It’s awards season in the film and TV industry and seeing many television shows honoring work in movies and television prompted this post. There are various music awards shows, but not all recognition is done, annually. Some of it is cumulative.
Tower of Power, the band’s third album was released in 1973. There are two items about this album/CD that strike me as interesting.
- It is the only album/CD certified gold (500,000 or more units sold) by RIAA.
- It was certified gold in 1990; 17 years after its initial release.
My natural curiosity suggests that with advent of compact discs and digital formats (for complete albums), perhaps there are other Tower of Power releases that may have reached a level of sales for Gold certification.
Mind you, RIAA is not a public service. In essence, they are the music industry scorekeeper for sales. It has been a while since I fully read the RIAA website, but here is what I remember.
An interested party (band, artist, record label) can fund a present-day count of sales for a relatively modest fee. My last look was probably ten years ago, and the fee was $200 or thereabouts, if memory services.
It strikes me that with the advent of new music formats and new legions of fans, that Tower of Power may have quietly surpassed Gold record sales for one or more albums. Older fans purchased fans started buying ‘at the beginning’. Younger fans, in many cases, may well have discovered some of Tower’s most prolific work, in reverse.
Funding the research for a few albums would provide one of two results.
- A specific album now has surpassed 500,000 units in sales. Hooray! Gold Record time.
- An album has not yet surpassed a half-million sales, BUT it may be getting quite close. For example, 486,000 units. A result, such as that, would suggest a campaign among present-day fans to fill out their collections, and put one or more albums over the 500,000 threshold.
From where I sit, Tower of Power could only benefit from Gold certification of additional albums in further enhancing their legacy, generally, and specifically on a path to the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. How much fun would it be to attend present-day concert where a Gold Record presentation would be made.
It also sounds like a photo and publicity opportunity to me. Can’t have too many of those.
Your comments and thoughts would be appreciated.
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