From The Guardian:
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has finally been certified platinum, almost half a century late. Following a change to the way the British Phonographic Industry association awards sales certificates, 13 Beatles albums will finally receive awards for which they have long been eligible.
Since 1973, the BPI has awarded silver, gold and platinum sales certificates to albums that sell 60,000, 100,000 and 300,000 copies respectively in the UK. Despite these long-established rules, the BPI only distributed official notices to record labels that requested the awards; otherwise, blockbuster sellers wallowed in officially unmetallic obscurity.
That changed last month. Now, whether or not a label requests a certificate, albums that reach those sales thresholds will automatically receive their awards. Accordingly, the Beatles – in addition to acts such as Bob Dylan and Marvin Gaye, whose classic albums have continued to sell in large quantities – have received a slew of overdue sales certificates.