Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ Album Is Already Platinum.

After only being out for a few days, Rihanna’s album, ANTI, has already been certified platinum by the RIAA
because of the way that Tidal and Samsung
executed the release. Since Samsung
purchased one million copies of the album
in advance that were then given away as a
free download, RIAA gave it the platinum certification. This is similar to what
happened when Jay Z released his Magna Carta Holy Grail album back in 2013, when Samsung bought copies in advance. Though the album is now available on
iTunes and has been streamed over 14 million times on Tidal, it’s unclear how many actual copies of the project Rihanna
will sell in the first week. It’s still probably
safe to assume that she will debut at No. 1
on the charts, but it’s unclear what her true
sales will be because Billboard isn’t
counting the million copies that Samsung purchased. Rihanna signed a $25 million
deal with Samsung last year, and they will
also sponsor her tour with Travi$ Scott next month. Physical copies of ANTI will be available for purchase Feb. 5 in both standard and deluxe editions.

Congratulations to @Rihanna! #ANTI is officially #RIAAPlatinum. @RocNation @TIDALHiFi pic.twitter.com/Dg6c6vDLmz — RIAA (@RIAA) January 29, 2016

Congratulations @Rihanna, #ANTI is now certified #RIAAPlatinum! Download from @TIDALHiFi: https://t.co/eT0grLC7vp pic.twitter.com/jyGAB7ENys — Roc Nation (@RocNation) January 29, 2016


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