Jay-Z’s ‘MCHG’ Forces R.I.A.A. To Change 30-Day Gold & Platinum Rule


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.

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  • Mark Dubois Davis

    Holla hovito

  • Chris Mcyc Oktuh

    This show’s me that jay-Z has enough money to buy himself a Platinum record lol

    • Philly Ciz

      or enough talent, clout and respect to get someone else to pay for it… he didn’t spend a dime

    • B

      Technically, Jay-Z was paid to make an album that’s guaranteed to go platinum..

  • http://facebook.com/SaulGoodmanLBS Saul Goodman

    Jay really will. not. lose.

  • Pana Suffera Pma

    I love how he is not only the king of hiphops fruits , be is also making the industry change with times, as he stays relevent

    • cunderware

      They changed because the RIAA is almost bankrupt and they are taking the corporate money also just like JZ .. The new rule changes mean everyone that put out a new record will go gold there first week … even If they go bankrupt the 2nd week :)~ RIAA gold and platinum mean nothing now

  • Lamont

    Fucking genius