Jay-Z Tops Kanye West With New Album

07/18/2013
.
(Radio.com) Turns out Jay-Z didn't need the 1 million free Samsung downloads of his new album Magna Carta... Holy Grail to have one of the best debut sales weeks of 2013.

Data from Nielsen SoundScan confirmed that Magna Carta, the rapper's 12th studio album, is the No. 1 album in the country, selling 527,000 (non-Samsung) copies in its first week.

The numbers place Hova as having the second-largest opening week of the year, bested only by Justin Timberlake, whose The 20/20 Experience opened with 968,000 copies sold.

The sales total also confirms that despite there being arguably more hype surrounding the release of Kanye West's Yeezus, Jay is really the king of the charts. Yeezus managed sales of 327,000 in its first week, no doubt hindered by a hit in prestige due to a pre-release leak.

Then again, it's not like Jay-Z was free of hindrances, either. The million free downloads for Samsung users would have impacted the final sales numbers, as may have a Spotify stream the day before the album's official release.

Regardless, Magna Carta's sales mean it is the best-selling rap record of the year in terms of its first-week numbers, taking the spot formerly occupied by Kanye West's Yeezus. more on this story

Radio.com is an official news provider for antiMusic.com.
Copyright Radio.com/CBS Local - Excerpted here with permission.

advertisement

Jay-Z CDs, DVDs and MP3s

Jay-Z T-shirts and Posters

Share this article
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pin it Share on Reddit email this article


...end


advertisement

News Reports
Day in Rock:
Eagles Add More New Dates To North American Tour- Billy Corgan Reveals New Smashing Pumpkins' Song Details- Foreigner Announce Live Orchestra Tour Dates- more

KISS Spark Retirement Speculation With The End Of The Road Move- Slipknot Star Says He Will Never Go Back On Tour Again- Foreigner Announce Very Special Release- more

Tool's Maynard James Keenan Updates Fans On New Album- Marilyn Manson Has Bizarre Onstage Meltdown- Metallica Release Birthday Tribute To Cliff Burton- Muse- more

The Smashing Pumpkins Announce Reunion Tour- Corey Taylor Reveals Timeline For New Slipknot Album- Metallica To Receive Polar Music Prize- Muse Release 'Thought Contagion'- more

Page Too:
Ed Sheeran Sparks Secret Wedding Speculation- Former One Direction Star Zayn Malik Previews New Music- Kesha Forced To Postpone Shows Due To Concert Fall Injury- more

Drake's Generous Money Giveaway All Part Of 'God's Plan'- Troy Gentry's Widow Sues Over Husband's Death- The Chainsmokers Release 'You Owe Me' Video- Demi Lovato Unplugs- more

Meek Mill Files Appeal Alleging Unreliable Police Testimony- Kendrick Lamar, The Killers Lead NBA All-Star Weekend- Frank Ocean- more

Ed Sheeran and Eminem Release 'River' Video- Kanye West Returns To Instagram With Special Message- Kodak Black Releases R&B Album 'Heartbreak Kodak'- Remy Ma- more

advertisement


Follow Us:

Contact Us - Privacy - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2018 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved.

Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.