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30 Years Ago DEF LEPPARD's HYSTERIA Album Certified Platinum In The UK

Hysteria 1987.

Def Leppard's classic Hysteria album was certified platinum in the UK on this day in 1987.

The album had been released on 3rd August 1987 worldwide.

It entered the UK chart at Number One on 29th August 1987 becoming the first Number One album of their career.

It's success was helped by the singles Animal, Pour Some Sugar On Me and Hysteria all becoming Top 10 or Top 20 hits.

The album was certified Platinum in the UK on 21st December 1987 for sales of over 300,000.

It had been certified Gold (60,000) and Silver (100,000) in September.

By mid 1988 the album went on to achieve double Platinum status in the UK.

By way of comparison the current biggest selling album in the UK of all time (as of July 2016) is Queen's 'Greatest Hits' at 6,120,000 (20x Platinum).

Read some comments about this album below and a comprehensive Making Of Special from August.

Hysteria Album - UK Certification

  • 21st December 1987 - 1x Platinum - (300,000 Album Sales)

Phil Collen - 'Hysteria' Postcards from 'Work It Out' Single 1996

"Our most popular album to date."

"It was Mutt's idea to make a rock version of 'Thriller' - rock songs that were hit singles. We were fortunate enough to have seven strong singles from this record."

"Mutt Lange was very influential here. We seemed to be making a video every few weeks."

"We were in the top ten all over the world at one time or another."

Phil Collen - 27th July 2015 Interview Quote - Read More

"I do think Hysteria was a kind of a sparkling star on our career. You know, icing on the cake and all that. But I think this is the best thing we've done since then. It's called Def Leppard. It's really diverse."

Vivian Campbell - August 2014 Interview Quote - Read More

"I actually bought 'Hysteria' twice, I wore out the cassette I played it so often and then I bought one of those new fangled compact discs."

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