November 29, 1999
Four Albums Achieve RIAA Diamond
Led Zeppelin’s “Houses Of The Holy” (10 million) and “Led Zeppelin II” (11 million) are the latest to reach Diamond status. The band’s landmark album “Led Zeppelin IV” was previously awarded at 17 million. Led Zeppelin is only the third act, following the Beatles and Garth Brooks, to have three or more Diamond albums.
“Led Zeppelin is one of the most popular and influential rock bands of all time,” commented Hilary Rosen, President and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America. “Thirty years after their debut, the band’s appeal is as strong as ever. It’s fitting that these rock icons are multiple Diamond winners.”
Led Zeppelin becomes only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond® albums, according to the Recording Industry Association of America’s November awards announcement. Led Zeppelin follows the lead of another supergroup, the Beatles, who have five Diamond® albums. Garth Brooks has four Diamond® titles. This month, “Led Zeppelin IV” advances to 22 million sales; “Led Zeppelin II” moves up to 12 million and “Houses Of The Holy” climbs to 11 million. The band’s 1975 double-album “Physical Graffiti” holds at 15 million.