Over the years, Rush have been awarded numerous Gold and Platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for their millions of album sales within the United States. The band also received similar awards from the Music Canada Association as well as the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI).
While it has been quite a number of years since Rush have received any new album certifications from the RIAA, though they have received several for their video sales, the band has received a few new certifications from Music Canada and the BPI.
On June 27th, their latest album Clockwork Angels received a GOLD certification from Music Canada, indicating sales of at least 40,000 units.
Then on July 22nd, the BPI awarded a SILVER certification for 2112, indicating sales of at least 60,000 units in the U.K. as well as a SILVER certification for their compilation album The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits. The BPI also awarded a PLATINUM certification (sales of 50,000 units) for the Rush in Rio concert film as well as GOLD certification for the R30: 30th Anniversary Tour concert film.
In an effort to track all of the various album and video certifications that Rush have been awarded, I've created three new pages that reflect all of their activity; one page for each organization:
With the recent re-release of Vapor Trails as well as the various box sets, Rush may be primed to receive new certifications in the near future. In fact, a Facebook Post by Rush's sound engineer Richard Chycki back in August suggested that a review of Rush's album sales in the U.S. by the RIAA is underway:Just put in the request ... 26 gold and platinum album sales awards in North America, for all the Rush DVD's and albums over the past 9 years.With any luck, Vapor Trails will finally obtain its illusive Gold certification. We'll have more certification news as it becomes available.
Thanks to reader Age Y for the information regarding the U.K. certifications.