RIAA Issues Open Letter Addressing Jay-Z’s Samsung Deal And Some New Rules

Originally posted on AllHipHop.com:

The following was originally published on RIAA.com.

By now, many of us in the music business, as well as Jay-Z fans, know that Samsung has purchased one million “Magna Carta Holy Grail” digital albums to be given away to the phone maker’s customers.  It is a novel and creative marketing move and it has rightly stimulated a healthy conversation about the sale’s meaning and implications for the modern music business.   

For us, the move prompted a re-examination of our historic Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program award rules.  As we dug through the records of audits, re-reviewed rules and consulted with our auditing firm of more than thirty years, Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman, we discovered one rule disparity that no longer makes sense. 

One of our program’s requirements is that an album can become eligible for certification 30 days after release date. (There are other rules, of course – such as…

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