RIAA Award-Infos

Speaking about KISS US RIAA album awards there are only the following formats issued (there is also a white matte - but these were before KISS)

White Matte
No KISS awards in this style
 

Floater Style
Album, Mini-Cover & Plate are seperate and have a little distance from the back, so these are 'floating'.

Strip Plate Style
The plate also includes the mini-cover, on a 'stripped plate'.
 
 


Example: Kiss Gold


Example: Animalize Plaitinum
Hologram Style
Instead of a printed RIAA logo the (round) logo is a hologram. The Award also normally includes an MC.
New Hologram Style (R)
The hologram was changed to an R instead of the round logo.
Meanwhile also CD was a standard-album-format. Often without a LP (so these awards were smaller).
Numbered Hologram Style
The hologram was changed again to a numbered hologram to avoid uncontrolled 're-issues'. Each hologram ghas an individual numbered hologram.
Nowadays of these awards don't have a standard look, they often feature a picture of the artist etc. These individual arrangent awards are also called custom style awards (equally which style of hologram etc.)

Example: Crazy Nights Gold

Example: Alive III Gold


Example: Box Set Gold

     
Un-Authorized Awards, Re-Issues, In-House, Fakes
 

 

 
 

Un-Authorized awards
These un-authorized awards were mostly made in the late 80's in the R-Hologram. Certified award-makers just did whatever they thought they could sell - without being permitted for it. As the materials were just as with authorized awards you cannot say these are fakes as it WAS all original - except the permission. That was the most reason why RIAA changed to the numbered hologram to have full track of where each award is going to (the award-makers have to provide the list to RIAA)

Re-Issues

Each artist has the possibility to re-order awards for himself (or for charity and so on). BUT: When he re-orders an award today it'll be the TODAYs style, equally when it was originally issued.
Let's name a an example:
Unmasked was originally issued in floater-style. Depending on when it was re-ordered it was made always in the actual style (up to the todays numbered hologram style).

      

original award

later issues

There has also to be named that there have always been several certified award-makers in the US (East coast, West coast etc.) so not all awards did look exactly the same also when they were made for the same album in the same period.

In-House-Awards

In-house awards often write about RIAA ('to celebrate the RIAA certification of...') but these are NOT issued by RIAA. These are made by the record companies itself to celebrate their own success. These are often given to employees because these were made in a cheap(er) style. So these are non-RIAA awards equally if they write about the RIAA certification or not. Anyway these do not pretend to be RIAA certified awards.

Fakes

Fakes are whether re-issues nor un-authorized nor in-house awards but mostly cheap made look-alikes, pretending to be original RIAA awards.

A few indications how you can spot out a fake:

  • Not certified: An award that was never issued (certified) like a The Elder award or an Alive! Platinum award (Alive! was only certified gold by RIAA)

  • Wrong frame: Floater or Strip Plate awards always had a gold or silver (platinum) frame, not a black frame.

  • Correct vinyl. The award-makers (except for the newer awards) did NOT use the actual disc that was certified. I.e. although the certified album had 5 tracks listed on label A, the gold or platinum disc might have 4 or 6 tracks (or any other number) when you look at the visible tracks on the vinyl itself. The matrix-number does NOT fit the certified disc.

  • Vinyl instead of metal stamper: Especially floater & strip-plate awards had a so-called metal stampers, it's not a vinyl-disc but a metal-disc that was colored gold or platinum.

  • Copied label: The awards do have (normally) the original labels, not a copied label (especially not inkjet/laserprints in the 70's...)

  • Copied mini-covers: Same as with the labels: Here were used mini-photos, not inkjet- or laser-prints

 

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RIAA
Award-List

These are the Awards KISS got during the years certified by RIAA
(Record Industry Association of America)

as per February 28th 2012

Title

Date of certification

Status

Format

 

ALIVE!

DECEMBER 04, 1975

GOLD

ALBUM

x

DESTROYER

APRIL 22, 1976

GOLD

ALBUM

ROCK & ROLL OVER

NOVEMBER 11, 1976

GOLD

ALBUM

x

DESTROYER

NOVEMBER 11, 1976

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x

BETH

JANUARY 05, 1977

GOLD

SINGLE

x

ROCK & ROLL OVER

JANUARY 05, 1977

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x

DRESSED TO KILL

FEBRUARY 28, 1977

GOLD

ALBUM

x

KISS

JUNE 08, 1977

GOLD

ALBUM

x

HOTTER THAN HELL

JUNE 23, 1977

GOLD

ALBUM

x

LOVE GUN

JUNE 30, 1977

GOLD

ALBUM

x

LOVE GUN

JUNE 30, 1977

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x

KISS ALIVE II

NOVEMBER 28, 1977

GOLD

ALBUM

x

KISS ALIVE II

NOVEMBER 28, 1977

PLATINUM

ALBUM

DOUBLE PLATINUM

MAY 16, 1978

GOLD

ALBUM

x

DOUBLE PLATINUM

MAY 16, 1978

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x
GENE SIMMONS OCTOBER 2, 1978

GOLD

ALBUM

x
GENE SIMMONS OCTOBER 2, 1978

PLATINUM

ALBUM

PAUL STANLEY OCTOBER 2, 1978

GOLD

ALBUM

PAUL STANLEY OCTOBER 2, 1978

PLATINUM

ALBUM

ACE FREHLEY OCTOBER 2, 1978

GOLD

ALBUM

ACE FREHLEY OCTOBER 2, 1978

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x
PETER CRISS OCTOBER 2, 1978

GOLD

ALBUM

x
PETER CRISS OCTOBER 2, 1978

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x

DYNASTY

JUNE 06, 1979

GOLD

ALBUM

DYNASTY

JULY 10, 1979

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x

I WAS MADE FOR LOVING YOU

AUGUST 16, 1979

GOLD

SINGLE

x

UNMASKED

JULY 30, 1980

GOLD

ALBUM

LICK IT UP

DECEMBER 22, 1983

GOLD

ALBUM

x

ANIMALIZE

DECEMBER 03, 1984

GOLD

ALBUM

x

ANIMALIZE

DECEMBER 12, 1984

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x

ASYLUM

NOVEMBER 13, 1985

GOLD

ALBUM

x

ANIMALIZE LIVE UNCENSORED

FEBRUARY 12, 1986

GOLD

VIDEO

x

EXPOSED

JULY 23, 1987

GOLD

VIDEO

EXPOSED

OCTOBER 01, 1987

PLATINUM

VIDEO

ANIMALIZE LIVE UNCENSORED

OCTOBER 01, 1987

PLATINUM

VIDEO

CRAZY NIGHTS

NOVEMBER 17, 1987

GOLD

ALBUM

CRAZY NIGHTS

FEBRUARY 18, 1988

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x

SMASHES, THRASHES & HITS

FEBRUARY 01, 1989

GOLD

ALBUM

SMASHES, THRASHES & HITS

FEBRUARY 01, 1989

PLATINUM

ALBUM

x

HOT IN THE SHADE

DECEMBER 20, 1989

GOLD

ALBUM

x

LICK IT UP

DECEMBER 19, 1990

PLATINUM

ALBUM

CRAZY NIGHTS

MARCH 29, 1991

GOLD

VIDEO

REVENGE

JULY 20, 1992

GOLD

ALBUM

X-TREME CLOSE UP

OCTOBER 23, 1992

GOLD

VIDEO

x

KONFIDENTIAL

OCTOBER 13, 1993

GOLD

VIDEO

x

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

MAY 09, 1994

GOLD

ALBUM

KISS MY ASS AUGUST 24, 1994

GOLD

ALBUM

KISS ALIVE III

OCTOBER 27, 1994

GOLD

ALBUM

x
KISS MY ASS JANUARY 11, 1995

GOLD

VIDEO x

X-TREME CLOSE UP

JUNE 06, 1995

PLATINUM

VIDEO

SMASHES, THRASHES & HITS

FEBRUARY 26, 1996

2x MULTI PLATINUM

ALBUM

KISS ALIVE II

FEBRUARY 26, 1996

2x MULTI PLATINUM

ALBUM

MTV UNPLUGGED

MAY 15, 1996

GOLD

VIDEO

UNPLUGGED

OCTOBER 18, 1996

GOLD

ALBUM

YOU WANTED THE BEST

MAY 21, 1997

GOLD

ALBUM

PSYCHO CIRCUS

OCTOBER 22, 1998

GOLD

ALBUM

PSYCHO CIRCUS

NOVEMBER 23, 1998

GOLD

VIDEO

SECOND COMING

JANUARY 13, 1999

GOLD

VIDEO

?

SECOND COMING

JANUARY 13, 1999

PLATINUM

VIDEO

PSYCHO CIRCUS

JANUARY 13, 1999

PLATINUM

VIDEO

BOX SET

DECEMBER 18, 2001

GOLD

ALBUM

x

KISS SYMPHONY - THE DVD

OCTOBER 14, 2003

GOLD

VIDEO

-

KISS SYMPHONY - THE DVD

OCTOBER 14, 2003

PLATINUM

VIDEO

KISS SYMPHONY - THE DVD

DECEMBER 02, 2003

2x MULTI PLATINUM

VIDEO

x

20TH CENTURY MASTERS - DVD COLLECTION

SEPTEMBER 21, 2004

GOLD

VIDEO

KISSOLOGY VOLUME 1 1974 - 1977

JANUARY 19, 2007

GOLD

VIDEO

-

KISSOLOGY VOLUME 1 1974 - 1977

JANUARY 19, 2007

PLATINUM

VIDEO

-

KISSOLOGY VOLUME 1 1974 - 1977

JANUARY 19, 2007

5x MULTI PLATINUM

VIDEO

x

KISS: ROCK THE NATION LIVE!

JANUARY 29, 2007

GOLD

VIDEO

-

KISS: ROCK THE NATION LIVE!

JANUARY 29, 2007

PLATINUM

VIDEO

-

KISS: ROCK THE NATION LIVE!

JANUARY 29, 2007

2x MULTI PLATINUM

VIDEO

KISSOLOGY, VOLUME 2 1978-1991

OCTOBER 25, 2007

GOLD

VIDEO

-

KISSOLOGY, VOLUME 2 1978-1991

OCTOBER 25, 2007

PLATINUM

VIDEO

-

KISSOLOGY, VOLUME 2 1978-1991

OCTOBER 25, 2007

6x MULTI PLATINUM

VIDEO

x

KISSOLOGY VOLUME 3 1992-2000

FEBRUARY 13, 2008

GOLD

VIDEO

-

KISSOLOGY VOLUME 3 1992-2000

FEBRUARY 13, 2008

PLATINUM

VIDEO

-

KISSOLOGY VOLUME 3 1992-2000

FEBRUARY 13, 2008

8x MULTI PLATINUM

VIDEO

x
DESTROYER SEPTEMBER 11, 2011 2x PLATINUM ALBUM

 

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