Sales are no longer the only path to gold and platinum in the music business. The Recording Industry Assn. of America, the music business trade association that certifies and issues the storied gold and platinum awards, will now hand out precious metal for digital streams of popular tracks, the first time the RIAA has created an award for anything other than retail sales. Musicians will now be able to collect gold plaques for songs that log 500,000 or more streams, platinum for those that top the 1 million mark and a multi-platinum honor for any that hit the 2 million figure. On-demand audio or video streams will be counted toward the song’s total. The first round of the new digital stream awards will be presented for 56 titles by artists including Eminem, Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, Kansas, Whitney Houston, will.i.am., Ryan Tedder, Pitbull, Pink and One Direction.