‘Bodyguard’ album sales hit 9 mil

The soundtrack to the film “The Bodyguard” has sold 9 million albums, according to August sales certifications provided by the Recording Industry Assn. of America, making it one of the biggest-selling albums in years.

The Whitney Houston-fueled album, released by Arista in November of last year , has been a Top 20 fixture for that period, an incredible accomplishment in the SoundScan era, where actual sales are measured by electronic scanners and the charts are less susceptible to record company hype.

Other huge sellers certified by the RIAA in August: MCA/Nashville’s Wynonna solo album has now moved 3 million copies since its March ’92 release; Neil Diamond’s “His 12 Greatest Hits” has sold 4 million units for MCA since May, ’74 ; Janet Jackson’s “janet” has sold 3 million units for Virgin since its release in May of this year; while Alan Jackson’s Arista Nashville album “A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘Bout Love)” has wracked up sales of 2 million units since its release in September ’92.

Also pulling down big numbers: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Bad”, both on Epic, have been certified for sales of 22 million and 7 million, respectively; U2’s “Achtung Baby” has sold 5 million units; while the Stone Temple Pilots have moved 2 million units of their Atlantic debut, “Core.”

Albums certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of 1 million units included Neil Diamond, “His 12 Greatest Hits” for MCA; Janet Jackson, “janet,” for Virgin; Enya, her self-titled album for Atlantic; Alice in Chains, “Facelift” for Columbia; and Ugly Kid Joe, “America’s Least Wanted” for Stardog/Polygram.

Also certified platinum in August were H-Town, “Fever for da Flavor” on Luke Records; Luther Vandross, “Never Let Me Go” on Epic; the soundtrack to “The Last Action Hero” on Columbia; Blind Melon’s self-titled debut on Capitol; John Michael Montgomery’s “Life’s a Dance” on Atlantic Nashville; Barbra Streisand’s “Back to Broadway” on Columbia; and Tracy Lawrence’s “Alibis” on Atlantic Nashville.

Gold albums, awarded for sales of 500,000 units, included “Quiereme” by Los Bukis on Fonovisa; “janet” by Janet Jackson on Virgin; the soundtrack to “What’s Love Got to Do With It” by Tina Turner on Virgin; Ozzy Osbourne, “Live and Loud” on Epic; Miles Davis, “Kind of Blue” on Columbia; the soundtrack to “The Last Action Hero” on Columbia; and Chris Isaak, “San Francisco Days” on Reprise.

Also gold were Johnny Gill’s “Provocative” on Motown; Blind Melon’s self-titled debut on Capitol; Gloria Estefan’s “Mi Tierra” on Epic; Miles Davis’ “Sketches in Spain” on Columbia; and the soundtrack to “Poetic Justice” by various artists on Epic.

Also gold was Bell Biv DeVoe’s “Hootie Mack” on MCA; the soundtrack to the “Last of the Mohicans” on Morgan Creek; and Barbra Streisand’s “Back to Broadway” on Columbia.

Platinum singles, awarded for sales of a million units, included UB40, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” on Virgin; and Onyx, “Slam” on Def Jam/RAL/Chaos/Columbia.

Gold singles, awarded for sales of a half-million units, included “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers on Chrysalis; “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes on Interscope; “Dre Day” by Dr. Dre on Death Row/Interscope; “If I Had No Loot” by Tony! Toni! Tone! on Wing/Mercury; “Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum on Columbia; “What’s Up Doc? (Can We Rock)” by Fu-Schnickens with Shaquille O’Neal on Jive; and “Insane in the Brain” by Cypress Hill on Ruffhouse/Columbia.

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