Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail continues to rack up accolades. Hov’s 12th studio album should become the first rap LP to retain the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart since 2011, reports Billboard.
One factor in the feat is lack of competition. While it’s too premature to known how many units Jay will sell this week, industry insiders suggest no other albums dropping this week have enough selling power to outdo Hov. According to Billboard, the only threat may be singer Sara Bareilles who released her album, The Blessed Unrest. But even that is unlikely. In 2011, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV was the last rap album to maintain its No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for two consecutive weeks holding the spot on September 17 and September 24.
As previously reported, MCHG sold over 500,000 copies in its first seven days on shelves after already claiming a platinum plaque for selling 1 million copies to Samsung on the day of its release. The new Billboard 200 Top 10 will be unveiled, July 24.