How many streams / downloads do you need to get a plaque?

Music Streaming Awards / Silver / Gold / Platinum Records

We have all seen the images of record companies and music studios with walls covered in plaques and awards but how do you get them? In today’s era, how many streams = a sale and how many sales do you need to go gold?


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Unfortunately, there is no easy answer here. The amount of streams/downloads you need for awards and plaques depends on many factors including if the streams were ‘free’ or ‘premium’ and where in the world they came from. There are also several different types of awards, ranging from Music Streaming Awards which mark streaming milestones for smaller independent artists to international bodies like the IFPI and the RIAA that certify hits with silver, gold, platinum and diamond records.

There are several different certifying bodies that are in charge of these awards but in most places around the world 150 on-demand streams = 1 sale. 

In the USA, you need 1,000,000 sales of a single for it to go platinum but remember, streams and sales are not the same thing. If you want to get a rough idea of how many qualifying sales you might already have and calculate roughly how far away you are from being eligible for an award, try this handy ‘music awards eligibility checker‘.

The free Music Sales Awards Eligibility Checker will give you a rough idea of what awards you might be already eligible for and how much more you will need to stream / sell to get your hands on that plaque you have been dreaming of.

You can also find more information on the various international music recording certifications here and if you are looking to celebrate a streaming milestone (1000 – 10million streams) check out .


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