Multi Platinum For The King

Elvis Presley picked up a few Gold and Platinum Award (upgrades) for recent DVD and CD releases:

On July 1, 2009:

  • Aloha From Hawaii - Deluxe Edition: 3.00 Platinum;
  • Aloha From Hawaii - Special Edition: 2.00 Platinum;
  • Elvis #1 Hit Performances: Gold and Platinum;
  • Elvis: '68 Comeback Special - Deluxe Edition: 4.00 Multi Platinum.


July 22, 2009:

  • ELV1S 30 #1 Hits: 5.00 Multi Platinum.

Last February the "Ultimate Gospel" compilation was awarded "Gold". EPE announced that there will be an award ceremony during Elvis Week 2009.

Updated August 6, 2009, corrected two titles.

Source: RIAA / Updated: Aug 1, 2009 
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Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2009report abuse
yeah i know 1999 just a typo, that's all, but the record for elvis still stands anyway so
Brian Quinn (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 4, 2009report abuse
I am sure there will be more upgrades announced on 15th August. Just for the record the previous posting by Jesse Garon Presley should be dated July 13th, 1999 and not 2009.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 3, 2009report abuse
Elvis the one and only KING; read this article, it's from July 13, 2009 from the website of RIAA :

Elvis Presley: The King of Gold? & Platinum? Awards, RIAA Certifies 40 Presley Titles; All on RCA Records Washington, DC - The King of Rock ‘N Roll once again raises the stakes as the recording artist with the most Gold® and Platinum® honors in music history. The Recording Industry Association of America, in conjunction with RCA Records, announced today that Elvis Presley has been awarded 40 album and single certifications, strengthening his lead as the top certified artist of all time. Presley now has the most Gold® and Platinum® albums of any artist as well as the most Gold®, Platinum® and Multi-Platinum™ singles.

Presley’s tally of Gold® albums now stands at 80, which includes full-length albums, box set and EP titles. A total of 43 of his albums are Platinum® and 19 are at Multi-Platinum™ levels. The closest contender to Presley has half the number of Gold® albums -- Barbra Streisand has 40. Presley’s closest rival in the number of Platinum® albums is the Beatles with 33. “Elvis Presley is literally the all-time mover and shaker in rock and roll history,” commented Hilary Rosen, RIAA President and CEO. “The RIAA is honored to have played a part in commemorating the extraordinary sales success of Presley’s entire career through our Gold® and Platinum® award program.”

The certifications this month are mostly upgrades to Presley’s previous award levels, though there are also 18 newly certified album titles. The RIAA and RCA Records first presented the Presley estate with 110 Gold® and Platinum® records in 1992 during a landmark event marking the 15th anniversary of Presley’s death. Today’s announcement comes as RCA Records is releasing an Elvis Presley retrospective, “Artist Of The Century.” The comprehensive three-CD set traces Presley’s career from his first Sun sessions to his 1970’s hits.

Presley’s 1956 classic “Hound Dog/Don’t Be Cruel” becomes one of the top certified singles of all time with sales of four million. It is the only single released prior to “We Are The World” in 1985 to reach quadruple-Platinum® status. Presley’s “Amazing Grace--His Greatest Sacred Performances” is certified double-platinum, matching the sales of his 1967 album, “How Great Thou Art.” Presley is the only artist with two Multi-Platinum™ gospel or inspirational albums.

Elvis Presley’s entire certified catalog of Gold®, Platinum® and Multi-Platinum™ may be found on the RIAA website at All certifications are calculated by the accounting firm of Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman. The RIAA is the official certification agency of Gold® and Platinum® recordings. RIAA awards are based on manufacturers’ unit shipments and dollar value, net after returns. Gold® is awarded at 500,000 units; Platinum® at one million and Multi-Platinum™ at two million or more units.
jean michel (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 2, 2009report abuse
while it's great news , i can't help feeling a bit disapointed : still no diamond award in the States ! I just hope some other upgrades will pop up before the ceremony. As for michael (who ?) selling up to 9 M recorded in the US since he passed away , i read a few days agao in usa today that 55 % of those sales come from downloads. I am not impressed . Try as his record company would ( by anouncing over inflated sales to the press for instance...) , he will never catch up with ELVIS.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 2, 2009report abuse
This is awesome news at any time - but 32 years later! Incredible. I am looking forward to the award ceremony.

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