RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum Album Award for Ricky Martin's self-titled solo album which was released on April 28, 1999. It was certified 5x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA on July 29, 1999 for five million copies sold.
The album featured Billboard Hot 100 #1 single "Livin' la Vida Loca" along with "She's All I Ever Had", "Shake Your Bon-Bon", and "Private Emotion". The album itself topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and Martin also garnered a Grammy nomination. By 2000 the release had been certified 7x Multi-Platinum by RIAA for seven million copies sold. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album through the years*.
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- RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum award
- In Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1999
- Presented to record executive
- All original with manufacturer's sticker
- Award measures approx. 13" x 20"
- Letter of provenance included
- Known as a "RIAA serial number hologram" award, they were made from 1998 to present
- Great collectors item for any Ricky Martin fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum album award that would have been manufactured in 1999, making it approx. 23 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 Martin, Aerosmith, Marc Anthony, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, 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).
The award is in Excellent condition with original backing paper and Ill-Eagle manufacturer's sticker.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com