Finally, the rapper has cracked the UK charts.
Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail isn’t just a domestic hit – the record stormed the top of the UK album chart this week, making this Jay-Z’s very first UK Number 1. Despite not being eligible for the Billboard Chart, because of Mr. Carter’s Samsung distribution deal, it looks like Magna Carta is a definite commercial success. Jay-Z has never held the top spot in the UK charts, but the closest the rapper/producer/music mogul has come, was with the 2011 Kanye West collaboration Watch The Throne, BBC report.
Jay has finally conquered the UK Charts.
Magna Carta steals the chart from previous winner Babel by Mumford and Sons, who’s recent Glastonbury gig rocketed them to the top and has sustained steady sales since then. Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay-Z's 15th album, features guest appearances from Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Beyonce, among others. It may be that Jay’s appearances as one of the headlining acts at London’s Wireless festival this past month are what tipped the scales in the rapper’s favor.
His Wireless gig served as a sales boost.
"I feel the love tonight," Jay-Z, 43, told the crowd at Queen Elizabeth Park on the former Olympic site. "I like it out here. "You've been an incredible audience tonight." The gig featured a cameo by collaborater Justin Timberlake, who came on to perform a rendition of Holy Grail. On the following night, Tirlake and Jay-Z shared the stage for a full set of collaborative tracks.
Mr Carter collaborated with Justin Timberlake over the three nights of Wireless.