Jay-Z’s 13th and latest studio album, “4:44,” has been certified platinum by the RIAA, based purely on Tidal streaming and Sprint download numbers, less than six days after its June 30 release. The news was announced officially on Wednesday morning (July 5) by both the RIAA and Jay’s label, Roc Nation, although judging by the photo of him with RIAA CEO Cary Sherman, it may have passed the mark (or been anticipated) much earlier.
“4:44” was released just after midnight on June 30, exclusively to Tidal and Sprint members — and in a move that angered many fans, people who signed up for Tidal after the album’s release initially could not access it, although that decision was reversed and it was made available to all Tidal members on Monday. The album is expected to be made available physically and on other services — a source close to the situation confirmed that one will be Apple Music — this Friday (July 7), after its week of exclusivity on Tidal ends.
The RIAA began incorporating streaming numbers into album certifications on Feb. 1, 2016, using a formula similar to that of Nielsen Music’s whereby 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale. The organization began incorporating streaming numbers into single certifications in 2013. (An earlier version of this article incorrectly left out the Sprint download component.)