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The Recording Industry
Association of America (RIAA) certifies as gold albums that
have sold at least 500,000 album units.
Platinum RIAA certification occurs for shipment of 1 million
units, with multiplatinum certification for multiples of 1
million. For boxed sets and double albums with a running
time that exceeds 100 minutes, the RIAA multiplies shipments
by the number of discs (or its tape or vinyl equivalent).
Multiple-disc sets are indicated by a slash and the number
of CDs in the set after the multiplatinum level. I've
started adding to the chart the number of minutes on double
albums so you can tell whether the sale counted as one or
All of the albums on
this chart are certified at a diamond level for sales of 10
million or more.