According to reports, Fif's fourth solo project was certified gold this month.
50 Cent has another Gold certified album on his hands. The rapper's 2009 effort "Before I Self Destruct" was recently certified Gold by the RIAA due to sales in excess of 500,000 copies. Led by the single "Baby By Me," 50 Cent's "Before I Self Destruct" closed out a strong decade of hit albums and singles for him. (Examiner)
However, SoundScan reports show the rapper's album still in the 300,000 range.
50 Cent's Before I Self Destruct album fell four spots to No. 72 this week with 6,800 units sold. After ten weeks of availability, the rapper's latest effort has sold 372,100 records to date. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Differences in the methods RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) and Nielsen SoundScan are based on shipping and actual albums sold.
A little investigative journalism can go a long way, and Moses Avalon has turned up something rather curious: the numbers that the RIAA uses to talk about "sales" are actually just numbers relating to shipments. The gist of it is pretty simple: the RIAA has their own tracking system based on units shipped, while Nielsen Ratings bases their Soundscan tracking system on actual barcode-scanned purchases.