is now certified for two million units sold. Thomas also receive a gold album for his 2006 album Cradlesong while his group, Matchbox Twenty, went gold with 2012's North.
On the singles front, Cee Lo Green's huge hit F**k You/Forget You received its seven-times platinum certificate while Creedence Clearwater Revival picked up four new awards including double platinum for Bad Moon Rising.
Platinum Albums (1,000,000 units per certificate)
- The Ultimate Hits - Garth Brooks (9x's Platinum)
- Califronication - Red Hot Chili Peppers (6x's Platinum)
- Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers (3x's Platinum)
- Something to Be - Rob Thomas (2x's Platinum)
- North - Matchbox Twenty
- Cradlesong - Rob Thomas
- F**k You/Forget You - Cee Lo Green (7x's Platinum)
- Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival (2x's Platinum)
- Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A.
- Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Have You Ever Seen the Rain - Creedence Clearwater RevivalG
- Born on the Bayou - Creedednce Clearwater Revival