News: Jay-Z's Numbers Don't Lie, "Magna Carta" Dominates Its Competition At No. 1

Wednesday, Jul 17, 2013 11:55AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap mogul Jay-Z continues to pave lanes in hip-hop and flexed his muscle over the music charts with his new Magna Carta Holy Grail solo album toppling its competition as the number one album in the country.

After a solid seven days in retail stores, Jigga's newest solo effort easily sold over 500,000 copies.

Rap mogul Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail debuted atop the competition at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Jigga's new solo album has sold 527,000 records in week one. (SOHH)

Last week, Jay's seven-day sales projections went up to 525,000 copies.

YOUR NEW RELEASES: Well, there's Jay-Z and everyone else this week. Magna Carta Holy Grail's chart-topping first week should best the bows of his previous three releases, Watch The Throne (436k), Blueprint 3 (476k) and American Gangster (425k). Looks like Samsung's marketing campaign is paying off for everyone. Here are this week's key debuts: Jay-Z (Roc Nation) 475-525k Ciara (Epic) 55-65k Skylar Gray (KidinaKorner/Interscope) 15-18k Donell Jones (eOne) 10-12k As of this writing Magna Carta remains the #1 album on the iTunes chart in its "explicit" form, while the "clean" version occupies the #5 spot. Lead single "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake is #2 on the singles chart, while "Tom Ford" (an early fave among hip-hop heads) has bounced to #13. (7/10p) (HITS Daily Double)

The new release helped Jay reach new heights with it being his first solo LP to top music charts in the United Kingdom.

Jay-Z has landed his first UK number one album with Magna Carta Holy Grail. The rapper's highest-charting album previously was 2011's collaborative project Watch The Throne with Kanye West, which peaked at number three. The record ousted Mumford & Sons' Babel which enjoyed surging sales following the band's appearance at Glastonbury. In the singles chart, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines returned to the top spot, replacing John Newman's Love Me Again after just one week at number one. (BBC UK)

Despite strong past efforts, Jigga's closest attempt at reaching number one in the UK dated back to 2009.

Jay-Z had never been higher than No. 4 on the British bestsellers in his own right, peaking there with "Blueprint III" in 2009. That was eight years after the original "The Blueprint" opened his album chart account in the territory. From the new album, "Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake, opened at No. 24 on the singles chart. (Billboard)

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