American hip-hop mogul Jay-Z is making history again. Even though the superstar could have easily won the best debut of 2013 with ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ – thanks to over 1.5 million units sold – Billboard is not counting the 1 million sales made via Samsung app, so Jay-Z will have to settle for the second-best debut of the year, with 527,000 copies sold in its first week at retail. However, this is still great news for the ’99 Problems’ rapper, as ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ is his 13th leader.
The latest figures easily surpassed the ‘Run This Town’ rapper’s previous two releases, 2009’s ‘The Blueprint 3’ which sold 476,000 units and ‘Watch The Throne’ which sold 436,000 units. Still, the hip-hop superstar will have to be content with the No. 2 spot for 2013, behind pop superstar and frequent collaborator Justin Timberlake who reached No. 1 with ‘The 20/20 Experience’ and 968,000 units sold.
These final figures have pushed Jay-Z well ahead of the year’s earlier second placer, ‘Random Access Memories’ by Daft Punk, which sold 339,000 units in its first week. While the famous rapper managed to get the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to play by his ‘new rules’ and present him with a platinum plaque for 1 million units sold via Samsung app, Billboard refused to count in those sales and stuck to the numbers they announced.