Despite being certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, reaching number 1 on the iTunes chart, and amassing 5.6 million streams on Tidal, the New York Times decided to put on blast one key metric: Nielsen’s report that the album had sold fewer than 1,000 copies in the United States.
It’s a misleading headline in many ways. Why? According to a Tidal spokesman for the company, because the album was put on sale late Thursday, after Samsung’s exclusive giveaway period ended in which one million free copies were given out to fans, the album had only hours to rack up sales for the week.
Proving her resilience within the industry, RiRi ultimately got the last laugh with “Anti” aiming for the number one spot on the Billboard 200 Chart (final numbers out later today).