Well, after marching to the beat of his own drum by surpassing the million mark with Samsung, the preliminary numbers are for the physical copy sales of Jay-Z’s newest LP, Magna Carta Holy Grail, selling an outstanding 527,000 copies in its first week. The majority of the project for which was handled by Timbaland, also becomes the second most highest selling album this year behind JT’s The 20/20 Experience—and it stands as Hov’s 13th number 1—making it his fourth LP to cross the half a million mark in its first week.
Congrats to Jay Hova on setting those new rules though. Groundbreaking.
Among all artists, only the Beatles — with 19 No. 1s — have more. Tied for the third-most No. 1s are Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley, who each have 10 leaders.
Jay-Z has seen every one of his solo studio albums reach No. 1 since 1998′s “Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life,” which also happened to mark his first No. 1. His 13 chart-toppers also include three collaborative albums: one each with R. Kelly, Linkin Park and West, respectively.
“Magna Carta’s” bow is bigger than industry sources had forecast a week ago. Initially, the day before it hit retailers on July 9, the album was heading for a possible debut in the range of 350,000 to 400,000. Two days later, its forecast jumped to 450,000 to 500,000. And finally, by Friday (July 12), the range was fine-tuned to 475,000 to 500,000.
Source: The Juice