JAY-Z’S ‘MAGNA CARTA HOLY GRAIL’ TOPS CHARTS, CIARA DEBUTS AT NO. 2

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Jay-Z has done it again. The rap king reigns at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 withMagna Carta… Holy Grail.

 

The 12th solo album from Mr. Carter sold 527,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the second-biggest sales week for analbum this year following Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience, which sold 968,000 in its opening week.

According to Billboard, Jay-Z also earns his 13th No. 1 following Watch the Throne, extending his record for the most chart-toppers by a solo act in history. Only the Beatles have more with 19 No. 1s.

Magna Carta is his fourth album to debut with more than a half-million copies in a week and his largest sales week for any album since 2006′s Kingdom Come(680,000).

Before it even hit the charts, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA after Samsung purchased 1 million copies and gave them away for free to its mobileusers on July 4.

Ciara’s self-titled fifth album enters at No. 2 with 58,000, marking her biggest debut since 2009′s Fantasy Ride (81,000). Her previous set, 2010′s Basic Instinct, bowed at No. 44 with 37,000.

Skylar Grey’s oft-delayed debut Don’t Look Down, executive produced by Eminem, comes in at No. 8 with 24,000.

Meanwhile, last week’s chart-topper J. Cole falls 1-3 (39,000) with Born Sinner, Wale’s The Gifted slides 2-7 (28,000), and Kanye West’s Yeezus drops 3-6 (29,000).

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