RIAA Gold album award for a-ha's debut album Hunting High And Low, which was released on June 1, 1985. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on Mar. 17, 1986 for 1 million 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.
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- RIAA "flower hologram" Platinum album award with LP and cassette
- Debut hit album for a-ha containing global hit "Take On Me"
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1986
- Presentation to music executive Michael Ostin
- All original components unaltered
- Award measures approx.17" x 24"
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured sometime in 1986 when this style of RIAA award was made ("flower RIAA hologram"). That makes this award approx. 33 years old.
This award appears to be in original condition, i.e. unaltered components including what appears to be an original back. Sticker has fallen off but sticker residue/location is evident (see image). This award is in excellent condition, with only a very, very minor mar or two on the frame and a mark on the plexiglas.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.