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Tool Awarded Several New Multi-Platinum Certifications In The United States


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In what comes as little surprise, Tool‘s catalog has benefitted from finally going digital. After holding out for numerous years, the processive metal giants finally brought their music to streaming services and digital retail outlets in August of 2019.

Their arrival on the current music consumption platforms of choice took place around the band’s then release of their first studio album in roughly 13 years, “Fear Inoculum“. That album went on to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 and was eventually certified gold by the RIAA on August 12th, 2020.

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As part of a newly announced wave of certifications made on April 15th, 2021, several albums from Tool‘s back catalogue have also now newly been honored by the RIAA for sales/streams in the United States. First up is their 1993 debut album “Undertow“, which has newly reached 3x multi-platinum status. It was previously certified 2x multi-platinum on May 14th, 2001

Their third studio album, 2001’s “Lateralus“, also saw a boost and has newly hit 3x multi-platinum status. It had last attained  2x multi-platinum on August 05th, 2003.

And finally, the band’s fourth studio album, 2006’s “10,000 Days” hit 2x multi-platinum status. It was originally certified platinum back on June 02nd, 2006.

A platinum album/single in the United States represents 1,000,000 units, while gold signifies 500,000 units. Outside of traditional physical/digital sales, the certifications factor in digital streams/downloads with 10 permanent track downloads counting as 1 unit and 1500 on-demand audio/video streams from a particular album also counting as as a unit.

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