PAOLO Nutini’s biggest-selling album to date, the acclaimed ‘Sunny Side Up’, has now passed the landmark of 1.8 million copies sold in the UK across all formats since its release in June 2009.
This impressive achievement earns ‘Sunny Side Up’ a prized six-time Platinum certification by the BPI – the trade body that represents the recorded music business and which also administers the UK’s iconic Platinum, Gold and Silver-Certified Awards scheme.
Paolo’s popularity as one of Britain’s leading artists is further underlined by the success of his current album, ‘Caustic Love’, which has already notched up nearly half a million sales since its release in April – one of the top five best-selling albums of 2014 so far.
Following its release just over five years ago, only eight artist albums that have come out since then have sold more copies in the UK than Paolo Nutini’s ‘Sunny Side Up’, including Adele’s ‘21’, Michael Bublé’s ‘Crazy Love’, Take That’s ‘Progress’ and Emeli Sandé’s ‘Our Version of Events’.
The BPI’s Gennaro Castaldo comments: “Sunny Side Up not only cemented Paolo’s reputation as a leading British talent of his generation, it also helped to propel him to international stardom.
Now well on its way to becoming a modern classic, with six-times Platinum status and nearly two million sales in the UK alone, ‘Sunny Side Up’ is one of those career-defining recordings that remains in permanent demand as new fans discover Paolo’s outstanding qualities as a singer-songwriter.”
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About the BPI Certified Awards
From Paul McCartney to Madonna, Coldplay to Ed Sheeran and Bastille to Sam Smith, the BPI’s iconic Platinum, Gold and Silver Certified Awards have long been presented to music artists to celebrate milestones of achievement for both singles and albums. Originally introduced in 1973, more than 14,000 awards have been issued to date during their illustrious 40 year history.
From 2010, every BPI Certified Award disc boasts an individually-numbered and unique BPI hologram to authenticate each certified award and enhance the look of the framed presentation disc itself. The highly coveted awards are THE way of commemorating UK success for the artists and the teams that support them.
Platinum, Gold and Silver awards adorn the homes of some of the biggest names in recorded music. The growth of digital formats saw a la carte singles and album downloads become eligible from 2004 onwards, while the first Music DVD certification was awarded in 2005. In July 2013 ‘auto-certification’ was introduced to allocate certifications to titles as soon as they passed the relevant sales thresholds, although member companies can still certify titles manually, based on shipments. From July 2014 certifications for Single releases included audio streaming data for the first time, back-dated to 1 January 2014 in line with the Official Charts database.
Singles: Silver (200,000 sales and equivalent units), Gold (400,000 units) and Platinum (600,000 units)
Albums: Silver (60,000 sales and equivalent units), Gold (100,000 units) and Platinum (300,000 units)
About the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) – British Recorded Music Industry
The BPI was formed in 1973 and is the representative voice of the UK recorded music business. As a trade organisation we promote recorded music in the UK and worldwide and champion the rights and interests of a broad range of members, including hundreds of independent music labels and companies and the UK’s three major record company groups – Sony Music Entertainment UK, Universal Music UK and Warner Music UK. In 2013, our members accounted for approximately 90 per cent of all recorded music purchased in the UK – the world’s fourth largest music market – as well as one in eight albums sold around the globe.
The BPI administers the iconic Certified Awards Programme, which awards Platinum, Gold and Silver disc certification status to music recordings as they achieve particular sales milestones, while it also co-owns the Official Charts with the retailers’ association ERA. The BPI additionally organises the annual BRIT Awards show as well as the Classic BRIT Awards and the BRITs Icon shows. The organising company BRIT Awards Limited, is a fully-owned subsidiary of the BPI. Substantial proceeds from both shows go to the BRIT Trust, the charitable arm of the BPI that has donated almost £20m to charitable causes nationwide, including The BRIT School and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, since its foundation in 1989.
BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited is a company registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 01132389.
Registered office: Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JA.
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