Big Sean's 'Dark Sky Paradise' and Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' is now certified platinum due to the new RIAA rules that were established just today (Feb. 1).
In a press statement, RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said the company will now count streams towards album sales, which allowed both releases to hit that highly coveted platinum mark.
'For nearly six decades, whether it's vinyl, CDs, download or now streams, the Gold & Platinum Program has adapted to recognize the benchmarks of success in an evolving music marketplace,' he stated.
'We know that music listening for both albums and songs is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications ... Music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold & Platinum Awards,' added Sherman.
Quickly, Sean took to Twitter to thank fans for 'Dark Sky Paradise' going platinum, and he said the news is that much sweeter, because people expected the album to fail.
'D--- near tears of joy in my eyes,' he wrote. 'We worked very hard for this one. From the beginning to now ... From the albums, mixtapes, killing features, etc.'
'People counted us out, and we ended coming back stronger than ever with this album, and I'm just grateful. Grateful for the fans who stuck with us and supported us through thick and thin. Ye, for giving a kid from Detroit a shot and just believing in me,' added the G.O.O.D. Music signee.
Kendrick has yet to make a statement about the platinum certification, but you can read Sean's entire post below
Damn near tears of joy in my eyes! We worked very hard for this one. From the beginning to now. We ended coming back stronger than ever w/ this album and I'm just grateful! Grateful for the fans who stuck with us and support us through thick n thin, Ye for giving a kid from Detroit a shot n just believing in me, Def Jam, Roc Nation and everyone involved that had something to do with this project. I'm better than I ever been and I can't wait to give u more! It's nothing but love over here and we promise to give you our best. Thank you GOD! IDFWU 3x Plat, Blessings 2x Plat, One Man-Gold, I Know-Gold, Paradise- Gold, Dark Sky Paradise #platinum thank you 🙏🏾