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Rodriguez / Cold Fact

Rodriguez / Cold Fact

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Cold Fact is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Rodriguez, released in the United States by Sussex Records in March 1970. The album failed to experience any success in the United States, but was very successful in South Africa and Australia, with Rodriguez touring Australia in 1979.

In 1971, the album was released in South Africa by A&M Records. In 1976, several thousand copies of Cold Fact were found in a New York warehouse and sold out in Australia in a few weeks. It went to No. 23 on the Australian album charts in 1978, staying on the charts for fifty-five weeks. In 1998, Cold Fact was awarded a platinum disc in South Africa, and was five-times platinum in Australia. Rodriguez has since toured South Africa and Australia with much success, but remained relatively unknown in his native country of the U.S. This began to change after the reissues of his albums in the US by Light in the Attic Records in 2008 and 2009, and furthermore in 2012 with the Oscar award winning documentary movie about Rodriguez Searching for Sugar Man, which led to appearances on major American television shows such as 60 Minutes and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Cold Fact has sold 201,000 since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking in 1991, 173,000 of those after the film opened, 98,000 in the wake of the Oscar win. Coming from Reality has moved 105,000 albums, 99,000 since the movie hit, 60,000 post-Academy Awards. And the soundtrack album (which was picked up by Sony’s Legacy catalog division) boasts 152,000 in sales.

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