John, Boston, Boyz, Joel, others to get diamond

Elton John, Boston, Boyz II Men, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel and the Eagles are among the acts whose albums will be honored next week with the Recording Industry Assn. of America’s newest certification: the diamond award.

The new nod, which will recognize sales of 10 million units for an album or single, will be unveiled by the trade org at a ceremony set for March 16 at Gotham’s Roseland Ballroom.

John, Joel, Boston and Boyz II Men are among the acts expected to be present at the ceremony.

The diamond joins the RIAA’s portfolio of certifications, which includes a platinum nod, which recognizes sales of 1 million units, and gold, recognizing sales of 500,000 units.

A multiplatinum award was added in 1984. The certs are given to singles and albums which top those plateaus.

Other acts who have qualified for the diamond certification include Michael Jackson, Alanis Morissette, Celine Dion, the Backstreet Boys and Garth Brooks.

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