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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.

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12 Responses to “SoundScan Will Not Count Jay-Z’s 1 Million ‘Magna Carta’ Sales Through Samsung”

  1. MGZ 20. Jun, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    GOOD. smh

  2. hustla 20. Jun, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Good move,, woulda been ridiculous if they were counted

  3. mq 20. Jun, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    it wasn’t going platinum in the first week anyway. The Magna Carta site says the album will be free for “the first one million fans around the world”, so i guess the downloads will not be all from US.

  4. landlord 20. Jun, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    @mq u got a point fam.

  5. iknow 20. Jun, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    there go old man’s hopes lol

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