RIAA certs mean good biz

The first six months of 1993 has yielded slightly higher levels of gold and platinum album awards, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

Statistics, measured from January to June, are compiled by the RIAA from information provided by its member record companies, which includes the rosters of the big six distributors plus several independent labels.

Trends are hard to glean from the statistics, as surveyed product includes new releases and catalog items.

However, the overall rise in certifications has to be yet another encouraging sign for the record industry that its brief economic slump of the early ’90s appears to be over.

Gold albums up

Gold albums, awarded for sales of 500,000 units, were up from 1992’s 82 units to 104 this year. Gold single certifications remained steady at 37 units.

Platinum albums, granted for sales surpassing 1 million units, rose to 72 from 1992’s 66. Singles leaped from 1992’s 15 to 1993’s 28, boosted by the certification of 19 singles in January of this year, a total comprised mostly of catalog items.

Multiplatinum albums, awarded for each additional million, fell by one unit to 66, compared to 1992’s 67 units. Multiplatinum singles significantly mushroomed, rising to 18 certifications this year vs. two last year, again attributable to catalog items.

The RIAA totals do not include the 1992 Elvis Presley certifications. The King garnered 11 gold albums and 32 gold singles, 10 platinum albums and 25 platinum singles, and 18 multiplatinum albums and five multiplatinum singles.

Presley’s catalog received a significant sales boost last year from RCA’s aggressive reissue campaign.

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