Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is projected to sell between 450,000-500,000 in its debut week, based on its first day at retail on July 9. "Magna Carta" is selling strongly with digital retailers, despite how one million download copies were available for free via an app promotion with Samsung. (Source: Billboard)
Bravo Mr. Carter. Bravo.
"Magna Carta" should become Jay's lucky 13th No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, extending his record as the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in chart history. Only the Beatles, with 19 chart-toppers, have had more leaders. (Source: Billboard)
Jay-Z's last solo studio album, 2009's "The Blueprint 3," opened at No. 1 with 476,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. He returned to the top slot in 2011 with the collaborative album "Watch the Throne" (with Kanye West). It started at No. 1 with 436,000. (Source: Billboard)
All of Jay's solo studio albums released since 1999 have debuted with more than 400,000. If "Magna Carta" can surpass the half-million mark in its first week, it would be his fourth release to bow with more than 500,000. He previously debuted with a half-million with "Kingdom Come" (680,000 in 2006), "The Blueprint 2: The Gift and the Curse" (545,000 in 2002) and "The Dynasty Roc La Familia (2000--)" (558,000 in 2000). (Source: Billboard)