JAY-Z’s ‘4:44’ Officially Certified Platinum By The RIAA

Published: Wednesday 5th Jul 2017 by Sam

JAY-Z has done it again!

The rap titan unleashed his 13th album ‘4:44’ last week and just five days later has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association America.

In bestowing the 47-year-old with the honor, the RIAA officially recognize the LP for shifting 1 million units – sold and/or streamed in the United States.

Jay, who welcomed twins with Beyonce last month, now has  13 Platinum (or higher) solo studio Album Awards in the US – more than any other hip hop artist in the history of RIAA’s Gold & Platinum Program.

He is also the only Hip-Hop artist with more than 10 RIAA Platinum (or higher) studio albums. Jay, real name Shawn Carter, also has 4 additional Platinum Album certs for collaborations with Kanye West, R. Kelly, and Linkin Park.

The company’s president Cary Sherman (photo’ed with Jigga above) said in a statement:

“Props to JAY, he’s done it again!  Another Platinum album adds to an already iconic career.”


Congrats are definitely in order.

That said, we can’t be alone in wondering “how” this was pulled off.

‘4:44’ arrived on TIDAL exclusively and the numbers are yet to be reported publicly.

Perhaps they’re incoming?

Time will (hopefully) tell.

Your thoughts?

[Photo credit: Jeff Kravitz]

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  1. Bianca July 5, 2017

    The same s*** happened with ANTI but he’s gonna get so much praise for this and nobody’s gonna remember side eyeing rih

    • Caleb July 5, 2017

      I remember though, for what it’s worth lmao.

    • TheOne July 5, 2017

      Exactly, and Sam’s b!!ch a$$ went in on Rih, but praises Jay? That’s why nobody takes this lame a$$ site seriously, and you’ll continue to lose followers.

      • RR July 5, 2017

        Dont be mad…. #PoliticsAsUsual! We dont ask why Britney is still around. The famous quote by Bill Gates is: The world is not fair, deal with it!!!

    • LISA LEVINE July 5, 2017


      • llawrence July 5, 2017


  2. Caleb July 5, 2017

    The RIAA has lost its damn mind.

    • DanYiel Iman July 5, 2017

      Forever MAD & it’s truly SAD!!

  3. DanYiel Iman July 5, 2017

    Wow that’s awesome 👏🏽, what he touches usually turns to gold or as the RIAA say PLATINUM!!

    • Tori July 5, 2017

      SHUT UP BEYONCÉ!!!!!!!!

  4. steve July 5, 2017


  5. Music lover July 5, 2017


    • Max July 5, 2017

      He sold his album in bulk to Sprint

  6. Tru Voice July 5, 2017

    If we praise him, PRAISE RIHANNA!!! You can’t pick and choose. They did the same thing.

  7. 👧 + ✈ = 💀 July 5, 2017

    What kind of fraudyonce mess is this?

    • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~tyler July 5, 2017

      Beyonce would never! Frih has tho kii

      • gina July 5, 2017

        cuz beyonce is too busy buying awards…

  8. The Empress of Popular Music July 5, 2017

    Jay-Z is legendary and one of the greatest hip-hop artists ever. Why does he have to continually cheat the system in such obvious ways to feel successful and relevant? He will always be relevant, and he doesn’t have anything else to prove. Everyone affiliated with him – Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye, etc. – are on that BS to cheat the systems when their iconic statuses will always be relevant and never threatened.

    • SMH July 5, 2017

      Which is why none of them have legitimate iconic statuses. They’re all frauds. Real Icons don’t have to cheat the system.

    • Dev July 5, 2017

      Hype my friend, With the Likes of Kendrick, J Cole and even Kanye having such crossover appeal he wants to retain his status and not be seen as a has been but an artist who still has it. (J. Cole and Kendrick are doing it with little to no promo)
      I read only today that Snoop said that he had to listen to a bootleg version of the album and Snoop is….well Snoop, so if he had trouble obtaining a copy how the hell….

      I also agree with the Rihanna statements.

  9. SMH July 5, 2017

    Certified “platinum”, yet wasn’t available for purchase physically or digitally.

    Yeah, ok. New Generation payola in full effect. This is why I don’t take him or his stepford wife seriously. They can’t accomplish anything without pulling out their check books. Mess.

    • llawrence July 5, 2017


  10. gina July 5, 2017

    he buys his sales, his wife buys her awards. the most crooked and fraudulent couple in history.

    • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~tyler July 5, 2017

      And your fave purchases her own plaques and certifications just like her boss lol . Soo…..

      • gina July 5, 2017

        and your fraudulent fave purchases her awards and sales just like her husband/slavedriver sooo….

  11. 2bad2bme July 5, 2017

    issa popularity thing!

  12. Dopecommentsbymarc242 July 5, 2017

    I love Jay z album but where was it for purchase? It’s not in stores or on a iTunes so I don’t understand

    • llawrence July 5, 2017


      • Dev July 5, 2017

        But you had to have a Tidal account before a certain date to benefit, there was an article about this because Mark Ronson said that he had signed up to TIDAL but couldn’t listen to the album because the time period. Also, there was an article stating that there was a TIDAL link that was giving the album away for free for a period of time.

  13. Theman July 5, 2017

    Fake lol

  14. Applause July 5, 2017

    Gaga would never. Jay looks desperate.

    Wont be suprised when Bey and Rih do this with their next albums

  15. FAF July 5, 2017


    • Pat July 5, 2017

      I agree. Never will I judge low sales again!

  16. Jeans July 5, 2017

    How is it platinum, but not for sale? Is this mainly streams? Confusion lives.

    • llawrence July 5, 2017


  17. Meme July 5, 2017

    This is a disgrace.

  18. Fifi July 5, 2017

    Certifications are boring and easy now, they don’t mean s***.

  19. Jake July 5, 2017

    Y’all remember when Sam tried to draaaaaag Rihanna for this and now he’s praising Jay Z?

    this website is HILARIOUS

  20. Remey July 5, 2017

    Why does this have to be about cheating the system? These creative ways are clever ways to get your music out to a generations of people who are very fragmented in how they access their music. Jay-Z know not many people are on Tidal still, so it helps promote his venture while also investing in it too (re: Sprint customers having access to the album for free through free access to Tidal). Y’all don’t think like businessman. You all make it about your favs slaying. Smh. Go to school peeps.

  21. Okayyyy July 5, 2017

    I think it’s lame for both Rihanna and Jay to do it. But Rihanna is a popstar in her prime and she’s never done over 300k first week. She really shouldn’t be doing the same deals as veteran, supposedly “has been” artists. If she has to take the same measures as someone who’s old enough to be her father with a career twice as long as hers, that’s a problem.

  22. Honestly Truly July 5, 2017

    Streaming that’s how

    • Caleb July 5, 2017

      That many people are streaming with Tidal though?

  23. Metzo July 5, 2017

    Lmaooo. Anti Tess. What a shame. Payola at beat

    • Metzo July 5, 2017

      Autocorrect 😓

  24. JOHNVIDAL July 5, 2017

    LOL The industry is a joke now. Only person moving huge real numbers is Adele. This is a total “Anti” move 🙂

  25. Gee July 5, 2017

    Props to all the artists selling albums without the aide of companies buying a certain amount of albums for certifications. Big up to the Adele’s Taylor’s Kendrick ‘s and J.Cole’s of the world. Jay-Z is a fraud who cheats the system because his ego will not allow him to flop with dignity and gracefully.

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