The RIAA has changed it's rules regarding digital sales and platinum eligibility, meaning that once Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is released to Samsung Galaxy users, it will essentially have gone platinum.
Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.
Not only do we believe itís sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those we have maintained for digital singles since the programís inception, we also consider todayís move in line with our larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music marketplace.
For every platinum and gold record, there is an even better album that isn't certified. At the end of the day, who cares who wins what is just popularity contest. It's not like Jay-Z is going to "unfairly" take this platinum certification and suddenly "get noticed" or springboard it into arena tours he can't already sell out.
The man is a hard-working genius (business and music), who, by all accounts, treats those close to him really, really well.
Good for him, smart business move. If this means devaluing "platinum records", even better.
how much of that $5million from samsung went to RIAA to make them change their mind?
To me, to go along with this rule, if Best Buy purchases 200,000 copies, Target 200,000, Amazon 300,000, WalMart 100,000, and all other places combined 400,000 then THAT album should go platinum as well.
They aren't leaving it up to the consumer to buy, so when a company buys in bulk to sell/or give away for free then those inital purchases should count as well.
thats so stupid, now every big artist will give their album away for free just for platinum, essentially that title of platinum album means nothing now
not true. after the Lady Gaga Born This Way fiasco, RIAA made a rule that albums have to be purchased for $3 or more to be counted towards certification. In this case, Jay-Z did sell each of these albums for $5 each, except they weren't sold directly to the fans - they were all paid for by Samsung.
This was a really smart move by Jay-Z and the kind of thing Samsung won't do again unless it were for an artists even bigger.