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Soundgarden’s hits package goes platinum on day one thanks to Guitar Hero

By | Published on Monday 4 October 2010

The new greatest hits album from Soundgarden, ‘Telephantasm’, went platinum on its first day of release, which is sort of impressive, though the achievement is not the result of hundreds of thousands of fans rushing to their record shops to buy a copy, but because of one deal with games firm Activision.

Because, you see, as previously reported, the next edition of ‘Guitar Hero’ comes with the Soundgarden hits package bundled, and the Recording Industry Association Of America has decided to accept the one million copies of the album the games giant has bought as part of that bundling deal as one million record sales.

Says an RIAA spokesman: “These one million units, purchased by Activision are non-returnable and represent official sales of the album”.