RIAA Changes Digital Album Sales Rule in Light of ‘Magna Carta’…

The RIAA‘s latest rule change in regards to digital releases was prompted by Jay-Z‘s partnership with Samsung, who is giving out 1 million digital copies of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail to Samsung Galaxy users.

Director, Communications and Gold & Platinum Program of RIAA Liz Kennedy wrote that this change was “a common sense update,” in which sales of albums in digital format will now become eligible for gold and platinum certification requirements upon the release date. Physical formats are eligible for certification 30 days after the release date to take returned items into account.

 

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8 Responses

      • Adam Smith
        Adam Smith

        Hold on a sec. Don’t tell me this means JayZ gets an automatic Platinum by giving away 1mil digital downloads as part of a promotion. I thought Soundscan was responisble for ‘certifying’ that, and they already said ‘NO!’. Explain please.

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        • Mike
          Mike

          “sales of albums in digital format will now become eligible for gold and platinum certification requirements upon the release date.”

          Since Jay’s giving his albums away prior to the release date, they won’t count toward certification.

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          • Lou D. Chris
            Lou D. Chris

            Wrong.
            It’s Platinum because Samsung bought 1 million copies. That’s your buyer. SOLD copies.

  1. TMGroup
    TMGroup

    This may be the logic behind this. If you give away 1 million downloads and 1 million people actually complete the download that will count as a sale of Platinum but 1 million downloads amust be executed by consumers.

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