Canadian rock sensation Avril Lavigne achieved official Diamond status with 1 million units of "Let Go" flying off the shelves. Lavigne received advance recognition when she met with Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, in Ottawa on Juno weekend in April 2003.
Blue Rodeo and its band member, Jim Cuddy, both won with Blue Rodeo’s "Palace of Gold" hitting Platinum with 100,000 units sold. Cuddy achieved his first solo certification with Gold and 50,000 sold for "All In Time".
Newcomer Michael Bublé with "Michael Bublé" and the Matthew Good Band’s new release "Avalanche" both achieved Gold status. Bif Naked’s "Purge" and Adam Gregory’s "The Way I’m Made" also hit the Gold mark in May.
Finally, singles by Shawn Desmond, "Shook", and Sam Roberts, "Where Have All the People Gone", hit Gold with 5,000 units sold.
The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) is a non-profit trade organization that was founded in 1964 to represent the interests of Canadian companies that create, manufacture and market sound recordings. CRIA’s membership is comprised of the major record companies, leading independent labels, and all manufacturers of compact discs and tapes. In all they represent 95% of the sound recordings that are manufactured and sold in Canada