a golden record is an honour, which music interpreters, composers, Songwriter and musicians for a certain number of sold clay/tone carriers receive.
The golden record has their origin in the year 1931. After the single „That Silver shark-talk yourself Daddy OF mine “about genes Autry about one, Handed the disk company had million time sold one of its plates with gold coat to the artist over.
A condition for the award of a golden record is the salesa minimum number of clay/tone carriers. Since that 1. January 1976 gives it for this in Germany obligatory guidelines. Thus that with 500.000 sold Singles a golden record one lends, with one million units a platinum record was determined. The number of sales depends on thatto the trade sold units, not after actually to the final consumer sold. The relevant minimum numbers were lowered clearly 2003 due to the declining sales figures. In Germany the hurdle for albums now with 100.000, for Singles is about 150.000. In Austria the current hurdle is attached15,000 copies, in Switzerland with 20.000 units - in each case both for Singles and for albums. In the USA gold for over 500.000 sold copies becomes (with video: over 50.000) lent.
In Germany the golden records are lent by the record companies and at the Federal associationthe Phonographi economy registers. An independent chartered accoutant controls the data of the disk companies.