50 Cent's new "Before I Self Destruct" album has been certified gold by the RIAA, despite not hitting the 500,000 copies sold mark which defines the title accordint to Neilsen SoundScan. Given the title earlier this month by the RIAA backed by singles like "Baby By Me" and "Do You Think About Me," reports (including us yesterday) show that last week with just under 7,000 copies pushed, the album has only moved around 372,000 units. As we previously reported, with just under 7,000 more albums sold in it's 10th week of being in stores, the latest project from the G-Unit general landed in the 72nd spot on the album sales charts this week.
So you may ask why did the RIAA certify the album gold? The answer actually is pretty simple. The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) bases it's numbers on albums shipping (not actually sold) while Nielsen's SoundScan figures are based on actual sales.
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