Top Dawg Entertainment vocalist SZA has made quite the splash with her Grammy-nominated debut studio album, CTRL. Already spawning three big hits, the album was recently certified platinum.

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Prior to last Tuesday, no artist had gone platinum this year, a new low for the music industry given the current fiscal year. Then, Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album 1989 happened and a Nielsen SoundScan shockwave occurred.

Obtaining a platinum album in any musical genre isn’t easy but in 2014, it’s damn near impossible.

In a strange twist of a fate, the current generation of rappers has spawned more superstars but less viable artists in terms of record sales.


Charlamagne Tha God will forever express his disdain for the album but Kanye West’s sixth solo studio effort in Yeezus has gone platinum according to the RIAA’s guidelines.

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Lil Wayne is going to have to settle for second place. The YMCMB rapper’s latest LP, I Am Not  A Human Being II, sold about 217,000 units its first week, which will land it at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Who is number one? Justin Timberlake. 

Justin Timberlake, News

Who said consumers don’t buy albums anymore? Justin Timberlake‘s third album, The 20/20 Experience, will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart tomorrw, selling almost a million copies its first week in stores.

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Over 1,000,000 units have been poured up for Kendrick Lamar, as his lead single “Swimming Pools (Drank)” has gone platinum. 

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“When you say something as vague as ‘Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t,’ how do you take that as a disrespect, a response.  If we did look at the numbers, you’d see I did his career, my first two records.” For some reason, when Jay-Z says something, other rappers seem to almost get a little […]