British Phonographic Industry

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The British Phonographic Industry , or BPI for short (formerly also the British Phonographic Institute ) is the association of the British music industry . In total, over 300 music societies are registered as part of the BPI, including the three largest companies in the UK - Universal , Sony and Warner Music . To date, 85% of all British music societies are members of the British Phonographic Industry. The current chairman is Maggie Crowe, OBE .

The BPI is co-owner of the Official Charts Company (OCC) together with the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and organizes both the BRIT Awards and the Classical BRIT Awards . The BPI also sets the limits of British silver, gold and platinum awards and has been awarding them since January 1, 1973 for music sales and use.

Limits to the award of phonograms

A UK gold record for Eric Clapton's album August .

Up until 1978, gold and platinum awards were awarded based on proceeds worth British pounds. Since January 1, 1979, awards have been given based on the number of publications sold. As soon as the Official Charts Company has determined sufficient sales of the published sound carrier, the sound carrier is qualified for a silver, gold or platinum award. Also record companies can apply for certification, but they must be able to demonstrate. The following sales must be achieved or overcome.


Award since January 1, 1979
Silver record icon.svg silver 60,000
Gold record icon.svg gold 100,000
Platinum record icon.svg platinum 300,000
Double platinum record icon.svg2 × platinum 1 600,000


Award since April 1, 1973 since January 1, 1989
Silver record icon.svg silver 250,000 200,000
Gold record icon.svg gold 500,000 400,000
Platinum record icon.svg platinum 1,000,000 600,000
Double platinum record icon.svg2 × platinum 1 2,000,000 1,200,000

Video albums

Award since February 1, 2005
Gold record icon.svg gold 25,000
Platinum record icon.svg platinum 50,000
Double platinum record icon.svg 2 × platinum 100,000
1 Multiple platinum awards were introduced from January 1, 1985.

Members can currently contact four authorized framing companies to receive a finished music award.

Web links

Commons : British Phonographic Industry  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. About BPI , accessed February 12, 2015,
  2. ^ Our people , accessed February 12, 2015,
  3. Qualifying Criteria , accessed February 12, 2015,
  4. a b c d e f Certified Awards - A Timeline., accessed November 17, 2016 .
  5. ^ Framing Companies , accessed February 12, 2015,