Kanye West Sets Record For First Album To Go Gold From Streaming In U.K.
Kanye West has made chart history in the U.K. after his The Life of Pablo album became the first disc to be certified gold from streaming alone. The certification means the 2016 Grammy-award nominated album, which was first released on Jay-Z’s Tidal service, has been listened to more than 100,000 times, according to data from the Official Charts Company.
The Life of Pablo entered the Official Albums Chart in May 2016 at number 30 and has since spent 47 weeks in the Top 100. Kanye’s gold certification was awarded by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), two years after streaming was first used to make up the U.K. charts. The “Gold Digger” rapper has released eight albums to date which have all reached the Top 40 in the U.K., with albums Yeezus and 2007’s Graduation also hitting the top spot.
It’s another record for the troubled rapper, who has been keeping a low profile since quitting his “The Life of Pablo” tour. In November Kanye was hospitalized for “temporary psychosis” caused by dehydration and sleep deprivation, just weeks after his wife Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, France.
In April, his record-breaking album, which became Kanye’s seventh consecutive number one album on the Billboard 200, also became the first album to go platinum in America based on listens through streaming-only services – with more than 1.5 billion US streams.