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Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye

Big one for the HOV culture!

Rap god, JAY-Z’s 4:44 album has been reported to have gone platinum in only 5 days since its release, and this is despite having recorded about 3 million illegal downloads.

Going platinum simply certifies that a record has been sold 1 million times.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has announced that 4:44 has gone platinum less than a week after the its release.

Though critics argue that the album, 4:44 was released on June 30th exclusively to Tidal subscribers and Sprint customers and anyone who hadn’t signed up for Tidal prior to the album’s release wasn’t able to listen to it, unless they were also a Sprint customer, therefore it’s almost impossible for it to go platinum.

The RIAA however says, ‘Props to JAY, he’s done it again! 4:44 Certified Platinum. Another Platinum album adds to an already iconic career’.

Back in 2013, Jay Z sold a million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail to Samsung to give to Samsung Galaxy users for free, prompting the RIAA to change its rules to allow the Samsung downloads to count toward certification as soon as the album was released.

Magna Carta Holy Grail also went platinum.

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