1985 Columbia Records label award celebrating the success of Wham! album Make It Big. The award celebrates eight million copies sold of the albums as of 1985. With hits
"Careless Whisper", "Freedom", "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Everything She Wants", by 1994 Make It Big was certified 6x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA for six million copies sold in the U.S. alone. (Note: This is not an RIAA award). On a worldwide basis, the album is estimated to have sold over 10 million copies.
A huge success by any standard, it topped the U.S. Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, along with the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, Japan charts and many other markets worldwide. The award has photo artwork and a bio of Wham!
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- Columbia Records 8 million sold award for Wham! U.S. debut album Make It Big
- In VG condition
- Award dated 1985
- Presented to music industry professional
- Original backing paper with manufacturer label
- Award measures 27" x 22.5"
- Great collectors item for any Wham! or George Michael fan
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S. (great deal on this large award)
- International shipping available
Detailed Item Description: This Columbia Records eight million sold award was made in 1985, making it 39 years old. It is presented to Mike Kryston, who worked in the music industry.
The award is in VG condition with only a very few minor mars on the frame and plexiglass, and tears on the backing paper (taped to help prevent dust intrusion). The backing paper still has its' Creative Glassics manufacturer sticker. (Creative Glassics also made RIAA awards during the 80s/90s time period).
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*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com