Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail is a hit!
Besides receiving rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News and USA Today, Billboard reported that the Brooklyn native’s new studio album reached the top of the English record chart.
The rap mogul beat out celebrated vocalists Passenger, Rod Stewart and Michael Buble and U.K. folk rock band Mumford & Sons to acclaim the top spot.
In addition, Jay-Z might have received sale boosts prior to his performance at the Wireless Festival (which featured appearances from frequent collaborators Rihanna and Justin Timberlake).
This marks Jay-Z’s first time at the top of the English charts. Before he released Magna Carta Holy Grail, the “99 Problems” singer peaked at number four when he released the Blueprint III in 2009 and number three when he teamed up with Kanye West for the critically acclaimed Watch the Throne album.
However, Jay-Z’s position at the top could be in trouble as both R&B/Soul superstar Robin Thicke and the Backstreet Boys prepare to release their highly anticipated studio albums later on this month.