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Newcomer Corinne Bailey Rae and veteran Johnny Hallyday pick up IFPI Platinum Europe Awards

July 13, 2006

Five international artists scoop IFPI Platinum Europe Awards in the month of June, for album sales of one million or subsequent millions in Europe.

British sensation Corinne Bailey Rae burst onto the music scene early this year with her eponymous debut album. Released in February, Corinne Bailey Rae has now amassed more than one million sales across Europe, gaining the first Platinum Europe Award for the 27-year-old. The singer-songwriter from Leeds scored a UK download Number One with her first single Put Your Records On, and her album also shot to the top of the charts - making her only the fourth British female act in history to have her first album debut at Number One.

The latest album from industry veteran Johnny Hallyday, Ma Vérité, also gains its first Platinum Europe Award, boosted by huge sales in his native France. This is his fourth album to achieve a Platinum Europe Award, and Hallyday has achieved five in total. Arguably the most successful male artist in France - where he has an incredible tally of 33 Number One singles - Hallyday has performed to over 15 million people during his illustrious 40-year career.

American rapper 50 Cent picks up a second Platinum Europe Award for his 2003 album Get Rich Or Die Tryin'. The controversial star - real name Curtis Jackson - has since made his acting debut in a semi-autobiographical film of the same name. Growing up in New York embroiled in a culture of crime and drugs, 50 Cent got his music industry break when he was discovered by Eminem. Since then his career has rocketed and his most recent album, The Massacre, was America's second best-selling album of 2005.

The Kaiser Chiefs' debut offering Employment has also crossed the two million sales mark in Europe, and gone an impressive six times platinum in the UK. Since the album's release in March 2005 the group have taken the live circuit by storm, cementing their increasing popularity. Their success culminated in two Brit Awards this year - for Best British Group and Best British Rock Act. The five-piece from Leeds were also nominated for last year's Mercury Music Prize, and are currently working on the follow-up to Employment.

R.E.M. gain another Platinum Europe Award for The Best of R.E.M. 1988-2003. The title has sold over three million copies across 19 European countries, going platinum or multi-platinum in 14. The hugely popular American group formed in 1980 at the University of Georgia, and have released 13 studio albums. This is their second best-of collection, released in October 2003, and features the hits Losing My Religion, Everybody Hurts, Man On The Moon and Nightswimming.

ARTIST
ALBUM TITLE
COMPANY
AWARD LEVEL

CORINNE BAILEY RAE CORINNE BAILEY RAE EMI 1
JOHNNY HALLYDAY MA VÉRITÉ UNIVERSAL 1

50 CENT GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' UNIVERSAL 2
KAISER CHIEFS EMPLOYMENT UNIVERSAL 2

R.E.M. THE BEST OF R.E.M. 1988-2003 WARNER MUSIC 3

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Platinum Europe Awards honour the elite community of artists who have achieved sales of one million copies of an album in Europe. The Awards were launched in 1996 and they are now recognised as the established hallmark of success for artists in Europe.







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