Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' expected to hit platinum by this weekend
Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but his newest album sure ain't one.
Thanks to the Recording Industry Association of America changing their digital sales rules, Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is expected to hit platinum status (meaning more than 1 million albums sold) as early as this weekend.
In a blog post on Monday (July 1), the RIAA announced that while in the past they only certified albums 30 days after they were released to allow for potential returns, they realized that digital sales produced very few returns -- as opposed to physical, hard-copy album sales.
"As we dug through the records of audits, re-reviewed rules and consulted with our auditing firm of more than 30 years, Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, we discovered one rule disparity that no longer makes sense," the RIAA writes. So they tweaked the rule, and now digital sales will be counted immediately instead of waiting 30 days (though the physical product sales will still be counted after 30 days).
What does this mean for Jay-Z? Well, seeing as how Samsung already purchased 1 million digital copies of "Magna Carta Holy Grail" to give away to their customers (it will be available to Samsung users to digitally download starting July 4), the rap icon has already hit the minimum requirements for platinum certification -- even if Billboard won't count them for its charts.