Since 2016, the RIAA album certification has also included on-demand audio/video streams (1,500 streams = 1 album unit) and track sale equivalent (10 track sales = 1 album unit).

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However, the subsequent lead single might be slower in tempo in order to demonstrate the range of the album.

Female vocalists like Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera often maintain a formula of an up-tempo first lead single with a slow ballad follow-up.

Tune Core can technically never guarantee a release date as each store takes a different amount of time to process, however if you are looking to set a specific release date, all you need to do is set the “digital sales start date” on the album creation page to your desired release date.

The stores will not make your release live in their store until the date you specified.* If you want your release to go live in all stores at the same time, choose a date at least 4 weeks out.

During the era of the gramophone record, all music arrived in the marketplace as what is now termed a single, one potential hit song backed by an additional song of generally less commercial appeal on a single ten-inch 78 rpm shellac record.

After the launch of the long-playing microgroove record in 1948 and the arrival of the 45 rpm single the following year, singles continued to appear separately from albums into the 1960s.

This has become a common practice through the 21st century for album-oriented recording artists.

Lead singles are often a deciding factor for consumers debating purchase of a still unissued album, and the choosing of which track from an album to be issued as the lead single can be crucial to the album's commercial success.

Therefore, the total certified units for a given artist may be incomplete or out of date.