RIAA Gold LP award for Depeche Mode album Music For The Masses. Released Oct. 6, 1987, the album was certified Gold on March 8, 1988 for 500,000 copies sold.
Singles from the album included "Strangelove" which had a three week stay at #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart, "Never Let Me Down Again", "Behind The Wheel" and "Little 15". The album went to #35 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #10 in the U.K. By 1991 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million copies sold. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold LP award with all proper components for the 1986-89 "flower hologram" era: Gold frame, gold disc, gold cassette and gold info plate
- In VG condition
- First presentation award from 1988
- Presentation to record executive
- Has been rebacked
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Great collectors item for any Depeche Mode fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold flower hologram award made in 1988 making it 33 years old. It is presented to a former Sr. VP at Warner Bros. Records.
The award is in VG condition with all original components and only a very few minor mars on the frame and plexiglass. Its' backing paper has been opened but the paper includes a stamp from RIAA award manufacturer Rite Angle. A non-standard wire hanger has been added as well.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com