RIAA Adds Streams To Album Certifications; 17 Albums Reach New Certification Levels

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

Halsey, Badlands

Vance Joy, Dream Your Life Away

Wale, Ambition


Big Sean, Dark Sky Paradise

Coldplay, Ghost Stories

Hozier, Hozier

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 

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