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Kendrick Lamar, Hozier, Big Sean Albums Hit Platinum After RIAA Rule Change

Ralph Bristout

 // Feb 1, 2016

Adrien Vargas // REVOLT

It’s a new day for the music industry now that the Recording Industry Association of America has announced plans of factoring in streaming data into its gold and platinum certifications.

Announced today (February 1), the RIAA has decided to recognize streams when tracking album sales. “We know that music listening – for both for albums and songs – is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications,” said Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO, RIAA in a statement. “Modernizing our Album Award to include music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold & Platinum Awards, and doing so enables RIAA to fully reward the success of artists’ albums today.”

The decision arrives after Rihanna’s ANTI was downloaded over a million times — with streams crossing the 14 million mark — after its release last week, quickly earning an RIAA-certified platinum certification.

So under the new method, 1,500 on-demand audio or video song streams now equates to 10 track sales, which all in all equals to one album sale. This new rule affected 17 titles, including albums like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise, which are now officially platinum releases. Other LPs, like The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind the Madness and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo are now double-platinum.

While the news was exciting for some, others like Top Dawg of TDE has other opinions of the rule change.

Check out a list of the new changes below:

Alt-J An Awesome Wave - Gold

Big Sean Dark Sky Paradise - Platinum

Brett Eldredge Bring You Back - Gold

Coldplay Ghost Stories - Platinum

Elle King Love Stuff - Gold

Fifth Harmony Reflection - Gold

Halsey Badlands - Gold

Hozier Hozier - Platinum

Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly - Platinum

Michael Jackson Thriller - 32X Multi-Platinum

Miranda Lambert Platinum - Platinum

Romeo Santos Fórmula Vol. 2 - 11X Diamante/RIAA Latin G&P Program

Sam Hunt Montevallo - 2X Multi-Platinum

Shawn Mendes Handwritten - Platinum

The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness - 2X Multi-Platinum

Vance Joy Dream Your life Away - Gold

Wale Ambition - Gold

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