RIAA Gold Album award for Aretha Franklin album A Rose Is Still A Rose. The album was released on March 24, 1998 and certified Gold for 500,000 copies sold on Aug. 19, 1998.
On this album Franklin worked with several top 90s hip hop producers and artists including Lauryn Hill (who appeared with Franklin on the title track, helping it to #1 on the Billboard Dance Club Songs and #26 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts), Sean "Puffy" Combs, Jermaine Dupri, and Daryl Simmons. The album reached #30 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and was nominated for a Grammy award for Best R&B Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. See image above for all the RIAA certifications of this release.*
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- RIAA Gold Album award with unique design that includes a background of 3D fabric "rose petals"
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1998
- Presentation to record label executive
- All original, rebacked
- Award measures approx. 23" x 28"
- Known as a RIAA "serial number hologram" award, they were made from 1998 to present
- Great collectors item for Aretha Franklin fan
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold Album award that would have been manufactured in 1998, making it 26 years old. The award is presented to Keith Naftaly, who was then an A&R executive at Arista Records.
The award is in Excellent condition with only very minor wear on the frame and a few very minor mars on the plexiglass, It is all original but has been rebacked.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com