Q. How Many UK No.1's Does Jay-Z Have? A. Less Than You Think
Jay-Z scored his first UK No.1 with Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Incredibly, Jay-Z has landed his first ever UK number one album, with Magna Carta Holy Grail storming the chart and holding off Mumford & Sons and Rod Stewart. The rapper's previous highest-charting album was the 2011 collaborate effort with Kanye West, Watch the Throne, which entered at No.3.
Holy Grail managed to hold off Mumford & Sons' Babel despite a surge in sales following the group's triumphant headlining show at the Glastonbury Festival. Jay-Z also comfortably outsold Rod Stewart's number-one album Time. Passenger took the third spot with All The Little Light, with Canadian crooner Michael Buble dropped two places to No.4 with To Be Loved.
Jay-Z has been performing in the UK this weekend, headlining the second night of the Wireless music festival at the Queen Elizabeth Park on the former Olympics site. "I feel the love tonight," Jay-Z, 43, told the crowd, "You've been an incredible audience tonight." The rapper - still one of the biggest hip-hop acts in the world - was joined by Timberlake during the encore for a rendition of Holy Grail.
Over on the singles chart, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines returned to No.1 with John Newman's Love Me Again dropping one place to No.2. Will.i.am, Icona Pop, Lawson and Passenger were others featuring prominently in the Top 10, with Daft Punk's summer hit Get Lucky up one place to No.9.
Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail Artwork
Jay-Z Performing At The Wireless Festival