Artists made famous by the American talent search, "American Idol", showed phenomenal sales in July.
Both "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken saw their singles, released on 10 June, hit Platinum numerous times in a few short weeks. Runner-up Clay Aiken’s "Bridge over Troubled Waters" (BMG Canada) hit Six Times Platinum with 60,000 units shipped in July. Winner Ruben Studdard’s "Flying without Wings" (BMG Canada) made Triple Platinum with 30,000 units shipped.
Canadian artists had good showings in July with The Rankin Family's "Souvenir: 1989-1998" (EMI Music Canada) reaching Gold (50,000 units) and Nickleback's "Live at Home" DVD, also EMI, hitting Platinum with 10,000 units.
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.