It’s the Business, Man: JAY-Z talks pirate ratings for 4:44 release & Tidal

In the following Rap Radar episode, Jay-Z talks about his frustration with new release models, streaming, and piracy not being counted as part of traditional industry rating mechanisms.

Starts with discussion of “Black Excellence” at 22:00, gets going at 23:40 with discussion of Magna Carta and Billboard counting (and not counting).

“4:44 Was downloaded a million times, illegally. We sold 2.2 million records. They cannot account for that.”

“We are not throwing albums out to make numbers.”

“Billboard has no idea.”

“We don’t know what is consumption.”

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