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Z Achieves New Milestone: His '4:44′ Album Is Certified Platinum
06 July 2017, 12:52 | Cassandra Thompson
Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’ is even better than you thought
It hasn't even been a full 7 days since JAY-Z released his 13th studio album, 4:44, and already the rapper has achieved a milestone others could only dream of.
They say it's the third time's the charm when it comes to anything special, but if you look at the reigning rap rise of Jay-Z and hit play on his 4:44 opus, it's actually four times. That would mean around 1.5 billion streams to get to the 1 million album sales required for platinum, but it's possible a significant portion of sales came from the official digital download mentioned above as opposed to just streaming alone. "Another Platinum album adds to an already iconic career", said the very white and not particualrly hip RIAA chief Cary Sherman pictured above with not particularly happy Jay-Z.
The platinum certification comes based off of streaming numbers from TIDAL, where 4:44 was exclusively released for TIDAL and Sprint customers.
Snoop Dogg is sharing how he listened to JAY-Z's new album without having Tidal! According to Variety, the move that angered users who signed up for Tidal after the album's release but could not access it, although that decision was reversed and it was made available to all Tidal members on Monday. But regardless of how Jay-Z did it, with 4:44 he now has more platinum albums than any other hip-hop artist in history. The album has yet to be released on iTunes and Apple Music, but is expected to drop later this week.
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