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Thanks To A New RIAA Rule Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean & More Artists' Albums Get Bumped To Platinum

A new rule counts streaming when tracking album sales. 

There's a new methodology in the music industry that is going to boost a lot of artists' ranks. The RIAA CEO, Cary Sherman, recently announced that the agency has lifted its 30-day waiting period for an album's eligibility for certification. Under this new rule, RIAA will count streaming when tracking album sales.

While recent albums including Rihanna's ANTI have already reaped the benefits of the new rule, raking in 13 million streams as part of its platinum status, there are a number of artists who are getting bumped to gold and platinum levels.

The new change welcomes 17 more albums and artists to the club, including highly acclaimed albums such as Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly and Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise, both of which are now platinum. And even better news for The Weeknd and Michael Jackson, their respective albums, Beauty Behind The Madness and Thriller have been moved up to 2x platinum and 32x diamond, respectively.

Under this policy streaming will not be counted individually. RIAA recognizes every 1,500 audio or video streams as 10 equivalent sales. With this new rule, there's expected to be an additional group of artists added to the platinum wall of fame.

Congrats Kendrick, Weeknd, and Big Sean! Read the extended list of newly platinum and gold artists.

32X Diamond: Michael Jackson — Thriller
2X Platinum: The Weeknd — Beauty Behind the Madness
Platinum: Big Sean — Dark Sky Paradise
Platinum: Coldplay — Ghost Stories
Platinum: Hozier — Hozier
Platinum: Kendrick Lamar — To Pimp a Butterfly
Gold: Elle King — Love Stuff
Gold: Fifth Harmony — Reflection
Gold: Halsey — Badlands
Gold: Wale —  More About Nothing
Gold: Wale — Ambition

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According to a press release, Janelle Monae and Cardi B are among the first performers announced to hit the stage for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10.

Monae is up for two honors including Album Of The Year for Dirty Computer, while Cardi could win a total of five awards, including Best Rap Album and Album Of The Year for Invasion Of Privacy. The Wondaland artist performed "We Are Young" with the group .fun during the 55th Annual ceremony, and the Bronx-bred MC rapped alongside Bruno Mars during a performance of "Finesse" at last year's big event. Both Dirty Computer and Invasion Of Privacy were named to the list of VIBE's Best Albums of 2018.

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"The 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for the Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer, Ben Winston is executive producer, Louis J. Horvitz is director, Chantal Sausedo is the talent producer, and David Wild and Ehrlich are the writers," said the statement.

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A$AP Rocky Comments On R. Kelly: "He Needs To Be Dealt With"

A$AP Rocky stopped by Angie Martinez's Power 105.1 radio show to discuss his annual Yams Day celebration in honor of deceased A$AP Mob member, A$AP Yams. The event will take place Thursday (Jan. 17) at the Barclays Center.

While discussing the special guests that will take the stage, Rocky said that his "brother" French Montana is one of the MCs who will be there. When asked about French's recent comments about R. Kelly, Rocky decided to put his two cents in on the highly-publicized sexual misconduct allegations against the Pied Piper of R&B.

"Can I say something about that?" said Rocky when queried abut French's take on Kelly's legacy.  "I think [French] had a Kanye moment where he was trying to articulate something and his delivery just wasn't right. I think what he was trying to say was people like Bill Cosby, people like R. Kelly, [they] build up this legacy for a long time, and it just gets taken away."

Rocky continued by bringing up Kelly's marriage to the then-underage Aaliyah, expressing shock that her age on their marriage certificate was forged.

"Don't get me wrong- do I know if R. Kelly is a rapist and all that other stuff? It seems like he is," he exclaimed. "I mean, like he married Aaliyah when she was, like, 15... He married Aaliyah at 14, 15… how old was he when that alleged video came out? Too g*d damn old. I look at it like this. If that man has a sickness, he needs to be dealt with. He done beat the court dates… it goes to show the whole system is corrupted… R. Kelly was the King of R&B… and this motherf**ker now is known for being a sex pedophile.”

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Since Donald Trump's inauguration two years ago, YG has been a staunch opposer of No. 45. The Compton native has amplified his stance through public statements to recording his disdain on the 2016 single "FDT" which stands for "F**k Donald Trump."

Now, on Jan. 15, the Still Krazy rapper took to Twitter to alert the masses that the "FDT" follow-up is on the way. The message, which went viral with over 20,000 retweets, ignited a wave of excitement within fans. Although YG released another part of the song featuring G-Eazy and Macklemore, details are still a little murky as to the exact type of content or format his rumored melody will entail.

When the original "FDT" was released, YG claimed the Secret Service contacted his record label, Def Jam, to review more lyrical content on his album. In an interview with Rolling Stone, YG said, "The Secret Service started calling in about the song when it got released. The song didn’t release through Def Jam; we just leaked it. So then, weeks passed. I’m turning in my album and the song was. … It’s goin’ crazy. I saw that and I’m like, 'Damn. I need to put this on the album.' We had to censor damn near a big part of the song. But I did it because the record was important. I’m like, 'Man, this sh*t got to be on the album. F**k it.”

"FDT" was eventually turned into a national tour with the proceeds benefiting victims of police brutality. "Like, we was just trying to really make the tour mean something real besides the 'F**k Trump' thing, because I don't want nobody to think I'm just trying to do this to capitalize off what's going on and his name," he said. "It's like nah, like I'm really out here for the people. And I'm gonna show y'all in so many different ways."

FUCK DONALD TRUMP 2 BOMING SOON

— STAY DANGEROUS (@YG) January 15, 2019

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