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

Published: Monday 1st Feb 2016 by Sam

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.

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Despite the rapper’s sophomore effort ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ actually benefitting from the new ruling (going “Platinum” despite total US sales of 788k), TDE’s CEO Anthony Tiffith tweeted:

He then threw clear jab at Rihanna‘s ‘ANTI’ album roll-out and subsequent Platinum plaque:

Preach preacher!

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  1. Tonya February 1, 2016

    They are really mad though.
    Maybe they should release music the same way.
    This is what happens when you continue to live in the past.

    • You tried February 1, 2016

      No ones mad more like disrespected or feel terrible about the way the industry is shifting in a terrible direction and catering to artist that don’t WORK HARD ENOUGH! DONT PUT OUT GOOD ENOUGH MUSIC that people aren’t buying! No one has ever really bought a Rihanna album! I own not ONE of her albums and I’m a huge music lover! The Navy is clearly generic like they’re mother to celebrate a feat that isn’t a feat?

      • Jess February 1, 2016

        Nobody felt this way when Jay did it

    • OMG Logic!!! February 1, 2016

      I’m sure he’ll be throwing a tantrum as he receives his Album of the Year at the Grammys in 2 weeks.

  2. King Mark111 /.\ February 1, 2016

    S A M is mad. Rihanna plat isn’t from streaming, it’s from album that were bought by Samsung to promote their phones. This guy want to do stay in the pass, then don’t use sponsors, or in his words “cheat codes” on your tours. Because it’s the same thing.

    • Barb B**** February 1, 2016

      Stay in the pass? What kind of illiteracy.

      • King Mark111 /.\ February 1, 2016

        Well I can spell Nicki’s abortion just fine.

      • FC/JC February 1, 2016

        Says then one who doesnt want to joke about Dead-Liyahs death…. your disgusting

    • FC/JC February 1, 2016

      Sis, ANTI sold 480 pure albums + 4milli streaming, Outside of the free copies…
      Just go into hiding sis…. This era is an embarrassment to the G****. One that will never be lived down

    • metzo February 1, 2016

      Orange is the new 460

  3. SLAYhanna February 1, 2016

    How we do know that this was a clear slam at Rihanna? To me, it was just a clear case of them not agreeing with the rules.


    Goodness grief… Anything to start more nonsensical stan wars.


    Anyway… I’m glad that other artists can now benefit with platinum plaques with these new rules.

    • Kyle February 1, 2016

      Don’t act brand new

  4. HailBeysus February 1, 2016

    Bawahahahahaha 2016 year of the most ICONIC AND LEGENDARY FLOPPAGE POP MUSIC WILL EVER ???????????

  5. Kyle February 1, 2016

    Death, I think the Navy need to go on suicide watch after this mess of a week.

    • HailBeysus February 1, 2016


  6. MUSICHEAD February 1, 2016

    Get over it people! Disco is dead! Vinyl is vintage! Cassettes are obsolete! CD’S are old school! People lost their minds when all of the things I just listed happened too. The music industry is dying and streaming is not just the future, it’s the now! Welcome to 2016 and embrace change!

  7. You tried February 1, 2016

    I don’t see any lies told! Seriously these new rules is a slap in the face to all the artist who had to work their faces off to sell records and get a gold, platinum PLAQUE!

  8. King Mark111 /.\ February 1, 2016

    The only thing Billboard, RIAA, Box Office, Nielsen and New York Times Best Seller are use for is to show the public interest. Buying albums is almost dead (save your 4 or 5 that can sell because they’re only 5 out of the whole industry). How come streaming is cheap? It counts with YouTube, Radio spins matters, the numbers of viewers matters for TV. Get with the times. Plus with all that streaming added, Artpoop, Wackie, The D*** Print, No Classic, UltraFlop or any other of your faves flops gain Platinum status from this. So…

    • OMG Logic!!! February 1, 2016

      We should get with the times because your basic fave and her McMusic flopped harder than the Titanic?

  9. Barb B**** February 1, 2016


  10. King Mark111 /.\ February 1, 2016

    HaBEYsic blood pressure is higher than Whitney and Amy this week.

    • JustineSkyeLOVESRihannaV15 February 1, 2016

      Take A Look At Who Got Exposed And Couldn’t Spell ‘Retarded’ Today. Check My Comment. SCREAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • King Mark111 /.\ February 1, 2016

        What post?

  11. JustineSkyeLOVESRihannaV15 February 1, 2016

    And Tyler Being Exposed As Scheisethroned And AnalKeatingWigs With The Same ‘Olivia Pope of Shade’ Bs. Thank You Rima. Goodnight Navy LB, KeriKween, Mark111, Centurion. I Had A Great Time Once Again With The Dragsation The A I D S/Hive Received Today. <3 <3

  12. BC February 1, 2016

    Sorry, but there were no rules or guidelines before all of this happened. Therefore, that’s how it happened. I think it was a smart move because streaming is the way of the future and people are going to illegally obtain the music anyways. That’s why she and her management team did what they did. I thought it was very smart.

  13. IG: @mixedboy February 1, 2016

    LORD this site is so pressed over Rihannna!! Every post seems to be hating on her. Geesh!

  14. What now February 1, 2016

    KIII Sam is too mad at Anti being released.

  15. No favs, just here for the music February 1, 2016

    I agree with him the whole thing is just f****** stupid. And I don’t hate Rihanna in the least. It’s good for her pockets but she has zero integrity.

    Btw she’s estimated to sell 95-105K without streams


    Maybe if she hadn’t given it away for free these numbers would have been MUCH higher. But we’ll never know what she could have sold as honest sales now will we?

    • Cupid February 2, 2016

      Integrity? This is business! she made a business decision that wasnt about a chart position. Her sales won’t count toward billboard. I’m sure her team knew that but I dont think any artist, If smart business men, would turn down any person(s), company, etc buying 1 million copies of their album.TGJ is trying to shade Rih but it’s impressive that she still managed 100k

  16. CL says Hello Bi+ches February 1, 2016

    Peopl are so bitter

  17. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig February 1, 2016

    LMAOOO why did my SLAVE JustineSkyeHasDiarreah come hiding on this dry ass post when I was MUSHING her on Anti post. Why you running away from my lashings slave? You need to have hardcore factual receipts, which your blick skillet-ass does not. Your ass is mine everytime you come on here.

    • ???Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans??? February 1, 2016

      Please serve it on a platter, ma’am! And if the dragging ever gets too cold or warm, allow me to put it in the microwave and reheat it back up. A dragging should not and will never be given at the wrong temperature!! ?

      • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig February 1, 2016

        Kii yas hunny, and I peeped u draggin that racist stan for filth the other night. Chile I was inspired!

  18. Century February 1, 2016

    This is PR Fluff… There is a Behind the Scenes Tug of War going on Concerning Jay Zs Influence on Beyonces Future Projects and Rihannas , now that Rihanna is an Artist on Jays Label .

    Behind the scenes… Beyonces last Album …was rejected multiple times. When Beyonce released it at midnight it was WITHOUT Label Approval she received no budjet, every single song had been rejected.

    The album concepts right down to the midnight release where all a product of Jay Zs Influence.

    She released it on her own in an attempt to prove to the Label that they were wrong about the Material not being Market Worthy and Worth an Investment.

    Well…..What do you think, was it? , I can tell you it did not meet sales goals as was predicted, Beyonce only went further in the hole, it was considered a loss.

    The Turning point of Beyonces Market decline came as a result of her deciding to use having a Child as Marketing campaign. The end result was a Bizzare Stage Play and Alot of Bad Acting…

    Her Image and Market Value dropped severly because of it. Thus the Full Court Press at Damage Control . Thus her TV Special,On The Run Tour Videos, Interveiw with Katie Couric, and the release of Photos with Jay cupping her stomach….None of it worked , Market research shows the Majority of Americans believe she was never pregnant, the stigma of lying to her fans AND the public at large has had serious damage to her image.

    Her last attempt to fix her Public Image as result of the ( Pregnancy Fall Out) was, The” Beyonce Unauthorized Biography” ….This was NOT UNAUTHORIZED at all …and done with FULL COOPERATION of the Label.

    The Multiple leaked stories about Film and Televsion Opportunities that were Exposed as Untrue are a result of Beyonces Camp and Her Hollywood Talent Agency CAA. Her apperance at Ciaras Birthday Party as well as her Apperance on the Lip Sync Battle are Direct Products of CAA trying to Make Over Beyonce as Fun Loving and Not an Un Approachable Control Freak Diva . Beyonce was NOT on board with either of these but relented to Label Pressure. Beyonce felt the Lip Sync Battle Gig Mocked her Image… it almost didnt happen.
    Beyonces issues…. Behind the Scenes ….with Hollywood, stem from her Literacy Issues…and her Extreme measures to cover them up.

    This year you will discover that Rita Ora is not the only Artist Unhappy with Jays Roc Nation Label imprint. Rihanna and Kanye have been considering offers.

    • SLAYhanna February 1, 2016




      I’m curious to know who you are? If you aren’t somebody who actually works behind the scenes with Beyonce, where did you find this info?

    • Avi February 1, 2016

      ROFLMAO@you. Every word of that was a crock of s***, down to the horrific grammatical flubs and tragic sentence structure. This isn’t about Beyoncé, whose last album was released to a bevy of critical praise and widespread commercial acclaim. This is about Rihanna’s new album, which proved itself to be a colossal commercial dud out the gate. The industry lauded Beyoncé; they’re trying to not laugh at Rihanna. I know you’re embarrassed, frazzled, ashamed and in desperate need of a diversion, but miss me on this nonsense. K?

  19. Smile February 1, 2016

    Your hate/obsession with Rihanna is a bit scary.

  20. #JACKIE February 1, 2016

    Rihanna is DONE! There’s nothing her pitiful Navy can say or do to challenge that fact. Gaga is done too, but at least she has enough talent to dab in other ventures! LMAO! Rihanna can’t sit with Bey, Katy, Taylor, Adele or Justin. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

    • Rihboy February 1, 2016

      You have the nerve.

      • #JACKIE February 1, 2016

        No B**** you have the nerve to show your face around these parts after your talentless fav sold less than Ariana Grande.

    • Smile February 1, 2016

      2nd best selling female artist of ALL TIME. I think she’s doing perfectly fine. 😉

      • #JACKIE February 1, 2016

        No she isn’t sis.

      • HailBeysus February 1, 2016

        Lol y’all always quick to accept Rihanna’s record label pushed numbers but dismiss Mariah’s. Rihanna has round 200 million certified sales. Mariah 230 million. Rihanna’s inflated sales is 230 million Mariahs is 280 million.

      • King Mark111 /.\ February 1, 2016

        Mariah is not 200 million cert. It’s around the 180 to 190 cert. But the fact is Beyonce and Ciara is notwhere near the two ladies.

  21. ???Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans??? February 1, 2016

    Lol! Let him stay mad and pressed forever. Meanwhile, Kendrick’s album STILL doesn’t have the platinum stays he’s talking about and shading Rih for earning. He can have a special seat I picked just for him.

    • #JACKIE February 1, 2016

      But Kendrick has the RESPECT! Doesn’t he have 11 Grammy nominations? Was FRIHanna even considered?

      • ???Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans??? February 1, 2016

        #JACKIE, I love Ciara, so I’m not gonna even dare to bring her stats up and whether or not SHE was considered for the Grammy’s this year.

      • #JACKIE February 1, 2016

        Sis let’s stay on topic here. Kendrick > Rihanna.

    • Rosie February 1, 2016

      To Pimp a Butterfly was certified platinum today and will end up selling more without streams than Antichrist.

  22. Rosie February 1, 2016

    Rihanna (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) 95-105k album, 120-130k SPS
    wtf are these Honeymoon numbers?

    • King Mark111 /.\ February 1, 2016

      Anti is platinum. Where’s Floppymoon?

      • OMG Logic!!! February 1, 2016

        #Desperation #NavyLivesMatter #ANTI460

  23. CL says Hello Bi+ches February 1, 2016

    Markesia did the most and now rihanna is flopping. Truly a kii

  24. Rihboy February 1, 2016

    lol why are they so b*** hurt.? This is nothing but publicity. I’m living for all these @ she is getting. It will just make those who haven’t purchased more curious. Furthermore, how can they count sales for just two days.? Why not wait until the official week is over first. The album is still topping iTunes and physical copies haven’t been released yet. Why are we scurrying to drop numbers? When the album was free via tidal. Just doesn’t make much sense too me. Anyways I’ll be back when they give her a fair count in the next week and some change. Other than that there is nothing here for me. Billboard will be back next week recanting.

    • #JACKIE February 1, 2016

      Sis your ugly and delusional. Not a good combo.

  25. CL says Hello Bi+ches February 1, 2016

    This reminds me of the time the lambs did the most and M.I.A.M flopped.

    • OMG Logic!!! February 1, 2016

      When did we do the most? We knew damn well it wouldn’t sell well because there was no promo. What we did say was that it was a fantastic album (which it is). Not to mention that she had an incredibly successful tour for a flop album.

  26. CL says Hello Bi+ches February 1, 2016

    Lady Gaga ARTPOP era
    -RIAA clocks it 3 x platinum.
    -Billboard hot 100 – peaked at #4
    -RIAA has it platinum
    -billboard hot 100 – peaked at #13
    -WW sales – 2,500,000
    -Billboard 200 – #1
    -first week sales : 258000

    Rihanna Anti era
    *four five seconds
    – billboard hot 100 – peaked #4
    – RIAA has it 2x platinum
    – billboard hot 100 – peaked #15
    -RIAA has it at platinum
    *Anti album
    -Billboard 200 – non existent
    -first week prediction – 150k

  27. Antifakeass February 1, 2016

    Lol if it were Beyonce everyone will call this a revolution …so sad bih its Rihanna who change the thing here .not bey

    • HailBeysus February 1, 2016

      She changed nothing? The RIAA hasn’t even credited her. Especially not with them first week sales predictions. Has her album gone #1 in 100 countries yet like Adele and Bey? Their was nothing revolutionary about this. Jay Z done did his deal with Samsung first and was more successful. He dubuted with over 500k first week sales regardless of giving away 1 million albums. Rihanna gave her album away for free, did a surprise drop and sold 1million copies to samsung and still flopped.

      • Rihboy February 2, 2016

        jayz once again has been around a whole 20 years before rih. Why is that a fair comparison? You hive members need to go back to school. That’s not even a legitimate statement.

      • HailBeysus February 2, 2016

        Lmao what kind of self drag??? Keyword Here 20 year’s. He’s been around 20 year’s yet can still pull in half a million in album sales with 1 million given for free??? Not your fave doing Janet numbers who’s been around since the 80s. Not when Mariah has been arounf since 91 yet struggles to platinum now, when on average she sold around 12m an album. The years an artist’s has been around is not an excuse. Especially for one the biggest pop stars out right now. Just more excuses to mask the flop and all garbage and hate the Navi’s cocky asses threw!

  28. Antifakeass February 1, 2016

    On Tidal not itunes … so you cant compare both especially when Bey release her album with all those videos …people like visual if it were not the case the album wouldve flopped like 4 .
    Rih make big things on saving TIDAL and all the tidal owner with that moves.
    The samsung deal was a deal i dont know why people cant accept that …
    Rih change the thing by giving a surpise and free album on streaming services …
    Bey could never because she cant attract the general public like Rih.
    Hate her or like her there is no deny that Rihanna lend to curiosity

    • HailBeysus February 1, 2016

      Lol excuses. The navi ain’t getting off that easy. Not when they were saying Anti was topping Itunes and selling for $13 with needing 17 videos. We most def are going to compare. Tidal released a statement saying Anti sold 400k in its first 2 days and 13 million streams in 15hrs on their streaming service alone. Yet billboard has it for 460 albums sold 15k with streaming lol! Now 4 was a flop for Beyonce’s standards. But even with the album leaked 1 month in advanced she still manged numbers of over 300k first week sales. Anti is also being released to all platforms with estimated sales of 95k to 125k.

  29. Antifakeass February 1, 2016

    Estimation is not real numbers …and Rih top itunes that is real.. now those 460 thing were numbers for the 30 minute leak … not for one day nor even a week … next week we will have real numb from the past friday to the next .
    So i dont know why everyone is talking about estimated information …just wait for the real and official information …then nobody will be able to discuss

  30. Meteorite February 2, 2016

    Well, with these new rules Adele’s Reign won’t let up…

  31. xedos February 2, 2016

    All those artist who have problems with streaming counting to certification don’t accept the royalty free when the streaming company send it to cannot take the money but have a problem when it counts as sales

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