JAY-Z’s new album "4.44" has been officially certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for 1 million albums sold and/or streamed in the United States. Happening just days after it's release, the award is particularly impressive since the album is currently only available to existing TIDAL and Sprint customers.
“Props to JAY, he’s done it again! Another Platinum album adds to an already iconic career,” said the very white and not particualrly hip RIAA chief Cary Sherman pictured above with not particularly happy Jay-Z.
With today's announcement that "4:44" had achieved Platinum status, JAY-Z has earned 13 Platinum (or higher) solo studio Album Awards in the United States – more than any other hip hop artist in the history of RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Program. He is also the only hip hop artist with more than 10 RIAA Platinum (or higher) studio albums.
JAY-Z also has four additional Platinum Album Awards for collaborations with Kanye West, Linkin Park, and R. Kelly.
photo credit: Jeff Kravitz