RIAA Gold 45 award for Blondie's hit "Rapture", which was released in January 12, 1981. The 45 rpm single was certified Gold by the RIAA on March 27, 1981 for 1 million copies sold.
From the band's fifth studio album Autoamerican, released in 1980, "Rapture", became the group's last #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It has been credited as the first song with rap vocals to reach #1 in the U.S. The track also did well in the U.K., rising to #5 there, and in several other music markets worldwide.
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- RIAA Gold 45 award with all proper components for the era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold info plate
- In VG condition with wear on the frame
- First presentation award from 1981
- Presented to music industry business manager
- Has original backing paper (manufacturer sticker residue present but sticker is missing)
- Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981. RIAA "floater" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures 13" x 17"
- Great collectors item for any Blondie fan
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1981 since this "floater" style award was produced from 1975-81 and the recording was certified Gold in 1979. That makes this award approximately 39 years old. The award is presented to the late Bert Padell, who was a business manager with clients including, in addition to Blondie, Madonna, Notorious B.I.G., Run DMC, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Britney Spears, Talking Heads, Rakim, The Kinks, Pink Floyd and others.
This award is in VG condition with some frame wear and mars on the plexiglas. It has original backing paper with manufacturer sticker residue in a shape and size that provides evidence that it was made by the New York Frame & Picture Co.
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