Jay-Z Sells 1 Mil Copies Before Album Drops, RIAA Confirms

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Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay Z’s yet-to-be-released album has been confirmed by the RIAA to be certified platinum. As many of you may know, Samsung and Jay Z did something sneaky. Samsung paid Jay Z $5 million for 1 million digital copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail. Samsung will give the album away for free to those with Samsung phones. Because Samsung actually purchased the albums (a very sneaky pre-order), Jay Z has, in fact, technically sold 1 million copies. Despite having initially said they will not count the albums, they’ve changed their tune.

Initially albums could not go platinum until after 30 days of release to account for returns and exchanges. The RIAA has sort of changed it’s tune about that, regarding digital sales only, saying:

“We think it’s time for the RIAA – and Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman – to align our digital song and album certification requirements. That’s why today we are officially updating this rule in our G&P Program requirements. Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.”

That’s all fine and dandy. However, what Jay Z and Samsung did sort of distorts the purpose. The purpose of even having this RIAA, report card business, is to gauge the demand for certain artists. In this situation Samsung, a corporation (which is technically a “person” now) decided to buy one million copies and give it away to anyone who will take it, which is anyone because it’s free. They’re giving away the album. This is by no means any gauge of fan devotion or consumer preference. It’s cheating. It’s cheating fairly though, since this technicality makes it acceptable. I mean, it’s a brilliant idea from a business perspective and sort of wack from a consumer perspective. Jay Z doesn’t trust that people will buy his album so he weaseled his way into success like Blair Waldorf trying to get into an Ivy League University she isn’t good enough for. Watch the throne. Watch the throne, indeed.

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