So Jay-Z lied about his album’s numbers. No surprise there. The aging rapper is known to stretch the truth about his numbers, including his age.

According to BuzzAngle, Jay-Z’s current album, 4:44, actually sold much less than 500,000 copies or downloads.

4:44 did not reach platinum status, despite the RIAA issuing him a platinum plaque for that photo op last month.

Jay-Z’s people claimed the rap mogul’s album was downloaded or streamed aver a million times in one week. But even that is a lie.

“The fact that 4:44 has sold so much less than 500,000 is startling,” writes Roger Friedman on his Showbiz411 blog.

According to BuzzAngle, 4:44 has sold a total of 264,100 albums. That includes CDs and downloads but not streaming. If you count in streaming, including singles, the number still comes only to 364,000.

This is a far cry from the 500,000 level that the RIAA requires for a gold record, and 1 million copies shipped for platinum. Still, the RIAA awarded Jay Z a platinum album based on private sales through Tidal streaming and direct deliveries to Sprint customers.

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  • Blue

    His bank account and net worth are unbothered by this post.

  • Kanyade

    yeah, but his ego might take a hit? yes? no? okay.

    *leaves*

    lol

  • Keesh5000

    Im sure he is not bothered by this post as well. They are giving away 6 months of free TIDAL and I listen to 4:44 over and over all day….Thanks Jay Z “SMILE”

  • MsVAllDay

    If he released it like every other normal artist we all could’ve downloaded it.

  • millz

    Really 6 months…what’s the catch

  • Please Stop The Madness

    Roger dragged his ass with them numbers.

    “If you count in streaming, including singles, the number still comes only to 364,000.”

    “The fact that “4:44” has sold so much less than 500,000 is startling. The money spent to promote it was huge. I guess the only way to make the money back is through Jay’s 360 deal with Live Nation. His tour starts soon, and they can hide the loss somewhere in there.”

    Somewhere, someone fukked up some commas. And it dont sound like its Roger

  • Keesh5000

    I think he is comfortable withn his ego at this point in his life.

  • hotntot95

    Yes!..Story of OJ and 4:44 goes hardt…

  • Keesh5000

    I like all the songs…especially Smile and Bam

  • Rayne

    Sprint gave it to us free. I didn’t want it.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    *dead*

  • mzwhang90210

    Meanwhile, in church 1 Sunday morning…

  • Kanyade

    Oh my God.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    I saw that shyt. Crazy

  • KarmaBackAround

    I am still deaddd weak off 50 sayin the album was golf course music lmaoooo..i hate 50 but that shyt was hilarious!

  • Kanyade

    He said, “they made it rain on Mother Gladys” LOL

  • KarmaBackAround

    ??????

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Been over Jay Z as an artist. For a long time.

  • interestingconcept1

    I really hope this is the last of this I cheated and I took you back because I’m a strong/weak man woman child bs albums.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Ummm….yeah. I’m not surprised by any alleged fraudulent activity involving Jay Z.

    I would like to know what is going on with this preacher that has been all in the news with Justin Bieber. What’s the 411

  • Please Stop The Madness

    +1

  • Smith Jane

    Sales and his “brand” are taking a hit. Being a consistent platinum artist IS his brand, which affects his networth (which is grossly inflated).

  • BlahBlahBlah
  • Kanyade

    “his ‘brand’ … taking a hit. Being a consistent platinum artist IS his brand…”

    yup.

  • sunni_daze

    Both of those joints jam.

  • HIS4EVA

    agree with others- not into his vanity music. However, if he embellished i dont think its hurting him much. *shrugs* haven’t heard one song on this album- ppl swearing on it like the bible.

  • Str8tUpMenace

    I haven’t heard any of the songs either. But, I just don’t have an interest in it. Soooooo

  • Solstice

    Chile…smh. Jesus just needs to come on back and end this foolery…

  • HIS4EVA

    lol

  • Str8tUpMenace

    I need to know who gave the ok for this

  • hotntot95

    Bam is the one with Damien Marley?…yes I like that one too…

  • soujourn_erets

    Good. May this be fall of his music career. May many artists follow suit.

  • Toni ToniToni

    I’ve been wondering the same about the BIEBS and Pastor. looks like they are about to Bleed him dry for all that they can before the RUSE is up. And they look a lil too CLOSE for comfort. Someone may be getting bent over. Not sure how to read it. The body language in that interview last week had me side eyeing them bammas. Looking like he is part of a cult of some sort…

  • Str8tUpMenace

    Damn. A Jay Z post and no keyboard thuggin???? No arguments???? Nothin???? Yall done got soft on me. *frowns and hangs head*

  • Toni ToniToni

    Don’t even matter if it only sold 500 copies. THAT BAMMA is STILL MEGA RICH! He got hat bag and have no WORRIES..

  • Dahl

    Lol @ the f****d up some commas comment ???

  • interestingconcept1

    +2

  • Wayup!

    This was his LEMONADE.. For the sake of time think of it as.. MALT LIQUOR…??.. It was alright…a few feel good beats.. Nothin special..?

  • Karen Brady

    Story of OJ!!!!!

  • hotntot95

    I love it..he so smooth on that track..I also like that u can understand wat the fu,*ck he says…no mumble mouth rap..lol

  • Please Stop The Madness

    I cant call him “Da Stabber” more than I already have here over the years. Dats normally what gets the people going.

  • HIS4EVA

    understand. heard some of the soulful sounds on the radio. just not interested in the content (his marriage).

  • Str8tUpMenace

    LMAO. Yes!!! Or call him ugly, a camel, or mention him mushing that chick in the face. Folks used to be mad at me over that, too. LMAO

  • Wayup!

    I feel you and agree 100% I could care less about his marriage some things need to be kept secret but these celebrities do anything for attention absolutely anything and it’s disgusting….?

  • V Dubb

    I’m sure he’s doing fine

  • Harley

    For real! Way Fine ok!

  • nick c

    Horrible album I wasn’t feeling it all he needs better production.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Jay Z stabbed a man and he’s a known drug dealer. They gave him that plaque out of fear.

  • imright

    love Hov, album wasnt all that great tbh ?????

  • mzwhang90210

    I hollered!

  • imright

    Meek album ( WINS & LOSSES) was wayyyy better than 444

  • Reina1718

    The plaque was fake too?

  • Reina1718

    U been his boo lol

  • SDot

    it will…..I haven’t bought it…but i hear good things.

  • Munchosgirl

    But he don’t have a 360 deal anymore…

  • Munchosgirl

    Manyfacedgods is my favorite.

  • hotntot95

    Going straight to to tidal to listen…

  • Shanese

    50 Cent is so petty lmao

  • MsPam

    +3

  • the guest

    50 told him dumb down for the folks because the folks are allergic to intellectualism. Jay Z is wealthy enough though to make music for the sake of art and intellect and those who appreciate the effort. Those who don’t have enough idiocy to choose from.

  • starbright9449

    I got nothing so I’m just gonna post this pic of Bey in a blue oversized shirt/wrapped dress thingy looking her best since she had the twins. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/24ef0acbc3d9860c46ee9243c226eb775374b9062a3cb85575e3e91849fa0041.png

  • Faithz

    I suppose Live Nations, isn’t over Jayz , He has signed another 200 Million ten year deal , to Tour, Albums ect. Jayz need yall, to buy his Music and come to his tours. Lol.

  • Faithz

    Yes he do, ,,Its a new deal.

  • ZZZ
  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Her knees as the same size as her thighs.

  • Soon2BWife

    People don’t buy music anymore at least not whole cds….no surprise here. The money comes from touring.

  • Mec-One

    That blog doesn’t have Tidals or Sprint actual numbers from the 1st week. They only posted the numbers from all platforms 2nd week until they wrote that …… so, they cannot say he’s lying …… why would the riaa be in on it?

  • Please Stop The Madness
  • starbright9449

    Lol I can’t take you today. She looking thickilicious.

  • dontgetblocked

    Jay Z is not the greatest.

  • No, you get over it

    I have several questions for the always petty SR and her unhealthy, love-hate obsession with Beyonce and JayZ:

    1) Who the hell is this source “BuzzAngle”? You mean while all of the credible, legitimate industry powerhouse outlets like Billboard, RIAA, Vibe, etc. acknowledge the album as certified platinum, your knock-off, off-brand, bottom shelf news source BuzzAngle is reporting his 2nd and 3rd week sales, which are public knowledge to anyone as total album sales and this is your smoking gun?

    2) Are you going to acknowledge that 4:44 was #1 on the Billboard charts for 2 weeks?

    3) Did Kanye put you up to this petty-Betty post? ???

  • Luvn_it

    Actually Nielson Soundscan who caculates the the numbers for Billlboard does not aknowledge those sales. And they are very credible seeing as they caculate music sales, how many ppl tune into a program on t.v , and other data.
    Buzzangle is also a credible music data source don’t assume just b/c you’ve never heard of it its a knock off. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/561e52cc8c890dcc925ad1c4358a5317e4235ea9ba7c54fea9f5f00509861300.jpg

  • Luvn_it

    If he had actually sold those albums Billboard would’ve aknowledged them in the article.https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c72e942784e3744ca200d4bab2bd5c736252fae283f02a16ac6312633f21868.jpg

  • Luvn_it
  • lovelygamour

    No one wants an album about kanye. His team shouldve left west outta it.

  • On the radar….

    Yep

  • On the radar….

    I hate when people say no one is buying cd’s anymore. Then comes Adele mofo ing ass and the bitch goes double platinum and shit. Kendrick Lamar flew off the shelves. Chance the Rapper killing it.

  • Mec-One

    The album was dropped on Tidal June 30th exclusively for those who had Tidal and/or Sprint. Billboard didn’t chart the album until the second week (7/7/17 – 7/13/17) when it opened up to other platforms and physical copies.
    The riaa gave the platinum status because the million units was part of the Sprint deal …….. similar to the deal Jay did with Samsung .

  • the guest

    Lol

  • the guest

    This deal is not a compliment to Jay Z cred and image.

    Let me explain why.

    A 200 million ten year deal for tours and albums given to a 50 year old MC makes the statement that Jay Z has become a “safe black” for corporations.

    Jay Z should be securing deals like new artists, then he would he would be the Business Man he claims and a pioneer of the future of rap.

    The problem with Jay Z is his ego gets in the way of business. He refuses to age gracefully and assume the role and power of an elder and instead he competes with the youth he inspired.

    Hip hop is an ageist culture. It was founded as a youth culture. Jay Z is symbolic of the elders and elderly of hip hop needing to know when and how to retire and allow the culture to renew.

  • datATLboi

    Rick Ross and 2 Chainz album was better IMO

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    OK, so he may not have reached the number through “traditional” means BUT he still reached the number.
    If I was him, that would be all I cared about too.

  • Kanyade

    aww cute dress.

  • Munchosgirl

    It’s a new deal yes but not a 360 deal as before…..In 2008, the two partnered for a decade-long agreement that saw the entertainment company offer Jay Z a deal that covered three albums, publishing and other business ventures — known commonly as a 360-deal — along with the launch of his Roc Nation imprint.

    The new deal will focus solely on his touring efforts, although the rapper and Live Nation will remain equity partners in Roc Nation.

  • Benita Renee’

    Wow Auntiee the hate is real…

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Girl, I’m used to it. The haters keep me motivated.

  • what?why

    Exactly!

  • Minkie Babie

    Hopefully this Live and Hip Hop album will show B she can do better.

  • No, you get over it

    Wrong. 80% of Kendricks sales are streaming and downloads. Adele only releases her music in CD form so her fans have no choice but to go out and buy a physical copy. Beyonce is the highest selling black female artist with Lemonade selling just over 3 million copies to date. Drake is the top selling black male artist, with Views selling about 4 million copies to date. Meanwhile Adele’s album is diamond with over 10 million sold. If 4 million is the top level for the highest selling black artist can you see the limitations they have to contend with in the industry? This is not about comparing or who we like or don’t like, just facts. At the end of the day no matter how popular a black artist is, they will still never reach a broader audience like white artists.

    Speaking of Hayz, his newest album definitely caters to a limited audience so him selling even 500,000 in a month beyond the initial download release is damn great. Anyway his album is certified platinum so not sure what the purpose is for this petty post except for to tear a black artist down like a crab in the barrel.

  • On the radar….

    If you don’t get yo bee hive ass out of here with that bullshit! Buzz off…

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    LOL! ?

  • No, you get over it

    Lol, I know idiot. That’s the only response your tiny mind and minuscule brain is capable of producing.

  • Amy

    I’m sorry you response was funny AF. Don’t ask me why I bust out laughing.

  • No, you get over it

    Yes, that article was written 2 weeks after the album release and tallies 2nd week sales. If you read SR petty write up, you will see it’s filled with inaccuracies, like her saying that the album didn’t go platinum when the download sales were certified platinum; and I went directly to the article she referenced and you can clearly see it’s an opinion piece.

  • Amy

    You came with facts. love it!

  • No, you get over it

    LOLLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!

    Ignorance is so funny we need to laugh at it! Ninja was so mad he-she was proven wrong that he couldn’t respond.

  • No, you get over it

    So did I! Do you love me too?

  • Keesh5000

    Just go download Tidal and sign on from your facebook and twitter…. Im taking full advantage…because I have paid for this service and when the 6 months are up…. I will pay each month because know I need Tidal FAREAL

  • Jefferey Franklin

    What’s sad is the man is so powerful in the music industry that this is all they have on him. Jay Z is Bono Status right now……and short of kill him there is nothing anybody can do about it……but make petty slanders about nonsense that relies on technicalities

  • Luvn_it

    The article I posted was from Billboard which was based on facts not opinions. And it may have been written 2 weeks after those were his 1st week sales. His album didn’t appear on the charts its 1st week b/c Tidal didn’t release the number and those Sprint download didn’t count as is stated clearly below. And you can easily check Billboard as far as they are concerned he has not sold a million albums. It was the same with the Rihanna situation the million that Samsung bought were not counted.https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/920299363d137a3274e604154a1528f2b2e9261ac73110f416a82229b4880c14.jpg

  • Luvn_it

    Billboard didn’t chart the album b/c Jay didn’t release the numbers from Tidal. If he would’ve released the numbers from Tidal to Nielson (the Sprint download wouldn’t have counted)the album would have appeared on the charts. Which makes you wonder why he didn’t report his first week numbers which he easily could’ve. Billboard or Nielsen weren’t stopping him from releasing those Tidal numbers.

  • daryl campbell

    That’s about right, they will inflate & deflate record sale numbers at will.

  • Mec-One

    At the end of the day billboard or nielsen means nothing in this new age of music sales and streaming.
    Hov obtained platinum status with a deal before he released his album for streaming, download, and physical sales. He’s proof artist don’t need billboard

  • Youngblood

    If it aint jay z,nas,or biggie,foxy,kim or remy.its bee,cee cee and ri ri they rest aint seeing me

  • Deb Roberson

    I thought Beyeelzebub’s album sold more…like Thriller album…no????…I mean Lemonade her FILLER album…anyway King Michael did it, he sold albums (still does) because the music is good… Anyway, I thought Beyowulf was “queen of the music industry”…no…”queen of the world”…If her music was better it would appeal to a broader audience and sell more…people still buy the music they WANT…ummmmm… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f7e49ea8677f118c6447adaf1cab21ad3fa19ed6f4e1418eff5772419021eca.gif

  • Deb Roberson
  • Deb Roberson

    How “convenient”…yeah it “means nothing” unless the artist is slaying…typical stan. Imo, doing a deal with Sprint was nothing short of being lazy and giving up…if anything JayZ needs his wife’s determination and work ethic. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/61bd14bdb5f34f5ed60a1151f10033ec9dcfb1b18a894bf774edaca5fa67cd5e.gif

  • Deb Roberson

    Yeah, money does come from touring…but JayZ didn’t REALLY get platinum level sales, so why claim it???…Some people still buy cds…some people still buy records…some people buy downloads…others “steal” it… anyway JayZ needs to retire. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5170893ae034f77f805759b1a18c9aa53c50ddbbefd61f1cc24f86c1862c1a6f.gif

  • Deb Roberson

    Who is we????

  • Deb Roberson

    Obviously not…if he fakes sales…will his ego let him retire? He has to tour with this new deal of his…then…he can’t retire right?…He will continue performing Big Pimpin’ 🙂
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/46953c8ba0868d68b8e783fdf546a57dd0837512c5cbaa09a79172415f83dd57.jpg

  • Mec-One

    “being lazy” …… “needs his wife’s determination & work ethic.” …… smh ….. them gifs not gonma save you. smh …… you’re looking real foolish out here making those claims. Dude been on his grind over 20 years ….. no way you get a deal like that being “lazy” …… tuck in that hate

  • Deb Roberson
  • Mec-One

    Do you make these yourself?