Inspired by the hip-hop mogul's Samsung deal, the RIAA's new policy brings digital album gold and platinum certifications in line with its digital singles policy.
The RIAA has heard Jay-Z's #newrules loud and clear.
The music industry's trade organization will update its policies to allow its digital album certifications to be handed out upon release date, rather than after the 30-day waiting period still applicable to physical releases.
"We think it's time for the RIAA ... to align our digital song and album certification requirements. That's why today we are officially updating this rule in our [Gold and Platinum] Program requirements," RIAA Communications and Gold & Platinum Program director Liz Kennedy wrote in a blog post.