RIAA CERTIFICATIONS / SOUNDSCAN


These figures are taken from a variety of sources (again, some of the dates come from Alex's FAQ). In the early 1970's the RIAA certification of "Gold" meant $1,000,000 worth of an album sold. With the explosion of the music industry in the 1970s the "Gold" certification was redefined in 1975 to "require that an album also sell a minimum of 500,000 copies in addition to reaching $1 million in sales" (RIAA). The "Platinum" award was introduced in 1976 to signify shipments of 1,000,000 units shipped and a minimum of $2,000,000 at wholesale. The RIAA also uses a multiplication system for albums with more that one disc. Thus, a 2 disc set selling 2 million copies will be certified quadruple-platinum (4x Platinum). This has changed in recent years with multi-disc sets being required to contain 100 minutes of music to qualify for multiplied shipping accounting. If you spot any errors or can add details, please contact me. This list only deals with the domestic US official issues. See also KISS RIAA Chronology.

A note about these figures: One can go to the official RIAA statistics and see that KISS "Alive!" is only certified for "Gold" sales. Many other KISS albums in that database are way off what have long been considered KISS' actual numbers. However, it seems unlikely, at this point, that KISS or Universal will recertify the catalog. In the end, numbers shouldn't affect your opinion of the band!


KISS' TOTAL US ALBUM SALES TO DATE
37,500,000
KISS' TOTAL GOLD ALBUM DISCS (inc. Solos)
28
KISS' TOTAL PLATINUM DISCS (inc. Solos)
30

Album
Status
KISS
Gold
Certified 6/8/77  
HOTTER THAN HELL
Gold
Certified 6/23/77  
DRESSED TO KILL
Gold
Certified 2/28/77
Notes: The first of the pre-Alive! albums to go Gold.
 
ALIVE!
Gold
Certified 12/04/75
Notes: Alive! provided KISS with their first Gold record. By the end of January 1976 the album had gone platium.
 
DESTROYER
Platinum
Certified 4/22/76
Notes: Certified Platinum 11/11/76.
 
THE ORIGINALS*
n/a
Notes: Not certified. *Techincally, even as a repackaging of the first three studio album, "The Originals" sold 250,000 copies, which by RIAA calculation methods would translate into sales of 750,000 disc, thus being worth a Gold disc. However, it seems likely that the sales figures were applied to the original releases since both "KISS" and "Hotter Than Hell" went gold after this album's release. This is the subject of some debate.  
ROCK AND ROLL OVER
Platinum
Certified 11/11/76
Notes: Certified Platinum 01/05/77. "Rock And Roll Over" was the first KISS album to ship "Gold"...
 
LOVE GUN
Platinum
Certified 6/30/77
Notes: "Love Gun" was the first KISS album to ship "Platinum"...
 
KISS Alive II
2X Platinum
Certified 11/28/77
Notes: Shipped Platinum certified in November 1977. According to the KISS Army Newsletter of early 1978 the album had attained 2X platinum status. Attained 2X platinum sales on 2/26/96...
 
DOUBLE PLATINUM
Platinum
Certified 5/16/78
Notes: "Double Platinum" didn't ship certified, and would take over a month to attain Platinum status...
 
GENE SIMMONS
Platinum
Certified 10/02/78
Notes: The solo albums would take two weeks to attain simultaneous Gold and Platinum status. They are included in this listing due to the fact that they bear the KISS logo which makes them part of the KISS Catalog, rather than being strictly solo releases...
 
ACE FREHLEY
Platinum
Certified 10/02/78
Notes: The solo albums would take two weeks to attain simultaneous Gold and Platinum status...
 
PETER CRISS
Platinum
Certified 10/02/78
Notes: The solo albums would take two weeks to attain simultaneous Gold and Platinum status...
 
PAUL STANLEY
Platinum
Certified 10/02/78
Notes: The solo albums would take two weeks to attain simultaneous Gold and Platinum status...
 
DYNASTY
Platinum
Certified 6/06/79
Notes: "Dynasty" shipped Gold, and attained Platinum on 7/10/79. The album is rumored to have attained 2X platinum in early 1980 and stand at 3X platinum sales...
 
UNMASKED
Gold
Certified 7/30/80
Notes: "Unmasked" took nearly 3 months to attain only Gold certification...
 
MUSIC FROM "THE ELDER"
n/a
Uncertified
Notes: Apparently by late-2001 "The Elder" is in the 490,000 sales range...
 
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Gold
Certified 5/09/94
Notes: This album took nearly 12 years to attain Gold certification...
 
LICK IT UP
Platinum
Certified 12/22/83
Notes: Certified platinum 12/9/90...
 
ANIMALIZE
Platinum
Certified 12/03/84
Notes: Certified platinum 12/12/90. This album is rumored to be at 2X Platinum...
 
ASYLUM
Gold
Certified Gold 11/13/85
Notes: ...
 
CRAZY NIGHTS
Platinum
Certified 11/17/87
Notes: Certified platinum 2/18/88. This album is also rumored to be near 2X Platinum...
 
SMASHES, THRASHES, AND HITS
2X Platinum
Certified 02/01/89
Notes: Certified 2X Platinum 2/26/96, the only of the unmasked era albums to attain that status officially...
 
HOT IN THE SHADE
Gold
Certified 12/20/89
Notes: This album is apparently also rumored to be Platinum...
 
REVENGE
Gold
Certified 7/20/92  
KISS Alive III
Gold
Certified 10/27/94  
MTV Unplugged
Gold
Certified 10/18/96
Notes: ...
 
YOU WANTED THE BEST
Gold
Certified 5/21/97  
Greatest KISS
n/a
Uncertified  
CARNIVAL OF SOULS
n/a
Uncertified  
PSYCHO CIRCUS
Gold
Certified 10/22/98
Notes: Struggled to attain certification even with #3 chart debut...
 
DETROIT ROCK CITY
n/a
Uncertified
Since KISS is the primary artist on this soundtrack, the album is included here...
 
THE BOX SET
Gold
Certified 12/18/2001
Notes: The sets 5 discs meant that the box only had to ship 100,000 copies for Gold certification...
 
THE VERY BEST OF KISS
n/a
Uncertified
Notes: Time will tell if all the advertizing helps this compilation...
 
KISS SYMPHONY, ALIVE IV
n/a
Uncertified
Notes: Does not qualify for X2 accounting since it doesn't meet the 100 minutes criteria...
 
(MILLENIUM EDITION) THE BEST OF KISS, VOLUME 1
n/a
Uncertified
Notes: n/a...
 
(MILLENIUM EDITION) THE BEST OF KISS, VOLUME 2
n/a
Uncertified
Notes: n/a...
 
KISS GOLD
n/a
Uncertified
Notes: n/a...
 


Other Certifications
Singles:
   BETH/Detroit Rock City
   Gold, 6/77

   I WAS MADE FOR LOVIN' YOU/Hard Times
   Gold, 8/79

Videos:
   Animalize Alive
   Gold (2/12/86)
   Platinum (10/1/87)

   Exposed
   Gold (7/23/87)
   Platinum (10/1/87)

   Crazy Nights
   Gold (3/29/91)

   X-treme Close Up
   Gold (10/23/92)
   Platinum (6/6/95)

   Konfidential
   Gold (10/13/93)

   KISS My Ass
   Gold

   Unplugged
   Gold (5/15/96)

   Psycho Circus
   Gold (11/23/98)
   Platinum (1/13/99)

   Second Coming
   Gold (1/13/99)
   Platinum (1/13/99)

   KISS Symphony
   Gold (10/14/03)
   Platinum (10/14/03)
   2X Platinum (12/02/03)

   Notes: KISS have 1 multi-platinum, 6 platinum, and 9 Gold videos...


SoundScan
Soundscan is probably no more perfect than the RIAA, since it has only been around since mid-1991 and tracks sales, but not at all possible locations, instead using a weighting system (kglee posted many of these on KISSOnline in 10/03)...

KISS - 163,593 (10/03)
HOTTER THAN HELL - 145,680 (10/03)
DRESSED TO KILL - 156,410 (10/03)
ALIVE! - 235,643 (10/03)
DESTROYER - 530,886 (10/03)
ROCK AND ROLL OVER - 172,373 (10/03)
LOVE GUN - 182,359 (10/03)
ALIVE II - 281,796 (10/03)
DOUBLE PLATINUM - 481,613 (10/03)
GENE SIMMONS - 28,160 (10/03)
ACE FREHLEY - 37,542 (10/03)
PETER CRISS - 19,863 (10/03)
PAUL STANLEY - 27,163 (10/03)
DYNASTY - 148,487 (10/03)
UNMASKED - 166,836 (10/03)
THE ELDER - 105,836 (10/03)
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT - 140,452 (10/03)
LICK IT UP - 85,856 (10/03)
ANIMALIZE - 85,999 (10/03)
ASYLUM - 75,845 (10/03)
CRAZY NIGHTS - 87,433 (10/03)
SMASHES, THRASHES & HITS - 778,134 (10/03)
HOT IN THE SHADE - 108,915 (10/03)
REVENGE - 591,586 (10/03)
ALIVE III - 538,180 (10/03)
UNPLUGGED - 296,625 (10/03)
YOU WANTED THE BEST - 328,197 (10/03)
GREATEST KISS - 388,512 (10/03)
CARNIVAL OF SOULS - 165,384 (10/03)
PSYCHO CIRCUS - 475,141 (10/03)
DETROIT ROCK CITY OST - 74,691 (09/99)
BOX SET - 121,383 (10/03)
VERY BEST OF KISS - 208,179 (10/03)
ALIVE IV - 102,819 (12/03)
BEST OF KISS: MILLENNIUM SERIES - 22,694 (10/03)

UNION: s/t - 20,189 (07/02)
UNION: s/t reissue - 1,319 (07/02)
UNION: The Blue Room - 10,707 (07/02)
GENE SIMMONS: Asshole - 27,556 (09/04)

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