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Kanye West Tweets For The First Time About His Father's Day Gift + Jay-Z Forces NEW RULES On RIAA...Policy Change On Digital Sales

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New papa Kanye West broke his Twitter silence about his brand new baby girl North today.  Well, indirectly.  Get a peek at Kanye's Father's Day gift inside, plus his homie Jay-Z is making MAJOR moves by changing the rules of the music sales game...

Kanye psted on Twitter today for the first time since his daughter was born.  And he showed off his first Father's Day girft.  He said, "one of the other gifts my girl gave me for fathers day" and posted the below pic:

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It's an Apple mouse autographed by the late Steve Jobs....and another mouse autotraphed by Jobs' Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.  Kanye has always been a huge Steve Jobs fan...and Woz even came to the hospital to visit his new baby girl, reportedly before Kim's brother Rob even saw her!  So this was his gift from his girlfriend Kim K.

That original gift from Kimmy is, of course, his daughter North who was born just one day before Father's Day this year.


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Liz Kennedy, the Director of Communications and Gold & Platinum Program for the RIAA, posted a blog today about the company's common sense policy change about how digital music sales are counted.  And they can thank Jay-Z for that.

Jay's been on a "New Rules" tip ever since announcing his upcoming album Magna Carta Holy Grail.  And at first, folks like Billboard said they would NOT count the digital sales as "Platinum Status" the first day Samsung purchases 1 million albums to distribute to the first 1 million users to download the MCHG app.

But now....new rules are in order.  The RIAA has decided to re-evaluate...and they WILL count the digital Millie immediately with no more 30-day certification hold.  And any corporations who buy any amount of digital music will be counted accordingly as well.  Liz posted:


By now, many of us in the music business, as well as Jay-Z fans, know that Samsung has purchased one million “Magna Carta Holy Grail” digital albums to be given away to the phone maker’s customers. It is a novel and creative marketing move and it has rightly stimulated a healthy conversation about the sale’s meaning and implications for the modern music business.


One of our program’s requirements is that an album can become eligible for certification 30 days after release date. (There are other rules, of course – such as requiring that the price of the album meet certain requirements.) The 30-day rule exists to take into account potential returns of physical product – CDs, cassettes, vinyl, etc. that could be shipped to brick and mortar retailers and returned, in which case our auditors do not count the sales.

When we first created the Digital Single Award in 2004, we elected not to impose any 30-day rule because there are very few digital returns. According to our auditing firm, digital returns on average account for less than two percent of sales included in reports provided by the labels for certification – most digital retailer Terms of Use/Service allow users to return products only under limited circumstances.


We think it’s time for the RIAA – and Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman – to align our digital song and album certification requirements. That’s why today we are officially updating this rule in our G&P Program requirements. Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.


So this means Jay has cut out the middle man and made himself platinum (while likely getting paid upfront) the day the album comes out.   Talk about a major change in the landscape of how music is sold.  We doubt this will be the last time a big corporation teams up with an artist to creatively sell their music.

This is what we call...BOSS moves.


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Why do both autographs look

Why do both autographs look like the same writing? :/
Songstress81's picture

What is up with this hand

What is up with this hand holding....?
S_dOT's picture

Changing the way digital

Changing the way digital sales are counted is great. But to buy 1 million of your own record just to make yourself immediately go platinum defeats the whole purpose of the system. How can you judge how well your albumn is perceived when the numbers are inflated from the jump.
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GetUrLife's picture

Very thoughtful gift, people

Very thoughtful gift, people SHOULD put a lot of thought into a gift, it should be memorable and I think her knowing that something that simple would make her man so happy means that she is paying attention, and that is always a win. He clearly appreciated it, because Kanye very seldom tweets, and when he does, it's about an album or something that he is promoting, so this must have touched him.
kayla1010's picture

When you can't succeed on

When you can't succeed on your own merit change the rules. Right Jay.
fireinside's picture

the Carter Clan can't do

the Carter Clan can't do anything on the up & up.....always sneaky & shady.....smh.........
Jesus H. Christ's picture

His album will sell

His album will sell regardless, so don't hate.


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Twinkles's picture

I don't see the BIG deal

I don't see the BIG deal about an autographed mouse. Different strokes for different folks. If he likes it.....I love it!
Keep_It_100's picture

The CARTERS and their SHADY

The CARTERS and their SHADY business practices.......smdh
Twinkles's picture

Its shady because a black man

Its shady because a black man is trying to change things so that young black artist aren't chated of money? You need to have a nap.
cutethatsall56's picture

Yeah.....keep believing that.

Yeah.....keep believing that. smdh
Twinkles's picture

Very nice gift!

Very nice gift!
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