She's all about the streaming.
The web is buzzing after Nicki Minaj has gone on another rampage over her belief that streaming should count in the music industry towards album milestones. Minaj is claiming her album "The PinkPrint" is triple platinum however, it's far from it. Everyone is taking notice because Minaj is never one to sit quietly and let the world pass by. Minaj posted a very frank and factually incorrect Instagram post that caused many raised eyebrows.
"nickiminaj#1YearOfThePinkprint this album is now TRIPLE platinum worldwide (3.3 Million), even though we have to wait for a March court date to be credited for tracks & streams. Some artists removed their work off Spotify and other services of that nature, but for the ones who did not, we have to be patient for justice in our industry & it finally looks like it's coming. This judgement, when passed, will work retroactively so that we can receive our plaques, etc for all of the free music given away on these services. On Spotify alone, the sales of this album is 1.4 Million worldwide. The music business doesn't really seem designed to reward our culture with the sales & accolades we deserve, as we don't normally cater to middle America, but I'm so happy that some amazing ppl have been fighting for us. To my fans, thank you for your support. Nothing made me happier than seeing your faces this year on #ThePinkprintTOUR ~ Thank you for this Grammy nominated album. 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 To all the artists out there working hard on your music and feeling discouraged, I feel your pain & completely understand your frustration. Don't let anything stop the love you have for your passion. 💕💕💕💕💕 #ThePinkprint"
For an album to go "platinum" in the music industry, it must sell at least a million copies, which meals "triple platinum" means three million copies. However Minaj only received a gold certification which means that her album only sold over 500,000 copies. Minaj on the other hand didn't come up with the same calculations that the music industry has had for decades.
Minaj later tweeted this chart that boasts her album to triple platinum incorrectly. Minaj incorporates TEA's (a la carte songs purchased and then calculated into album sales) and SEA's (streaming version as TEA) into her calculations. However, the music industry doesn't include TEA's or SEA's so Minaj is ultimately inaccurate regardless of what Universal says. While the music industry goes to online streaming services as the predominant method of consumption, many artists are claiming that streaming is just as important as purchasing the music since streaming can be paid for.
For now, Minaj will wait for the "March court date" that she states will determine if streaming should be recognized in the music industry award system.
Do you believe her album should be considered triple platinum?