Written by Cyrus Langhorne
Rap mogul Jay-Z proved his new chart-topping Magna Carta Holy Grail album has more meaning to it than just the music by recently paying respect to the actual historic document in England.
According to reports, Young Hov visited the sacred 13th Century document while overseas last weekend.
Who's bigger ... Jay-Z or the Magna Carta -- the historic document that eventually gave Americans "certain inalienable rights" -- not his new album? It's a toss up, but yeah ... Jigga paid his respects during a Sunday visit with the real-life Magna Carta -- the 13th Century document written in England, and forced upon King John in order to provide liberties and justice for all ... and stuff. Jay-Z posed next to the MC in the Salisbury, England cathedral where it's kept under lock and key. Now, if he can just find the Holy Grail. FUN FACT: The Magna Carta is the basis for the U.S. Constitution, and therefore most of our laws. But here's the thing -- do you remember when the Magna Carta was signed? (TMZ)A few days later, Jigga celebrated his new album dominating its competition on the sales charts.
Rap mogul Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail debuted atop the competition at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Jigga's new solo album has sold 527,000 records in week one. (SOHH)Last week, Jay's seven-day sales projections went up to 525,000 copies.
YOUR NEW RELEASES: Well, there's Jay-Z and everyone else this week. Magna Carta Holy Grail's chart-topping first week should best the bows of his previous three releases, Watch The Throne (436k), Blueprint 3 (476k) and American Gangster (425k). Looks like Samsung's marketing campaign is paying off for everyone. Here are this week's key debuts: Jay-Z (Roc Nation) 475-525k Ciara (Epic) 55-65k Skylar Gray(KidinaKorner/Interscope) 15-18k Donell Jones (eOne) 10-12k As of this writing Magna Carta remains the #1 album on the iTunes chart in its "explicit" form, while the "clean" version occupies the #5 spot. Lead single "Holy Grail" featuring Justin Timberlake is #2 on the singles chart, while "Tom Ford" (an early fave among hip-hop heads) has bounced to #13. (7/10p) (HITS Daily Double)The new release also helped Jay reach new heights with it being his first solo LP to top music charts in the United Kingdom.
Jay-Z has landed his first UK number one album with Magna Carta Holy Grail. The rapper's highest-charting album previously was 2011's collaborative project Watch The Thronewith Kanye West, which peaked at number three. The record ousted Mumford & Sons' Babel which enjoyed surging sales following the band's appearance at Glastonbury. In the singles chart, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines returned to the top spot, replacingJohn Newman's Love Me Again after just one week at number one. (BBC UK)
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