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Dio’s “Holy Diver” Goes Double-Platinum In The United States


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Dio‘s 1983 debut album “Holy Diver” was recently certified double-platinum in the United States by the RIAA. Fronted by the late legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio, that group’s album first went gold in September of 1984 and was eventually certified platinum back in March of 1989. The album’s title track later found a new audience in 2006 when it was covered by Killswitch Engage, who notched up a gold record in 2020 for their own take on the classic track.

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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