Kanye West, the rapper and producer behind some of the greatest Hip Hop songs to ever be published, has just earned his eighth platinum plaque. But this time, it was based entirely on streams of the record.
The Recording Industry Association of America reports that “The Life of Pablo” – Kanye’s 2016 album – has surpassed the 1,000,000 equivalent album units mark, in terms of online streams.
That means TLOP just went platinum. And according to Def Jam, it’s the first ever streaming-only album to do so. Back in April of 2016 the album was also the first to hit Billboards #1 spot based mostly off of streams.
TLOP joins The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Watch the Throne (with Jay Z), and Yeezus as plat plaque earners.
TLOP debuted on the chart by collecting 94,000 equivalent album units with approximately 28,000 units from pure sales.
The RIAA and Def Jam both took to twitter to announce the great news.
— RIAA (@RIAA) April 4, 2017
— Def Jam Recordings (@DefJamRecords) April 4, 2017
Despite what’s been happening in Ye’s personal life and everyone supposed “hate” for the legendary producer and rapper, numbers don’t lie. Everyone knows he still cooks up that dope.