Kanye’s TLOP is the first RIAA-certified Platinum Streaming Only Album

“The Life of Pablo” was released on Valentine’s day 2016 (February 14th, 2016), and was exclusive only to the Jay-Z owned Tidal streaming service, but later became available to all the other major streaming services on March 31st, 2016, landing it at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.

Billboard reports that TLOP just hit 1.5 billion streams in the United States alone and 3 billion streams worldwide. Based on the US sum alone, it is certified RIAA platinum as 1500 on-demand audio/video streams counts as 1 certification units, which totals 1 million RIAA certification units.

The RIAA double confirmed this via twitter on April 4th, 2017, congratulating Kanye West on this achievement.

The RIAA is yet to update the information on their website, but we expect that to happen sooner rather than later.


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