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U2 The Joshua Tree RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum Album Award

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RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum Album Award for U2 album The Joshua Tree. The album was released on March 9, 1987 and was certified 5x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA on Oct. 6, 1988 for five million copies sold, which this award celebrates. 

This hugely successful U2 album included the hits "With or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", which became the group's only Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles in the U.S., and "Where the Streets Have No Name", which hit #13 on the chart. The album won two Grammy awards in 1988 including Album of the Year and went to #1 in the UK, U.S. and numerous other countries. By 1995 the album was certified at ten million copies sold in the U.S., becoming a rare RIAA Diamond seller. See image above for the RIAA sales certification data of this album*. 

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum RIAA award
  • In VG condition
  • Made in 1988
  • Presented to radio industry talent
  • All original with manufacturer sticker
  • Known as RIAA "flower hologram" awards, they were made from 1986-89
  • Award measures 21" x 20"
  • Great collectors item for any U2 fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This RIAA 5x Multi-Platinum award is a first presentation award that would have been manufactured in 1988 making it approximately 35 years old. It is one of the more unique award designs for the period and also one of the first to feature the new CD format, at the very begining of the period when more creative designs were approved for manufacture by the RIAA. The award is presented to radio industry talent Bill Berger, who was at New Jersey station WFMU for over three decades.

It is in VG condition with only very minor mars on the frame and plexiglass and some lifting of the album miniature image. The backing paper appears original with Creative Glassics manufacturer label.

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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.

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