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:
“[‘Purpose’] sold another 100,000 copies in the latest tracking week, bringing its total sum in pure album sales to 1.01 million. It only took five weeks to reach a million sold — the quickest trip to a million for Bieber thus far.”
Congratz are undoubtedly in order for Bieber, an act many spelled the end for after he was bombarded with a number of personal and legal woes in the past. Alongside Drake, Adele, and Bieber, The Weeknd – 2015’s other big success story – is narrowing the gap between himself and platinum status as well. The emo-crooner, with his 2015 ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’ LP that cranked out hit after hit after hit (see: ‘Can’t Feel My Face,’ ‘The Hills,’ and more), is yet another non-American who saw major domination of the U.S. charts this year.
With projects due from Usher, Katy Perry, Missy Elliott, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, and more, 2016’s charts may sing a different tune.