Has Broken Bells been certified gold yet? And do we know where After the Disco stands in that regard? Does the RIAA keep those records public? Thanks and love.
Thanks and love back atchya :)
The RIAA does indeed have a public, searchable database of which records have been certified gold and platinum here. But neither Broken Bells album shows up as Gold certified. :(
(A little “how the sausage is made” note: the RIAA and, by extension, Billboard magazine, track units shipped - not necessarily sold - to outlets that use SoundScan technology. That’s why things like the Now… compilations are always huge on the Billboard charts. Every Wal-Mart and Barnes and Noble in the US of A carries them and places big orders in the first week they’re available because they get stale so fast, so their shipping numbers are enormous out of the gate.
The official bean counters virtually ignore independent record stores, and slow-burners that gain sales over time don’t hit the top. Like the latest Arctic Monkeys record - it’s sold phenomenally well, but it was a grower, so they didn’t have a #1. But they probably will with their next record, regardless of what it does for their career - so it’s a kind of lagging indicator. /geekout)
Total sales numbers are usually only available to people with access to paid databases (sadly: not me). Sometimes people with access will share that info on wikipedia, but I’m not seeing it for Broken Bells at the moment.