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Friends TV Soundtrack RIAA Platinum Album Award

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RIAA Platinum Album award for the soundtrack album of the television series Friends. The group's debut was released on Sept. 26, 1995. It was certified Platinum on Mar. 15, 1996 for one million copies sold. 

The album featured most famously the theme song of the series by The Rembrandts "I'll Be There For You" along with tracks from other artists including Hootie & the Blowfish, Toad the Wet Sprocket, k.d. lang, Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M., Pretenders and more. See image above for the RIAA certifications of this release.* 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum album award 
  • In VG to Excellent condition 
  • First presentation award from 1996
  • Presentation to music industry executive
  • All original with manufacturers sticker 
  • Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
  • Letter of provenance included
  • Known as a "RIAA bar hologram" award with a serial number hologram, they were made from 1998 to present
  • Great collectors item for any fan of the Friends series or The Rembrandts for their signature hit
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1996 making it 26 years old. The award is presented to Jerry Blair, a record executive who held roles at CBS, Chrysalis, and Columbia Records.

Blair played a key role in the success of artists including Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Ricky Martin, George Michael, Will Smith and many others. The award is accompanied by a letter of provenance from Blair's son, who later took possession of his father's awards (see image of letter, son's name is redacted on image, buyer will receive unredacted copy).

This award is all original with Ill Eagle manufacturer's sticker. The award is in VG to Excellent condition with only a few minor mars on the frame and plexiglass, 

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com