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Chopard Diamond award

NameChopard Diamond Award
Descriptionselling over 100 million albums
PresenterInternational Federation of the Phonographic Industry

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The Chopard Diamond award, or simply the Diamond award, is a special award of merit given by the World Music Awards to recording artists who have sold over 100 million albums throughout their career. The World Music Awards were established in 1989. Honors are presented annually by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and are based entirely on worldwide sales figures in the music industry.

The first Chopard Diamond award was issued in 2002 to British singer-songwriter Rod Stewart. He is known to have sold over 100 million records throughout his career. American entertainer Mariah Carey was honored the following year. She has sold more than 175 million albums, singles and videos worldwide and was named the best-selling female pop artist of the millennium at the 2000 World Music Awards.

Canadian songstress Celine Dion became the third recipient of the Chopard Diamond award. She was honored in 2004, and had been previously recognized at the World Music Awards as the best selling female artist of all time. According to her record label, Sony Music Entertainment, Dion has sold over 200 million albums worldwide. The American rock band Bon Jovi became the successors to Dion and the first group to be acknowledged with the Chopard Diamond award, after being honored in 2005. The band are believed to have sold over 120 million albums worldwide.

Michael Jackson, recognized by Guinness World Records as the most commercially successful entertainer of all time, became the fifth recipient of the award. With estimated sales as high as 110 million copies worldwide, his 1982 album Thriller remains the best-selling album of all time. Jackson is reported to have sold as much as 750 million units throughout the world. Following Jackson's acknowledgement in 2006, The Beatles became the sixth act and second band to be honored with the Chopard Diamond award, after receiving it in 2008. The English group are the biggest-selling band in musical history, with alleged sales of 1 billion units worldwide. Overall, four solo musicians and two bands have received the Chopard Diamond award.

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