RIAA Gold Album award for Ini Kamoze's single "Here Comes The Hotstepper". Released on Aug. 26, 1994 it was certified Gold on Oct. 28, 1994 for 500,000 copies sold.
The track from the Jamaican dancehall artist topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and hit #4 on the UK chart in 1994. It was also featured on the soundtrack to the film Prêt-à-Porter. By late 1994 the track was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million sold. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this single through the years*.
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- RIAA Gold Single award
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1994
- Presentation to music industry executive
- All original with manufacturers sticker
- Letter of provenance included
- Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
- Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-1997
- Great collectors item for any fan of Ini Kamoze, the “lyrical gangster”
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold Single award that would have been manufactured in 1994 making it 28 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 Kamoze, 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 and memorabilia (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 minor wear on the frame and a few mars on the plexiglass.
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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