Whitney Houston 2nd album Whitney RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum Album Award

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RIAA 3x Multi-Platinum Album award for the Whitney Houston (1963-2012) Whitney album. Her second studio album, released on June 2, 1987, the album was certified 3x Multi-Platinum for 3 million copies sold on Aug. 4, 1987, which turned out only to be the beginning success for this massively popular album. 

The album produced five Top 10 Billboard singles including "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", the first four of which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This made Houston the first female artist to achieve that feat. It also extended her string of #1 singles to seven.

The album itself hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums and UK Albums charts, along with the top spot on many other world music markets. It also garnered three Grammy nominations. By 1995 the album had been certified 9x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album*.

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA Platinum album award with all proper components for the "flower hologram" era: "platinum" disc, cassette, "flower hologram" and silver presentation plate
  • In VG condition with original back and only a few very minor scratches on frame and plexiglas
  • Original back with manufacturer's sticker
  • First presentation award
  • Presented to music industry executive
  • Known as a "flower hologram" award they were made from 1986-1989
  • Award measures approx. 17" x 21"
  • Great collectors item for any Whitney Houston fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: 

This is an original first presentation RIAA award from around 1987, making it 33 years old. It is presented to music industry executive Mark Michel. It is not known what role Michel played in the creation of promotion of the album.

The award is in VG condition with only minor mars on plexiglas and frame. While its' original manufacturer sticker has fallen off, the unmistakable size and shape adhesive residue of a Creative Glassics sticker remains on the lower right of the back, indicating a high likelihood of a completely original, unopened award.

Interested in knowing more about RIAA awards and what makes them great to add to your collection? Read our article here.

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.

*RIAA sales data source: