IFPI Platinum Europe - Certifications for May 2004
This month's platinum awards go to an eclectic group of albums with five having achieved their first ever award and two go double platinum.
Canadian singer and pianist Diana Krall has earned a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance and her songs have cropped up on screens from TV episodes of Sex in the City to films such as Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. 2001's The Look of Love builds on Diana Krall's previous success with lush string arrangements and strong song composition complementing Krall's voice. A must-have album for all jazz fans, The Look of Love features the London Symphony Orchestra arranged and conducted by Claus Ogerman. The album receives its first IFPI Platinum Europe Award.
HIM (His Infernal Majesty) are a rock outfit from Finland. Formed in 1995 the Finnish goth rockers second album release Razorblade Romance achieved a platinum award in May for sales across Europe. Fusing goth and metal with deeply introspective observations on misery, hope, rage, forgiveness and passion, Razorblade Romance has been described as a novel on love written in hell. The album includes a soaring version of Chris Isaak's Wicked Game.
Receiving its first Platinum Europe Award, KYO's second album Le Chemin dominated the European charts in 2003 and went multi-platinum in France. The French pop quartet was nominated numerous times at NRJ's annual music awards, winning best French album, song and group. Their sound - described as pop rock - is influenced by bands such as Placebo, Alice in Chains and Deftones.
One of Motown's greatest talents, the late soul singer Marvin Gaye has left an important music legacy. The 1994 compilation The Very Best of Marvin Gaye encompasses 22 of the singer's biggest and best songs such as Let's Get It On, What's Going On, Sexual Healing, It Takes Two with Kim Weston and much more, including other duets with Diana Ross and Tammi Terrell.
Continuing to stir up melancholy and angst, the unique sound of Placebo is a hit particularly with the European indie crowd as their fourth album release, Sleeping with Ghosts sells over a million copies across Europe. The album includes the hit single The Bitter End.
French Actor and singer Patrick Bruel started his music career as a teen idol balladeer, dabbled in guitar orientated rock & roll and experimented with South American and North African sounds. Bruel previously covered classic French chansons in live shows, but with the double studio album Entre Deux we see him embrace the golden age of French cabaret pop. Working with a wide array of guest stars that includes Johnny Hallyday and Charles Aznavour, Entre Deux receives its second Platinum Europe Award for sales in Europe.
In the early '70s Renaud was discovered busking on the streets of Paris. By 1975 and at the age of 23 Renaud brought out his first album and continued releasing albums until 1994. Boucan d'Enfer, released in 2002, is the long awaited comeback album for the French singer, songwriter and actor. The album draws on the anger and disillusion of his wilderness years and features the Parisian street slang which Renaud frequently uses in both his songs and his interviews. Boucan d'Enfer features the single release Manhattan-Kabul which is a duet with Belgian singer Axelle Red. The album has gone double Platinum in Europe.