RIAA Platinum album award for Styx album Pieces Of Eight. Released in September 1978, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA a short time later on Oct. 10, 1978 for one million copies sold.
The album featured two successful singles which have since become Styx classics: "Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)" and "Renegade" which made it to #21 and #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, respectively. Powered by those tracks, the album reached #6 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and also found success in Australia, Canada and several European countries. By 1984 the album was certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for three million copies sold. See image above for the RIAA sales certification of this album over the years*.
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- RIAA Platinum Album award
- First presentation award from 1978
- Presentation to artist management co.
- All original with manufacturer sticker
- In VG condition
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Known as a "floater" award because the components appear to "float" above the matte, they were made from 1975-1981
- RIAA "floater" awards numbered only 25-50 plaques worldwide for any given single/album
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Platinum album award from 1978, making it approx. 46 years old. It is presented to Stardust Enterprises, the name of Derek Sutton's artist management company that represented Styx at the time.
The award is in VG condition with typical frame wear and mars on the plexiglass. Note that the dark edge on the upper left is a shadow from the photo, the Disc Award Ltd. "platinum" record disc is completely undamaged. The award's backing paper is original with New York Frame & Picture Co. manufacturer sticker.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com