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Terence Trent D'Arby Introducing The Hardline... RIAA 2x Multi-Platinum Album Award

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RIAA 2x Multi-Platinum Album award for Terence Trent D'Arby album Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby. This was D'Arby's debut album, released on Oct. 2, 1987. It was certified 2x Multi-Platinum on Nov. 21, 1988 for two million copies sold. 

The album was fueled by the success of single "Wishing Well" which topped the Billboard Hot 100. Other singles included "If You Let Me Stay", "Sign Your Name", and "Dance, Little Sister". The album itself peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and D'Arby also won a Grammy award for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male. In addition, the album also did well in numerous other world markets, especially in Australia and the UK. In 2001 D'Arby legally changed his name to Sananda Maitreya and has recorded and released new music under that name since then. See the image above for all the RIAA certifications of this release.* 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA 2x Multi-Platinum album award 
  • In VG condition 
  • First presentation award from 1988
  • Presentation to music industry executive
  • All original with manufacturers sticker 
  • Letter of provenance included
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21.5"
  • Known as a RIAA "flower hologram" award, they were made from 1986-1989
  • Great collectors item for Terence Trent D'Arby fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA 2x Multi-Platinum award that would have been manufactured in 1988 making it 34 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 D'Arby , Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, 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 Creative Glassics manufacturer's sticker. The award is in VG condition with only minor wear on the frame and a few mars on the plexiglass. 

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards like this one: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide. 

*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com