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

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Rap mogul Jay-Z on Sun­day ex­tended his record as the solo artist with the most num­ber-one US al­bums, af­ter a one-week de­lay when his Ti­dal stream­ing ser­vice de­clined to re­lease data. "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 num­ber one, track­ing ser­vice Nielsen Mu­sic said.

Jay-Z ex­panded his lead as the solo artist with the most num­ber-one 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 The Bea­tles who have 19 num­ber-one al­bums in the United States. 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 its 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. — AFP

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