Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Projected To Sell More Than 500,000 Units Its First Week

posted Tuesday July 16 ,2013 at 05:24PM CDT | 233 comments


UPDATE: According to first-week sales projections, Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" is expected to enter the charts at #1, with more than 500,000 copies sold its first sales week in stores.

Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is expected to sell between 350,000 and 400,000 copies its first sales week in stores, making it the presumptive #1 album when sales figures are announced next week (July 17), according to billboard.com. The sales projections are based in part on pre-orders through digital retail outlets. 

If Magna Carta Holy Grail does indeed debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week, it would be Jay-Z's thirteenth #1 album, as per Billboard. Jigga already holds the record for the solo artist with the most #1 albums in music history. The Beatles, who have 19 #1 albums, are the only artists with more #1 albums than Jay-Z, according to the story.

Jay-Z gave away 1 million copies of the album via Samsung users July 4 and the retail version of his album became available today (July 9). The next sales tracking week ends Sunday (July 14).

Last week, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that it was changing the way it certifies releases as gold and platinum, in part because of Sumsung purchasing 1 million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail. "Going forward, sales of albums in digital format will become eligible on the release date, while sales of albums in physical format will still become eligible for certification 30 days after the release date," Liz Kennedy, Director, Communications and Gold & Platinum Program, RIAA, wrote on riaa.com July 1. Traditionallly, a release is certified gold once it sells 500,000 units and earns platinum status once it sells 1 million units, and had been available for purchase for at least 30 days.

Jay-Z's most recent solo studio album, 2009's The Blueprint 3, debuted at #1 and sold 476,000 copies its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Hov returned to the #1 spot two years later with Kanye West for the Watch The Throne album, which entered the charts at #1 with 436,000 units sold its first week, as per Billboard.

(June 9)

UPDATE: Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail is expected to sell 528,208 copies its first sales week in stores, making it the #1 album in the country, according to hitsdailydouble.com. The final sales figures will be released tomorrow (July 17).

Magna Carta Holy Grail will become Jay-Z's thirteenth #1 album, according to billboard.com. The site initially reported that Magna Carta Holy Grail would sell between 350,000 and 400,000 units.

Ciara's self-titled album is slated to be the #2 album in the country. It is expected to sell 57,515 units its first week in stores, according to hitsdailydouble.com.

RELATED: Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Causes RIAA To Update Certification Policies

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  • jasonnn
  • Anna I. Johnson
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  • Anonymous
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  • sxxx9
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  • GOAT
    Best rapper of all time, fuck outta here yall. This nigga going plat in a few weeks in 2013.
  • Come on
    Love this record a little slower and some of the songs sound similar and blend in abit bout over all 4/5 sounds fair to me..Kanye's album is still my favorite out of the lot of them IMO
    • Anonymous
      No, he won't.
  • j Dirty
    You know J has the money to buy a shit load of them albums,He dont want his record to flop.I wouldnt be suprised if he fucked the numbers up like fake youtube veiws.
    • Anonymous
      Hate-filled excuses. This is Jay-Z. Every album he puts out does well in sales and goes platinum. He doesn't need to buy them.
  • Gucci The realist
    Gucci Mane = realest rapper ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - T.I. snitch to the feds - Young Jeezy was never bmf - 50 Cent snitch and was never in jail but a youthcamp - Game was never a banger but lived the life of his brother in his lyrics - Nas Escobar never sold drugs - Ice Cube never was a gangbanger - Dr Dre never was a gangbanger - 2pac was a ballerina and never sold drugs after he become famous he was doing some stupid stuff like beating and shooting at people because he though he could get away with it. Without Suge Knight 2pac was just a skinny motherfucker. Oh and i like his music so fuck you. - Mobb deep are the biggiest pussies in rap they are short as midgets and keep talking this g shit but never did g shit. - Jayz never did a crime in his life listen to open letter
    • Anonymous
      Boosie more of a G than Gucci, bruh
    • Anonymous
      Pac busted on cops
  • robmarkman
    HOV need to sign http://soundcloud.com/love_at_first_sound/recklessyouth he make the type of music kanye SHOULD be making.
  • jerry
    thats just not true. The quality of Nas shit today is absolutely better than Jay. I am big fans of both but thats the truth. Jay's flow has started to become stale and drawn out
    1.5 2 weeks bow down btches
    • Anonymous
      That 1 million doesn't count leech boy.
  • dentaldamboy
    As an accountant for young money, I can confirm that our bitchasses will never sell that many copies again. We're broke bitches with no money.
    Ja Rule - Fuck Fame , will outsell all these wack nigguz these days. #JARULE #FUCKFAME #RULETALK
  • ThaKritic
    Lol seems like the rappers who only move 150k-200k are safe. If you sell under 150k you're the biggest flop and if you move more than 200k you're considerd over hyped.. Jay is one of the nicest but since he on top right now erebody wan point they hatin' finger at em. yall did the same wit kendrick after goin' platinum. I guess people mix up being a sell-out with an artist that sells.. Hatin' ass niggas! Jay stay winning.
  • insanemacbeth
    very BIG, JAY!
  • MIO
    Ja Rule Next Album - titled "Fuck Fame" Track list 1.King Of The Nile - Ft Chrisette Michele prod by. Cool & dre ) 2. I'm Back (Produced By. Kanye West) 3. My Brother's Keeper - Ja Rule Ft Rick Ross (produced by. 7) 4. Freedom - Ja Rule ft. The Dream (produced by. Chink Santana) 5. What We Gon' Do (produced by. Street Runners) 6. Prime Time- Ja Rule Ft Jay Z & DMX ( produced by. Irv Gotti ) 7. All Of This - Ja Rule Ft Drake (Produced by. Noah "40") 8. The Rules (Produced By. Just Blaze) 9. T.I.M.E(Produced By Swizz Beatz) 10. My Baby Ft Ashanti ( Produced By. 7) 11. Dangerous Minds Ft Asap Rocky ( Produced by. Hit Boy ) 12. The World Ft. Scarface & Nas & Jadakiss(Produced by. Irv ) 13. No Limit ( Produced by Justice L.E.A.G.U.E ) 14. Big Remo Skit 2013 15. On The Run Ft Fat Joe & N.O.R.E ( produced by. 7) 16. F**k Fame (produced by. No I.D) 17. Our Life Feat. Mary J Blige( produced by. 7) 18. Ride With Me (produced by. Irv) 19. My Dreams ft LLoyd ,Black Child , Cadillac Tah, Vita , Charlie Baltimore & Ashanti ( produced by. Malay) Get Ready "Fuck Fame" Welcome Home Ja Follow @Ruleyork Twitter!.
    • Anonymous
  • Shady
    and go platinum in 2
  • Real Talk
    Eminems next solo album will do 750-850k first week!
  • The Game
    u fools need to stop blogging here, get outta yo house and go grab a copy of my classic album that has ALREADY sold 3mil!! #RED ALBUM
    • Anonymous
      fuck outta here Game stan, jay sold more in 3 days than jesus piece sold total
  • Anonymous
    I'm a gay piece of shit
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  • Kizman
    the only reason why people don't consider Jay to be the greatest is because he aint dead yet. We jump on everyone's dick when they die. If pac and biggie were alive today, they likely would be retired and have a reality show done on VH1. Longevity is the test of greatness. This dude is 43 years old, and is still releasing #1 albums, and even his first #1 hit. He a one of the most powerful hip hop moguls, and one of the wealthiest. Most young MC's credit Jay for their influence than any others!
  • Anonymous
    Album is boring n weak ass fuck. You nigglets realin feelin that shit huh, when you be ridin around in the summer with the windows down and your subs bumpin lol?! Fuck that weak ass album.
  • Anonymous
    We are too divided because of big business in the hip hop game, it is a numbers game not. mainstream hip hop is losing it artistic form.
  • Dentaldamboy
    As an accountant for YMCMB I can confirm Jay Z does not want to go to war with YMCMB. Wayne already said that if Jay Z disses one more time, he will go Mel Gibson on him. The YMCMB army is built for war. Wayne a certified gangsta. He got 3 tear drops, did a bid on the island and all that. Wayne ethered rappers and even caused permanent damage to Dez Bryant's knee. Jay is wack. All Wayne has to do is throw him a rock and Jay will fuck his life up again
  • Anonymous
    wtf? here's the jewel: "too bad he cant sell a million even once in the USA!!!" >Doesn't matter where you sell as long as you do.
  • Anonymous
    Samsung BOUGHT 1m digital copies of MCHG. Doesn't matter if they gave it away AFTERWARDS, they PAID for them! But look at this Quote-Man clown talk: "too bad he (RICK ROSS) cant sell a million even once in the USA!!!" >Doesn't matter where you sell as long as you do.
    • Anonymous
      loL, fucked that one up: "too bad he cant sell a million even once in the USA!!!" >Doesn't matter where you sell as long as you do.
  • anonymous
    i dont understand. his "first" week sales go 13 days?
  • Steve
    Eminem will out sell this album with his next