Only 10 albums released in 2013 went platinum that year. In 2014, only 5 acts who released projects in that calendar year crossed the platinum threshold before December 31st (Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Pentatonix, Ariana Grande, Jason Aldean). This year is set to see that precious metal elude more acts than ever.
As of this week, only 3 albums released this year have gone platinum in the U.S. Interestingly, not one is by an American-born act.
That’s right, Canadian emcee Drake laid claim to the first title when his surprise fourth album, ‘If You’re Reading This…,’ crossed the platinum threshold in summer 2015. It wasn’t until late November when powerhouse diva Adele nabbed the second title after her blockbuster comeback album, ’25,’ sold over 3 million its first week. The sales give her the distinct honor of being the only multiplatinum release of 2015.
Now, courtesy of a sales bump, the two will be joined by Canadian crooner Justin Bieber as his comeback album, ‘Purpose,’ is now in the 2015 platinum club. Details below: