Rihanna

As you know, Rihanna‘s eighth studio album, ANTI (pronounced “Auntie”), supposedly leaked “accidentally” on Jay Z‘s flop music streaming app, TIDAL.

After the 27-year-old Bajan singer feigned outrage on social media, she provided a link for her social media followers to download the entire album for free.

Well, just 24 hours later, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced Rihanna’s album had gone platinum.

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Nelly Jay Z Diddy

It pays to have friends in high places with deep pockets: money changes everything.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has changed its rules to allow albums given away for free to be counted in Jay Z’s total sales. Electronics giant Samsung recently announced a $20 million sponsorship deal with the aging rapper. The deal immediately began paying dividends for the father-of-two when Samsung bought 1 million advance copies of his soon-to-be released album Magna Carta Holy Grail, which drops on July 4.

SAmsung will give away the albums for free to users who download a radio app to their Samsung smartphones. The 1 million in advanced sales put a quick $5 million in Jay Z’s back pocket. The RIAA originally said the adavance sales would not count toward Jigga’s total sales. Then he took to Twitter to pitch a fit and the RIAA gave in to his demands. In defending its decision to count Jay Z’s giveaways as sales, the RIAA released a long, wordy explanation which basically says that digital sales are a new frontier that allows for “new rules.”

Read an excerpt of the RIAA’s statement after the break.

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