Remember Chester Bennington (1976-2017) and celebrate Linkin Park's music with this specially designed RIAA Gold Album award. Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory was the group's debut album released on Oct. 24, 2000. This is the first Gold award the album (and group) earned with the album certified on Dec. 1, 2000 for 500,000 copies sold.
Singles "Crawling" "One Step Closer" drove strong sales of the release, driving it as high as #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and the group also won a Grammy award for one of the tracks (Best Hard Rock Performance for "Crawling"). This RIAA award has a unique design with black "road case" frame, graphics on plexiglass, album artwork and industrial details such as a "grinded" presentation plate. The album is the best selling in the band's history, having reached Diamond RIAA sales status, currently with over 11 million copies sold. See image above for all the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*
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- Unique"3D" shadow box industrial design RIAA Gold Album award
- First presentation award from 2000-01
- In VG to Excellent condition
- Presentation to record industry executive
- All original award with original manufacturer sticker
- RIAA "bar hologram" with serial number awards were made from 1998-present
- Award measures 17.5" x 21.5"
- Unique RIAA award, great for any Linkin Park fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold award that would have been manufactured sometime around 2000-01 making this award 20 years old. This award is presented to Jonathan Lev, a promotions and marketing executive who worked with rock, pop and alternative artists including Linkin Park, Godsmack, Incubus, Nirvana, U2, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
This unique award is all original complete with Ill-Eagle manufacturer's sticker on its back. It is in VG to Excellent condition, with only a few minor mars on the frame. The original backing paper is still present but was cut on three sides to re-adhere the record label inside the award since it had curled up. Finally, note that the swirl marks on the presentation plate are part of the award's industrial design. The award is not damaged in any way.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com