RIAA Gold award for Us3 album Hand On The Torch, which was released on May 22, 1992. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on June 29, 1995 for 500,000 copies sold, which this award celebrates.
This debut album by the British jazz-rap group blended jazz and rap and made extensive use of classic Blue Note (a label best known for its' jazz releases) recordings. The most successful example was the group's hit "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)" which sampled Herbie Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island". The track peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and helped push the album to #31 on the Top 200 Albums chart. By 1999 the album was certified Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for RIAA sales certifications of this album*.
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- RIAA "R hologram" Gold album award with gold cassette and CD
- In VG to Excellent condition
- First presentation award from 1995
- Presented to record industry executive
- All original, has been rebacked
- Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
- Great collectors item for any Us3 fan
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Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold album award that would have been manufactured in 1995, making it approx. 26 years old. This award is presented to Jonathan Lev, a promotions and marketing executive who worked with rock, pop and alternative artists including Us3, Luscious Jackson, Sevendust, Coldplay, Blur, Green Day, Nirvana, U2, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.
This award is all original and in VG to Excellent condition. Award has been re-backed but otherwise is all original.
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com