According to Billboard, Jay-Z had the second biggest opening week of the year after moving 527,000 copies of the album. Only HOV’s Legends of Summer tour mate Justin Timberlake sold more copies in one week.
Mana Carta marks Jay-Z’s 13th No. 1 record, extending his record for most No. 1 albums by a solo act in history. Among all artists, only The Beatles have more (19).
The achievement also marks the first time four different rap albums have topped the charts in consecutive weeks. First, Kanye West’s Yeezus, then J Cole’s Born Sinner and Wale’s The Gifted, and now Magna Carta.