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Gold Discs, Records Limited Edition - Letter N
Each of the gold discs / gold records displays bear a metal plaque, confirming the album as having 'gold' status (half million plus worldwide sales), along with the limited edition number. Professional electroplating ensures the disc surface will not crack or peel. The 'N' sub-category contains some slightly unusual offerings, which may appeal to more specialist gold records collectors.
The name of American rock / funk / hip-hop band, N.E.R.D. is an acronym for 'No-one Ever Really Dies.' The band began life as a successful production duo, The Neptunes, comprising of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams. In 2001 they formed N.E.R.D. with drummer / percussionist Shay Haley. Their second album, 'Fly or Die,' reached no. 4 in the UK Album Charts; no. 6 in the US Billboard 200 and was certified with a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Controversial Californian hip-hop group, N.W.A, are widely regarded as one of the most influential acts of the 'gangsta rap' musical style. In their period of activity from 1986 to 1991, their explicit lyrics saw them banned from many radio stations in the United States. However, the group's notoriety did little to diminish their commercial success, earning them 4 gold discs. Their 1988 debut album, 'Straight Outta Compton,' referring to their hometown, reached no. 37 in the Billboard 200 and was certified dual platinum by the RIAA. Subsequent 1990 release, '100 Miles and Runnin',' reached no. 27, achieving platinum status.
British band Napalm Death, formed in Birmingham in 1981, are generally credited as defining the 'grindcore' musical style - with short, quick tempo songs incorporating deep, throaty vocals and aspects of punk rock / thrash metal. Their 2002 album, 'Order of the Leech' was generally well received by critics; who noted that despite their brutality, they brilliantly conveyed the harsh feeling in the music and the guitars and vocals complemented each other perfectly.