Jay-Z Receives Platinum Plaque For 4:44
Jay-Z‘s 4:44 album released as a surprise on Friday, June 30th. Today, July 5th, it’s already certified platinum by the RIAA. To commemorate more than 1,000,000 in sales (with streams) Jay-Z received a platinum plaque for his 13th studio album. Jay-Z now has more platinum albums than any other Hip Hop artist. It’s his 13th album to reach platinum status.
— RIAA (@RIAA) July 5, 2017
UPDATE: The RIAA has clarified how Jay-Z‘s 4:44 went platinum:
Under the program’s rules, the artist needs to be compensated and there needs to be demonstrated consumer demand in the United States, either for an on-demand stream or a sale. A sale counts toward a certification if purchased directly by the customer or a business can purchase the album or song and offer it to fans who must take affirmative steps to acquire the album or song. Fans participated, took action and downloaded JAY-Z’s album offered by SPRINT.