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GOLD / PLATINUM and DIAMOND awards

Music productions that sell particularly well and are artistically successful are awarded GOLD / PLATINUM in Germany (and since January 2013 also with DIAMOND in the category for MUSIC PRODUCTS). The awards apply to artists, composers, songwriters and musicians. In order to receive it, your music productions must have been sold in a certain quantity - all formats count (CD, LP, DVD-Audio, SACD, downloads, DVD-Video etc.). In the case of albums and singles, streams are also included in the rating.

  • GOLD / PLATINUM and DIAMOND awards

    GOLD / PLATINUM and DIAMOND awards may only be given for publications of music products with a music content of at least 50% in the albums and singles categories. The music has to be an integral part of the main product and not just an add-on.

    The minimum quantities are (for all products with first release from June 1, 2014, previous publications see here):

    GOLD / PLATINUM
     

    album Gold:    100.000 Units single Gold:    200.000 units
    album Platinum:    200.000 units single Platinum:

        400.000

    units

       

    DIAMOND


    The DIAMOND award can only be given to music products with first release after January 1st, 2013. The minimum quantities are:

    Albums:750.000units
    Singles:1. millionunits
  • GOLD / PLATINUM for MUSIC VIDEOS

    The MUSIC VIDEO award is only given to music products with a music content of at least 50%. The guidelines for GOLD / PLATINUM notifications for videos apply to products first published after January 1, 2002 in the categories MUSIC PRODUCTS, KIDS and COMEDY, which are offered to end consumers for sale through retailers. The award of GOLD and PLATINUM for videos with a first publication before this point in time is not possible.

    The minimum quantities are:

     

    gold25.000units
    platinum50.000units
  • GOLD / PLATINUM for JAZZ

    The guidelines for the JAZZ award apply to all single and long play releases with a jazz repertoire from January 1, 1992 onwards. A JAZZ award is not possible for publications before this point in time.

     

    The minimum quantities are:

     

    gold10.000units
    platinum20.000units
  • GOLD / PLATINUM for KIDS

    The KIDS award is given to products from the “children's repertoire” genre. The guideline is the identification in the PHONONET article master under the program types 301 (children's word), 302 (children's music), 303 (children's classic) or 403 (children's video). The guidelines for GOLD / PLATINUM notifications for videos apply to products first published after January 1, 2002 in the categories MUSIC PRODUCTS, KIDS and COMEDY, which are offered to end consumers for sale through retailers. The award of GOLD and PLATINUM for videos with a first publication before this point in time is not possible.


    The minimum quantities for the KIDS award are (previous publications see here):

     

    gold100.000units
    platinum200.000units

     

    The minimum quantities for the KIDS-VIDEO award are:

     

    gold25.000units
    Platinum50.000units
  • GOLD / PLATINUM for COMEDY

    The COMEDY award is given to products from the "Comedy" genre, the guideline is the classification of a product as a comedy product in the PHONONET article master under program types 124 (comedy word), 127 (comedy music), 117 (cabaret) and 651 ( Humor, satire, cabaret, comedy). The guidelines for GOLD / PLATINUM notifications for videos apply to products first published after January 1, 2002 in the categories MUSIC PRODUCTS, KIDS and COMEDY, which are offered to end consumers for sale through retailers. The award of GOLD and PLATINUM for videos with a first publication before this point in time is not possible.

    The minimum quantities for the COMEDY audio award are (for previous publications see here):

     

    gold100.000units
    platinum200.000units

     

    The minimum quantities for the COMEDY VIDEO award are:

     

    gold25.000units
    platinum50.000units
  • GOLD / PLATINUM for AUDIO BOOKS

    The AUDIO BOOKS award is given to products from the “audio books” genre.


    The minimum quantities for the AUDIO BOOKS award audio are (for previous publications see here):
     

    gold100.000units
    platinum200.000units

     

Further information on the assignment of categories, the allocation limits to be applied and the addition rules can be found in the guidelines.

Are you interested in awards from the past? In our GOLD / PLATINUM database you will also find all GOLD / PLATINUM and DIAMOND awards since 1975 - for easy browsing or for in-depth research.