It’s kind of hard to believe we’re almost done with September and only four hip-hop album have sold 500,000 copies. But alas, streaming is the way of the — uh, no pun intended for this post —future, and the albums sales will reflect that more and more as years roll on.
Future’s EVOL — released in February — follows Drake’s Views (3x platinum), Kevin Gates’ Islah (platinum) and Zayn Malik’s Mind Of Mine (I guess this fell into their Hip-Hop/R&B category) as the only albums to be certified gold.
As we head to the end of the year and into 2017, I’m sure there will be plenty more 2016 albums certified, but the process of becoming certified seems to be a lot slower nowadays.
Albums like Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered, The Life Of Pablo, Frank Ocean’s Blonde (assuming they put that in the Hip-Hop/R&B category), DJ Khaled’s Major Key and a couple more should get certification by years’ end, too.
Congrats to Future, though, for his continued commercial success after an incredible run of critical success.