Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd has tasted huge success early on in his career. The Canadian singer released his compilation album Trilogy in November last year which featured remastered versions of his 3 hit mixtapes, House of Balloons, Thursday and Echoes of Silence along with 3 brand new cuts. The very next month, Trilogy was certified Gold by the RIAA for shipping in excess of 500k copies.
But that doesn’t tell the entire story. The album was released in 3 discs with total running time of over 100 minutes. This meant that the RIAA counted each unit within the set as one unit toward certification so all actual sales of the set get tripled for counting purposes. It’s still a solid achievement. He’s also said to be working on his real debut album slated to release this year.
UPDATE: The album is now platinum after selling in excess of 333k copies. Congrats to him and the team.