Local acts dominate the Euro music market

Madonna tops '99 charts with 'Ray of Light'

LONDON — The European music market boasted 82 albums that achieved platinum (1 million), double platinum or multi-platinum status in 1999, 70% of which were products from European talent.

According to the IFPI, the music industry’s international org, 65 of the total were albums released in 1999, 17 were double or multi, and 26 acts appeared in the list for the first time.

The albums will be formally recognized at the IFPI Platinum Europe Awards in Brussels in the summer, the third outing for the awards ceremony.

The top award goes to Madonna for “Ray of Light,” now surpassing 6 million units in Europe. But Shania Twain takes her first award for “Come on Over” — over 5 million units sold, all within 1999.

Of the regional product, the Corrs’ “Talk on Corners,” Elton John’s “Love Songs” and U2’s “The Best of 1980-1990” led the pack with accumulated sales of more than 5 million each.

The strongest new to the list regional release was Boyzone’s “By Request,” selling over 3 million units within the year.

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