Jay-Z Shares 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' Artwork; RIAA Changes Platinum Certification Rules Ahead of Album Release
Published Jul 02, 2013Piece by piece, Jay-Z has been filling in the gaps behind his Magna Carta Holy Grail LP, and now, two days before its July 4 due date, the rapper has revealed its especially minimalist artwork. You can peep the script-based simplicity of it all up above.
As previously reported, the digital LP has already sold one million units, but there's been some discussion as to whether or not the album deserves to be classified as a platinum release in the U.S. Billboard, for instance, announced last week that it wouldn't consider the million copies sold to Samsung, who will in turn give the downloads out for free to Galaxy users, as part of the official tally due to its promotional nature.
"Had Jay-Z and Samsung charged $3.49 — our minimum pricing threshold for a new release to count on our charts — for either the app or the album, the U.S. sales would have registered. But in the context of this promotion, nothing is actually for sale," Billboard wrote.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), meanwhile, has updated its format in light of Magna Carta Holy Grail. The company has decreed that online album sales are now eligible on the release date, meaning an LP's certification will not have to undergo a 30-day waiting period. The tracking of physical sales, however, will remain the same.
"Not only do we believe it's sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those we have maintained for digital singles since the program's inception, we also consider today's move in line with our larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music marketplace," Liz Kennedy, the director of the RIAA's Gold & Platinum Program, said in a statement.