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TIDAL Exec Clarifies Rihanna ‘ANTI’ 400k Sales Claim

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What a tangled web has been weaved with Rihanna‘s ‘ANTI.’

The sometimes singer dropped her eighth studio album last week and has been embroiled in controversy ever since.

For many, the issue – beyond the free project’s questionable quality – stems from its sales. More specifically the great effort that has arguably been gone to to conceal its true commercial performance.

Said furore erupted after the RIAA certified the LP Platinum in the US despite a Samsung sponsorship making the 1 million “sold” copies available to fans for free.

Stirring more confusion into the mix was Rih’s exclusive streaming partner TIDAL, who went on to claim that an additional 400,000 equivalent copies of the album has been shifted.

All of this and yet confirmed industry forecasts have ‘ANTI’ on-course to open with full first week numbers of 95k-130k Stateside.

So what’s actually going on?

The good folk over at TIDAL have provided additional info to help clear things up.

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Report: Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ Set To Sell 95,000 First Week

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Rihanna would be well-advised to grab the nearest umbrella. Because when it rains, it sadly pours.

Find out why below…

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Kendrick Lamar Label Head Slams New RIAA Streaming Rule…And Rihanna

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The RIAA‘s controversial inclusion of streaming in album certifications has drawn critique from many corners – including the head of Kendrick Lamar‘s Top Dawg Entertainment record label.

Details below…

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A Milli? Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ First Week Sales Predictions Are In!

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For Rihanna‘s new album ‘ANTI,’ it would appear the truth – and not TIDAL – will set it free.

Released Thursday to much chaos (see: early leak), confusion has encased the true commercial performance of the project ever since.

On the one hand, Jay Z‘s streaming claims 400,000 “bought” the LP (beyond the million free downloads it offered), while the RIAA went on to certify the project Platinum after just 24 hours.

However, with a lukewarm launch iTunes (where the album was made available to purchase a day after its TIDAL arrival) and no physical copies in stores (yet), all eyes have been on the first week predictions.

Well, wonder no more. Because, the first ‘ANTI’ sales predictions await below…

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Rihanna Sets Physical Release Date For ‘Anti’

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Rihanna is heading to a store near you!

Find out when you can get your hands on physical copies of her latest album ‘ANTI’ below…

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TGJ Roundtable: Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’

New Feature Sees Editors Sam, David, Rashad, & Joe Sound Off On Hottest Topics

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Welcome to the latest TGJ Roundtable!

Over the years, That Grape Juice has established a distinguished voice that – whether loved or loathed – sparks discussion, debate, and on occasion drama!

Though comprised of seasoned writers who share a similar outlook on Urban Pop culture, the idiosyncrasies of the TGJ team members often lend for quite heated debates “behind the scenes.”

Now, we give you a front row seat to the show. In a format similar to ‘The View’ or ‘The Real’, TGJ editors – Sam, David, Rashad, and Joe – get real about the hottest topics in a very candid way.

Today’s roundtable topic asks each anchor about…

Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ Album

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Forbes Questions Authenticity of Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ Sales Claim

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After the technological company Samsung purchased an undisclosed amount of Rihanna‘s ‘ANTI’ album, the set was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Unfortunately, fans of the Grammy winning performer have been unable to truly celebrate this news, as they battle critics who now accuse the star of “cheating the chart system” in a bid to compete with some of Pop’s more commercially potent stars.

The one fact said fans could celebrate in peace was news the set had sold 400,000 units on Jay Z’s Tidal streaming service….until now.

For, ‘Forbes’ magazine has revealed that it has good reason to believe that that figure was fabricated by the company.

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