World-renowned emcee and mogul, JAY-Z continues to make history on the Billboard charts. This time with the Roc Nation bosses 13th album, 4:44. The Brooklyn native’s ascenion to the top of the Billboard charts for a record-extending 14th time, prove once again the staying power of the legendary emcee on the charts.
As earlier today JAY topped the Billboard 200 chart with the No. 1 album in the country by moving 262,000 equivalent units and 174,000 in traditional album sales for his latest release, the aforementioned, 4:44. Thus giving him his record-extending 14th chart-topper of his career and according to Nielsen Music, the fourth-biggest debut of the year across any genre.
With his strong debut, JAY-Z not only extends his record for most No. 1 albums by a soloist, but further distances himself from the two acts with the second-most among soloists, Bruce Springsteen and Barbara Streisand, whom both have 11 each. Only The Beatles 19 No. 1’s is more among all acts.
Ironically enough two of JAY-Z’z young peers in Hip-Hop, Kendrick Lamar and Drake have had the two biggest debut’s of the year with their DAMN. and More Life albums. Also showing despite what some may think, Hip-Hop still has a very strong showing on the Billboard charts.
It’s a really huge feat for JAY-Z’s own, Roc Nation helmed-label too, which with their own roster of label and management-signed acts, have for the most part had another really huge year on the charts.