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Lamb Of God, Volbeat, A Day To Remember And More Go Gold As RIAA Revise Classifications


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Earlier this year the RIAA (The Recording Industry Association of America) changed the standards for which gold and platinum records are awarded for sales of albums within the United States. The big shift was the factoring of streaming into the sales counts. For nearly 60 years a gold record was achieved via 500,000 copies sold, while platinum status was achieved by having 1,000,000 copies sold.

With streaming now factored in, 1,500 plays on various accredited streaming music services equates to one album sold (Rollingstone.com have an article explaining the changes.) Thus, an album with 750 million accredited streams would be equal to a gold record. Factoring that in combined with physical sales, a number of hard rock and metal releases look to have recently benefited from the change. Albums to recently turn gold include:

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A Day To Remember – “Homesick” (certified on March 24th, 2016)
A Day To Remember – “What Separates Me From You” (certified on March 24th, 2016)
Hawthorne Heights – “If Only You Were Lonely” (certified on March 24th, 2016)
Volbeat – “Beyond Hell, Above Heaven” (certified on March 22nd, 2016)
Halestorm – “The Stranger Case Of…” (certified on March 08th, 2016)
Halestorm – “Halestorm” (certified on March 08th, 2016)
Lamb Of God – “Ashes Of The Wake” (certified on February 18th, 2016)

Platinum:
Ozzy Osbourne – “The Essential Ozzy Osbourne” (certified on March 03rd, 2016)
Five Finger Death Punch – “War Is The Answer” (certified on February 01st, 2016)

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