Rapper Jay-Z extends record for No.1 albums – one week late

Source:AFP Published: 2017/7/17 16:58:39

Rap mogul Jay-Z on Sunday extended his record as the solo artist with the most No.1 US albums, after a one-week delay when his Tidal streaming service declined to release album data.

His 4:44 debuted at the top of the Billboard album sales chart for the week through Thursday, replacing rapper DJ Khaled's Grateful and marking Jay-Z's 14th No.1, tracking service Nielsen Music said.

Jay-Z expanded his lead as the solo artist with the most No.1 albums since the chart's creation in its current form in 1956. Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand are tied in second place at 11.

Among all artists, Jay-Z trails only British band The Beatles who have 19 No.1 albums in the US.

Unusually for such a high-profile release, 4:44 entered the chart only on its second week after Jay-Z released it on CD, Apple's iTunes and rival streaming services-- with the exception of Spotify. It sold 262,000 units.

Jay-Z released the album on June 30 as an exclusive on his Tidal streaming service, which is partly owned by telecom operator Sprint.

Tidal, which has been trying to close Spotify's sizable lead as the biggest streaming service, did not release data for the album's first week.

Tidal, which is privately held by entrepreneurs led by Jay-Z, has been guarded about releasing its streaming figures publicly.

Sprint also gave away free downloads of 4:44, which would be ineligible for the chart under Nielsen Music's criteria.

The album, Jay-Z's first in four years, won favorable reviews and marked growing introspection from the 47-year-old rapper.

Jay-Z on the album apologizes to his wife, pop superstar Beyonce, for infidelity, references their newborn twins and supports his mother as she comes out as lesbian.

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