On Monday, CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Cary Sherman announced that streaming will be counted when tracking album sales and their statuses. The new rules state that streaming won’t be counted individually. The RIAA will count every 1,500 audio or video streams, which will be equivalent to 10 album sales.
This news helped to boost a lot of artists to platinum status, the most recent being, Rihanna’s unexpected album, ANTI. Other albums that were promoted to platinum status because of this new rule were, Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, Big Sean’s Dark Sky Paradise, The Weeknd’s Beauty Behind The Madness became 2x platinum, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller became 32x platinum.
One person who was not very happy with this announcement was Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. Check out what he had to say on Twitter about the RIAA’s new rules:
we don’t stand behind this @RIAA bs. ole skool rules apply, 1 million albums sold is platinum.until we reach that #, save all the congrats.
— dangeroo kipawaa TDE (@dangerookipawaa) February 1, 2016