The majority of famous male vocalists have achieved platinum albums, although a couple of exceptions exist. In the United States, one million copies of an album have to be sold in order to earn platinum certification. In the United Kingdom, only 300,000 copies need to be sold to become platinum.
For example, Michael Jackson's last six studio albums were certified platinum in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Stevie Wonder had five platinum studio albums in the United States and three in the United Kingdom. However, internationally renowned vocalist Jacques Brel never had a platinum album in either country.
Despite releasing over 30 studio albums, James Brown's only platinum album in the United States was "20 All-Time Greatest Hits," a compilation album; Brown never received a platinum certification in the United Kingdom. Similarly, Joe Cocker's only platinum certification in the United Kingdom was his compilation album "The Legend;" Cocker never received a platinum certification in the United States.