Less than one week since JAY-Z unleashed his incredibly relevant 13th studio album 4:44 on us, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has certified it Platinum. The numbers are based solely on streams via Tidal and downloads from Sprint customers.
How? 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale. In other words, a LOT of people streamed it legally.
“Props to JAY, he’s done it again! Another Platinum album adds to an already iconic career,” said RIAA CEO Cary Sherman (the one pictured in the photo with JAY).
A press release from Roc Nation points out all 13 of JAY’s albums have gone Platinum, more than any other hip-hop artist ever. As Variety points out, the rapper is also linked to four other platinum albums in collaboration with Kanye West, Linkin Park and R. Kelly.
4:44 was only available to Tidal and Sprint members. Fans who signed up for Tidal after its release were unable to stream the record, though that decision has since been reversed and it is now available to stream for all Tidal members. It is also expected to land on iTunes / Apple Music this Friday (July 7).