Jay-Z collects his 14th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his latest release, 4:44, debuts tops the tally.
According to data from Nielsen SoundScan on Monday, the rapper and producer confessional and political release has sold 262,000 units to earn the fourth-highest one-week album sales total of 2017.
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Jay-Z long-awaited first album in four years appeared to be an album in which he admitted cheating on his wife Beyonce.
4:44 which also addresses the last month of the birth of their twins, was released on June 30 as a one-week exclusive to members of his streaming platform Tidal and customers of wireless carrier Sprint Corp.
Despite being certified platinum in its first week, 4:44 was absent from last week’s Billboard 200 album chart because Tidal did not report numbers to Nielsen Music.
4:44’s No. 1 arrival extends Jay-Z’s record as the solo artist with the most No. 1 albums in the 61-year history of the Billboard 200 chart.
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However, despite the critical praise and publicity for 4:44, Nielsen-reported sales were well below the 2017 debuts of rapper Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN, with 603,000 units, Drake’s More Life and British singer Ed Sheeran’s Divide.
In other new entries, rapper 21 Savage’s new release Issa Album debuted at No. 2 with 76,000 units sold, and Los Angeles girl rock band group Haim saw their second album, Something To Tell You, and in seventh place in its first week of release.
On the digital songs chart, which measures online single sales, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi’s summer hit “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber continued its reign at No. 1 with another 124,000 copies sold.
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The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).