It’s been a week since Jay-Z has officially released Magna Carta Holy Grail and the numbers are now in. Magna Carta debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts extending Jay’s record to 13 consecutive No. 1 releases.
That puts him only behind The Beatles, who are at 19. The album moved 527,000 units according to Neilsen Soundscan, and remember that was after he gave away a million units for free.
According to the washingtonpost.com:
“Jay-Z’s new album has sold more than 500,000 units its first week. Nielsen SoundScan said late Tuesday preliminary data shows that “Magna Carta Holy Grail” moved about 527,000 copies. It will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week..
“‘Magna Carta’ has the second-best first-week debut of the year after Justin Timberlake’s ‘20/20 Experience.’ The album features Timberlake, Beyonce, Frank Ocean and Timbaland.”
And those aren’t the only records Hov set. He apparently also set records on Spotify as well.
As reported by usatoday.com:
“The biggest first week in Spotify history. It enjoyed more than 14 million streams in the USA — more than recent releases by Mumford & Sons, Daft Punk and Jay’s buddies and colleagues Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.”
Magna Carta Holy Grail’s No. 1 debut was not only record-breaking for Jay-Z, but for rap music as a genre.
As reported on billboard.com:
“Then last week, Wale stepped aside to grant J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” a turn at the top. Now, with “Magna Carta’s” No. 1 debut, it marks the first time that four different rap albums have consecutively spent their initial week at No. 1.
“We last had three in a row between Sept. 3-24, 2011. That’s when Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne,” the Game’s “The R.E.D. Album” and Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV,” all spent their initial weeks at No. 1.’
So although some critics may not have loved album, which I think shows a lack of understanding.
We can point to one Jay-Z’s favorite quotes in this instance: “Men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t.”
Stay tuned as we break down the numbers.