Jay-Z Goes Straight In at #1 On UK Album Chart

July 15, 2013
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On Sunday evening American rapper Jay-Z’s latest album Magna Carta… Holy Grail  entered the UK album charts at #1.  This is his 12th studio album and features collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and his wife Beyoncé.

Is this the result of the album ‘leaking’ online back on 4th July prior to its official release one wonders?  The album appeared on the internet after Jay-Z unveiled it via his Samsung app (although some fans complained after being sent the clean edit and not the full explicit version).  It’s a clever marketing ploy (and we know Jay-Z is a fantastic entrepreneur and businessman) it created the hype but kept the version the fans wanted back, they still bought it on iTunes, huge sales numbers all around. Clever man.

Not only that, he hit the headlines for coming close to tears when talking about his beautiful daughter Blue Ivy during an interview with producer Rick Rubin to promote the album: “She’s something that we both created. We still marvel at her. It’s most obvious in the song called ‘Jay Z Blue’. And it deals with… my pop left when I was young, so he didn’t teach me how to be a man nor how to raise a child or how to treat a woman. So of course, my karma, the two things I need, I don’t have, right? And I have a daughter. It’s the paranoia of not being a great dad.”

A very affable and inspiring character, it’s certainly possible that people buy into the man himself, not just the music.

Elsewhere in the UK charts, Rod Stewart’s Time climbed back up to #2, while British folk-rock singer-songwriter Passenger also rose three places to #3 with All The Little Things.

Michael Bublé dropped down two places to #4 with To Be Loved, with last week’s chart-toppers Mumford & Sons falling to #5 with Babel.

In the Official UK Singles Chart, Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines regained the #1 spot, pushing John Newman into the #2 slot with Love Me Again.

Lucy.J.

@LucyWKTDJ

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