RIAA Gold Single Award for Soul Asylum track "Runaway Train". Released on May 7, 1993, it was certified Platinum by the RIAA on Aug. 17, 1993 for 500,000 copies sold.
"Runaway Train", from the group's sixth album Grave Dancers Union, hit #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and won a Grammy award in 1996 for Best Rock Song. It helped drive the album to #11 on the Top 200 Albums chart. The track reached #2 in New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland and also did well in other European countries. The stirring music video for the song featured real missing children and teenagers, some of whom were found or cases resolved following the widespread airing of the video.
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- RIAA Gold Single award
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1993
- Presentation to music industry executive
- All original with manufacturer sticker
- Letter of provenance included
- Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-97
- Award measures 13" x 17"
- Great collectors item for any Soul Asylum fan
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Gold Single award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 1993, making this award 29 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 Soul Asylum, Aerosmith, 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).
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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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.