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Top 9 Top Picks - Diamond Award Artists


The Recording Industry Association of America hands out awards when an artist reaches a milestone of 500,000 units sold (Gold), and 1 Million units sold (Platinum). When an artist reaches that point of selling 10 Million units, they receive a Diamond Award. The artists below are those who have reached this incredible plateau.

1. Come On Over - Shania Twain

You'd be hard pressed to find a conventional CD with that many hits on it, especially a country CD. While other artists are content to release three or four CD's of mediocre quality over the same span of four years, "Come On Over" was such a strong album that Shania could release the nine singles. The album has sold 19 million so far.

2. The Woman In Me - Shania Twain

"The Woman in Me" was Shania's second release, and definitely the album that was her claim to fame. The album contained five smash singles, and has sold over twelve million copies. Add to that the continued success with "Come On Over" which also sold over ten million copies (19 million in the U.S. at last count), and Shania was like her name says "on her way."

3. No Fences - Garth Brooks

This is Garth's second release, which was originally released in 1990, and had four singles, now five, if you count the updated version of "Wild Horses." The original singles were "The Thunder Rolls," "Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House," "Friends in Low Places," and "Unanswered Prayers." The album has sold 16 million so far.

4. Double Live - Garth Brooks

This album was recorded at many different shows over time. It's got all your standard Garth tunes, but you get to hear him do them live, with even more feeling than the studio versions. The album has sold 14 million so far.
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5. Ropin' The Wind - Garth Brooks

This was Garth's third release, and it debuted on both the country and pop charts at No. 1. Hits include "The River," "Shameless," "Papa Loved Mama," "Rodeo," and "What's She Doin' Now." The album has sold 14 million so far.
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6. The Hits - Garth Brooks

This album is no longer in print, and very difficult to find. Contains Garth's hits through his "In Pieces" album.
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7. Wide Open Spaces - Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks were originally a quartet that played mostly bluegrass and country classics. Dropping two of the members and adding Natalie Maines, and changing to contemporary country did the trick. The Chicks were off and running and haven't looked back, selling over 11 million copies of the album so far.

8. Fly - Dixie Chicks

Despite the daunting task of recording their sophomore album and hoping they would at least match the success of "Wide Open Spaces," the gals really knocked one out of the ballpark with "Fly." The album has sold 10 million so far.

9. Greatest Hits - Kenny Rogers

Kenny has many Greatest Hits collections. This one was released on Capitol Nashville (then Liberty) in 1980, and contains his most popular hits like "The Gambler," "Coward of the County," "Lucille," and "Lady." The album has sold 11 million so far
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