Ten Million

Alright, me and a friend of mine were just kinda sittin around and we were talking about a band that recetly went dimond, if you dont know what it is, it’s when a band sells 10 million coppies of their cds in the US. After that we got curious as to who was the first person or band to ever go dimond. So if you know, help us out over here.

Does “going diamond” mean specifically only selling CDs, not on vinyl or cassettes, and only in the U.S.?

from this site:

So no record “went diamond” before 1998. And what’s more…


Looks like all the top dogs were diamond before diamond was diamond :smiley:

Always remember, Google is your friend

I’m pretty sure the first 10 million seller was Sgt. Pepper by the Beatles in '67 (11+ million).

The Beatles, by the way, are the only band to have 5 Diamond albums. Can you name the other 4?

See this page for a list of top sellers: http://members.tripod.com/bigsketchbook/id133.htm

Just so you know… the words “gold”, "platinum and “diamond” are all copyrighted terms. I know, folks, it’s disgusting, but that’s America for ya.

“Guitar music is on the way out.” – Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

It looks like Lao Tzu is probably correct. While it doesn’t list at what point the record hit the ten million mark, of all the items in the list, the earliest release date was Sgt. Pepper’s.

Here’s the list, straight from the RIAA.

You can’t copyright a single term, but they may be trademarked. Trademark is a bit less restrictive than copyright.

Looking at the RIAA list the earliest certified date for 10 Million sales is Lionel Richie in 1985. It seems that most of the Beatles’ albums only were certified with the release of “1”.

Thanks for the link DMC.