Soundgarden’s fourth studio album, superunknownwas officially certified six times platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The disc, which produced lasting hits such as “Black Hole Sun”, “Spoonman”, “Fell on Black Days”, “My Wave” and “The Day I Tried to Live”, remains the best-selling album on the group in the United States. less. It racked up multi-platinum certifications fairly quickly after its spring 1994 release, and just two years after its release, superunknown had gone five times platinum, meaning it had sold over five million copies.
Flash forward 16 years and another million units (which includes on-demand streaming equivalents to represent additional sales metrics) have been moved, propelling the landmark grunge album to six times platinum certification.
The next best-selling Soundgarden studio effort is badmotorfingerwhich went double platinum in April 1996, and the other two platinum awards the band has garnered are for down inside out and the Telephantasm compilation.
As for the musical output of the surviving members of Soundgarden, drummer Matt Cameron (also of Pearl Jam) and guitarist Kim Thayil have teamed up with former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic to form new band 3rd Secret, which has released their debut album on April 9. the band’s musicians are singers Jillian Raye and Jennifer Johnson and guitarist Bubba Dupree.
Soundgarden Gold + Platinum certifications in the United States
- superunknown – 6x platinum (April 21, 2022)
- badmotorfinger – 2x platinum (April 16, 1996)
- down inside out – platinum (August 14, 1996)
- Telephantasm (compilation) – platinum (28 September 2010)
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