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Morisette, Braxton, Prince hit milestones

Milestones reached by albums from Alanis Morissette, Toni Braxton and Prince were among the highlights of the February certifications released Monday by the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

The trade org, which measures albums shipped to retailers, but not yet sold to consumers, certified 13 platinum (1 million units), 23 gold (500,000 units) and 18 multiplatinum albums during the month.

Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” continues to march toward becoming the industry’s bestselling debut.

Her Maverick Records disc topped the 15 million-unit mark last month, and is the biggest-selling debut for a female artist.

The disc is tied with Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Cracker Rear View” debut, and trails only Boston’s self-titled bow, which leads the album listings with 16 million copies shipped.

Braxton, who won a pair of Grammys Wednesday, including one for best female pop vocal and best R&B vocal, saw her self-titled debut album top the 8 million-unit mark.

Prince garnered double-platinum status for his recently released triple-disc CD “Emancipation,” his first disc since leaving Warner Bros. The disc was his first multiplatinum album since “Diamonds and Pearls” was certified in 1992.

Other artists whose albums sold well last month include Sheryl Crow, who picked up Grammys this year for best rock album (her self-titled sophomore CD) and for best female rock vocal. Her debut album “Tuesday Night Music Club” sold another million copies in February to reach its current eight-times-platinum level.

“The Beatles Anthology, Volume 3,” the latest double-CD set in the series, was certified triple platinum, giving the Fab Four multiplatinum success on all three of their “Anthology” releases. The Volume 2 disc has been certified at 3 million units, while “Volume 1” has topped 8 million units.

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