R. Carlos Nakai’s ‘Canyon Trilogy’ earns platinum status

By Jan-Mikael Patterson
Special to the Times

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 Canyon Trilogy was recorded and released in 1989, which is now certified platinum. It’s selling a million units, the most for the traditional music genre. (Courtesy Photo)


Canyon Trilogy was recorded and released in 1989, which is now certified platinum. It’s selling a million units, the most for the traditional music genre. (Courtesy Photo)

If R. Carlos Nakai, 67, got a dollar for each unit sold of his 1989 album “Canyon Trilogy” since its release, he would be a millionaire.

That’s right. Nakai achieved “Platinum” status with one million units sold, a landmark achievement in which he will celebrate on Jan. 23 with a sold-out concert at the Musical Instrument Museum Theater in Phoenix.

To be awarded a platinum record for one million units sold you have to be certified by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA).

This is the highest achievement in the music industry and is the first awarded for traditional music.

 

At the Platinum Concert on Jan. 23, 2015, R. Carlos Nakai will be awarded with a Platinum Vinyl Record of his album “Canyon Trilogy.” (Courtesy Photo)

At the Platinum Concert on Jan. 23, 2015, R. Carlos Nakai will be awarded with a Platinum Vinyl Record of his album “Canyon Trilogy.” (Courtesy Photo)

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