the original RIAA gold standard was based on units of one million

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THE ORIGINAL RIAA GOLD RECORDS were in­tro­duced in 1958, and there were only two awards: a Gold Record for sin­gles, and a Gold Record for LPs. To qualify, a single must have sold a min­imum of 1,000,000 copies, while an LP album must have sold $1,000,000 at the man­u­fac­tur­er’s whole­sale price. READ MORE

about those elvis gold and platinum record awards

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IN A PREVIOUS ARTICLE here on A Touch Of Gold I stated that Elvis died with a mere twenty-eight RIAA Gold Records col­lected during his ca­reer. It also pointed out that he didn’t have a single RIAA Plat­inum Record Award on his wall! He had plenty of awards from RCA Victor and re­lated com­pa­nies from around the world, but only twenty-eight of the most valu­able and im­por­tant awards. READ MORE

elvis’ riaa gold record awards 1958-1975 (while he was alive)

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ELVIS DIED WITH ONLY 28 GOLD RECORDS. That is, he col­lected only twenty-eight of­fi­cial RIAA Gold Record Awards during his ca­reer. He also moved to that man­sion on the hill without a single Plat­inum Record Award on his wall! Nei­ther he nor Colonel Parker nor RCA Victor showed any real en­thu­siasm for the awards while he was alive. READ MORE