RIAA counts online streams
2013-05-09 by Mabbitt | 49 Comments

The RIAA now will count Youtube, Spotify, Rdio, and other online plays towards an album's certification. 100 plays on an online streaming source now counts as equivalent to one album sale. This change has already caused certain albums to receive new certifications, including Adele's "Rolling in the Deep", The Black Keys "Lonely Boy", Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", M83's "Midnight City", and Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean"

http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/05/streaming-now-counts-toward-gold-and-platinum-album-certification/

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Shimana
May 9th 2013

539 Comments


Good thing for musicians i guess

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2013

18002 Comments


not like it matters anyways

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halloway
May 9th 2013

684 Comments


Awesome.

Hopelust
May 9th 2013

943 Comments


Oh how the world is changing.

Surtur
May 9th 2013

512 Comments


Wow... dunno if I like the idea of this, but I guess this would be quite good for the artists.

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ILJ
May 9th 2013

6614 Comments


that's kinda cool



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MunsuLight
May 9th 2013

551 Comments


So PSY and his single Gangnam Style will receive diamond only on Youtube streaming? It doesn't really matters[2]

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2013

9033 Comments


I think this is pretty cool, albeit insignificant

Anthracks
May 9th 2013

3665 Comments


should count scrobbles

VisceralUproar
May 9th 2013

161 Comments


Billboard did the same thing. That's how "Harlem Shake" got to the top of the charts despite having only a modest number of
downloads (and plays on YouTube for the full song, but the clips people danced to counted for some ridiculous reason.)

Uranium
May 9th 2013

7043 Comments


well this is awesome for musicians

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 9th 2013

49741 Comments


I have 3 cats

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killerscene
May 9th 2013

6 Comments


good for michael

theacademy
May 9th 2013

28225 Comments


WE MUST NOW STREAM THE LAURA STEVENSON


THE LAURA STEVENSON MUST BECOME PLATINUM


WE MUST NOW STREAM EVERYBODY DOES THEIR PART: 1000 STREAMS A DAY

ShadowRemains
May 9th 2013

20223 Comments


lol

thumbcrusher
May 9th 2013

3569 Comments


did they just pluck 100 out the air or what

Hopelust
May 9th 2013

943 Comments


Seems that way, really. I think it should be more.

Dreakon
May 9th 2013

349 Comments


I guess this is what they do when they aren't suing people.

theacademy
May 9th 2013

28225 Comments


hadouken! are def going to go platinum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo0Cazxj_yc

theacademy
May 9th 2013

28225 Comments


make that two times platinum!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6XUVjK9W4o

Calc
May 9th 2013

11936 Comments


this is completely arbitrary....a sale is a sale. FREE streams are not sales.

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RobbaqPL
May 9th 2013

156 Comments


Well, from now on the charts are gonna be... off the charts.

theacademy
May 9th 2013

28225 Comments


Hadouken!

bloc
May 9th 2013

34660 Comments


How did they calculate these conversions? Why 100 streams as opposed to 50?

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Uranium
May 9th 2013

7043 Comments


this is completely arbitrary....a sale is a sale. FREE streams are not sales."

Ya but people get paid for youtube subscribers and hits and whatnot. I think this is just the next step in the future of marketing since physical sales of music are becoming futile and everything is becoming digital.

RobbaqPL
May 9th 2013

156 Comments


Well, Spotify gives some cents or fractions of a cent to the artist for every listen... Maybe they get as much money for a hundred streams as they would get for the single on iTunes or something like that. Don't know about the other sources.

EaglesBecomeVultures
May 9th 2013

5180 Comments


hahahahaha yeah because riaa certifications are still relevant

they realized they lost the battle and are now playing catch up

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EaglesBecomeVultures
May 9th 2013

5180 Comments


seems like everything i listen to these days is on bandcamp and i love it

fuck record companies

skoopy48
May 9th 2013

1429 Comments


This is stupid, viral dancing songs are gonna go diamond

TrstN01
May 9th 2013

800 Comments


Sweet I've got like 10 album sales now

ShadowRemains
May 9th 2013

20223 Comments


This change has already caused certain albums to receive new certifications


c'mon people

these are singles, not albums

NeoSpaz
May 9th 2013

4517 Comments


ugh here we go

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
May 9th 2013

1973 Comments


RIAA: Trying to remain relevant.

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halloway
May 9th 2013

684 Comments


"Ya but people get paid for youtube subscribers and hits and whatnot. I think this is just the next step in the future of marketing since physical sales of music are becoming futile and everything is becoming digital."

Bingo.

NickGrouwen
May 9th 2013

80 Comments


These are singles, not album? What's up?

Lambda
May 9th 2013

2405 Comments


Time to start refreshing pages constantly

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GringoSuave89
May 9th 2013

1009 Comments


Pirate to spite them.

but honestly I find this to be stupid. Whatever flavor of the month song will spike then taper off. Now album certification means even less.

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oldsoul
May 9th 2013

71 Comments


I find it hard to equate streams to sales - I mean, I see how it works in relation to the artist accumulating a sum of money, but something about this doesn't sit well with me.

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EaglesBecomeVultures
May 10th 2013

5180 Comments


pretty soon artists won't even have to make entire albums if they can just make ringtones instead

henryChinaski
May 10th 2013

2680 Comments


Interesting.

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PumpBoffBag
May 10th 2013

327 Comments


I think this is quite a good idea but I'm not sure if it's fair to count the sort of passive streaming that goes on constantly, so I'm conflicted on this.

sniper
May 10th 2013

18929 Comments


everybody go stream godspeed songs until they go platinum

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sniper
May 10th 2013

18929 Comments


they should really have just made new charts for streaming that are unrelated.

BrieLarson
May 10th 2013

460 Comments


Wouldn't however many songs are on the album being the required number for how many streams would make one album make the most sense?

sniper
May 10th 2013

18929 Comments


no.

theacademy
May 10th 2013

28225 Comments


lets also make brie larson a platinum record

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bvYRlv7XCw

nbmatt
May 10th 2013

39 Comments


I'd like to congratulate Keyboard Cat and He-Man for their gold records.

Spec
May 10th 2013

27051 Comments


mmm not sure about this

sniper
May 10th 2013

18929 Comments


there should just be a separate certification system based on streaming.



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