Snoop Dogg says he illegally downloaded Jay-Z's new album

Ray Weaver
July 7, 2017

This marks the 13th time that the mogul has been honored for Platinum sales by RIAA, and he's the only hip-hop artist to have amassed more than 10 such releases. Platinum certification traditionally meant the album had sold 1,000,000 copies or digital downloads in the USA, but these days RIAA also includes 1500 streams as ten track sales equivalent to one album sale towards its gold and platinum certifications.

Jay-Z's new album "4:44" is now available for a free, easy, and legal download through Tidal's website.

"Props to JAY, he's done it again!" RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement. The RIAA didn't even count streams toward a gold or platinum album certification until past year, when it made 1,500 track streams equivalent to one album sale.

The album was certified platinum by the RIAA less than six days after its limited release, thanks to tidal streaming and sprint downloads. And other critics have dismissed the story of Jay Z and Beyoncé's marital saga - where he cheats and, with time, is forgiven - as regressive and anti-feminist Z-beyonce-new-album-444-not-feminist-plea-forgiveness-marital-saga.

While "4:44" was met immediately with praise from fans and critics alike, it may not quite be the instant hit that it seemed at first blush. Tidal's subscribers are comparatively low to the other streaming platforms like Spotify, and like many music fans, Snoop is clearly not a subscriber.

Consumers were not able to buy physical copies of 4:44 on the June 30th release date either.

Back in 2013, with the release of his album "Magna Carta". According to a spokesperson for the RIAA, a sale of a song or album can be counted toward an RIAA certification as long as its bought by a customer or a company who buys it and then gives it to the customer.

Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but record sales clearly aren't high up on that list. And with the project headed to Apple Music and iTunes on Friday (July 7), you can rest assured that it most likely go double platinum in the coming weeks. "I want to shoot a shout out to JAY-Z, just dropped another motherf**kin' hot album, 4:44".

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