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All featured albums are genuine gold discs. Each comes with a metal plaque bearing the legend, "Gold Disc & Photo Display, in recognition of sales of over 500,000 albums worldwide."
American singer / songwriter Prince pioneered the "Minneapolis Sound," which incorporated elements of pop, rock and R&B. He has enjoyed great commercial success since the 1980s, with worldwide record sales, according to "Ebony" magazine, topping 100 million. Amongst his gold records is the 1984 album, "Purple Rain," the soundtrack to the film of the same name. The album topped the US Billboard 200 for 6 months, becoming one of the best-selling soundtracks of all-time, achieving diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with US sales exceeding 13 million. "Purple Rain" spawned 3 hit singles, with "When Doves Cry" and "Let's Go Crazy" topping the Billboard Hot 100, while the title track reached no. 2. Worldwide sales of the album have exceeded 20 million.
English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, formed in 1965, enjoyed massive commercial success, selling over 200 million albums worldwide, including 75 million in the United States, making them one of the all-time best-selling bands. Amongst their gold records were the "concept" albums, "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Animals." The former, released in 1973, was immediately successful, reaching no.1 in the US Billboard 200. Its subsequent chart stay of 741 weeks is an all-time record. With worldwide sales estimated in excess of 45 million, it is widely considered one of the greatest all-time rock albums. The latter, a 1977 release, was less successful, but nonetheless reached no. 2 in the UK Album charts and no. 3 in the Billboard 200. Subsequent sales resulted in the album being awarded 4x platinum certification by the RIAA at the end of January 1995