The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is celebrating its 60th anniversary of honoring music’s best through its Gold and Platinum Awards Program.
The RIAA trademarked the Gold record (500,000 units) and formalized the industry practice of presenting awards to artists for music sales achievements, including the Platinum Award (1 million), Multi-Platinum Award (2 million+) and the Diamond Award (10 million+).
The RIAA’s anniversary celebration includes a new website that features artists sharing their RIAA Award memories, including Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Chris Janson, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Maren Morris, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and more.
Happy #GoldandPlatinum60 to @RIAA! Check out the new https://t.co/bBtrDDfzDC site – such a great history lesson!!! pic.twitter.com/QBeZ9rWjFV
— Reba (@reba) March 13, 2018
In honor of the Recording Industry Association of America’s 60th anniversary, here’s a look at the RIAA’s Top 15 Best-Selling Country Albums, which all earned Diamond status for sales of 10 million units or more.
Double Live — Garth Brooks, 21X Platinum
Come On Over— Shania Twain, 20X Platinum
No Fences — Garth Brooks, 17X Platinum
Ropin’ The Wind — Garth Brooks, 14X Platinum
Wide Open Spaces — Dixie Chicks, 12X Platinum
Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits — Kenny Rogers, 12X Platinum
The Woman in Me — Shania Twain, 12X Platinum
Up! — Shania Twain, 11X Platinum
Fly — Dixie Chicks, 10X Platinum
Sevens — Garth Brooks, 10X Platinum
The Hits — Garth Brooks, 10X Platinum
Garth Brooks – Garth Brooks, 10X Platinum
The Ultimate Hits – Garth Brooks, 10X Platinum
Greatest Hits – Patsy Cline, 10X Platinum
Fearless – Taylor Swift, 10X Platinum
photo by Jason Simanek
Source: Country Weekly