February 18, 2018

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

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.

India continues its winning streak, beats Sri Lanka by 16 runs
Barring Chamari Atapattu, their batters have failed to impress, and bowlers lack attitude in the Sri Lankan attack. Shashikala Siriwardene and Dilani Manodara added 60 runs for the fourth wicket to keep their side in the hunt.

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.

Other News

Trending Now

Connecticut's gas prices lower for the holiday
AAA Northeast said Monday that the price of self-serve, regular dropped by two cents this week, averaging $2.18 per gallon. The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 40 cents, from a low of $2.09 to a high of $2.49.

Samsung's Pyeongtaek chip complex starts production
In the proposed 37 trillion won, Samsung vowed a 30 trillion won investment for expanding semiconductor facilities. South Korea's economy could also benefit if Samsung Displays builds a new OLED manufacturing site in Asan by 2018.

Qatar defiant after missing sanctions deadline
Turkey sees Qatar as its top Gulf ally but is also keen to improve relations with regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia . Foreign ministers from the Saudi-led bloc are scheduled to meet in Cairo on Wednesday to chalk out further moves.

USA soldier killed, two wounded in Afghanistan's Helmand province
A USA military spokesman in Kabul tells NPR's Tom Bowman that munitions hit a building while the group was inside it. Defense Secretary James Mattis has promised to deliver Congress a new strategy for the 16-year-old war by mid-July.

Residents feel effects of NJ government shutdown
He also repeatedly referred to the government closure as "the speaker's shutdown". "Gov. I put up a budget bill for a vote.

Lexington, Louisville mayors ask exemption from travel ban
It did so in the form of an official travel ban to states whose LGBT laws it deems too conservative - among them Tennessee. A new Kentucky law would allow student organizations at state schools to block LBGT people from membership.

What?! Manny Pacquiao Defeated by Little Known Jeff Horn in Australia
But boxing experts were almost unanimous in their opinion that Horn received a gift, and Pacquiao was the bout's true victor . Roach refused to condemn the judges who scored the fight in Horn's favour, adding: "I thought it was a pretty close fight".

Mainland China Launches Bond Trading Link with Hong Kong
China's $9trn (£6.9trn, €7.9trn) bond market is the third-largest in the world but only 2% of mainland bonds are foreign owned. BNP Paribas said it had received approval as a market maker and had also executed its first trade under the scheme.

"Top Gun" sequel gets release date
It's going to be a competition film, like the first one ... but a progression for Maverick'. That puts it in theaters a week after the planned sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming.

China, India in dispute over Bhutan border road
The Army Chief was in Gangtok last Thursday in the wake of a stand-off between Indian troops and Chinese army. He, however, said the line for diplomatic communication between India and China is "open and smooth".