BPI member companies are given certified awards to mark sales to UK retailers. Download
certification rules here.
Singles: Silver 200,000; Gold 400,000; Platinum 600,000
Albums: Silver 60,000; Gold 100,000; Platinum 300,000
Music DVD: Gold 25,000; Platinum 50,000
BPI certified awards were originally introduced in April 1973 to measure the performance
of individual titles based on sales to the trade each week.
Qualification for albums was initially on the basis of revenue received by manufacturers, but
in January 1978 the BPI abolished the old monetary system for albums and replaced
it with a unit system. This brought album awards into line with singles and also
with other countries where qualification levels are based on unit sales. Multi-platinum
awards, introduced in February 1987, are any multiple of the platinum level, e.g.
quadruple platinum status for an album = 1.2m. 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.
BPI member companies apply for titles to be certified via the BPI research department
and well over 9,000 have been issued since the awards scheme was launched.