Musicvids Shine Bright In January RIAA Certs

Musicvideo sales boomed over the holiday season, with New Kids on the Block, Vanilla Ice, M.C. Hammer and Metallica racking up multiplatinum vid certifications in January’s Recording Industry Assn. of America sales tally.

Three New Kids vid collections – “In Step… Out Of Time,” “Sheik Of My Dreams” and “New Kid In Class” – were certified multiplatinum, platinum and gold. Metallica scored with “2 Of 1,” which nudged over the six-figure mark for sales of 100,250 units.

M.C. Hammer and Vanilla Ice carried their chart-topping duel into the video arena: Hammer’s “Hammer Time” and Ice’s “Play That Funky Music White Boy” were certified multiplatinum and platinum, with each selling over 200,000 units.

Hammer struck again on the recording side, with his multiplatinum “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em” LP now at the 9 million level. Also adding to their numbers were Mariah Carey, whose self-titled debut album sold 3 million units, and Vanilla Ice (7 million) for “To The Extreme.”

The remainder of the month’s certifications follows:


“Dr. Feelgood,” Motley Crue (4 million).

“Wilson Phillips,” Wilson Phillips (4 million),

“The Razors Edge,” AC/DC (2 million).

“I’m Your Baby Tonight,” Whitney Houston (2 million).

“The Immaculate Collection,” Madonna (2 million).


“Serious Hits Live,” Phil Collins. .

“Livin’ It Up,” George Strait.

“Empire,” Queensryche (also gold)

“Recycler,” ZZ Top (also gold).

“Rhythm Of The Saints,” Paul Simon (also gold).

“Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3” (also gold).

“After The Rain,” Nelson.

“Damn Yankees.”

“Shake Your Money Maker,” Black Crowes.

“Put Yourself In My Shoes,” Clint Black (also gold).

“Short Dog’s In The House,” Too Short.

“Substance,” New Order.

“When Harry Met Sally” soundtrack, Harry Connick Jr.

“Mama Said Knock You Out,” L.L. Cool J.

“Ralph Tresvant” (also gold).

“The Future,” Guy (also gold).

“We Are In Love,” Harry Connick Jr.

“Revival,” Tony! Toni! Tone!

“Highlights From ‘Phantom Of The Opera,'” original cast.


“Starry Night,” Julio Iglesias.

“Painkiller,” Judas Priest.

“Private Times… And The Whole 9!” Al B. Sure!

“Love And Emotion,” Stevie B.

“No More Games/The Remix Album,” New Kids on the Block.

“Persistence Of Time,” Anthrax.

“Do Me Again,” Freddie Jackson.

“5 Man Acoustical Jam,” Tesla.

“The Complete Recordings,” Robert Johnson.

“The Road Not Taken,” Shenandoah.

“Rust In Peace,” Megadeth.

“Heart Break Station,” Cinderella.

“Crazy World,” Scorpions.

“Tripping The Live Fantastic/The Highlights,” Paul McCartney.

“Les Miserables,” original London cast.

“Bonafide,” Maxi Priest.


“From A Distance,” Bette Midler.

“Unchained Melody,” Righteous Bros, (also gold).

“Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” C&C Music Factory featuring Freedom William.


“Freedom,” George Michael.

“Around The Way Girl,” L.L. Cool J.

“The Way You Do The Things You Do,” UB40 .

“Sensitivity,” Ralph Tresvant.

“High Enough,” Damn Yankees.

“Play That Funky Music,” Vanilla Ice .

“Something To Believe In,” Poison

“The First Time,” Surface.


“George Michael.”

“Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich Live,” Warrant.


“Psychedelic Sex Funk Live From Heaven,” Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“To Be Continued,” Ricky Van Shelton.

“Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream Of the Broken-Hearted Featuring Julee Cruise,” David Lynch/Angelo Badalamenti.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”

“Wilson Phillips.”

“Greatest Video Hits 1980-1990,” INXS.

“Moscow Music Peace Festival Vol. I.”

“Hulmerist,” Morrissey.

“From The Beginning,” Slaughter.

“Sunday Sing A Long,” Maranatha!

“Oh Say Can You Scream,” Skid Row.

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