Z's '4:44' Tops Charts, Earning His 14th Number One Album

JAY-Z Breaks Records With '4:44'

JAY-Z Breaks Records With '4:44'

Of its total, 174,000 units were in traditional album sales.

With 14 Number One LPs, Jay-Z extends his own record for chart-topping albums among solo artists; Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand rank second with 11.

He may have taken an unusual route to get it, but Jay-Z officially has his 14th No. 1 album.

Jigga's album, which was released on June 30 and has already been certified platinum, would have topped the charts last week.

Then, on July 7, the album became widely available to most streaming services (but not Spotify, as JAY-Z pulled his catalog from the service in April) and to retailers as both a download and CD (with three bonus tracks). Among all musical acts, Hov is behind the Beatles who have 19 No. 1 albums in their career.

Overall, 4:44's launch of 262,000 units grants the album the fourth-largest week of 2017, behind the debuts of Kendrick Lamar's DAMN.

However, Hov didn't have the biggest debut week of 2017, at least according to Billboard. (227,000 SEA units; 340.6 million song streams) and Sheeran's ÷ (90,000 SEA units; 134.6 million song streams).

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