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All featured albums are Recording Industry Association of America certified gold records, i.e. albums that have sold in excess of half a million copies.
Nirvana's 2nd album "Nevermind," released in 1991, seems sure to be a favourite amongst alternative rock fans, especially given the band's short existence and frontman Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994, at the age of just 27. The 2nd studio album by the American rock band was surprisingly successful, due predominantly to its first single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit." "Nevermind" topped the US Billboard 200 in January 1992, has sold over 10 million copies in the United States and in excess of 25 million worldwide. Delivering alternative rock to a significant mainstream audience, it has received great critical acclaim, widely regarded as one of the best all-time rock albums.
Alternative rock / pop fans of gold records may like "Left of the Middle," the debut album by Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia. Released in 1997, the album was a worldwide success, topping the Australian ARIA Album Charts and reaching no.5 and no. 10 in the UK Albums Charts and US Billboard 200, respectively. The album has achieved at least gold certification in 10 different countries, along with multi- platinum status in the US, UK, Australia and Canada, with sales in excess of 6 million.
Other gold discs in the "N" sub-category include "Loose," the 3rd album from Canadian singer Nelly Furtado, which incorporates elements of hip hop, R&B and dance. Achieving high chart positions worldwide, it topped the US Billboard 200 and reached no.4 in the UK Album Charts, being certified as multi-platinum in both countries. Of the 8 singles from the album, two, "Promiscuous and "Say It Right" were US no. 1s, while "Maneater" topped the UK Singles Charts.