Kanye Makes History with First Digital-Only Platinum Album

Released in February of last year, Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo has been streamed over 3 billion times worldwide and just hit 1.5 billion streams in the United States, making it the first album to be RIAA-certified platinum solely from streaming. The album was also available for sale on West’s website, but downloads contributed only 0.7 percent of its first-week units, and TLOP meets the “platinum” condition without those numbers.

Though The Life of Pablo made history as the first album to go platinum from streaming alone, the small number of actual album sales disqualified it from some records that were taken by Chance the Rapper’s May 2016 release, Coloring Book. That project is the first streaming-only album to chart in the Billboard Top 200 and the first streaming-only album to be nominated for or win a Grammy.

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