Saturday will mark the 40th anniversary for Journey's seventh album release, Escape, in 1981.
And to mark the occasion, the Recording Industry Association of America has certified it with aDiamond award for sales of more than 10-million.
Guitarist Neal Schon commented on the honor, saying, “This is such a truly gratifying achievement for all the work we did together. Congratulations to all.”
And Jonathan Cain adds, “On behalf of all that helped to make our album, Escape aDiamond award achievement, we say thank you. To our fans, to our bandmates who took part in recording this album, to our label, to all in radio and finally to the distributors who believed in this music; we are deeply humbled and honored to accept this prestigious award.”Escape was Cain's first album with the band, having replaced band co-founder Gregg Rolie in 1980.
Peaking at number-one on the Billboard 200,Escapeis their most successful studio album and second biggest selling album overall behind Greatest Hits. It spawned the hits “Open Arms,” “Who’s Crying Now,” “Stone in Love” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which has more then a billion streams on Spotify alone.
Worldwide,Escape has sold more than 12-million copies.
Of the five bandmembers that recorded the album, only Schon and Cain remain. The other three were singer Steve Perry, bassist Ross Valory and drummer Steve Smith.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]
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