RIAA Gold & Platinum Program - RIAA (2024)

Overview Certification Criteria Apply

RIAA’s historic Gold® & Platinum® Program defines success in the recorded music industry. Originally conceived to honor artists and track sound recording sales, Gold & Platinum Awards have come to stand as a benchmark of success for any artist—whether they’ve just released their first song or Greatest Hits album.Check out our interactive timeline to learn about the program’s storied history.

RIAA Gold & Platinum Program

RIAA Gold & Platinum certifications have represented the pinnacle of success in the music industry since 1958. The levels described below are earned by as albums, singles and other projects from exceptional artists who meet the program’s rigorous standards.

RIAA GOLD & PLATINUM CERTIFICATON LEVELS

CertificationMinimum Units
Date Established
Gold®500,0001958
Platinum®1,000,0001976
Multi-Platinum®2,000,000 (in increments of 1,000,000 thereafter)1984
Diamond®10,000,0001999
Premios de Oro y Platino
The RIAA Premios de Oro y Platino Latin Program recognizes successful albums and singles that have more than 50% Spanish language lyrics. Album sales, single sales, and on-demand audio and/or video streams are calculated at the formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.
Oro®30,0002001
Platino®60,0002001
Multi-Platino120,000 (in increments of 60,000 thereafter)2001
Diamante600,0002001

RIAA GOLD® & PLATINUM® CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

GoldPlatinum/MultiDiamond
DIGITAL SINGLE AWARD*
Both downloads and on-demand audio and/or video single streams are counted towards the required thresholds. The formula of 150 on-demand streams is equivalent to one download sale.
Quantity
All versions count once toward certification.
500,000 units1,000,000 units10,000,000 units
RequirementsRecertified at each million units.Recertified at each million unit sales level.
*Additional notes:
  • Only sales and streams occurring in the United States qualify for RIAA certifications.
    • If you’re interested in learning more about international programs, please visit IFPI’s website.
  • On-demand streams on digital service providers that are authorized by and reported to the record labels, whether paid for by the consumer through a subscription or free to the consumer through ad-supported services, will be accepted for RIAA certifications
  • WhyMusicMatters.com, a joint initiative between RIAA and Music Biz, lists the leading authorized music services in the United States.
  • Only official label/company videos count towards certification; user-generated content does not.
SHORTFORM ALBUM/EP AWARD*
Album sales, single sales, and on-demand audio and/or video streams are calculated at the formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale
Quantity500,000 unitsOne million unitsTwo million units
RequirementsMust include at least three but no more than five different songs.Must include at least three but no more than five different songs.Must include at least three but no more than five different songs.
Maximum run time is 30 minutesMaximum run time is 30 minutes.Maximum run time is 30 minutes.
Recertified at each subsequent million units.
FULL-LENGTH ALBUM AWARD*
Album sales, single sales and on-demand audio and/or video streams are calculated at the formula of 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale.
Quantity500,000 unitsOne million unitsTwo million units
RequirementsMay combine sale of all configurations.May combine sale of all configurations.May combine sale of all configurations.
Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% of audio content from original project.Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% of audio content from original project.Enhanced CDs must contain at least 75% of audio content of regular CD.
Recertified at each subsequent million units.
MULTI-DISC SET
Quantity
Package must include two or more CDs, or its tape and album equivalent.
500,000 unitsOne million unitsTwo million units
RequirementsEach unit within set counts as one unit toward certification.Each unit within set counts as one unit toward certification.Each unit within set counts as one unit toward certification.
Minimum run time is 100 minutes.Minimum run time is 100 minutes.Minimum run time 100 minutes.
Recertified at each subsequent million units.
MUSIC VIDEO SINGLE
1 unit = 1 physical sale and excludes streaming and digital sales
Quantity25,000 units50,000 units100,000 units
RequirementsMust contain no more than two tracks per video.Must contain no more than two tracks per video.Must contain no more than two tracks per video.
Maximum run time is 15 minutes.Maximum run time is 15 minutes.Maximum running time is 15 minutes.
1 unit = 1 physical sale and excludes streaming and digital salesRecertified at each subsequent 50,000 units (or physical sales).
MUSIC VIDEO LONGFORM
1 unit = 1 physical sale and excludes streaming and digital sales
Quantity50,000 units100,000 units200,000 units
RequirementsDefined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior to distribution.Defined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior to distribution.Defined as a title that has not been theatrically released prior to distribution.
Recertified at subsequent 100,000 units (or physical sales).
MULTI-BOX MUSIC VIDEO SET
Package must include three or more videos marketed as a set.
Quantity
Package must include three or more video marketed as a set.
50,000 units100,000 units200,000 units
RequirementsEach individual video within set is counted as one toward certification.Each individual video within set is counted as one toward certification.Each individual video within set is counted as one toward certification.
Recertified at each subsequent 100,000 units.
MASTER RINGTONE AWARD
QuantityRecognizes the sale of more than 500,000 (and counting) ringtones
RIAA Gold & Platinum Program - RIAA (2024)

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