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Band News (more headlines) 12-15-2012

More Independent Artists Take European Gold, Silver And Platinum Awards Than Ever Before

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The latest IMPALA Sales Awards announcement is the biggest ever, with 118 registrations from independent artists including Andrea Bocelli (Italy), Mogwai (UK), The Notwist (Germany), Vitalic (France), Els Amics de les Arts (Spain), Soap & Skin (Austria), Royksopp (Norway) and Sigur Ros (Iceland).

Bocelli registers five separate titles for this edition of the awards, all at Double Platinum, translating as over 4 million units sold, while Fabrizio de André further highlights Italian success with seven registrations of his own. Catalan group Els Amics de les Arts also impress, receiving two awards, with their album "Bed & Breakfast" reaching Double Silver.

As for other European artists, Alt-J's 'An Awesome Wave' (UK) receives a Gold award, adding to the group's recent triumph in the Mercury Prize, while Mogwai (also UK) qualify for an impressive six awards. Tiësto (Netherlands) sees three of his titles reach Gold, whilst several Belgian artists, including Soulwax, Gotye, dEUS, and Scala & Kolacny Brothers, also enjoy success.

In terms of international artists signed to European independent record labels, Dinosaur Jr. (USA) receive three awards, while fellow American Tom Waits registers "Bad As Me" at Diamond. Arcade Fire (Canada) receive a Gold award for the critically acclaimed "The Suburbs", with compatriots Saga registering their recent release '20/20'. Temper Trap (Australia) submit two titles, with their debut album 'Conditions' hitting Diamond.


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