As a result, they're recognizing 17 new certifications, including Michael Jackson, Hozier, Halsey and more.
ANTi strikes again.
To keep up with the digital age, the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) announced today they will include an album or song's stream-count towards becoming Gold & Platinum certified. 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams is now the equivalent of 10 track sales or one album sale. Previously, 100 streams of a song would count towards one single download, however it is now upped to 150. This changes the game across the board, and they're highlighting 17 examples today as a result of the rule change, including Michael Jackson, Fifth Harmony, Hozier, Shawn Mendes, Sam Hunt, Elle King, Big Sean and more.
They will award the following artists with new certifications: Alt-J “An Awesome Wave” (Atlantic Records) Gold, Big Sean “Dark Sky Paradise” (Def Jam Recordings) Platinum, Brett Eldredge “Bring You Back” (Atlantic Nashville) Gold, Coldplay “Ghost Stories” (Atlantic/Parlophone) Platinum, Elle King “Love Stuff” (RCA) Gold, Fifth Harmony “Reflection” (Epic) Gold, Halsey “Badlands” (Astralwerks) Gold, Hozier “Hozier” (Columbia) Platinum, Kendrick Lamar “To Pimp a Butterfly” (Top Dawg Entertainment/Interscope) Platinum, Michael Jackson “Thriller” (Epic/Legacy) 32X Multi-Platinum, Miranda Lambert “Platinum” (RCA Nashville) Platinum, Romeo Santos “Fórmula Vol. 2” (Sony Latin) 11X Diamante/RIAA Latin G&P Program, Sam Hunt “Montevallo” (MCA Nashville) 2X Multi-Platinum, Shawn Mendes “Handwritten” (Island Records) Platinum, The Weeknd “Beauty Behind the Madness” (XO/Republic Records) 2X Multi-Platinum, Vance Joy “Dream Your life Away” (Atlantic Records) Gold and Wale “Ambition” (Atlantic Urban) Gold.
“For nearly six decades, whether it’s vinyl, CDs, downloads or now streams, the Gold & Platinum Program has adapted to recognize the benchmarks of success in an evolving music marketplace,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, RIAA. “We know that music listening – for both for albums and songs – is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications. Modernizing our Album Award to include music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold & Platinum Awards, and doing so enables RIAA to fully reward the success of artists’ albums today.”
In other words, YOU GET A PLATINUM CERTIFICATION, AND YOU GET A PLATINUM CERTIFICATION, AND YOU GET A PLATINUM CERTIFICATION!