Music piracy has put a strain on the recording industry but there are Filipino singers who have continued to enjoy strong album sales.
The Philippine Association of the Record Industry, Inc. (PARI) was able to keep track of best-selling artists from the “golden age” of hip-hop in the 1990s to the Pinoy pop and rock scene in 2000s.For the past two decades, OPM artists have produced chart-topping hits one after another. From 1990s to mid-2000s, PARI gave Gold Record Awards to albums with 20,000 units sold, Platinum Record Awards to those who reached 40,000 units sold, and Diamond Record Award to albums that reached 400,000 units sold.
However, album sales went down through the years because of the emergence of piracy and digital downloads.
In 2013, PARI adjusted their standards by giving Gold Record Awards to albums with 7,500 units sold, Platinum Record Awards to albums with 15,000 units sold, and Diamond Record Awards to albums that sold more than 150,000 units.
We have listed down OPM artists who have received multiple platinum and diamond record awards through the years (in no particular order).
This list is based on information published on PARI’s official website.
12. Erik Santos
ASAP Champion Erik Santos was dubbed as OPM’s “Prince of Pop” for his achievements in the recording industry. The first Star in a Million grand champion garnered multiple-Platinum records including his debut album This Is The Moment, Loving You Now, The Jim Brickman Songbook, and Awit Para Sa’yo.