Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Not One Music Artist Has Gone Platinum In 2014

Jay.jpg
Pop quiz, hotshot: what do Bono’s swimming pool, Dr Dre’s stethoscope and Mick Jagger’s hip have in common?
 
That’s right, they’re all platinum, making them decidedly different to any album released by a solo artist or musical group in 2014.
 
According to a new report by Forbes, not one single record has made it to the magical metallic number (1 million copies in the US, if you’re wondering) this year, signalling another unwanted headache for an industry still toiling against the tide of the internet. Heck, even U2 had to give their latest album away for free.
 
To put this sales drought into context, eyebrows were raised last year when the biggest selling albums failed to make it to triple platinum, with Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 and Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions falling short with 1.73m and 1.4m respectively. So imagine the horror behind closed doors this time around.
 
In fact the only record to shift the number of copies needed to turn platinum this year wasn't even an album, but a soundtrack: Disney’s Frozen, which will no doubt come of little consolation for those poor LA-based music execs having to line their walls with the embarrassing glow of gold.
 
With 10 weeks to go until Christmas, it's theoretically possible that someone could get platinum (Taylor Swift's latest album the most obvious candidate to have a late surge in sales), but we wouldn't advise holding your breath. 
 
[Via Forbes.com]
 
[Images: Rex]

Related

lego1.jpg

Awesome Lego Star Wars Boba Fett ship

Bono1.jpg

Bono Apologises for iTunes Giveaway

Ghost.jpeg

Ghostbusters Theme Re-issued On Marshmallow-scented Vinyl

noel1.jpg

Noel Gallagher Unveils Comeback Single

RockRollZooFrame.jpg

Brilliant Rock & Roll Zoo Poster

hOLO2.jpg

Holographic Singer Performs On Letterman

Comments

More

Gorillaz return after 6 years with spectacular Trump-baiting track

'Hallelujah Money' also features Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine

by Emily Badiozzaman
19 Jan 2017

Moby's new politically charged song takes aim at Trump

"We don't need ruin and lies, your touch is death"

by Jamie Carson
19 Jan 2017

Who is performing at Donald Trump's Inauguration Day 2017?

It's not exactly Live Aid

by Dave Fawbert
19 Jan 2017

Check out the exclusive euphoric new video from Tom Chaplin

Here's the promo for 'Still Waiting'

16 Jan 2017

David Bowie's most glorious rejections

Highly selective, and all the better for it

10 Jan 2017

The 17 albums you need in hear in 2017

Get your ears ready for these

by Dave Fawbert
09 Jan 2017

Can You Name 99 Songs From The 90s By A Single Video Screenshot?

09 Jan 2017

The KLF are coming back and this is why you should be excited

‘Transcentral, eternity, sheep’

by Dave Fawbert
05 Jan 2017

The biggest selling UK debut album of 2016 is pretty depressing

Even BRIT Award winner Jack Garratt couldn't top it

by Dave Fawbert
04 Jan 2017

This is the story behind that Bowie mugshot (and what happened next)

by Joe Ellison
01 Jan 2017