Jay Z has logged 23 weeks at #1 on The Billboard 200 over the course of his career, which is the third highest tally among rappers. He’s behind Eminem (29 weeks) and M.C. Hammer, who spent 24 weeks at #1 in 1990—all with one blockbuster album, Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ’Em.
Ironically, many music critics have raved about West’s album and have dismissed Jay Z’s. Entertainment Weekly’s Ray Rahman gave West’s album an A- and Jay Z’s album a C+. (EW’s Kyle Anderson took an even dimmer view of Jay Z’s album, giving it a D.) Rolling Stone gave West’s album 4-1/2 stars and Jay Z’s album just three stars. Of course, this isn’t the first time that music critics and album buyers have seen things differently.
Jay Z’s album sold 70K digital copies this week, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums for the second week. It has sold 419K digital copies to date. It’s already Jay’s third-best-selling digital album, following Watch The Throne (with West, 778K) and The Blueprint 3 (464K).
Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 24 debuts at #3. This is the 17th volume in this series to reach the top 10. Only one franchise in music history has spawned more top 10 albums. That’s the Now franchise, which has sent 51 volumes into the top 10. The first Kidz Bop installment to reach the top 10 was Kidz Bop 7 in February 2005. All but one installment since then has made the top 10.
Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times dips from #4 to #5. It holds at #1 on Top Country Albums for the fifth week. It’s the first album by a duo to log five or more weeks at #1 on the country chart since Sugarland’s Love On The Inside, which spent six weeks on top in the summer of 2008. It’s the first debut album to log five or more weeks at #1 on the country chart since Scotty McCreery’s Clear As Day, which spent six weeks on top in 2011.
The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack debuts at #8. It’s #1 on Top Soundtracks. The made-for-TV movie drew 8.4 million viewers Friday night, making it the Disney Channel’s most watched original movie in four years. The musical is the Disney Channel’s fifth-most-watched original movie. (The channel’s ratings champ is High School Musical 2, which drew a remarkable 17.2 million viewers in its 2007 debut.)
Incidentally, Simpson is the third artist with that surname to crack the top 10, following sisters Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson.
Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.
The Top Five: Jay Z’s Magna Carta…Holy Grail holds at #1 for the second week (129K)…Sara Bareilles’ Blessed Unrest debuts at #2 (68K). It’s her third top 10 album…Kidz Bop Kids’ Kidz Bop 24 debuts at #3 (62K). This is the 17th volume in this series to reach the top 10…Ace Hood’s Trials & Tribulations debuts at #4 (34K). It’s his second top 10 album… Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times dips from #4 to #5 in its 33rd week (31K). This is its eighth week in the top 10.
The Second Five: Imagine Dragons’ Night Visions dips from #5 to #6 its 46th week (28K). This is its 15th week in the top 10…J. Cole’s Born Sinner drops from #3 to #7 in its fifth week (27K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time… The Teen Beach Movie soundtrack debuts at #8 (25K)…Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience rebounds from #13 to #9 in its 18th week (24K). This is its 15th week in the top 10…Cody Simpson’s Surfer’s Paradise debuts at #10 (24K). It’s his first top 10 album.
As noted above, Kanye West’s Yeezus drops from #6 to #18. Five other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Ciara’s Ciara drops from #2 to #20. Wale’s The Gifted drops from #7 to #15. Skylar Grey’s Don’t Look Down plummets from #8 to #69. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories drops from #9 to #14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ The Heist drops from #10 to #12.
Pitch Perfect drops from #12 to #19 in its 39th week. It’s the highest-ranking soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie for the 21st week. Anna Kendrick’s sleeper hit “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)” has ranked #10 on the Hot 100 the last two weeks.
Ronald Isley’s This Song Is For You debuts at #27. It’s the highest-charting of his three solo albums. Here I Am (a collabo with Burt Bacharach) reached #73. Mr. I hit #50. The Isley Brothers first charted in September 1962 with Twist & Shout. The title song became a #2 hit for the Beatles in April 1964. The Isleys first cracked the top 30 in May 1969 with It’s Our Thing. That album contained the #2 hit “It’s Your Thing.”
Mindless Behavior’s Mindless Behavior: All Around The World holds at #1 on Top Music Videos for the second week.
The Conjuring was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.
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