Double Platinum

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This article is about the telefilm. For the album, see Double Platinum (album). For the music sales award, see Music recording sales certification.
Double Platinum
DVD cover
Directed by Robert Allan Ackerman
Produced by Lynn Raynor
James Bigwood
Craig Zadan
Neil Meron
Diana Ross
Brandy Norwood
Sonja Norwood
Written by Nina Shengold
Starring Diana Ross
Christine Ebersole
Allen Payne
Brian Stokes Mitchell
Harvey Fierstein
Music by David Shire
Cinematography Michael Fash
Edited by Scott Vickrey
Storyline Entertainment
Norwood Entertainment Group
Distributed by ABC
Release dates
  • May 16, 1999 (1999-05-16)
Running time 94 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Double Platinum is a 1999 musical film starring Diana Ross and Brandy.


The story begins with a scene featuring star singer Olivia King (Diana Ross) leaving her daughter Kayla, who was an infant (Jayda Brown) at the time. It is revealed that Kayla was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but in her later years, she would move to St. Louis, Missouri. Kayla (Brandy) attends a concert featuring Olivia, not knowing at the time that the singer is her mother. When Olivia breaks the news to Kayla, she suddenly shows resentment towards Olivia from the fact that she had been abandoned many years ago. Olivia tries to form a relationship with Kayla, and the young star reluctantly agrees.

As the story progresses, Olivia resides in New York City, with a fancy penthouse apartment and a chauffeur; it is there that Kayla decides to become a superstar, just like her mother. Soon, she signs a record deal, and records an album. She then finds a steamy romance with a handsome older music executive, Ric Ortega (Allen Payne). However, Kayla continues to harbor bitter feelings towards Olivia, feelings which boil over during their record label's Grammy Party. After Kayla's performance, Olivia is asked to perform by the head of the label, causing Kayla to resent her mother for "stealing her spotlight". However, after discovering that Ric revealed her true parentage to the press, Kayla dissolves her relationship with him. Eventually, her feelings about her mother change, and she begins to accept the truth about her mother and the events that took place when she was younger.

The movie was a Nielsen ratings success, debuting at #16 for the week. Along with airing original on ABC, it was also syndicated by VH1, BET, Centric and TVONE where it still is a recurrent favorite.



The songs featured in the film are found on Brandy's hit 1998 album, Never Say Never (including her popular hit song, "Have You Ever?"), and on Ross's 1999 album, Every Day Is a New Day, which was released two weeks prior to the film's premiere.


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