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RIAA Certifications

Wed Aug 03, 2005 2:37 pm

Does anyone know why it is, that of all his RIAA certifications for singles, only those for That's All Right and Good Rockin' Tonight make no mention of the flip sides ?

They are listed as just the one title [for each] on the EPE site and they are also listed like that on the RIAA site.

There doesn't seem to be any logical reason why this should be so.

Re: RIAA Certifications

Wed Aug 03, 2005 7:02 pm

Remember those RCA Collector's Label 45rpms from the early1980s -
Elvis Presley's Collectors' Series Limited Edition RCA Records PP-11301
they were his singles re-released but many with different flipsides!
Pairing a hit with a hit; instead of original flipside.

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What if "That's All Right" and "GRT" total sales accounted for by RIAA include those CLE pressings?

RIAA maybe doesn't bother to differentiate the sales total
based on which batch of 45s (Sun 45s, RCA 45s, Special 45s)
but just total 45s in general.
whereby ignoring the complexity of tabulating what was on flipsides
because there were different Side Bs involved when those singles were sold over the decades.

that's a theory I guess.

Wed Aug 03, 2005 8:24 pm

G G -

You could be right.

But why just these two titles ?

Using your suggestion, surely there are other awards that could be claimed ?

Wed Aug 03, 2005 9:58 pm

Or it's possible the RIAA doesn't count those 2 songs as being singles

but as album cuts.....

TAR on "For LP Fans Only"
GRT on "A Date With Elvis"

tracking sales of both 1959 RCA LPs may be how they tabulate sales for those 1954 Sun recordings

Wed Aug 03, 2005 10:51 pm

G G -

No, they don't do it like that.

Either an album qualifies as an album.

Or a single qualifies as a single.

They don't do this 'add up all the record types' sort of accumulation.

If they did, Blue Christmas would be over 25 x Platinum !

Re: RIAA Certifications

Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:13 am

ColinB wrote:Does anyone know why it is, that of all his RIAA certifications for singles, only those for That's All Right and Good Rockin' Tonight make no mention of the flip sides ?

They are listed as just the one title [for each] on the EPE site and they are also listed like that on the RIAA site.

There doesn't seem to be any logical reason why this should be so.



Just a thought.

I wonder if That's All Right certification is from TV Guide cover sales?

As far as Good Rockin' Tonight is concerned, has it EVER appeared in a like manner - even many years ago?

Fri Aug 05, 2005 2:19 am

TAR from its release last year might have grabbed enough sales to give RIAA status, but GRT I don't know.

As Sun and first RCA released singles I doubt the sales as singles from 54 and 55 would have been enough, therefore it has to be subsequent releases of both songs with maybe another song title instead of the original thus no song as the flip is given because no one flip was ever involved.

Just guessing.