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Pop / Rock 27/07/2001

Missy Elliott, St. Lunatics reach gold, platinum

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NEW YORK (Billboard) - Recent albums by Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott and the St. Lunatics reached both gold and platinum levels in their first accountings by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Elliott's "Miss E...So Addictive" and "Free City," the set from Nelly's "St. Lunatics" were each certified for U.S. shipments of 500,000 (gold) and 1 million (platinum) copies. Nelly's former No. 1 "Country Grammar" reached a new plateau as it was certified for shipments of 7 million copies. Other titles reaching new platinum levels in the latest round of certifications were Creed's "Human Clay" (10 million) and Dido's "No Angel" (4 million).

Three albums - Papa Roach's "Infest," Sade's "Lover's Rock" and Savage Garden's "Affirmation" - were each certified for U.S. shipments of 3 million copies, while Incubus' "Make Yourself" hit the 2 million mark.

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