The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) will now include on-demand audio and video streams into its Gold and Platinum album certifications.
The RIAA announced Monday that it will now include streaming in determining an album’s Gold or Platinum status. Effective right this second, 1,500 on-demand audio and video streams will equate to one album sale, the organization said in a statement. (An album has to move 500,000 copies to achieve Gold status and 1 million for Platinum.)
This now means the benchmarks — 500,000 (Gold), 1 million (Platinum) and 2 million-plus (Multi-Platinum) — will factor in both sales and streams for album certifications. The modification follows a similar update made in 2013, when the RIAA started counting streams into its digital single certifications.
Seventeen albums reached new milestones Monday.
Alt-J, An Awesome Wave
Brett Eldredge, Bring You Back
Elle King, Love Stuff
Fifth Harmony, Reflection
Vance Joy, Dream Your Life Away
Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise
Coldplay, Ghost Stories
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Miranda Lambert, Platinum
Shawn Mendes, Handwritten
Michael Jackson, Thriller
Romeo Santos, Formula Vol. 2
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness