Jay-Z And Kanye West Receive Platinum Plaques For 'Watch The Throne'


By Nadeska Alexis

The Throne played the first of their two New York City shows at Madison Square Garden on Monday night (November 7), but besides selling out the arena Jay-Z and Kanye West also scooped up two platinum plaques for selling two million copies of their collaborative album Watch The Throne. After putting on a successful show, Jay and Ye headed backstage where they celebrated the milestone with executives from Island Def Jam.

After wrapping up a two-plus hour set at MSG last night, Ye and Jay were presented with monstrous plaques, which featured an enlarged image of the album’s artwork, custom made by Givenchy’s creative director, Riccardo Tisci. Watch The Throne was released on August 8, selling 436, 000 copies in the U.S. during its first week on the charts. The album would eventually go on to sell two million copies worldwide, making it Kanye West’s fifth number one album, and Jay-Z's twelfth.

Barry Weiss, the CEO of Universal Republic & Island Def Jam and COO Steve Bartels were both on hand to celebrate with Ye and Jay. Last night, RapFix live-blogged Watch the Throne’s first show at the Garden and the second will take place on Tuesday night.