Did Jay-Z's '4:44' go Platinum before it was even released?

JAY Z'S 4:44 ILLEGALLY DOWNLOADED A MILLION TIMES IN FIRST 72 HOURS

The Recording Industry Association of America has certified Jay-Z's newest album, "4:44", as Platinum with 1 million certified "units" within its first week of availability.

West coast hip hop innovator Snoop Dogg has revealed that he illegally downloaded Jay-Z's recent album because he did not have Tidal and wanted to hear the new material.

That's actually relatively light: Muso also published stats showing that in the same time period, Drake's last album "More Life" was illegally downloaded more than 1.3m times. "Another Platinum album adds to an already iconic career", RIAA CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement released today.

Not all of 4:44's sale numbers came from Tidal streams.




The album was released exclusively to Tidal and Sprint members around midnight on June 30. Just dropped another motherf****** hot album, 4:44. It probably doesn't, because in the case of Jay-Z, it's actually more like the 4th times is the charm, because Jay-Z's new album is all about the number 4. In the space of five days, Jay-Z has sold more than one million copies of 4:44 in the USA - instantly giving him the sixth biggest-selling album of the year.

In the photo, pictured above, you can see the two men holding a platinum frame for his latest record but, according to Variety, the photo was taken before the album was even released.

Lastly, Jay-Z also talked about the controverstial elevator moment he had with Beyonce and Solange in the song "Kill Jay-Z". More bluntly: Does it really matter if it's Apple Music, Tidal, or a phone company paying an artist to make a great record?

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