It's has to be a great day to be J. Cole. The North Carolina rapper recently received some very welcome good news from the RIAA that both his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story and the follow-up Born Sinner have both been certified as platinum records in the U.S. Additionally, it's been revealed that Nicki Minaj's album The Pinkprint has been declared double-platinum while Future's Dirty Sprite 2 has been certified gold.
This latest development comes hot on the heels of the RIAA's decision earlier this month to finally factor both audio and video streams into determining gold and platinum certification statuses. "We know that music listening – for both for albums and songs – is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications," RIAA CEO and Chairman Cary Sherman said in a statement. "Modernizing our Album Award to include music streaming is the next logical step in the continued evolution of Gold & Platinum Awards, and doing so enables RIAA to fully reward the success of artists’ albums today."