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August 2003: Dissatisfaction with this article as Gold record[edit]

Hmmmm. The RIAA certification page is a great idea, but it wasn't a replacement for this one. Other countries have gold albums too! I'm finding out exactly what the standards are for gold in Australia. Andrewa 12:40, 31 Aug 2003 (UTC)

Doesn't Platinum indicate 1 million, and Gold 500,000 across the world? And why is this page located at Gold album and not Platinum album. I tried to fix this by moving the page to RIAA certification, which is a good page, but too US-centric. Maybe record rankings or something like that? Lypheklub 17:46, Aug 31, 2003 (UTC)
Hmmmm. I'm inclined to leave Gold album as a head word (that's what it's called in a dictionary, not sure what the technical name is in an encyclopedia). It's the natural place people will look if they want information about awards. Many people who don't even know that the RIAA even exists use the term "Gold album" in everyday speech, never bothering to think about the infrastructure that must be behind it. A redirect is IMO a little off-putting under those circumstances, we are essentially telling the reader "Daddy knows best" which isn't very welcoming. They know what question they have asked. I'd like to answer them as affirmingly as possible.
I'm checking my facts on the meaning of "Gold album" etc, but no, I don't think it does mean that at all. Certainly it wasn't the case a few years ago. That's why I wrote what I did in the original article. Watch this space. Andrewa 20:56, 31 Aug 2003 (UTC)
I have to say that I don't like the naming of this page as "Music recording sales certification" if it is the only page on wikipedia with information about gold & platinum albums and singles. If I'm reading a musician's bio, with a line like, "His last album went Platinum within a month of being released", and I click on the "Platinum" link and am taken to a page called "Music recording sales certification", then I would be very confused. To help fix this problem, I created the following pages: Gold (music sales) and Platinum (music sales), both of which give a short summary and then refer the user back to this page for additional information. SweetP112 15:45, 24 June 2006 (UTC)
Even if we don't redirect Gold album to RIAA certification, i think it is all right to say platinum is 1 mil. and gold is 500k. That's rudimentary information all over the world. -- Lypheklub 20:59, Aug 31, 2003 (UTC)
What is the source of your information? In Australia, Gold is 35,000 acording to the certification body ARIA, see for my source. You may not agree with these standards, but that's irrelevant. Andrewa 00:09, 1 Sep 2003 (UTC)
I also have a qualm about the heading of this page being "gold album" when pages such as "platinum album" redirect here. I agree that naming it something obscure after RIAA is inappropriate (esp since I'm another Aussie). As Andrewa said, telling the reader "Daddy knows best" ... isn't very welcoming, and this is not disimilar to how I feel about being redirected here when I was trying to find a "platinum album" article to link to for a few pages. What about something simple like "album awards"? --Qirex 12:24, 30 October 2005 (UTC)

Early "Gold Album" Standard[edit]

The first RIAA gold album standard was for $1,000,000 worth of albums sold. I would imagine that this is the first standard set in 1958. At the time, most record sales were 45 RPM singles, which were often under fifty cents; 33 RPM albums were often $3.00 - $5.00 and generally sold well only if an artist and several songs on the album became fairly popular.Rlquall 13:16, 10 Aug 2004 (UTC)

I have been doing some research into the work of Art Satherley. Whilst the first RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) Gold Disc may well have been given to Glenn Miller, it would appear that, when the recording of Gene Autry's "That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine" reached half a million sales, his producer (Art Satherley) had a gold-plated copy made of the disc which he presented to Autry. When the sales reached a million, they gave him another. Incidentally, there SHOULD be a Wikipedia page on Art Satherley.Sandonian 10:41, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

It seems to be very difficult to get proper information regarding the first gold record awards and how the definition of such changed with time. Sources indicate defining a gold record as equaling one million dollars in sales, then a million copies, and then 500,000 copies. Of course, all of these could have been true, the definition evolving to its current one of 500,000 copies of a single or album according to the RIAA. There is an interview with Elvis Presley recorded on September 22, 1958, just as he was embarking for Germany with the US Army, issued as an EP in December 1958 back when anything Elvis would sell. He states to be in the possession of 25 gold record awards, and then says he has 25 million sellers, and two albums that have sold a million each. This appears contradictory, but may imply the gold record award was for singles only, or at least that being Presley's understanding. Whether it means a million copies or a million dollars at that time is another thing. This interview is available on the box set The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50s Masters. PJtP (talk) 22:37, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

The first gold record as awarded by the RIAA might have been in 1942. But I believe the first gold record--that is, the first recording to sell 1 million copies--was in 1903 (Caruso's "Vesti la giubba") and there were many subsequent to that, prior to 1942. - kosboot (talk) 22:28, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

IFPI Platinum Europe certification[edit]

I added the IFPI Platinum Europe certification as a separate subject, as I didn't feel it really belonged in the table with the national certification limits. Ordinary Person 02:05, 27 July 2006 (UTC)


Single certification should be merged with this article, or this one with it. Does anyone have any preference? This is much more useful, as it offers more detailed information in place of a list of certified albums (something that should be in a separate article). --Mel Etitis (Μελ Ετητης) 21:57, 2 August 2005 (UTC)

No, gold album is about albums. If you want to merge it, merge it with RIAA Certification (which is about album certifications) OmegaWikipedia 22:48, 2 August 2005 (UTC)

True enough, I wan't thinking clearly enough. Yes, RIAA certification would be more appropriate. --Mel Etitis (Μελ Ετητης) 08:00, 3 August 2005 (UTC)

Currently, Platinum resolves to Gold, but Diamond to itself.[edit]

Seems each should either resolve to itself, or each should resolve to an article that prominently features the others. -:)Ozzyslovechild 01:20, 12 January 2006 (UTC)

Agreed. I propose merging Diamond album, which is much shorter, into Gold album, or moving them all into something like Album certification. Also, I propose removing the RIAA certification merge tag from this article, letting RIAA certification discuss album certification in the USA specifically, and having Gold album or Album certification be worldwide in scope. --Lph 18:09, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
I totally agree and Gold, Diamond and Platinum must all be in one page.Vivek 11:03, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
How about Music recording sales certification? This list contains music videos, albums and singles. All the others would redirect there. --Canley 12:25, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
I'm going to be bold and move the article. --Canley 12:38, 28 March 2006 (UTC)
And I'll be bold and remove the merge tag to RIAA certification. --Lph 18:28, 30 March 2006 (UTC)

Uranium record[edit]

There is a precedent not mentioned here it seems. the Spanish singer Rafael Martos Sánchez (Raphael) received a Uranium record from HISPAVOX for the selling of 50.000.000 copies of a compilation of his hits. This entry on the Spanish Wiki explains that in Spain 40.000 is for a gold record, 170,000 for a platinum (different from the table in this article) and that Raphael's uranium record equals 1.250 Gold records or 300 Platinum records. Worth researching.


does anyone know if certifications exist in the balkan region, for bosnia croatia serbia slovenia, i know that edo maajka made gold albums because you can see it in one of his singles. So if anyone knows please help

Digital Downloads[edit]

The RIAA certifies legal downloads as well. I have added the criteria for gold and platinom certification. It would be great if someone can update the same for other countries as well Will231982 16:13, 6 August 2006 (UTC)will231982


Who receives the awards? Everyone who worked on the album? Just the artist? The Jade Knight 04:16, 14 September 2006 (UTC)

I heard anyone who pays can have one. Even fans. Jt_200075 10:34, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

Well, you heard wrong. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:36, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Mexico's info might be wrong[edit]

As I was reading through some news, according to Marci Stefan, spokeswoman for Warner Music Latina, Platinum in Mexico is awarded for 100,000 records sales. Here's the link, though it is in Spanish, it might serve as a reference.

chart not properly aligned[edit]

the Country/Certifier column is not properly aligned with the Classification column for some countries, like canada for example, which leads to confusion, perhaps every country row should be separated with a line, or at least someone should align the countries properly so no country name starts between two classification types (ie album, single, etc)

edit:never mind someone did it as I was typing the text above —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:10, 22 December 2006 (UTC).

There seems to be something wrong with the table. The borders are missing for those cells at the top part. Mbaluyos (talk) 06:30, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

I believe this is just a browser issue; I use Firefox, and it will randomly drop the borders from part or all of a table. Not a code issue, just rendering. Strange though. Huntster (t@c) 16:01, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

needs to be checked[edit]

i found this surfing around on ifpi's web-page, it's to much for somebody as slow as me to handle please check and help out Jt_200075 04:46, June 10,2007

Too many redirects[edit]

Someone needs to check the articles that redirect here, some of them may need to become disambig pages or redirect elsewhere. For example, gold disc and go gold redirect here, while I think it would be more suitable to redirect to software release life cycle (as in the "gold disc" manufacturing state, aka to "go gold"). ♠ SG →Talk 17:53, 8 November 2007 (UTC)


Somewhere in here it should mention what the riaa is. (talk) 20:58, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

It already links to RIAA certification, so that should be good enough. No reason to explicitly explain RIAA when the article is of an international scale. Huntster (t@c) 00:30, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

The first album certified platinum by the RIAA lists a legend rather than a fact. Iron Butterfly's "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was certfied platinum until 26 Jan 1993. Please click here to view RIAA's certifications of Iron Butterfly recordings, and then click "more details" under "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida". The first album the RIAA certified platinum was "Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1974" on 24 Feb 1976. Please click here to view RIAA's certfications of Eagles recordings, and then click "more details" under "Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1974". This can be confirmed by performing a date range search in the RIAA's gold and platinum certification, like I did here.

The reason why I'm posting this here in the Talk section rather than simply making the changes on the entry is that I'm guessing Iron Butterfly's management or fans will insist that the correction be changed back to the legend. By legend, it is often repeated that Iron Butterfly had the first platinum album. While they may have sold a million copies of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", the RIAA certifications do not prove that. The RIAA did not certify sales as platinum until 1976, and "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" was released in 1968 and was not certified platinum until 26 Jan 1993, when it was also certified 4 times platinum. There will need to be some moderation, then, to prevent a constant back-and-forth of changes as this factoid in this entry fights a widely held legend. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JumperTime13 (talkcontribs) 15:08, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

List of certifications[edit]

I recently removed the long list of certification requirements and replaced it with a link to List of music recording sales certifications. However, to assure all the hard work that's been put into the list on this page isn't lost forever, I figured it would be a good idea to copy+past the previous table here, if only for archival purposes. Drewcifer (talk) 19:04, 8 June 2008 (UTC)

Most countries have only one threshold series, but some have different categories with different quantities to achieve a mark. Popular categorizations include:

Country Certifier Classification Thresholds Info as of Source reference
Silver Gold Platinum Diamond
Argentina CAPIF All - 20,000 40,000 250,000 2006 [2]
Austria IFPI Albums - 10,000 20,000 - 2008 [3]
Singles - 15,000 30,000 -
DVDs - 5,000 10,000 -
Australia ARIA Albums and Singles - 35,000 70,000 - 2006 [4]
Music Videos - 7,500 15,000 -
Belgium IFPI Native artists - 10,000 20,000 - 2006 "[5]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Foreign artists - 15,000 30,000 -
Bulgaria IFPI Native artists - 15,000 30,000 - 2006 "[6]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Foreign artists - 10,000 20,000 -
Brazil [1] ABPD Albums - 50,000 125,000 500,000 2006 [7]
Singles - 25,000 50,000 100,000
DVDs - 25,000 50,000 100,000
Canada CRIA Albums - 50,000 100,000 1,000,000 2006 [8]
Singles - 5,000 10,000 100,000
DVDs - 5,000 10,000 100,000
Digital Music (Legal Downloads) - 10,000 20,000 200,000
Chile - All - 7,500 15,000 - 2007 -
Colombia - All - 10,000 20,000 - 2007 -
Croatia IHGI Albums and Singles (domestic) 7,500 15,000 30,000 60,000 2004 [9]
Albums and Singles (foreign) - 5,000 10,000 20,000
DVDs - 1,000 2,000 4,000
Czech Republic IFPI Albums (domestic) - 7,500 15,000 - 2008 "[10]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (19.8 KiB)
Albums (foreign) - 3,000 6,000 -
Singles - 1,000 2,000 -
Music videos - 1,500 3,000 -
Denmark IFPI Albums - 20,000 40,000 - 2006 [11]
Singles/Music video DVD - 4,000 8,000 -
Entertainment DVD - 20,000 40,000 -
Ecuador - All - 7,500 15,000 - 2007 -
Finland IFPI Albums - 15,000 30,000 - 2006 [12]
Singles - 5,000 10,000 -
DVD - 5,000 10,000 -
France[2] SNEP Albums 35,000 75,000 200,000 750,000 2008 [13]
Singles 100,000 200,000 300,000 500,000
Germany IFPI Albums - 100,000 200,000 - 2008 [14]
Singles - 150,000 300,000 -
Greece IFPI Albums (domestic) - 15,000 30,000 - 2007 "[15]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (19.8 KiB)
Albums (foreign) - 7,500 15,000 -
Singles - 7,500 15,000 -
Music videos - 5,000 10,000 -
Hong Kong, China[3] IFPI All - 10,000 20,000 - 2006 [16]
Hungary Mahasz Albums (domestic) - 7,500 15,000 - 2006 [17]
Albums (foreign) - 3,000 6,000 -
Jazz/world music/classic/single/spoken word releases - 1,500 3,000 -
India[4] IMI International - 10,000 20,000 - 2006 [18]
Classical/non-classical - 10,000 40,000 -
Regional Basic - 60,000 120,000 -
National Basic - 100,000 200,000 -
Indonesia RII Albums (domestic) - 75,000 150,000 - 2007 "[19]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Albums (foreign) - 25,000 50,000 -
Israel IFPI All - 20,000 40,000 - 2006 [citation needed]
Country Certifier Classification Thresholds Info as of Source reference
Silver Gold Platinum Diamond
Italy FIMI Albums 20,000 40,000 80,000 400,000 2006 "[20]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Singles - 10,000 20,000 -
Music videos - 15,000 30,000 -
Japan[5] RIAJ All - 100,000 250,000 1,000,000[6] 2005 "[21]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (248 KiB)
Malaysia RIM Albums - 15,000 25,000 - 2007 "[22]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Mexico[7] AMPROFON Albums - 40,000 80,000 400,000 2008 [23]
"[24]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Music videos - 10,000 20,000 -
Digital single downloads - 1,500 3,000 250,000
Digital album downloads - 5,000 10,000 250,000
Ringtones - 10,000 25,000 250,000
Netherlands NVPI Albums (popular) - 30,000 60,000 - 2008 [25]
Albums (classical/jazz/world) - 10,000 20,000 -
Singles - 25,000 50,000 -
Music DVD - 30,000 60,000 -
New Zealand RIANZ Albums - 7,500 15,000 - 2006 [26]
Singles - 5,000 10,000 -
Music videos - 2,500 5,000 -
Norway IFPI Albums - 15,000 30,000 - 2007 [27]
Singles/Musicvideo DVD - 5,000 10,000 -
Peru - All - 5,000 10,000 - 2007 -
Philippines PRIMA Albums 15,000 30,000 - 2007 "[28]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Poland ZPAV Singles - 10,000 20,000 100,000 2006 [29]
Album (domestic pop artists) - 15,000 30,000 150,000
Album (foreign pop artists) - 10,000 20,000 100,000
Album (jazz/classical) - 5,000 10,000 50,000
Album (soundtrack) - 10,000 20,000 100,000
Music video - 5,000 10,000 50,000
Music video (classical/jazz) - 2,500 5,000 25,000
DVD - 5,000 10,000 -
Portugal AFP Albums - 10,000 20,000 - 2007 "[30]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Singles 10,000 20,000 40,000 -
Music videos - 4,000 8,000 -
Republic of Ireland IRMA Albums and Singles - 7,500 15,000 - 2007 "[31]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Music videos - 2,000 4,000 -
Russia IFPI Native artists - 100,000 200,000 - 2007 [32]
Foreign artists - 10,000 20,000 -
Singapore RIAS Albums - 7,500 15,000 - 2007 "[33]". External link in |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help) (83.9 KiB)
Singles - 5,000 10,000 -
South Africa RISA Albums - 25,000 50,000 - 2005 [34] [35]
Spain PROMUSICAE Albums - 40,000 80,000 - 2005[8] [36]
Singles/Legal Downloads - 10,000 20,000 -
Sweden IFPI Singles - 10,000 20,000 2006 [37]
Album - 20,000 40,000 -
Classic Albums - 10,000 20,000 -
Jazz Albums - 10,000 20,000 -
Folk music Albums - 10,000 20,000 -
DVD - 10,000 20,000 -
Switzerland IFPI All - 15,000 30,000 - 2006 [38]
DVD 3,000 6,000 - -
Turkey MÜ-YAP Albums - 100,000 200,000 300,000 2006 [39]
Ukraine UMA Native artists - 50,000 100,000 500,000 2003 [40]
Foreign artists - 25,000 50,000 200,000
United Kingdom BPI Albums 60,000 100,000 300,000 - 2006 [41]
Singles 200,000 400,000 600,000 -
United States[9] [10] RIAA Albums and Singles - 500,000 1,000,000 10,000,000 2007 [42]
Music Videos - 50,000 100,000 1,000,000
Digital Music (Legal Downloads) - 500,000 1,000,000 -
Uruguay CUD All - 2,000 4,000 - 2006 [43]
Venezuela - All - 10,000 20,000 - 2007 [citation needed]
Vietnam - All - 5,000 10,000 - 2006 [citation needed]
Country Certifier Classification Thresholds Info as of Source reference
Silver Gold Platinum Diamond


  1. ^ In Brazil, the thresholds for domestic CDs prior to January 2004 were: Gold - 100,000, Platinum - 250,000, Diamond - 1,000,000. The current thresholds for international CDs have been in effect since January 2001. DVD certifications began January 2002.
  2. ^ In France, triple platinum is awarded for 750,000 sold copies, instead of 900,000 copies (which would be three times the platinum sales rank).
  3. ^ IFPI suggested that the standard should be lowered as the sales of music albums in Hong Kong has decreased lately.
  4. ^ In India, sales must be achieved within one calendar year of the disc's release in the country to be eligible for gold or platinum certification.
  5. ^ In Japan, it is known as the "Gold Disc Award"[1]
  6. ^ This category is described as "Million" rather than Diamond
  7. ^ In Mexico, the thresholds for domestic and international CDs prior to 1999 were: Gold - 100,000, Platinum - 250,000, Diamond - 1,000,000. The thresholds for domestic and international CDs from 1999 to June 30, 2003 were: Gold - 75,000, Platinum - 150,000, Diamond - 500,000. The thresholds for domestic and international CDs from July 1, 2003 to December 31, 2007 were: Gold - 50,000, Platinum - 100,000, Diamond - 500,000
  8. ^ Citing declining trends in Spanish music sales, PROMUSICAE reduced the gold and platinum sales thresholds from 50,000 and 100,000 respectively, effective 1 November 2005. (See Mariah Carey list of certifications for example)
  9. ^ The RIAA certifies tracks gold recognizing 500,000 legal downloads, platinum for 1,000,000 downloads and multi-Platinum for 2,000,000 and following in increments of 1,000,000 thereafter.
  10. ^ In June 2006, the RIAA changed its single certifications for the US. It had previously been 100,000 sales for a Gold certification and 200,000 sales for a Platinum certification. For this reason, songs such as "You're Beautiful" were reduced from being five times Platinum to only one time Platinum.

Based on units SOLD or SHIPPED?[edit]

This article seems to contradict itself on whether certification awards are based on units sold or shipped. Granted, it also looks like some of the sources do the same. Does anyone know which is correct? I've just realized that there's been alot of work on music-articles and discographies that may have been done on a false assumption, in part due to the unclear nature of this article. Is there anyone that knows which it is? Drewcifer (talk) 19:13, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

I'm in your boat. Realized this a while back and I think I did bring it up somewhere - don't remember. This needs to be sorted, the fact that the lead states "shipped" (which would be one's assumption to the figures behind certifications) but the rest of the article seems to assert "sales" (presumption would be that this means overall in-store sales), needs to be fixed. k.i.a.c (talktome - contribs) 07:41, 17 August 2009 (UTC)
This blog by the RIAA should shed light on the issue. Definitely appears to be SHIPMENTS, not sales. k.i.a.c (talktome - contribs) 08:46, 9 September 2009 (UTC)

The RIAA finds a way to ease our workload[edit]

The RIAA, always on the lookout for more ways to make money, has "enhanced" their Web site from which we have heretofore confirmed award status of their own members' artists. If you have just eaten, have a bucket handy, then go take a look at the RIAA site.

<rant>Now we don't have to add any more mention of gold, platinum, or diamond status of even the most popular recording artists, since most of us (I suppose, but nor refs for it) won't have a subscription to be able to discover or confirm award levels. Let the inflationist revert wars begin! Or we could just ignore the RIAA, and the member companies, and their signed artists, and go back to treating musicians the way we did before the awards were invented to standardize sales measurements, promoting the artists.</rant>

How do we respond to this change? I've already bumped into similar difficulties confirming chart performance in the UK because I'm not a paying subscriber with access to the Music Week Web site. I'm left trusting other paying editors to maintain articles with possibly inflated or outdated positions. Is that how we'll handle US certs now, too? — JohnFromPinckney (talk) 14:39, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

It's still free. The pay part apparently gives you access to more statistics and such, including the ability to "view, compare, and export historical year-end U.S. shipment statistics". TheJazzDalek (talk) 08:57, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
Oh, well, that's great. Thanks for providing the link. How did you find it? Even now that I know that's what I should be looking for, I can't seem to get to it from the RIAA home page or the page I came into the site from WP, following a ref cite on Hey, Soul Sister, RIAA Search Results. Found it. Duh. Anyway, I'm glad I overreacted. ;-) Thanks again. — JohnFromPinckney (talk) 10:45, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
FYI -- to get a direct link to use as a reference: 1) search the database as you normally would 2) view the source code of the result page 3) search the code for "resultpage" -- it will be in a string of code that starts with <a href="?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS and ends with "> 4) copy the text string from the first ? all the way up to but not including the quote (") and angle bracket (>) at the end. It should look something like
?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=&artist=sex pistols&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2010&sort=Artist&perPage=25
paste that text at the end of this URL: with no space, and run the whole thing through your browser. The end result should look like:
The gerry-rigged URL needs to be run through the browser first to replace any spaces with "%20"s (and to verify that your link works). Copy the end result and—voilà!—your direct link is ready. I realize this explanation is somewhat convoluted so if you need anything clarified, don't hesitate to ask. TheJazzDalek (talk) 23:27, 29 March 2010 (UTC)
Holy crap. What I like most about it is that is gives us a nice, short URL. ROFL. Seriously, good work, Holmes, very resourceful (no pun intended) of you.
Looking some more at this (and remember, you started it) one can strip away most if not all of the empty parameters in the URL to use a shorter, yet still functional, equivalent one. So for the item that originally got me looking at this (Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" supposedly at double-platinum), instead of this:,%20Soul%20Sister&artist=&format=&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2010&sort=Artist&perPage=25
one can use something like this:,%20Soul%20Sister&artist=&perPage=25
or even just:,%20Soul%20Sister&perPage=25
Not that I'd recommend that procedure in a WP: article anywhere, but I might use it myself sometime. Thanks, — JohnFromPinckney (talk) 02:29, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

US Centric[edit]

I put the boilerplate on the article because, although, clearly the US plays an important role in the history of certification, the text doesn't make it clear that it is talking only about US sales, dates etc. So, the first gold record (in the world) may have been Perry Como or whoever, but things like inclusion of digital downloads, streaming etc. happened at different times in different countries and this isn't made clear. Btljs (talk) 08:24, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Holy hatnotes![edit]

Are all those hatnotes really necessary? I've never seen so many on one page. Is this an encyclopedia article or a directory? Lizard (talk) 06:38, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Now that's much better. Lizard (talk) 23:20, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

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