What Albums Went Gold and Platinum in Canada Last Year?

Music Canada is the industry organization that oversees the certification of gold and platinum albums in this country and around this time each year, they publish a list of who was awarded what. To recap, a Diamond award signifies domestic sales of 800,000 units. To get a platinum award, you have to sell 80,000 and for Gold, the figure is 40,000. Some highlights:

  • Michael Buble:  Christmas (2011), Diamond (800,000 units)
  • Mumford & Sons: Babel (2012), 5x platinum (400,000)
  • Eminem:  Marshal Mathers LP, 4x platinum (320,000)
  • Arcade Fire: Reflektor (2013), 3x platinum (240,000)
  • Black Keys: El Camino (2011), 3x platinum
  • Imagine Dragons: Night Visions (2012), 3x platinum

The full report can be found here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “What Albums Went Gold and Platinum in Canada Last Year?

  • January 26, 2015 at 9:42 am

    I’m curious how the sales figures work in 2015.

    Other than physical (CD & vinyl), are the numbers based solely on complete digital albums sold or do they use rounded numbers of individual tracks bought?

    If, say, 10 people bought the song “Demons” by Imagine Dragons does that count as one album sold…?


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