CRIA Gold Album award for Red Rider album Don't Fight It. This was the Canadian group's debut studio album, released on Oct. 23, 1979. It was certified Gold by the CRIA (Canadian Recording Industry Association) on Oct. 1, 1982, which this award celebrates.
The album contained the hits "White Hot", which reached #20 in Canada. "Don't Fight It" and "Avenue A" also received airplay in Canada. The album rose to #146 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart as well. A Gold album in Canada represents 50,000 copies sold (in a country of, then, about 24 million people). The album was certified Platinum (100,000 copies sold) by 1989. See image above for the highest CRIA sales certification of this album*.
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- CRIA Gold album award
- In VG condition
- First presentation award dated May 1980
- Presented to album producer
- Award measures approx. 16.25" x 20"
- Great collectors item for any Red Rider fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a CRIA Gold award that would have been manufactured in 1980 making it approx. 43 years old. This award is in VG condition with original manufacturer's sticker. It has only a very minor scratch or two on its metal frame and minor tarnishing of the gold disc.
The award is presented to the late Michael James Jackson, who produced both of Red Rider's first two albums and who also worked with KISS, Armored Saint, L.A. Guns, Hurricane, and Pablo Cruise.
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*CRIA sales data source: musiccanada.com