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Welcome to the disclaimer. This page is basically here to give you some information, and fun-filled facts, on the Diamond Awards.

The way the Diamond Awards work is basically this. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA, get it?) keeps track of the number of copies that a certain album has shipped. When they estimate that it has shipped roughly 5 million copies around America (not worldwide), then they certify it quintuple platinum. If it has shipped roughly 10 million, then it certified Diamond, and it earns a place on my website with a spiffy picture of its cover. In the meantime, below are some amazing (and pointless) facts about the Diamond Awards! The numbers in brackets indicate the year (and sometimes month) that the album was released in. Enjoy!

Some interesting facts about Diamond Award albums

- The earliest released album to be certified Diamond: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles (June 1967)

- The latest released album to be certified Diamond: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by OutKast (September 2003)

- Best-selling album from the 1990's: Double Live by Garth Brooks (1998) - 21 Million

- Best-selling album from the 1980's: Thriller by Michael Jackson (1982) - 27 Million

- Best-selling album from the 1970's: Their Greatest Hits by The Eagles (1976) - 29 Million

- Best-selling album from the 1960's: The Beatles by the Beatles (1968) - 19 Million

- Best-selling album by a solo female artist: Come On Over by Shania Twain (1997) - 20 Million

- Best-selling album by a solo male artist: Thriller by Michael Jackson (1982) - 26 Million

- Best-selling album by a group: Their Greatest Hits by The Eagles (1976) - 29 Million

- Most Diamond Albums by a group: The Beatles, 6 albums -- The Beatles (19 Million), The Beatles / 1962 - 1966 (15 Million), The Beatles / 1967 - 1970 (16 Million), Abbey Road (12 Million), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (11 Million), 1 (10 Million)

- Most Diamond Albums by a solo male artist: Garth Brooks, 6 albums -- Double Live, (20 Million); Ropin' The Wind, (16 Million); No Fences, (14 Million); The Hits (10 Million); Garth Brooks (10 Million); Sevens (10 Million)

- Most Diamond Albums by a solo female artist: Shania Twain, 3 albums -- The Woman in Me (12 Million), Come On Over (20 Million), Up!(11 Million)

- Most consecutively released Diamond studio albums: Led Zeppelin, 3 albums -- Led Zeppelin IV, 1971 (22 Million); Houses of the Holy, 1973 (11 Million); Physical Grafitti, 1975 (15 Million)
tie Shania Twain, 3 albums -- The Woman in Me, 1995 (12 Million); Come On Over , 1997 (20 Million); Up!, 2002 (11 Million)

- Best-selling debut album (band): Appetite for Destruction by Guns n' Roses (1987) - 18 Million

- Best-selling debut album (male): Bat Out of Hell by Meat Loaf (1977) - 14 Million

- Best-selling debut album (female): Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette (1995) - 16 Million

- Best-selling country album: tie - Come On Over by Shania Twain (1997), and Double Live by Garth Brooks (1998) - 20 Million

- Best-selling reggae album: Legend by Bob Marley and the Wailers (1985) - 10 Million

- Best-selling rap album: tie - Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G. (1997), and Speakerboxxx/The Love Below by Outkast (2003) - 10 Million

- Best-selling R&B album: CrazySexyCool by TLC (1995) - 12 Million

- Best-selling greatest-hits album: Their Greatest Hits by The Eagles (1976) - 29 Million

- Best-selling hard rock album: IV by Led Zeppelin (1971) - 23 Million

- Best-selling British album: tie - The Wall by Pink Floyd (1979), and IV by Led Zeppelin (1971) - 23 Million

- Best-selling single: Candle In The Wind '97 by Elton John (1997) - 11 Million

- Best-selling box set: Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Live 1975-1985 by Bruce Springsteen (1986) - 13 Million

- Best-selling soundtrack: The Bodyguard (1992) - 17 Million

- Best-selling classical album: Titanic: Music From The Motion Picture (1997) - 11 Million

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