— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) June 17, 2013
Ever since Jay-Z announced his 12th album Magna Carta Holy Grail through a unique setup with Samsung where first million fans will be able to download the album through an Android App on July 4th, one topic of discussion has been if Hov has gone platinum before the album’s release.
MTV has confirmed with Billboard that Nielsen SoundScan will not be counting the sales, which will hugely impact how the album will chart later on in the week. According to the policy, Billboard doesn’t count bulk sales. Also, albums must be sold by a label/artist/music company to a retailer (Target, Best Buy, Amazon etc.) at a minimum of one-third of the album’s suggested Retail Price.
In addition to the same, an RIAA spokesperson has also said that albums only become eligible for RIAA certification (Gold, Platinum, Diamond) 30 days after their initial release date. Once everything is settled, Jay and his label can still apply for certification to the RIAA who will determine the case after going through all the data.