Jay-Z is making new rules, indeed. In light of Hov’s unprecedented digital deal with Samsung to purchase and distribute the first one million copies of his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, the Recording Industry Association of America has re-written a rule in their book as far as counting digital album sales.
As previously reported, Soundscan, which monitors over-the-counter purchases, has stated they would not count sales obtained through Hov’s digital Samsung app citing that an album must be sold by an entity to a retailer at a minimum cost rate to be counted for Billboard charting. In a new press release, the R.I.A.A., which tracks music sales and shipment reports from record labels, has announced they have changed a rule that inhibits albums from receiving certification before 30 days of their release date as a result of Jay-Z’s new deal.
According to the press release, the 30-day rule had been in place take in account physical CDs that were returned and therefore could not be counted. But, since the first one million copies of Hov’s new album have already been purchased before the release date, the R.I.A.A. has decided to alter the rule in what they are calling a “common sense update.” This change will only affect digital sales, according to the press release. Physical releases will still have to wait 30 days for certification. The change would mean Jigga’s 12th studio album would be eligible for a platinum plaque on the day of it’s release. Jay-Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail hits stores, July 4.