The 4.44 album is Hov's 13th studio album and he received his 13th platinum plaque on Wednesday from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). However, by July 2, the album was also offered as a free download - sponsored by Sprint - via the web site 444.tidal.com.
Not all of 4:44's sale numbers came from Tidal streams. "Another Platinum album adds to an already iconic career", RIAA CEO Cary Sherman said in a statement. It's expected that an audience of millions tuned in There was also a continuous online streaming channel that ran for the day of June 30.
The "4:44" album will hit record stores and other streaming services Friday. (As of 2014, 1,500 song streams equals ten tracks, which equals one album.) Roc Nation is reportedly calling 4:44's platinum status the result of pure streams, which, if true, would be especially impressive considering 4:44's initial exclusivity.
The US electronics ban has been lifted from Abu Dhabi International Airport
Emirates, the long-haul carrier based in Dubai, has slashed 20 percent of its flights to America in the wake of those decisions. Abu Dhabi International Airport did not respond to a request for comment.
Snoop Dogg is sharing how he listened to JAY-Z's new album without having Tidal! In addition, the album is available internationally to both existing and new Tidal subscribers/free trials, but the RIAA only counts USA distribution towards its gold and platinum certifications.
If you recall, something similar happened with Jay's last album.
"I went to iTunes looking for his album and I couldn't find it", the rapper continued.