The Hip Hop game is an interesting one and if you have been paying attention the game in Southern Africa, you would know that Cassper Nyovest is the word on the streets. Twitter streets at the very least!
After his feat which garnered over 68 000 tickets sold for his #FillUpFNB Concert, Cassper has been at the receiving end of criticism and support alike on the social media platform. Some claimed that he did not fill up FNB Stadium and some applauded him for his attempt at glory. The shining light of what he did is evident and it seems as though the light is not going out soon, no matter the amount of ‘hate which flies towards Cassper Nyovest.
DREAMS COME TRUE!!! 10 million!!! 10 million!!! 10 million!!! Wow man!!! This plaque just got delivered to my house!!! I’ve passed 10 million units sold in my career!!!! We multi platinum!!! This one is for the fans!!! Your support is truly amazing!!! Fresh prince of Maftown!!! pic.twitter.com/4ZSWoRWNcO
— R.M Phoolo (@CassperNyovest) December 9, 2017
On Sunday he celebrated on social media after he received a plaque proclaiming that he had surpassed 10 Million units in sells. His fans, fondly known as Tsibipians showered him with praise, but that was soon short lived. Popular House and Afro Pop Producer Dj Maphorisa took to Twitter to accuse Cassper Nyoves of lying to the people.
His lying 10 million streams not records sold amanga yakho makhi pic.twitter.com/5oB1gSMqaP
— GqomWave Out In Stores (@DjMaphorisa) December 9, 2017
This tweet torched a storm on South African Twitter spilling over to neighbouring countries. Fans of both artists got involved in messy exchanges on whether Cassper actually hit the 10 million mark. the internationally acclaimed producer continued to fuel the fight with tweets and mentioning that Cass had blocked him!
— Nku_lee (@nkuli_smith) December 10, 2017
However, in a plot twist, YFM through its drivetime programme, The Best Drive Show, called Recording Industry of South Africa live on air to confirm the legitimacy of Cassper’s claims. Unfortunately for Maphorisa RISA confirmed that indeed, #AbutiFillUp had reached over 10 Million units sold! Shame Maphorisa, now the poor guy has to apologise and TimesLIVE reported that Oskido is going to talk to Maphorisa about his rant.
For those who still don’t believe that ‘Mufasa’ sold over 10 million units here is an explanation of the sales adapted from Naija News Agency,
According to the Recording Industry of South Africa (RISA), For an album to be certified gold status it should have sold over 15 000 copies, and 30 000 copies for platinum status. For streaming in the US, 150 streams of a song equal one paid download, and ten paid downloads equate to an album download. So, an artist’s music will have to be streamed on any of the approved, included services 1,500 times for an album “sale” to be counted. The South African standard is drastically lower than that, hence it will take fewer streams to equate to an album sold.
Interestingly, the RISA also counts music videos as a part of it too. 5,000 views of a music video make the record go gold. 10,000 makes it platinum. It’s a complex system that involves lots of calculations. But they have done that and arrived at Cassper Nyovest selling 10 million records.