Seattle alt-rock pioneers' debut becomes the 22nd LP to attain "Diamond" status
Pearl Jam's now classic 1991 debut, Ten, has officially joined the "Diamond" club. It's taken 22 years, but the rock survivors' first full-length has become just the 22nd album to sell more than 10 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began tracking sales data in '91.
Billboard reports that Ten just inched across the prestigious threshold by selling nearly 4,000 units last week. That brings the record's total sales count to about a thousand copies over the 10 million mark.
So far, 2013 has seen a relatively high number of albums reach "Diamond" status: Linkin Park's 2000 debut Hybrid Theory, Usher's 2004 Confessions, and Adele's mammoth 21. But it'll probably be some time before another LP follows in Ten's footsteps, as the album closest to hitting 10 million at the moment is Celine Dion's 1997 release, Let's Talk About Love, which, according to Billboard, is currently hovering around 9.6 million copies sold and moving far fewer than 1,000 discs per week. By the time it surpasses 10 million, we'll likely have already heard the next Pearl Jam full-length, which frontman Eddie Vedder recently said was "maybe halfway" done.