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Jay-Z Receives New Gold And Platinum Certifications On 54th Birthday

Jay-Z welcomed 19 new gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Jay-Z had plenty reason to celebrate his 54th birthday on Monday: He welcomed 19 new gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The billionaire hip-hop mogul received the new certifications for songs he has recorded over the last 23 years. Jay-Z earned 10 new gold plaques, three for tracks off 2003’s The Black Album, including “Lucifer,” “Encore,” “Public Service Announcement (Interlude),” Hypebeast reports.

Other singles include “Oceans” with Frank Ocean; “D.O.A.,” “Bam” with Damian Marley; “Lost One” with Chrisette Michele; “Family Feud” with Beyoncé; and “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love).”

Five of Hov’s singles earned their first platinum certifications, including “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” and “4:4.” “Holy Grail” is now 5x platinum; “Young Forever” and “Big Pimpin’” are now 3x platinum.

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation celebrated the good news with a tweet shared on the rap legend’s birthday.

“Congratulations to JAY-Z (@sc) on his latest @RIAA certifications,” the tweet read.

It included a video montage of Jay-Z’s music videos for the newly certified and re-certified singles. Hova hasn’t released an album since 2017’s 444, which included six singles he received new RIAA certifications for.

In an interview with Gayle King last month, Jay-Z said his new music would need to have substance rather than be a collection of meaningless “tunes.”

“I already [used the word ‘retirement’], I can’t do that ever again,” he said in a clip shared by CBS Mornings. “I’ll say I wanna make music, but it has to be something important.”

“I don’t wanna just make a bunch of tunes. That’s not gonna serve me. It won’t feed me, first of all. I have to be saying something important. It has to mean something, you know? It has to mean something to a larger society.”

He continued, “4:44, for example, was a personal story, but the amount of vulnerability in there allowed for a lot of people to explore the space.”

Jay-Z recently wrapped his “Book of Hov” exhibit at the Brooklyn Public Library, which chronicled his music career through personal memorabilia.

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