Eminem's "Curtain Call" Goes 7-Times Platinum; Garth Brooks May Be Artificially Inflating His Awards Total

by VVN Music

We haven't looked at new RIAA certifications since late-September because, quite frankly, there just haven't been very many going to veteran artists.

The RIAA recently started adding in streaming to their certification calculations. For the purpose of album awards, 1,500 on-demand audio or video streams count as one album unit. In addition, sales of ten individual tracks from an album as a download also count as one unit.

For singles or individual tracks, 150 audio or video streams now counts as one single sales unit.

That has heavily skewed many of the awards given over the last six months towards modern artists and, more specifically, R&B/Soul/Hip-Hop artists whose audience is the heaviest users of streaming at this point in time.

What it hasn't helped is veteran artists. It has been a rare occurrence that the release of an album or single by a legacy artist has garnered a great deal of streaming activity.

This is why, while hundreds of RIAA gold and platinum certifications have been in the last four-plus months, very few have gone to veteran artists.

Also note that we have added a few artists who have recently passed the threshold of twenty years of released recordings and are now included in our listings including Beyonce and Sia.

The top seller this time around goes to Eminem's Curtain Call: The Hits which is now certified 7-times Platinum for 7 million-plus in sales.

The artist to get the most new certifications is Garth Brooks but the method in which he did it is a true oddity and almost seems like a ploy to increase his gold & platinum total artificially.

Last fall, Brooks released the ten-disc Target exclusive The Ultimate Collection which contained a series of themed albums containing previously released material.

The sales information on those albums were submitted to the RIAA as six individual titles. Cowboys, RPMs, Anthems, Old School, Turn It Up and Midnight Fire were never released as individual albums under those names yet the RIAA allowed them to be certified as separate entities.

The RIAA now shows Brooks as having 83 total certifications for albums which includes the individual awards for the six albums that, in all rights, should have been awarded one for The Ultimate Collection.

All awards for veteran artists from September 28 to today:

Platinum Albums (1,000,000+ Units per certification)
  • Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem (7x's Platinum)
  • Dwight Yoakam: The Very Best of - Dwight Yoakam
  • Cowboys - Garth Brooks
  • RPMs - Garth Brooks
  • Anthems - Garth Brooks
  • Old School - Garth Brooks
  • Turn It Up - Garth Brooks
  • Midnight Fire - Garth Brooks
  • This is Acting - Sia
Platinum Singles (1,000,000+ Units per certification)
  • Holy Grail - Jay Z (4x's Platinum)
  • Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake (4x Platinum)
  • We Will Rock You - Queen (4x Platinum)
  • We Belong Together - Mariah Carey (3x's Platinum)
  • Regulate - Warren G & Nate Dog (2x's Platinum)
  • Sorry - Beyonce
  • Can I Get A... - Jay Z
  • F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit - Jay Z
  • White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Gold Singles (500,000+ Units)
  • Hold Up - Beyonce
  • Formation - Beyonce
  • I Need Your Love - Shaggy
  • I Just Wanna Love You (Give It 2 Me) - Jay Z
  • The Greatest - Sia Featuring Kendrick Lamar
  • Move - Third Day
  • Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane

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