May 9, 2013
RIAA Will Now Include Digital Music Streaming Towards Gold & Platinum Certification
Today the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that they will now count digital music streaming towards gold, platinum, and diamond certification. Streaming avenues such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker and more will now be factored into the success of an artist's single or album. They will also take into account video streaming from websites such as Youtube, VEVO, Yahoo! Music and more.
The CEO of RIAA, Cary Sherman, released an official statement regarding the associations decision to count digital streaming towards gold, platinum and diamond certification.
"Including music streaming in Gold & Platinum awards marks the continued evolution of the industry’s premier program for recognizing artistic achievement, and it reflects the wide spectrum of ways consumers enjoy music from their favorite bands. The music business, along with its incredible array of digital service partners, is offering fans more access to music than ever before. We’re thrilled that our awards will now more fully recognize artists’ commercial success today."