RIAA Gold album award for the debut album from a-ha, Hunting High And Low. It was released on June 1, 1985 and certified Gold by the RIAA on Oct. 22, 1985 for 500,000 copies sold.
"Take On Me" became a global hit for the Norwegian group, hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and "The Sun Always Shines On TV" went to #20. The album rose as high as #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and gained significant airplay on radio and particularly on MTV, where the innovative "sketch" style video for "Take On Me" become ultra-popular. The group also was nominated for Best New Artist for the 1986 Grammy awards. By 1986 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million copies sold. See image above for RIAA sales certification of the album*.
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- RIAA Gold album award
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1985
- Presentation to music industry executive
- All original with manufacturer sticker
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Known as a RIAA "flower hologram" award, they were produced 1986-89
- Great collectors item for any a-ha fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been made in 1985, making it approx. 38 years old. It is presented to Steve Leeds, a music industry executive who held executive roles at Virgin Records, MTV and SiriusXM.
This award in in VG condition with only minor mars on the frame and plexiglass. It has its' original Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer sticker.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.