Jay-Z new album, 4:44 lands at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending July 13, marking the rapper’s 14th chart-topping set.
The feat lengthens Jay-Z’s stance as the solo artist with the most No. 1 albums in the history of the all-genre albums chart, according to Billboard. He is three ahead of Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand, who are tied for second place with 11 No. 1 albums each. The Beatles lead all acts with 19 No. 1 albums.
4:44 tallied 262,000 equivalent album units, 174,000 units of which were through traditional album sales, according to Nielsen Music. The 262,000 is the fourth-highest opening frame for 2017.
Jay-Z fans will recall that the album actually came out two weeks ago, so why the debut now? It’s a little complicated. The set was originally released on June 30, but only to Tidal subscribers. Tidal does not report sales to Nielsen for the week ending July 6, so it did not appear on last week’s Billboard 200. Additionally, Sprint, with whom Jay- Z partnered on the album, offered free downloads starting July 2, but Billboard does not count free downloads for albums during their first weeks of release. Therefore, the Nielsen tally started July 7 after the album became available on most streaming services and to online and physical retailers for purchase. The album is still not available via Spotify or this past week’s numbers would have undoubtedly been higher.
The three albums to have sold more in their first week on the Billboard 200 this year are Kendrick Lamar’s Damn (603,000), Drake’s More Life (505,000) and Ed Sheeran’s + (pronounced Divide) (451,000), according to Billboard.
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