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KISS Gold Record Claim Is A PR Spin

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on September 16, 2015

in News,Noise Pro

KISS has laid claim to the title of American group with the most Gold Albums.

The emphasis is on the word ‘American group’. Solo artists and international acts push KISS well down the list.

The rockers, in conjunction with the RIAA, sent out a press release on Tuesday announcing their accomplishment, a total which includes 26 gold albums along with four gold solo albums all released on the same date in 1978, although the RIAA does not include those solo works in their total.

RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said “Congratulations to KISS – the new Gold standard for albums by American bands. What an extraordinary achievement for an enduring band. Forty years later and the band is still rocking. Congratulations to KISS on their Gold album milestone and continued success.”

They are trailed by Aerosmith who has 25 gold albums.

So, how does KISS’ total fall into the overall tally including non-U.S. groups and solo artists? Here’s the list of the artists with the most Gold Albums.

Elvis Presley (90 gold, 52 platinum)
Barbra Streisand (52 gold, 31 platinum)
Beatles (48 gold, 42 platinum)
Rolling Stones (43 gold, 28 platinum)
Neil Diamond (40 gold, 21 platinum)
George Strait (39 gold, 33 platinum)
Elton John (38 gold, 27 platinum)
Bob Dylan (36 gold, 16 platinum)
Frank Sinatra (34 gold, 10 platinum)
Kenny Rogers (31 gold, 19 platinum)
Rod Stewart (27 gold, 19 platinum)
Reba McEntire (27 gold, 19 platinum)
KISS (26 gold, 10 platinum)
Aerosmith (25 gold, 18 platinum)
Eric Clapton (25 gold, 12 platinum)
Rush (24 gold, 14 platinum)
Barry Manilow (24 gold, 13 platinum)
Chicago (23 gold, 18 platinum)
Prince (23 gold, 16 platinum)
Hank Williams, Jr. (23 gold, 8 platinum)
AC/DC (22 gold, 20 platinum)
Alabama (22 gold, 20 platinum)
Bruce Springsteen (22 gold, 17 platinum)
Willie Nelson (22 gold, 16 platinum)
Garth Brooks (21 gold, 21 platinum)
John Denver (21 gold, 13 platinum)
Santana (21 gold, 10 platinum)
Grateful Dead (21 gold, 6 platinum)
Madonna (20 gold, 17 platinum)
Doors (20 gold, 14 platinum)
James Taylor (20 gold, 14 platinum)
Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship (20 gold, 5 platinum)
Beach Boys (20 gold, 9 platinum)

KISS’ Gold Albums:
Alive! (certified 12/4/75)
Destroyer (4/22/76)
Rock & Roll Over (11/11/76)
Dressed to Kill (2/28/77)
Kiss (6/8/77)
Hotter Than Hell (6/23/77)
Love Gun (6/30/77)
Kiss Alive II (11/28/77)
Double Platinum (5/16/78)
Dynasty (6/6/79)
Unmasked (7/30/80)
Lick It Up (12/22/83)
Animalize (12/3/84)
Asylum (11/13/85)
Crazy Nights (11/17/87)
Smashes, Thrashes & Hits (2/1/89)
Hot in the Shade (12/20/89)
Revenge (7/20/92)
Creatures of the Night (5/9/94)
Kiss Alive III (10/27/94)
Unplugged (10/18/96)
You Want It: The Best (5/21/97)
Psycho Circus (10/22/98)
Box Set (12/18/01)
The Best of KISS: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Edition (6/15/15)
The Very Best of KISS (6/15/15)

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