RIAA Gold 45 award for Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is", which was released on Nov. 13, 1984. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA on March 25, 1985 for 1,000,000 copies sold.
The track appeared on Foreigner's fifth studio album Agent Provocateur, and went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the UK Top Singles and many other music charts around the world. The single would eventually end up being certified Platinum on Mar. 30, 2012 and it helped the album go to 3x Multi-Platinum. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this single*.
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- RIAA Gold 45 award with all proper components for the era: Gold frame, gold disc and gold info plate
- First presentation award from 1985
- Presented to record industry executive
- In VG condition with original back and manufacturer's sticker, indicating a completely original award
- Known as a "strip plate" RIAA award, they were made from 1982-1985
- RIAA "strip plate" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
- Award measures 13" x 17"
- Beautiful and rare collector's item for any Foreigner 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 1985 which makes this award approximately 36 years old. The award is presented to Mike Smith. It is not known what role smith played in the creation or promotion of the record but he is named on several Atlantic Records/Atco record awards so it is thought he worked with that label group.
The award is all original with backing paper that appears unopened complete with New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer's sticker. All internal components also appear original and unaltered. This award is in VG condition, with only a some typical scratches and mars on the frame.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com