Looks like Jay-Z’s first million downloads of his upcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail album will count towards Neilson’s Soundscan. The RIAA have officially decided to change their certification policy for the sale of digital singles and albums as addressed by RIAA Director Liz Kennedy:
We think it’s time for the RIAA – and Gelfand, Rennert & Feldman – to align our digital song and album certification requirements. That’s why today we are officially updating this rule in our G&P Program requirements. Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date.