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    The finds thread just made me think about gold discs, platinum discs and the like. What was the lowest amount that had to be sold to get a metal disc, and what type of metal was it? Bronze I’m guessing. Do they still give them out? Is there a new version? I bet there must be folk that collect them. I’ve never seen a real one. Cheers, Stephen

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    The BPI give them out in the UK, with streaming now counting to sales figures:
    https://www.bpi.co.uk/brit-certified/award-levels/


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      I awarded myself one back in 1976 for my dub version of Matumbi's "after tonight":

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Agnes_Guano View Post
        The BPI give them out in the UK, with streaming now counting to sales figures:
        https://www.bpi.co.uk/brit-certified/award-levels/


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        Maybe I don't understand what 'streaming' means but I think i's a bit of a swizz that streaming (if it's what I think it is) counts in things like this. I'm assuming a lot of things being streamed aren't even being listened to- maybe they are being streamed in a cafe, or some other public place, as a bit of background. But like I say maybe I don't know what streaming is.

        Looks like in the 1970s you would have to sell a million singles for a gold disc but now it's just 400,000.
        "You don't want to kill the cash donkey"

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        • #5
          took me a while to recognise him there without his Corporal Jones gear.

          also I just searched for "Bric-A-Brac" which was a TV programme set in a junk shop (probably an influence at an impressionable pre-school age) that I was 100% sure he presented, and found out it was actually Brian Cant.


          Streaming counts at a lower rate than proper sales I think... Guess it needs to be included else the charts would just be full of RSD coloured vinyl and so on, no-one else seems to go to record shops these days

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          • #6
            Originally posted by whiskystephen View Post
            I bet there must be folk that collect them. I’ve never seen a real one.
            I kept badgering Jeepster Records to give me a Belle & Sebastian gold disc to hang in my office. Apparently once you've made the target for silver, gold or platinum you can order as many as you like. And, shockingly, the gold disc you get isn't actually your own album - it's just a random album coated in... gold. With a label stuck on.

            [edit: they never gave me one...]
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            • #7
              Originally posted by The Divine One View Post
              And, shockingly, the gold disc you get isn't actually your own album - it's just a random album coated in... gold. With a label stuck on.
              That's just disgusting. Particularly if you're one of the many who can hear the music by looking at the grooves.
              Find yourself a rainbow, a song a day and you won't grow old.

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              • #8
                I picked up a handful at the car boots recently, I have passed them on now though, there was a whole box of them for a fiver
                and in my (misguided) wisdom thought 3 for a quid was a good deal, I have since found out the bloke who bought the box of about 50 sold them all for a tenner a pop, ffs...



                gold on one side - with nothing in the grooves and black on the flip

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