RIAA Platinum Award for Train's debut album. Released on Feb. 24, 1998, the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA on Mar. 16, 2000 for one million copies sold.
The album, made for only $25,000 by the group themselves, produced three singles: "Free", "Meet Virginia", which hit #20 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "I Am". The album rose to #76 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart but led the group to much more success with their subsequent albums. See image above for the RIAA sales certification of this album*.
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- RIAA Platinum award
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 2000
- Presentation to music industry executive
- All original with manufacturers sticker
- Letter of provenance included
- Known as a "RIAA bar hologram" award with serial number, they were made from 1998 to present
- Award measures 21" x 17"
- Great collectors item for any Train fan
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Detailed Item Description: This RIAA Platinum award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 2000 making it 22 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 Train, 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 Ill Eagle manufacturer's sticker. The award is in VG to Excellent condition with only minor wear on the frame.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com.