Jay Z’s 4:44, an album you can’t listen to unless you’re a Tidal subscriber, has gone platinum. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made the announcement this morning, less than a week after the album’s release.
Few albums go platinum, which certifies a record has been sold 1 million times, in less than a week, especially digital-only albums. The RIAA didn’t even count streams toward a gold or platinum album certification until last year, when it made 1,500 track streams equivalent to one album sale.
4:44 was released on June 30th exclusively to Tidal subscribers and Sprint customers. Anyone who hadn’t signed up for Tidal prior to the album’s release wasn’t able to listen to it, unless they were also a Sprint customer. On Monday, that barrier was eliminated, with the album made available to all Tidal subscribers.