New rules, familiar results. Jay-Z may have embarked on a rather unorthodox way of releasing his latest effort, Magna Carta Holy Grail, but the success of the project is one with which he is all too familiar. As expected, MCHG has claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart after selling a whopping 527,000 copies in its first week of sales, according to the numbers from Nielsen SoundScan.
This marks the fourth week in a row that a hip hop album has stood at the top of the charts, a record-setting feat of course. After Kanye West debuted at No. 1 with Yeezus, Wale's The Gifted held down the spot before passing the torch to J. Cole's Born Sinner. Now MCHG gives the genre its first ever back-to-back-to-back-to-back chart-toppers; and Jay's Roc Nation three consectutive weeks of No. 1s.
For Jay, this is the 13th No. 1 album of his career, extending his record for the most No. 1s from a solo act. It now moves him ever closer to the Beatles' overall record of 19.
Hov also pulled in over 14 million streams on Spotify, reports Forbes, breaking a record there for first-week activity that was set by Daft Punk's Random Access Memories (9.5 million after its May 19 release).
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