The RIAA today made a rare change to the formula used to certify Gold and Platinum awards to include on-demand music and video streams. Services that will now count towards certification include Spotify, Rhapsody, MOG, Muve, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Xbox Music, VEVO, MTV.com, YouTube and Yahoo! Music.

Rather than put a value on music streams based on payout to rightsholders, the RIAA will count 100 plays as 1 sale. The benchmark for Gold and Platinum certifications remains unchanged: 500,000 sales for Gold, 1 million for Platinum and 10 million for Diamond.
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The tracklisting for D-MAUB's upcoming album sixth solo album 'The Missing Peace,' which is set to release on May 21, 2013 from One Route Entertainment.
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Suppli. A 6th generation Californian. A bloodline rooted deep on the West Coast. More importantly, a bloodline from a King. The King of King's. A King of love, redemption, and restoration.
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Atlanta based emcee JusThoughtZ recently announced that he will be releasing an EP entitled ‘A Memorable CULTure’ by the end of 2013. An official release date for the project will drop soon.
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The tracklisting for FEDEL's third studio full-length album 'V.I.P' which will release on May 21, 2013.
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A month before their new retail album 'KINGS' releases, Still Trill Christians are offering their free project 'Before The Throne'. Check out the tracklisting ...
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Json recently announced via Twitter, that the title of his new album will be 'Braille'. The new offering is Json's 5th album and will release on Lampmode Recordings on June 18th, 2013.

Get his latest song "Work" featuring SPEC for free here.



In less than an hour Bizzle’s ‘The Good Fight’ landed at #13 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap chart. It then moved up to #7 and is now sitting at it's peak at #3, behind Talib Kweli’s new project ‘Prisoner of Conscious’. Bizzle’s ‘Tough Love & Parables’ peaked at #7, the improvement with the second release is a great milestone for the California native. ‘The Good Fight’ is currently #29 overall as well.
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Five years have passed since Dre Murray last put out a full-length album (Manumit); though, he has more than made up for lost time. Following his critically acclaimed "Hell's Paradise" series with potent production from Wit, and group album W.L.A.K., Dre Murray is now set to release his debut solo album with Collision Records, 'Gold Rush: Maybe One Day' on July 9, 2013.
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The album cover for R-Swift's upcoming album 'Apply Pressure,' which is set to release June 11, 2013 from Rhyme Council Music Group. Listen to the first single "
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Real Word Records recording artist Lil Prophet is currently working on his 4th studio album entitled 'The Gold Life.' The upcoming full length project is expected to release Summer 2013.
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On March 4 we reported that Lecrae was working on another music video for his GRAMMY award winning album ‘Gravity,’ and the record “Confe$$ions” has been revealed as to what they were filming for.
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Just moments ago, Humble Beast Records made a huge announcement regarding their current roster of artists. The Portland based label have broke news of signing Salvation Armie representative, Eshon Burgundy.
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Last week we reported that ‘Heroes For Sale’ sold over 27,000 copies and shattered the record for the biggest first week debut album in Christian Hip Hop History. The Billboard charts are in and New York native Andy Mineo has just debuted #11 on the Billboard 200, #4 Rap and #1 Christian/Gospel for his highly anticipated debut album ‘Heroes For Sale’. The project sold more than Lecrae’s ‘Rehab’ (25,864) and had the second best first week for a Christian Hip Hop album in general right after Lecrae’s ‘Gravity’.

Also, last week the lower case emcee Shai Linne’s newest album ‘Lyrical Theology Part 1: Theology' landed at #12 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums. Lecrae recently got some recognition from Billboard; his project ‘Gravity’ was nominated for a 2013 Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Album.

Congratulations to Andy Mineo for charting so well for a debut retail album.



All Christ Everything (A.C.E.) is inspired by Colossians 1:16-18: "For in him all things were created through him and for him and in him all things hold together." A.C.E. is a band of outsiders that elevates Jesus in a world that promotes conformity.
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It has been reported that Andy Mineo's 'Heroes For Sale' has sold exactly 27,898 units in it's first week of release. This could possibly put Andy's album at #11 on Billboard 200, and makes it the 4th highest debut in the country.
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Lecrae's lastest release 'Gravity,' which received a Grammy win this year is adding another nod and possible win to it's list. The 2013 Billboard Music Awards has nominated the Reach Records recording artist's project in the category for Top Christian Album.
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Andy Mineo's debut album 'Heroes For Sale' debuted #3 on iTunes Top Overall Albums and #2 iTunes Top Hip Hop/Rap Albums. The projection numbers are in, an estimated 30,000 to 35,000 albums have sold in the first week! He will definitely debut in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart. This would place 'Heroes For Sale' as the 2nd best selling album for the first week in Christian Hip Hop history, I would even go as far as saying the best first week debut album for a Christian rapper ever!
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The cover and release date has been revealed for D-MAUB's upcoming album 'The Missing Peace' which is due out on May 21, 2013 from One Route Entertainment.

Listen to the first single "How Long?" featuring B-Reith.