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Madonna platinum record 2
A platinum award for the album GHV2 of Madonna.

In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other secondary stores.

List of certifications

Currently, the normal RIAA certifications for albums are:

  • 500,000 units: Gold album.
  • 1,000,000 units: Platinum album.
  • 2,000,000 units: Multi-Platinum album.
  • 10,000,000 units: Diamond album.

If an album has at least 50% Spanish-language content, the RIAA hands out the following awards,:

For Spanish-language albums that were certified before December 2013:

  • 50,000 units: Oro album.
  • 100,000 units: Platino album.
  • of 200,000 units: Multi-Platino album.

For Spanish-language albums that are certified after December 2013:

  • 30,000 units: Oro album.
  • 60,000 units: Platino album.
  • of 120,000 units: Multi-Platino album.
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