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In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets.<ref name="RIAA Certification Criteria">RIAA certification criteria. Retrieved on September 19, 2006</ref> Other countries have similar awards (see music recording sales certification). Certification is not automatic; for an award to be made, the record label must request certification and pay a fee to have the sales of the recording audited. The audit is conducted against net shipments after returns (most often an artist's royalty statement is used), which includes albums sold directly to retailers and one-stops, direct-to-consumer sales (music clubs and mail order) and other outlets.


RIAA certification sections
Intro  Description and qualifications   List of certifications  Records  Artists with the most certifications of Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums as of July 2015  Artists with the most certifications of Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum singles as of January 2011  RIAA Diamond certifications  See also  References  External links  

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