Rules are made to be broken…..right?! In light of Samsung purchasing one million copies of Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail album before its release, the RIAA has decided to update how it certifies the sales of digital albums.
The announcement was made in a post on the RIAA’s website. Initially, SoundScan, which monitors album sales, contended that Hova would be unable to claim Samsung’s purchases as instant platinum status because it didn’t count bulk sales. However, the RIAA, whose Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program awards gold and platinum certifications, sighted a minimum of 30 days of availability before an album could be considered for a gold or platinum plaque.
But, they admit that rule has became antiquated because when an album is sold digitally, very rarely is it actually returned. Says the RIAA:
That being said, it seems like Jay-Z’s new album is basically already platinum after all. Jay-z really did write #newrules, damn Hov….respect.
Source: Hip Hop Wired