Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Goes Platinum

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Kanye West can add another plaque to his wall. The G.O.O.D. Music rapper’s latest album Yeezus has been certified platinum.

As of January 8, the album has officially sold 1 million copies in the U.S.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) made the announcement, tweeting, “Congratulations to @kanyewest on his 7th @RIAA #Platinum album award for Yeezus – he’s 7 for 7!”

This marks Kanye’s seventh platinum album, starting with his 2004 debut The College Dropout and including his 2011 collaborative album with Jay Z, Watch the Throne.

Upon its release in June 2013, Yeezus debuted at No. 1 with 327,000 copies sold in its first week.

On February 13, Kanye will hit the road for nine additional dates on his “Yeezus” tour.



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50 Comments

  1. mumi

    Finally?

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    Green Ivy Reply:

    @mumi, exactly haha. Drake went platinum in 3 weeks. Took Kanye 6 months. Just shoes musically, Kanye is becoming irrelevant

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    JG Reply:

    @Green Ivy, Drake is 3 albums deep, not to mention he churns out the mainstream hiphop every album. 2 of Kanye’s 7 albums were experimental and stepped out of the bounds of conventional hiphop. Not to mention he’s 7 deep. Holla at me when Drake has 7 platinum plaques. Right now Drake is on pace to be another Nelly.

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    xp Reply:

    @JG, thank you. Someone with sense. Why can’t you just be happy/mad that Kanye went platinum why is it always about joe blow who sid it faster. We gotta do better

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    HOVorJefe Reply:

    @xp, THEY JUST MAD CAUSE KANYE WILL ALWAYS WIN!

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    REAL TRUTH Reply:

    @Green Ivy, If Kanye never released 808, Drake would not have a career. Pay respect when its due

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    t-bib Reply:

    @REAL TRUTH, Excatly ! And Kanye didn’t make promotion for this album which is far to be for a large public. So 1 million copy for experimental album like this is pretty good

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    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @REAL TRUTH, Wow, I never considered that, but it’s so true. Kanye opened that door for Drake.

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @Green Ivy, Not with his misbehaving ways in the public. Wonder why Lizardly Banks keeps pushing her album?

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  2. Rob

    His worst album.

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    LJ Reply:

    @Rob, Only if you have a small brain.

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    Tim Reply:

    @LJ This album doesn’t deserve to be in the same category of previous ones he’s released.
    Do you honestly believe that ‘Yeezus is contestant with his previous body of work?

    The College Dropout? Late Registration? 808s & Heartbreak? My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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    JG Reply:

    @Tim, It’s not because YOU DON’T like it? He stepped into another realm of creativity on this album, just like he did in 808s and MDBTF. If you didn’t like the techno influence on this album then that’s on you. Professional musci critics seem to regard it pretty highly, and it will probably win the grammy.

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    Tim Reply:

    @JG, I’m not knocking Kanye’s creativity nor his diversity. And in re-guards to 808s & Heartbreak.. Yes! Kanye took his music to a completely different level (Even Galaxy)with the Techno Sound but music on the album WAS GOOD & ALSO CONSISTENT with his artistry.

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    HOVorJefe Reply:

    @JG, SAY DAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    what Reply:

    @Tim, kanye is my favorite musician of all time and my order is
    MBDTF > Late Registration > 808s > Yeezus > WTT > Graduation > College Dropout

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    Ice Reply:

    @Rob, Yep, its easily his worst.

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    Yeezus is OVER RATED Reply:

    @Rob, Your rite…all his works have a point or theme…what was the point of YEEZUS????

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    Major Sushi Reply:

    @Rob, Pretty much. I think he would’ve gotten a major crowd if he didn’t compare himself to Jesus. Even if it was metaphorically.

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    Zhenif Reply:

    @Rob, I believe Yeezus is a brilliant album, it is like 3000′s year album and we are now in 2014 now…. Believe me u got to love music in deep to appreciate this album…. I am addicted to it!!!

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  3. jk

    it didnt sell platinum, it only shipped platinum cus last time I checked it was at 600k copies sold in the US

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    Whatcha_Sayin Reply:

    @jk, EXACTLY!! It hasn’t sold over 700k – FACT!

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    Shelly Reply:

    @jk, LOL!!! do you all say that about the other people who shipped 1 mil and get certified? Hypocrites.

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  4. Avon

    im just hoping he is happy now,

    1. engaged to Kim Kardashian
    2. welcomed new baby “North” to the world
    3. Platinum Album

    we shouldn’t here anymore ranting, i skipped Yeezus because i didn’t like any of the music but i got MBDTF back in 2010, im hoping to get his next album this year

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  5. ...

    he sell 633k

    how this is Platinum?

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    Miszi Reply:

    @…, It’s the shipments that count towards RIA certifications. In my own honest opinion, this shouldn’t have even went gold but I guess to each their own. I don’t feel the album at all but others might really like it for some reason or other.

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  6. D

    So is j cole platinum also?

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    JG Reply:

    @D, JCole is trash

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    BeyIsQueen Reply:

    @JG, you crazy for that comment

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    OVODRAKE Reply:

    @D, j cole went platinum before kanye . check soundscan

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  7. nah

    Lies. It hasn’t sold platinum. Those are shipments. Yeah it will eventually reach platinum in the long run. But y’all should be specific.

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  8. CARLOS

    SUCK IT J COLE FANS

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  9. Jared

    Carter 3 sold 1.7 million in one week rofl.

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    t-bib Reply:

    @Jared, Carter 3 is a dope hiphop album, Yeezus is an experimental album, you can’t put them in the same step. In this case compare Carter 3 to Graduation or MBDTF

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    China Reply:

    @t-bib, well according to kayne hes the walt disney of rap so why cant we compare those two albums since hes such an amazing artist

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  10. BEDSTUYFLY

    UMM… WOW I THOUGHT IT ALREADY WAS PLATINUM. IT TAKES OVER 6 MONTHS FOR 1 MILLION PEOPLE TO BUY KANYES ALBUM THESE DAYS? SMH SAD.

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    Shelly Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, How is that sad? when he did not release any singles and did no promo, it stands strictly on it’s own, and continues to sell, after it’s been heard for free, you people don’t get it. Go ask other artist that can’t even sell 200k how much they would like for theirs to go platinum in 6, 12, 18 or even 24 months.

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    China Reply:

    Wait im confused so it didnt go platinum ,, poor kayne,, maybe if he stop being such a dick

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  11. what

    One of Kanye’s best albums IMO.
    and yall laughing saying “it took him 6 months to go platinum lmao” yet kanye already has several Multi Platinum and Platinum albums. He has more than a lot of other artist already have or every will have

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  12. Smooth_Criminal

    We all have our own opinions, yes the critics rate it. But it’s the fans opinions that’s more important because we the ones dipping into our pockets for our hard earned cash to buy these albums. Me, I disliked this album. A lot. Twisted Fantasy was an epic album but this didn’t do it for me. You may not like this but these days have a try before you buy system. Download an illegal torrent and if I don’t like it I trash it. If I like the album I go buy it and enjoy it. I learnt that from Eminem’s “Relapse” (rubbish and waste of money). And for me… This album was $23.95 (Aussie dollars) well saved.

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  13. Catalyst

    This shit was a classic period

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    Yeezus is OVER RATED Reply:

    @Catalyst,, CLASSIC IN HOS WORLD???????

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  14. NICKI MINAJ

    Great album , really got into it during the autumn season. RAP-UP please post the correct information like Thatgrapejuice did. YEEZUS sold about 632,000. It has shipped platinum. Which I think is pretty stupid he should’ve just got stuck with a gold plaque. YEEZUS struggling harder for platinum than ROMAN RELOADED at least that is at approximately 900K. ARTPOP (600K) will also struggle for platinum, while PRISM just went platinum.

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  15. Shelly

    LOL!!! at the haters, here is the deal people, buying an album site unseen says that you are buying it because of the artist, not the content, but continuing to sell an album after all of the hoopla and after you have heard it for free speaks to the content of the album, so many people get stuck on 1st week sales, you have people who sell 300, 400, 500K first week but NEVER go platinum and then there are those that sell 100K or whatever and go platinum, it’s abou the context. Congrats Kanye, Critically Acclaimed Album and Tour, Platinum Sales 2 grammy nominations, for those waiting for him to lose, he continues to win, inspite of the hate and vitriol.

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  16. Ready 4 Da YOlas

    Is this for real or it Fake anywayz Good 4 him

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  17. Music Stan

    personally I love Kanye West he along with Jay-z Nas Biggie, Tupac, J-cole, Drake, Kendrick, Talib, Jadakiss, Styles P, T.I., Young Jeezy, (Sometimes) Wayne. Meek Mills, and a couple of others I really admired in Hip Hop, but this album wasn’t my favorite body of work of his… Maybe it just me but it see like it was all over the place!!! usually his album tells story and I get the whole concept of the titled and the lyrical depth of the album but this one I was completely lost…. But Congrats to him… I’m not hating hopefully the next one would be like another Graudation or Late Registration… Those were Classic to me… IMO!!! Kudos to YE

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  18. Bogus

    Every mad genius has to make a
    record like this at least once in his career

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  19. Javis

    Lol @ J.Cole comment towards diss that he went platinum b4 they did Yas kno yo facts!

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  20. TRA

    Kanye West is the best music artist of his generation right now. I am very happy and very proud to witness the success of Kanye West over the years. As a unbiased music fan, and as a unbiased hip hop music fan, I never judged Kanye West’s music based on his personalty, I judge him only on whether he puts out great music or bad music. I believe that Kanye West has made 7 great, platinum-selling albums that will be looked at as hip hop classics several years from now.

    I believe Kanye West is one of the top 100 greatest rappers in hip hop history and music history. I believe Kanye West is one of the top 100 greatest producers in hip hop history and music history. I don’t believe that Kanye West is a better lyrical rapper than Rakim, Nas, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Chuck D, N.W.A., Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, EPMD, Outkast, Scarface, Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Eminem, Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, MC Lyte, Jay-Z, and a lot of other great lyrical rappers that came out before Kanye West first came out, but I believe Kanye West is the greatest hip hop music artist we have ever seen over the last 10 years.

    As I have said several times before, Kanye West has made The College Dropout, Late Registration, and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which all three albums were named by The Rolling Stones Magazine as three of the top 500 greatest music albums of all-time. Kanye West’s The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation, 808s and Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and Yeezus albums have all received great critical acclaim, great commercial success, and have all been certified platinum. Kanye West has won 21 Grammy Awards and Kanye West is the best rapper/producer of his generation right now. The fact that Kanye West’s Yeezus album was certified platinum, received great critical reviews, got a 85 percent on Metacritic, and received 2 Grammy Award nominations at the 2014 Grammy Awards is very great. Despite the fact Kanye West didn’t promote any great, major mainstream radio hit singles, and received a lot of hate from biased mainstream music fans, biased mainstream hip hop music fans, and the biased mainstream media, Kanye West’s Yeezus album still went certified platinum and still got great critical reviews which proves Kanye West is still one of the best music artists in the music industry.

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    Kossy Reply:

    @TRA, Words of a genius #salite

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