2014 Gold/Platinum Year End Review
In 2014, Music Canada’s Gold/Platinum Certification Program recognized a number of Canadian and International releases achieving milestone success.
In December 2014, Michael Buble’s 2011 album Christmas received the highest certification of the year, earning Diamond certification status in Canada. It is the first Diamond certification since Adele’s 21 in 2011 and the first Canadian Diamond Certification since Celine Dion’s Christmas album These Are Special Times and her greatest hits compilation All The Way…A Decade Of Song in 2007.
Earlier in the year, Mumford & Sons 2012 album Babel was certified 5X Platinum while Eminem‘s 2013 album Marshall Mathers LP 2 was certified 4X Platinum. The highest Canadian multi-Platinum album certifications were Arcade Fire‘s Reflektor (’13) and The Canadian Tenors‘ The Perfect Gift (’10), both of which were certified 3X Platinum. Other albums to be certified 3X Platinum were The Black Keys El Camino (’11), Imagine Dragons Night Visions (’12) and Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox (’12).
There were 85 albums certified Gold in Canada this year (up from 75 in 2013), with 20 of those albums being Canadian artists. There were 36 albums certified Platinum this year (up from 34 in 2013) with 9 of those albums being Canadian artists.
The highest certification for a song released in 2014 was Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” at 5x Platinum, while Sam Smith‘s “Stay With Me” and Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass” were the 2nd highest certified 2014-released tracks at 4X Platinum. There were 2 tracks certified 9X Platinum this year; Adele‘s “Rolling In The Deep” (’10) and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” (’13). Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger” was certified 8X Platinum (’11).
The highest certified Canadian track released in 2013 was Magic!‘s “Rude” at 3X Platinum, while the highest certified Canadian track not released in 2014 was Simple Plan‘s “Summer Paradise” (’10), also certified 3X Platinum. Other songs released in 2014 that were certified 3X Platinum were Calvin Harris‘ “Summer”, Ariana Grande‘s “Problem (ft. Iggy Azalea)” and Iggy Azalea‘s “Fancy (ft. Charli XCX)”.
There were 143 tracks certified Gold this year (up from 124 in 2013), 21 of which were Canadian artists. 74 tracks were certified Platinum, 10 of which were Canadian artists.
Some certified artists were presented with Canadian Gold/Platinum award plaques during their tour stop in Canada throughout 2014. These artists can be seen in the photo collection below: