September & October 2005 - Platinum Europe Awards
November 17, 2005
September and October saw eight international artists honoured with Platinum Europe Awards for sales of a million or subsequent millions across Europe.
Two new British talents achieved their first Platinum awards with debut albums.
Singer songwriter KT Tunstall's 2004 release Eye to the Telescope was nominated for this year's Mercury Music Prize. It includes the Scot's latest hit Suddenly I See, and Best Track at the 2005 Q Awards, Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. KT has just completed a UK tour, and her early blues inspired debut album achieves its first million sales in Europe.
Fellow Mercury Prize nominees and first time PEA winners are UK band Kaiser Chiefs, whose album Employment features hits Everyday I Love You Less and Less and I Predict A Riot. Fresh from their success on this summer's festival circuit, the Leeds based band, who formed in 2003, are about to embark on a series of international live dates.
After recently receiving a Platinum award for their second album Demon Days, Gorillaz achieve a second Platinum level for their 1999 debut offering Gorillaz. This breakthrough album from the virtual group made up of Noodle, 2D, Murdoc and Russel, bought their eclectic and innovative sound to the masses, and the release has now gone gold or platinum in 16 countries across Europe.
Dr. Dre's 1999 release 2001 also surpasses the two million mark to pick up its second Platinum Europe Award. Mary J. Blige features on the album track The Message, and hip-hop producer Dre has also worked with Snoop Dogg, 2Pac and Eminem. The American rapper is set to make his motion picture producing debut in this month's 50 Cent film Get Rich or Die Tryin'.
British sensation James Blunt's debut release Back to Bedlam achieves its second Platinum award. The title has now sold two million copies in Europe, across 19 countries, going gold in seven and platinum or multi-platinum in three. The former soldier's album includes UK No.1 smash hit You're Beautiful which dominated the top spot for five weeks in the singles chart, whilst Back to Bedlam mirrored that success in the UK album chart.
Robbie Williams' hotly anticipated new album Intensive Care has shot to the top of the charts and sold a staggering two million copies across Europe in its first week of release. The title has already gone three times platinum in both the UK and Germany. This album is Robbie's eighth as a solo artist, and the first since last year's Greatest Hits, which was the biggest selling album across Europe in 2004. Intensive Care is also Robbie's first collaboration with new writing partner Stephen Duffy.
Coldplay's June release X&Y has scooped its third PEA for the band. This is Coldplay's third studio album, and it has now scored gold and platinum sales in 17 European countries. The band, who met at a London university in 1996, are currently one of the biggest selling UK bands this century. Their previous albums Parachutes and Rush Of Blood To The Head have two and four PEA awards respectively.
Green Day's American Idiot has also passed the three million mark. The US band's political comment album on life in Bush's America has proved
a big hit in Europe. The 2004 release from the Californian punk rock veterans is their Grammy-award winning seventh studio album, and their first to
debut at No.1 in the US and European charts on release.
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