Adele Presented With A Diamond Award From The RIAA Certifying Sales In Excess Of 10 Million Copies Of '21'
On Friday June 21 in New York, Adele was presented with a Diamond Award from the RIAA certifying sales in excess of 10 million copies of her sophomore album 21. Adele is the only British or European female artist in history to earn this certification. Adele is also the only British or European artist ever to earn Diamond Certification in less than 2 years from release. 21 also has the distinction of being the only single disc released over the last decade to reach Diamond Certification in less than 2 years (a feat which hasn't happened since 2000). To date Adele's 21 has sold in excess of 25 million albums worldwide. Adele's 21 earned the singer-songwriter a total of 7 Grammy Awards over two years. Pictured from left to right are: Mel Lewinter (EVP, Label Strategy, SME), Doneen Lombardi (SVP of Marketing, Columbia Records), Rose Moon (September Management), Benny Tarantini (SVP of Publicity, Columbia Records), Doug Morris (CEO, SME), Julie Swidler (EVP, Business Affairs & General Counsel, SME), Scott Greer (SVP of Marketing, Columbia Records), Adele, Rob Stringer (Chairman & CEO, Columbia Records), Jonathan Dickins (September Management), Ashley Newton (President, Columbia Records), Joel Klaiman (EVP & GM, Columbia Records), Lee Leipsner (EVP of Promotion, Columbia Records), Erika Alfredson (Director of Marketing, Columbia Records) and Kevin Kelleher (EVP & CFO, SME) at The Pierre Hotel on June 21, 2013 in New York City.