When an album or single by your favorite artist is said to have gone "gold," "platinum," or even "diamond," that means it's definitely popular. Each of these certifications signifies an achievement in the number of units sold, and in America, they're are awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Gold is 500,000 units sold, platinum is 1 million, and diamond is 10 million. But in the modern age of streaming, how do they quantify the number of records sold?
According to the RIAA, the new formula established in 2016 for determining sales is "1,500 on-demand audio and/or video song streams = 10 track sales = 1 album sale."