NEW YORK:- Gold and platinum albums - the best-selling certifications coveted by musicians and their labels - will now also be based on plays by streaming, in recognition of the online services’ growing importance. The Recording Industry Association of America announced the change Monday and immediately declared new gold or platinum status for 17 albums due to streaming. “We know that music listening - both for albums and songs - is skyrocketing, yet that trend has not been reflected in our album certifications,” said Cary Sherman, chairman and chief executive officer of the US industry body.–AFP