The Recording Industry Association of America has certified Jay-Z's newest album, "4:44", as Platinum with 1 million certified "units" within its first week of availability. Since Sunday, Tidal has offered a voucher for a free download for the album via Sprint. Hova's critically-acclaimed, No I.D. -produced 4:44 is already certified platinum.
Pictured above is Hov and RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman with the plaque for the album.
Recent reports claimed 4:44 would land on Apple Music in the coming days.
JAY-Z also has four additional Platinum Album Awards for collaborations with Kanye West, Linkin Park, and R. Kelly. It's expected that an audience of millions tuned in There was also a continuous online streaming channel that ran for the day of June 30.
Congratulations to JAY-Z on his milestone and for delivering a fantastic rap album. If you can recall, the streaming company has seen a number key executives leave over the last 24 months, with some analysts even saying that the company is ripe for a takeover.
However, a source close to the situation said that "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". Similarly, the certification seemed fast, considering that the album was available (legally, anyway) only to Tidal members and Sprint subscribers. Per the RIAA, Hova is in rare air as the only Hip-Hop artists with 10 platinum studio albums.
Jay-Z's "4:44" album is still only available to stream on Tidal and it is not yet clear whether or not it will be released elsewhere.