JAY-Z‘s thirteenth studio album 4:44 debuted on June 30th at midnight, and 5 days later it’s certified Platinum (streamed/sold the equivalent of one million copies) via the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The RIAA began incorporating streaming numbers into album certifications on February 1st, 2016, using a formula similar to that of Nielsen Music’s formula — whereby 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams equal 10 track sales, or 1 album sale (Nielsen began incorporating streaming numbers into single certifications in 2013). It is JAY-Z’s 17th platinum album (and 13th solo) according to the RIAA.
4:44 was released exclusively through Tidal and was only available to pre-existing subscribers, as well as Sprint customers. Earlier this week, it became available to all Tidal users with a physical release on the way. The news was announced officially on Wednesday morning (July 5th) by both the RIAA and JAY’s label Roc Nation, although judging by the photo of him with RIAA CEO Cary Sherman (above), it may have passed the mark (or been anticipated) much earlier.
JAY-Z is the first Hip-Hop artist who has gone Platinum 13 times.
— RIAA (@RIAA) July 5, 2017
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