With 1.5 billion streams, RIAA certifies Platinum for Jay-Z's "4:44"

Posted July 06, 2017

Per the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the album was certified platinum earlier today, an impressive feat given that it wasn't released until last Friday.

If you missed your chance on Sunday, here's how you can download "4:44" now: Go to 444.tidal.com and enter the voucher code "SPRINT" along with an email address.

"I want to shoot a shout out to JAY-Z just dropped another muthaf-kin' hot album, 4:44", Snoop said.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) tweeted the announcement on Wednesday, sharing that the rapper now has more platinum albums than any other hip-hop artist.

July 5, 2017, 4:35 p.m. UTC Updated to clarify that the news about 4:44 is not as straightforward as the RIAA made it seem, according to SPIN. Jay-Z was able to achieve the 1 million sales requisite for platinum by getting subscribers to stream the 10 tracks on the album at least 1.5 billion times, an equivalent of the target.

"4:44" was released at 12:01 a.m. on June 30, exclusively to Tidal and Sprint members. A physical release is also expected at a later date.

This is the "Family Feud" rapper's 13th platinum album.

Back in 2013, Jay Z sold a million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail to Samsung to give to Samsung Galaxy users for free, prompting the RIAA to change its rules to allow the Samsung downloads to count toward certification as soon as the album was released.

That's impressive, considering that the album is now only available via stream and download from Tidal and Sprint.