Magna Carta Holy Grail Tops UK Album Charts

New release gives Jay his first British No. 1.

Posted: 07/15/2013 10:44 AM EDT
Jay-Z

It's hard to find a career first for Jay-Z when music is involved, but Magna Carta Holy Grail managed to give the mogul something he's never had before: a No. 1 album across the pond.

After seven of his releases peaked in the Top 40, Jay's 12th studio album, MCHG, topped the British charts, according to sales figures released Sunday (July 14), knocking English folk rock band Mumford & Sons out of the top spot (the group's Babel release fell to fifth place after 42 weeks on the charts).

Previously, 2009's Blueprint 3 gave the 43-year-old BK MC his highest charting release at No. 4, followed up by 2011's Watch the Throne collaboration with Kanye West, which peaked at No. 3 in the U.K.

Stateside, MCHG had a debut fit for a rap king. The release was digitally distributed to 1 million Samsung mobile subscribers on July 4, earning Jay an automatic RIAA platinum plaque. Neilson Soundscan numbers for the physical unveiling of the album will come out this week.

Just as his latest soared to first place, Hovito was in London performing his classics and cuts off MCHG during the Wireless Festival Saturday (July 14). At one point Justin Timberlake joined Mr. Carter on stage for "Holy Grail" and the singer's  "Suit & Tie" single. Rihanna was also on hand, rocking the crowd with her boss for a rendition of "Run This Town."

Jay enjoyed his headlining set telling the crowd of 60,000 that he "likes" London and thanking them for being "an incredible audience."

He and Timberlake will set off on a nationwide Legends of Summer tour kicking off in the U.S. this Friday (July 19) at Yankee Stadium.

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