Jay-Z Is Now the First Black Man With 10 Multi-Platinum Solo Albums

Jay-Z continues to make music history. HOV has added another tally to the win column after becoming the first Black male recording artist to have at least 10 double-platinum solo studio albums. Last week the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) updated its certifications, and Jay’s 2009 album The Blueprint 3 reached 2 million album-equivalent sales, which pushed it to double-platinum status. The Black Album, which dropped in 2003, went quadruple-platinum, giving the Brooklyn rap legend over 33.5 million album sales. Jay-Z also has two collaborative albums that went double-platinum, pushing his total number to 12. His 2004 joint effort with Linkin Park titled Collision Course sold 2 million copies, and his 2011 collaboration with Kanye West, Watch the Throne, has sold 5 million. Congrats to Jay!