IMPALA Press Release, MIDEM, Cannes, 29th January 2008
IMPALA announces next batch of sales awards with Platinum for Radiohead, Katie Melua and Manu Chao
The new winners include one Double Platinum, two Platinum, five Diamond, fourteen Gold and nearly thirty Silver from all across Europe.
Radiohead’s latest album “In Rainbows” already qualifies since it’s physical release on New Year’s eve. Katie Melua’s “Pictures” went double platinum in just 4 months.
In total nearly 500 awards have been registered so far representing 50million CDs sold and 3⁄4 billion euros in revenue.
IMPALA's announcement was also the opportunity to feature Berlin label Aggro Berlin with their 20 IMPALA award winning albums. The label, which has already clocked up over twenty awards, was presented with their awards.
Left to Right: Spaiche, Halil Efe and Specter from Aggro Berlin collect their 20 Awards
About the Awards
The IMPALA Sales Awards are the first sales 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 Awards are an extra tool for independent record companies to market themselves and their artists internationally. Labels can use IMPALA’s on-line certification system at www.impalasite.org to register that they qualify for award. They can also order the framed awards.
The awards are part of IMPALA’s wider strategy to foster creativity and entrepreneurship and promote cultural diversity in the face of increasing concentration.