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Fantasia (@TasiasWord) Feat Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) & Kelly Rowland (@KellyRowland) – Without Me

Fantasia links up with Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott for her brand new visual Without Me. This track appears on Fantasia new album Side Effects Of Me, which is available for purchase on iTunes.


“The purpose of life is not ONLY to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.”
-Leo Rosten

Prodigy (@PRODIGYMOBBDEEP) The Breakfast Club Interview

Prodigy makes his return to The Breakfast Club with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God. Prodigy talks about his new book, his new album Albert Einstein, being independent, squashing the beef with Havoc, his new clothing line, the new Mobb Deep album.

B.O.B. (@bobatl) Feat 2 Chainz (@2chainz) – Headband

B.O.B. links up with 2 Chainz to for the official video for his single of Headband produced by DJ Mustard. B.O.B. new album titled Underground Luxury, is set to be release later on this year.

Silent Dj (@SilentDJ) Sleeper Of The Week: iDwayne (@idwaynemakehits) – Going Down

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SoundCloud: iDwayne- Going Down

Its Monday once again and that means its that its time for Silent Dj Sleeper Of The Week. This week pick is Going Down by iDwayne produced by Aj Beatz. Once Again don’t forget hit up Silent Dj on Global14 for more $ilent Dj sleepers.


RIAA Goes Digital, Jay-Z (@S_C_) Samsung Sales Of MCHG Will Count

Everyone knows that Samsung has purchased one million Jay-Z “Magna Carta Holy Grail” digital albums to be given away to the phone maker’s customers. It is a novel and creative marketing move and it has rightly stimulated a healthy conversation about the sale’s meaning and implications for the modern music business.

One of our program’s requirements is that an album can become eligible for certification 30 days after release date. (There are other rules, of course – such as requiring that the price of the album meet certain requirements.) The 30-day rule exists to take into account potential returns of physical product – CDs, cassettes, vinyl, etc. that could be shipped to brick and mortar retailers and returned, in which case our auditors do not count the sales.

When we first created the Digital Single Award in 2004, we elected not to impose any 30-day rule because there are very few digital returns. According to our auditing firm, digital returns on average account for less than two percent of sales included in reports provided by the labels for certification – most digital retailer Terms of Use/Service allow users to return products only under limited circumstances.

Also at the time in 2004, sales of digital albums were virtually non-existent and accounted for a small fraction of overall digital sales. Fast forward a decade and that’s obviously no longer the case.

We think it’s time for the RIAA – and Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman – to align our digital song and album certification requirements. That’s why today we are officially updating this rule in our G&P Program requirements. Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.

Not only do we believe it’s sensible and logical to align digital album rules with those we have maintained for digital singles since the program’s inception, we also consider today’s move in line with our larger efforts to modernize the G&P Program to reflect the new music marketplace. In May we announced the integration of on-demand streams to the program to more broadly recognize online demand for songs.

The reality is that how fans consume music is changing, the music business is changing as labels and artists partner with a breathtaking array of new technology services, and the industry’s premier award recognizing artists’ commercial achievement should similarly keep pace. In short, we’re continuing to move the 55-year-old program forward and it’s a good day when music sales diversification and innovative strategies meet the RIAA’s time-tested, gold standard requisites for certification.

Liz Kennedy
Director, Communications and Gold & Platinum Program, RIAA