The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) recently announced that streaming music will be integrated into the Gold & Platinum (G&P) Program, which awards artists for strong song and album sales. Numbers of song streams will now count toward the Gold (500,000), Platinum (1,000,000), and Diamond (2,000,000) certifications.
To celebrate the announcement we dug into our archives here at Rhapsody, and took a trip down memory lane to discover which songs and artists of the past might have gone Gold, Platinum or Diamond if the new G&P standards had been around since streaming music hit the scene with the launch of Rhapsody in 2004.
What we found, aside from feelings of nostalgia from some of our favorite hits, was that artists such as, Beyonce, Linkin Park, Nickelback, and Coldplay, would have all been honored with streaming certification for previous releases. Popular hits, such as Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Go Your Own Way” and Prince’s “When Doves Cry,” went Platinum on Rhapsody, while Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” was the first track on Rhapsody to go Gold, going Platinum six months later. The best news? Streaming hits keep growing, and since 2004, Platinum hits on Rhapsody have increased by over 150 percent.
Check out the 10 Years of the Hits Rhapsody Infographic!