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Eye-catching, either singly or in groups, these attractive displays of gold discs, gold records and photos make superb conversation pieces. The "R" sub-category contains an interesting mixture of music artists and genres.
"Good Girl Gone Bad" by US-based singer / songwriter Rihanna, originally from Barbados, looks a good pick for R&B gold records aficionados. The 2007 album was a worldwide success, with over 160,000 sales in its first week of release. It entered the US Billboard 200 at no.2 and topped the UK album charts, achieving 5-times platinum certification from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and dual-platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Her best-selling album to date, with 7.5 million worldwide sales, "Good Girl Gone Bad" achieved multi-platinum certification in numerous other counties.
Alternative rock fans should like "Kid A," by English band Radiohead. This 2000 release went platinum in its first week of release in the UK, topping the Album Charts and entering the US Billboard 200 at no.1. A major worldwide success, it also made the Top 10 in eleven other countries, topping the charts in Canada, France, Ireland and New Zealand.
Another of the gold records on offer that should appeal to alternative rock fans is "What Hits!?" by Californian rock band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The title of this 1992 compilation album highlights the band's lack of success with the EMI label, with many tracks peaking very low as singles releases. Nonetheless, the album was successful, reaching no. 23 in the UK Albums Charts and no.22 in the US Billboard 200, achieving a gold award from the BPI and a platinum award from the RIAA.
"Up All Night," the 2004 debut album by English / Swedish indie rock band Razorlight is another of the gold discs worthy of note, having reached no.3 in the UK Albums Charts.