Jay-Z's '4:44' Goes No. 1 On Albums Chart
4:44 is now Jay-Z’s 14th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
Two weeks after releasing his most recent project 4:44, Jay-Z has now earned his 14th No. 1 album. According to Nielsen Music, the project moved 262,000 equivalent album units – with 174,00 coming for traditional album sales – for the week ending July 13.
The platinum album could have hit the top spot much sooner but did not because Tidal failed to report their streaming numbers to Nielsen Music for the first seven days. With this accomplishment, the Brooklyn rapper has extended his record as the solo artist with the second-most No. 1 albums, beating out Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand, who both have 11 albums. The only one ahead of Jay-Z now is the Beatles, which have 19 No. 1s.
Jay-Z has continued to release 4:44-related content, including music videos for the tracks on the album. On Friday he released the visuals for “BAM.” The video finds Jay-Z exploring Bob Marley‘s old neighborhood, Trenchtown, alongside Marley’s youngest son Damian (who is featured on “BAM”). As Damian takes Jay-Z on a tour they also discuss reggae music’s timeless influence, especially on black music in America. From there, Sister Nancy, whose groundbreaking track “Bam Bam” is sampled on Jay-Z’s “BAM,” makes an appearance, as she talks about her seminal reggae song with Jay and Damian.
In October, Jay-Z will embark on a tour in support of 4:44 that will have him performing throughout the United States (including two back-to-back show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center).