RIAA certification is a certification procedure for the volume of sales of sound recordings in the United States, for compliance with a certain status. Carried out by the American Record Association .
It appeared in 1958 as an attempt to standardize methods for measuring the volume of sales of sound recordings.
At first, there was only the Gold Award status, which was awarded for the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the record. In 1976 , platinum status appeared (the sale of more than 1,000,000 copies). In 1984 , multi-platinum status appeared (more than 2,000,000 copies) in 1999 diamond (more than 10,000,000 copies). In 1981 , video recording began to be certified.
The appearance of the awards during this time has changed several times. Today's award design has existed since 1985 .
Certification is not automatically assigned. To get it, the record company must pay a fee so that the sales volume of the album / single is audited .
Evaluation criteria are given in the table:
|Shortform Album / EP||500,000||1,000,000||2,000,000||10,000,000|
|Music Video Single||25,000||50,000||100,000||500,000|
|Music Video Longform||50,000||100,000||200,000||1,000,000|
|Multi-Box Music Video Set||50,000||100,000||200,000||1,000,000|
For Spanish-language entries, other criteria apply  :
- 100,000 copies: Oro album.
- 200,000 copies: Platino album.
- 400,000 copies: Multi-Platino album.
Other countries also have similar certification schemes. (See gold album , platinum album ).
The highest sales in the United States were recorded for the albums of The Eagles ' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and Michael Jackson 's Thriller , which became platinum 29 times, which means that they were sold in the amount of 29 million copies each (as of December 10, 2010)  .
- Golden disk
- Platinum disk
- RIAA Launches Los Premios de Oro y De Platino to Recognize Top Latin Artists Archived on October 29, 2013.
- RIAA GOLD & PLATINUM@Mail.ru Archived on January 17, 2010.