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.