Hard-to-find RIAA Platinum album award for George Michael's album Faith. The album, Michael's debut as a solo artist, was released on October 30, 1987. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on January 18, 1988 for 1 million copies sold.
A major success for Michael due in large part to the smash success of the title track, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this release also contained the hits "Father Figure", "One More Try" and "Monkey", all of which also went to #1 on the Hot 100. The album went to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, UK Top Albums chart and in many world territories. It also won Album Of The Year at the 1989 Grammy Awards. By 1996 the album earned a RIAA Diamond award for selling 10 million copies. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA "flower hologram" Platinum album award with LP and cassette
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1988
- Presentation to music executive
- All original with manufacturer's sticker on rear
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Great collector's item for any George Michael fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a hard-to-find George Michael first presentation RIAA Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1988 when this style of RIAA award was made ("flower RIAA hologram"). That makes this award approx. 32 years old. It is presented to Sam Milicia, an executive with Handleman, a record industry distributor.
This award appears to be in original condition, i.e. unaltered components including what appears to be an original back with Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer's sticker. This award is in VG to Excellent condition, with only a very, very minor mar or two on the frame and plexiglas.
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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: 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