Once you have secured a successful hit, you may want to apply for a BPI certified award. These awards were originally introduced in April 1973 to measure the performance of individual titles based on sales to the trade each week.
Qualification for albums was initially on the basis of revenue received by manufacturers.
Today, the awards offered are:
Singles: Silver 200,000; Gold 400,000; Platinum 600,000
Albums: Silver 60,000; Gold 100,000; Platinum 300,000
Music DVD: Gold 25,000; Platinum 50,000
BPI member companies can apply for titles to be certified via the BPI research department, with more than 9,000 issued since the awards scheme was launched. The BPI research department can be contacted via the BPI switchboard on 020 7803 1300.
To enquire about becoming a BPI member, please visit www.bpi.co.uk