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Beastie Boys' 'Licensed to Ill' achieves Diamond status

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The Beastie Boys’ debut album, Licensed to Ill, has achieved Diamond status—the highest certification the Recording Industry Association of America gives—after 29 years on the market.

The Boys released the album in November 1986, and it quickly climbed to the top of the charts partly thanks to hit singles like “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.” It became certified platinum by February 1987 after selling at least one million records. 

But now that the album’s reached Diamond status, the Beastie Boys join an elite group of musicians including Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Stevie Wonder who’ve also sold at least 10 million U.S. copies of a single record.

 

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