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Joel disc hits 20 mil

Double set 4th highest; Collins wears diamond

Billy Joel’s “Greatest Hits Volume I & II” crossed the 20 million-unit mark, according to the April certifications announced Monday by the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

With the nod, Joel’s Columbia Records disc becomes the fourth-highest certified disc in RIAA history.

It trails Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and the Eagles’ “Greatest Hits 1971-1975.”

Collins goes Diamond

Phil Collins is the latest member of the RIAA’s diamond club, with the certification of his Atlantic Records disc “No Jacket Required” at more than 10 million units. The new award was launched last month to tout discs that cross the vaunted milestone of reaching eight digits.

Also certified during the month by the trade org were 18 platinum albums (1 million units), 19 multiplatinum discs and 35 gold albums (500,000 units).

The Dixie Chicks’ Monument/Sony bow “Wide Open Spaces” topped the 5 million mark, and the Chicks now join Alabama and Brooks & Dunn as those responsible for the industry’s bestselling albums by country duos or groups.

Shania Twain’s Mercury Nashville disc “Come on Over” crossed the 10 million plateau, becoming her second album at that level. Her previous disc, “The Woman in Me,” was certified at 11 million units, and Twain has tied Mariah Carey, with each having two back-to-back albums at the diamond level.

Unbelievable

Cher, riding a tsunami-sized comeback with her Warner Bros. disc “Believe,” earned a multiplatinum certification for the disc. The songstress has had a top-selling album in each of the past four decades.

Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin landed his first RIAA certified disc with “Vuelve.” The Sony Discos offering has spent 32 weeks on the album sales charts. Ironically, its sales are being pumped by Martin’s warbling of “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” a song that appears on his upcoming English language disc and not “Vuelve.”

The popular track has nabbed widespread radio play and the musicvid is in heavy rotation on MTV.