IMPALA Press Release, 27th January 2010, Midem, Cannes

100 million euros in IMPALA Awards with Vampire Weekend’s ‘Contra’, the first US number one from a UK indie for 20 years, selling ¼ million in just two weeks and receiving IMPALA Diamond. Continued success for Katie Melua and The Prodigy with albums being upgraded to Multi Platinum and Double Platinum respectively.

Following up on last year’s record haul of IMPALA Awards, IMPALA announces its latest batch of European sales awards, including upgrades for Katie Melua’s Album ‘Pictures’ to Multi Platinum and The Prodigy’s Album 'Invaders Must Die' to Double Platinum. The Arctic Monkey's Album 'Humbug' and Franz Ferdinand’s Album ‘Tonight’ have now reached Diamond, while punk rock band Dead Kennedy’s celebrate twenty years of success with a Diamond award for their album ‘Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables’. Vampire Weekend’s album ‘Contra’, the first album on a UK indie label to reach number one in the US for 20 years, is the first 2010 release to receive an award reaching Diamond in just two weeks. Other IMPALA Award winners include Benjamin Biolay (France), Scooter (Germany), Medina (Denmark), Ojos de Brujo (Spain) and The Rasmus (Finland). 

The new winners include one Multi Platinum (1.5m), one Double Platinum (1m), five Diamond (250k), eleven Gold (100k) and twenty-two Silver (30k) from all across Europe.

The latest batch continues last year’s impressive trend and demonstrates impressive performance in the independent sector, especially considering the general economic downturn.

In total some 650 awards have been registered so far, representing approximately 61 million CDs sold and €1.1 billion in revenue.



About the Awards

The IMPALA Sales Awards are the only pan-European awards devoted to independent artists. They are the first awards to recognise that success on a pan-European basis needs to be acknowledged on different levels. They celebrate the fact that achievement and success begins well before 1 million (the only pan-European sales level officially recognised before IMPALA launched its own scheme).

The IMPALA Sales Awards are an extra tool for independents and their artists to market themselves internationally. IMPALA’s on-line certification system is available at www.impalamusic.org where framed awards can also be ordered.

The awards are part of IMPALA’s wider strategy to create new opportunities to promote independent music, real entrepreneurship and cultural diversity, in the face of increasing concentration.

The award levels are:
 Impala Silver                        30 000
 Impala Gold                        100 000
 Impala Diamond                  250 000
 Impala Platinum                  500 000
 Impala Double Platinum    1,000 000
 Impala Multi Platinum       1,500 000 ++
 
For more information about IMPALA please click here <http://www.impalamusic.org>

 

 


Award

Artist

Title

Label

Country of artist

Country of label

Multiple Platinum  (upgrade from Double Platinum)

Katie Melua

Pictures

Dramatico

UK

UK

Double Platinum (upgrade from Platinum)

The Prodigy

Invaders must die

Cooking Vinyl

UK

UK

Diamond (upgrade from Gold)

Arctic Monkeys

Humbug

Domino Records

UK

UK

Diamond

Dead Kennedys

Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Cherry Red Records

US

UK

Diamond (upgrade from Gold)

Franz Ferdinand

Tonight

Domino Records

UK

UK

Diamond

Various Artists

Pillows Prayers

Cherry Red Records

UK

UK

Diamond

Vampire Weekend  

Contra

XL Recordings

US

UK

Gold

Benjamin Biolay

La Superbe

Naïve

France

France

Gold

Chuckie LMFAO

Let The Bass Kick In Miami Girl

Cr2 Records Ltd

Netherlands

UK

Gold (upgrade from Silver)

Grizzly Bear

Veckatimest

Warp Records

US

UK

Gold (upgrade from Silver)

Gurrumul

Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

Dramatico/Skinnyfish

Australia

UK

Gold

Jay Sean

My Own Way

Jayded/2Point9

UK

UK

Gold

Pink Martini

Splendor in the Grass

Naïve

US

France

Gold

Scooter

Under The Radar, Over The Top

Kontor Records

Germany

Germany

Gold

The Gaslight Anthem

The '59 Sound

Side One Dummy/ CARGO Records Germany GmbH

US

US/ Germany

Gold

Tom Waits

Glitter and Doom (live album)

Anti

US

Netherlands

Gold

Tracey Thorn

A Distant Shore

Cherry Red Records

UK

UK

Gold

XX

XX

Young Turks

UK

UK

Silver

Ben Watt

North Marine Drive

Cherry Red Records

UK

UK

Silver

Buraka Som Sistema

Kalemba (Wegue Wegue)

Fabric

Portugal

UK

Silver

Calexico

Carried To Dust

City Slang

US

Germany

Silver

Chris Rea

The Definitive Greatest Hits (Fool If You Think It's Over)

earMUSIC (Edel)

UK

Germany

Silver

Europe

Last Look At Eden

earMUSIC (Edel)

Sweden

Germany

Silver

Get Well Soon

Rest Now Weary Head, You Will Get Well Soon

City Slang

Germany

Germany

Silver

Gregorian

Christmas Chants Visions

earMUSIC (Edel)

Germany

Germany

Silver

Gregorian

Masters of Chant Chapter VII

earMUSIC (Edel)

Germany

Germany

Silver

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis

Sunday Best Recordings

UK

UK

Silver

Kraak Smaak feat Ben Westbeech

Squeeze Me

Jalapeno / PIAS Benelux / Time

Netherlands / UK

UK / Netherlands

Silver

Marine Girls

Lazy Ways

Cherry Red Records

UK

UK

Silver

Medina

Kun for mig (single)

A:larm music

Denmark

Denmark

Silver

Medina

Velkommen til Medina (single)

A:larm music

Denmark

Denmark

Silver

Mike Batt

A  Songwriters Tale

Dramatico

UK

UK

Silver

Miossec

Finisteriens

PIAS

France

Belgium

Silver

Nada Surf

Lucky

City Slang

US

Germany

Silver

Ojos de Brujo

Aocana/Todos Mortales

Diquela

Spain

Spain

Silver

Scala

Grenzenlos

PIAS

Belgium

Belgium

Silver

Skunk Anansie

Smashes and Trashes

earMUSIC (Edel)

UK

Germany

Silver

The Notwist

The Devil, You and Me

City Slang

Germany

Germany

Silver

The Rasmus

Best Of 2001-2009

Playground Music

Finland

Sweden

Silver

Wild Beasts

Two  Dancers

Domino Records

UK

UK

 



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