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Cleopatra Stratan in 2012
Cleopatra Stratan

Since the late 1990s, more than 70 albums have been certified in Romania in accordance with the certification levels set up by the Uniunea Producătorilor de Fonograme din România (UPFR). When considering an album's certification level, the UPFR considers both its unit sales and its sales price. From lowest to highest, the certifications that have been awarded over the years are: gold (ranging from 2,000 to 100,000 units sold), double gold, platinum (10,000 to 250,000 units), double platinum (100,000 units), triple platinum, quadruple platinum, diamond (60,000 units) and triple diamond (150,000 units). The first known release to be certified in Romania was the album Party in Transylvania by Romanian singers Marius and Nadia Dragomir, which received a gold certification in 1996. Romania's highest certified record is La vârsta de trei ani by Moldovan singer Cleopatra Stratan (pictured), which was awarded a triple diamond certification in 2006 for selling 150,000 units. The only other artists to receive a diamond award are Andra and Sandel Mihai, for selling 60,000 copies of their 2007 album De la frate la soră. (Full list...)

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Enclosed Field with Peasant

Enclosed Field with Peasant is an oil-on-canvas painting by Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, painted in October 1889. The painting was created during one of the most tumultuous parts of Van Gogh's life, after he voluntarily committed himself to an asylum in Saint-Rémy in southern France. He was recuperating from a nervous breakdown he suffered on Christmas Eve in 1888, during a visit with fellow post-impressionist artist Paul Gauguin. The painting is now in the collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art in the U.S. state of Indiana.

Painting credit: Vincent van Gogh

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