RIAA Platinum LP award for UB40's Labour Of Love album. Released on Sept. 27, 1983, the group's fourth album consisted mostly of covers and was certified Platinum for 1 million copies sold on Sept. 7, 1988.
Probably best known worldwide for smash #1 single "Red Red Wine" (written by Neil Diamond) the release also included singles "Please Don't Make Me Cry", "Many Rivers to Cross" and "Cherry Oh Baby". The album initially only peaked at #39 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart while hitting #1 in the UK, NZ and the Netherlands and top 5 in Canada. However, once "Red Red Wine" was released as a single in the U.S. the album surged back onto the Billboard chart, eventually peaking at #14. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album*.
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- RIAA Platinum LP award with all proper components for the "flower hologram" era: "platinum" disc, cassette, "flower RIAA hologram" and silver presentation plate
- In VG condition
- Made in 1988, appears to be original back with no manufacturer's sticker but may have been rebacked
- First presentation award
- Presented to music retailing executive
- Known as a "flower hologram" award they were made from 1986-1989
- Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
- Great collectors item for any UB40 or reggae fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is an original first presentation RIAA award from around 1988, making it 33 years old. It is presented to music industry retailer Steve Harmon, who worked with Tower Records.
It is in VG condition with what appears to be original back but no manufacturer's sticker is present so it may have been rebacked. The award only has very minor mars on the frame and plexiglass.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com