Jay-Z Scores 10th #1 Album

Jay-Z tops this week’s Billboard 200 album sales chart with his American Gangster album, which sold 425,861 records in its first week. While this figure is lower than the first week sales of last year’s Kingdom Come (over 680,000), it was still enough to give Jay his tenth number one album, tying him with Elvis Presley for the second highest number of number one albums (The Beatles still have a lock on the top spot with 19). But with Kanye West’s Graduation selling over 437,000 in September, Jay failed to have the year’s biggest hip-hop opening week.

Cassidy’s third album B.A.R.S.: The Barry Adrian Reese Story was the week’s second highest hip-hop debut, coming in at #10 by moving over 63,000 units. Nas’ Greatest Hits compilation, released by Columbia Records, landed at #124 with total first week sales of 6,882.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Streets Is Watchin

    AND THE WINNER IS HOV….SPEECH!!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/manishbeats707 SupaStar

    damn nas

  • LMAO @ NAS

    Nas Flopped…

    • B.easy

      it was a compilation album what did u xpect

    • RichYungKing

      It Was A Compilation Album What Did Niggas Expect… And Plus It Was Released By COLUMBIA…So Of Course Die Hard Fans Ain’t Goin To Get It It Don’t Benefit NAS In ANYWAY..

  • Mike Patch Fortworth,TX

    First of all I’d like to thank my connect…

  • B

    Worst Rapper in the Game..He buys his own albums..I can’t stand this most wack ass overated artist of all time..

    • Real Hip Hop

      You sound real stupid right now.. If dude brought his own albums, dont you think the nigga would have brought more than that? come on be for real and stop hating my dude

      But anyways damn, that’s a low figure for Jay, especially for 1st weeks sales. He normally do gold his 1st week but i think so many people wanted that album, that they downloaded it when it leaked instead of waiting to buy it.

      • ellio

        actually, Blueprint did some of the same numbers, and so did the Dynasty and those were still multi. hola hovito the best to do it since the best to do it

        • grapes

          If you think that this album is going platinum, you’re sadly wrong.

        • dnero718

          wishful thinkin i see…hatin hov won’t change the fact most hip hop fans recognize him as one of the best of all time and this album is goin to sell 1-1.4 mill like all his other joints…10 number 1 albums guess that was just dumb luck huh?..lmao

    • Blakjustice30

      Can you rap B? Then shut yo face!!! Fools always hating on brothers instead of uplifting brothers, if you don’t like dude, then just shut the f^$! up!!!

      • http://www.sixfiggaz.net Six Figgaz

        What Blackjustice said! Thank you!

    • http://www.aol.com hov

      u dumb ass fuck hovv is a god he’s the best 2 do it since big so what u mean u stuck on that lil wayne bullshit like he the best he just got hot in like 2005 hov been hot his whole career u lil wayne dickrider ya only like who everyone likes ya dont know real hiphop ya think just cuz a man can freestyle and say funny shit he’s the best it takes years 2 get where hov’s at wayne cant touch him in album sales or in money the greatest of all time is Jay so hop off cash money’s nutts

    • darron

      aye bro jay is the best in the game…. he got a little more wins under his belt than lil wayne… as of rappin wise lil wayne has punchlines for dayz…. but jay is real talk, hes like jordan and lil wayne is kobe

      • grapes

        LOL If ‘Pac & B.I.G. were alive…things would be so much different…Jay would still be like an Amare Stoudemire. Actually, Jay is more Amare RIGHT NOW. He had his potential, but he’s too WEAK (not that Amare weak in the post, but his knees…not so strong) that he can’t stay consistant. Think about it…Reasonable Doubt…A bunch of flops…A couple of pretty decdent albums thrown in…Black album: his “retirement”…his comeback (which was weak)…now this. It’s okay. DEFINITELY wouldn’t be legendary status though, if ‘Pac & Big didn’t pass…R.I.P.

        • MARK CARTEL

          u made a good point i cant even front

        • dnero718

          LMAO…1st of all reasonable doubt is better than any 2pac album by a mile period and that came out when pac was alive…and how does those two bein alive take away from jay?..u sayin that would have magically made songs like “Hard Knock Life”, “Can I Get A..” “Give It To Me” any less major..and wat couple of flops are u talkin about?? all 10 of his albums have gone platinum or better..niggas act like big and pac weren’t human..like they would have never fallen off…BIG made 2 classics but how long could he keep it up b4 slippin up a little and pac is by far the most overrated rapper ever and jay woulda got in his ass if not for him dying so soon after dissing him…i ain’t sayin call hov the GOAT but at least respect the fact he’s in the conversation…1

    • BOOGOLOGY

      You know hatin is a sickness. I guess he must be doing something right when theres people like you around!

    • Sheez

      If he is the worst rapper in the game who is the best?

  • Uwais

    wicked, haha i love it, big up Jay Z, his the man for ’07. Even though i aint a fan of him, i loveee his album. xx

    hackney slums
    1 love

  • dirty south roc boys

    AG IS A CLASSIC ALBUM AND DESERVES TO BE NUMBER 1. HE HAD SERIOUS COMPETITION THIS WEEK (CHRIS BROWN,GARTH BROOKS, THE EAGLES)AND WITHOUT THAT MONSTER SINGLE ON THE RADIO HE STILL PULLED OFF THE NUMBER 1 SPOT. HE DON’T HAVE TO OUTSELL KANYE(REMEMBER KANYE WORKS FOR JAY SO THEY BOTH HAPPY)AND REMEMBER THIS IS 10TH SOLO ALBUM. THE ROCS IN THE BUILDING!!!!

    • http://myspace.com/loonyt706 Loony T

      The single didnt do good at radio. What u mean is the “monster movie” that came out 4 days before the album. Nontheless, the album is fire and does deserve to be number 1. Go Jay

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  • nothingbutrumors

    JIM JONES HAS A SEXTAPE….

    TREY SONGS GETS BURNED BY VIDEO CHICK FROM KAYNYE VIDEO..

    MORE AT NOTHINGBUTRUMORS.COM

  • http://xxlmag.com King B

    JIGGA WHAT!!!!

  • stoneyisland

    6 thousand albums? Nas only moved 6 thousand albums:) I guess he was right…HIP HOP is dead at least for all the irrelevent Mc’s

  • Rockcity

    Congrats to Hov doin it big, As for Cass, congrats for breaking in the # 10 spot, as for esco, i could have made a better GH alubum for nas, alot of people got his whole catalog so there was really no need for it.

  • BIZZLE

    SWEEEEET

  • captain

    I guess 50 does run New York. Bottom line he has more interest than jay but still happy for Hov good look for him as well

  • http://xxlmag.com The_Truth

    ***THE BIG STORY IS NAS ALBUM DIDN’T EVEN BREAK 7,000!!!!***
    I like the American Gangster album. . .but giving this album the “classic” title is premeditated. The Blueprint was a classic b/c of the classis diss record &the album had balance. Also, LL had a point. . .Jay should’ve ft’d Def Jam artist to make it a legimate sdtrk, that’s his family now.

    • Real Hip Hop

      Ok just like LL you didnt pay attention. Jay’s album is not the soundtrack to the movie. He went to the people that made the movie and shot them the idea to make his album the soundtrack but they turned him down. This is a jay solo album not an soundtrack homie.

    • Blakjustice

      No expects a “Greatest Hits” album to garner any sales, it’s usually just to fulfill the final album due of a contract.

  • ATL = All Trannies Live

    American Gangster > Kingdom Come

    LOL @ Cassidy and Nas

    Soulja Boy outsold both of them combined.

    • j

      nobody buys greatest hits albums period, no greatest hits album ever sells that well

  • frank

    little bitches over reacting to nas album selling less than 7,000. it was a greatest hits compilation, with only two new tracks that anybody could download separately & the rest of the tracks everybody pretty much already have.

  • MJJ

    WHAT YOU MEAN HE FAILS LOL…..50 CENT, KANYE WEST, AND TI ALL HAD BETTER OPENING WEEKS FOR THEIR CD RELEASE…JAY IS 4TH AMONG THEM PERIOD….SO I DONT UNDERSTAND WHY THIS IS NOT CALL A FLOP…MR. BIG JAY-Z HIMSELF CANNOT SELL MAJOR RECORDS AND THE CRAZY THING IS THAT HIS DROP OFF WILL BE MONUMENTAL FROM THIS WEEK TO THE NEXT..HE WILL NOT SELL A MILLION RECORDS TILL FEBRUARY SOMETIME…THAT IS JUST THE FACTS…BUT I FUCK WITH HOVA..AND 50 CENT SO I BROUGHT THE RECORD ND THINKS IT IS COOL

  • http://www.myspace.com/couptakeover Dezzy

    Anyone hatin on Nas needs to stop. It’s a greatest hits album. True Nas fans and hip-hop fans in general already have most of his catalog. Secondly, the greatest hits album didn’t even do him justice, cause most of his hottest shit isn’t even on there. Now, if his new studio released album sold like that, it would be devastating. But, like I said, it’s a ‘greatest hits’ album, and it really isn’t his best material, that’s y people didn’t buy it.

  • R

    November 14th, 2007
    at 11:59 am

    B says:

    Worst Rapper in the Game..He buys his own albums..I can’t stand this most wack ass overated artist of all time..
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Your opinion don’t count, I think majority rule. You can’t be overrated for 10 number one albums i a row. I think that record speaks for itself. He in a catergory with ELVIS And The BEATLES. That is a good set of company. AND THE WINNER IS>>> HOV. SPEECH>

  • da_hustla

    who ever wrote this article doesn’t know anything about album charts. Kanye West sold twice as much as Jay-Z first week sales. Graduation sold almost one million copies in one week. Not 437,000 like it’s written. Go do your research before writing some false information.

  • NIQUI

    JAY IS A DAMN CAMEL UGLY FUCK HE COULDENT EVEN GO GOLD THE FIRST WEEK…

    • grapes

      Do you honestly think you could sell that much at this time? Actually, let me rephrase that. Can you even spit game? Can you even sell a MIXTAPE? I don’t know about that. Jay kinda has more fans, more supporters, and probably more friends than you. Honestly, stop hating and STEP THE MONEY GAME TOO. I don’t see you on the Forbes list (I think).

  • http://whumphreyemtec@hotmail.com S on my chest

    Damn man sales figures are down man, way down. To go plat you gotta be like Jesus or something.

    • Danny

      Are you claming that Kanye is Jesus? BLASPHEMY!!!!

  • http://kellsfetish.com Lo-Doe

    “But nobody in rap did it, quite like I did it. If you did it, I done it before, you get it, I had it, Got mad at it and don’t want it no more.”
    It’s time we drop Elvis to #3 because we not sharing that #2 spot with anybody. 19(???) we might have to take a loss on that #1.
    E’body Jay is better than Nas (that’s a good argument) but he dropped a greatest hits album (with 2 bonus joints). That do not count. I like both dudes but it would have been competion for both emcees.

    ATL-I love your content & you do have alot to say in all of your posts but we both know Soulja Boy is not it!

    • G

      jay better than nas(retarted argument)? well i consider them two different types of hip hop……nas drops knowledge, and makes you aware of wat happens in the ghetto and society 2day….jay aint a rapper…he entertains…he’s puffy…wtf does jay say that actually describes how life in marcy changed him to become a better man???there’s no pain in his songs…just nice beats. jay is the most overrated rapper in history and whoever denys it is brainwashed bcuz i knoe deep down inside you…you noe it 2…u the type of person who prays that nas’s album dont make it hotter than jays….he clearly says in “politics as usual” that he “talks jewels” but really i havent heard “jewels” in ne song and even if he comes close to it, it aint wat i expected…an example that jay dumbs it down…look at this doofy fuck…he dont even noe who holds the #1 spot even tho xxl says it like 20 times last week….and he will NEVER top the beatles cuz he dont deserve it! Long live REAL music legends aka the beatles, 2pac, biggie, nas, bob dylan, big L, jimi hendrix ETC.

      responding to this with an “angry” argument will just prove my point..so i suggest u comeback with an intelligent argument….

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  • meeka

    jayz is old as shit that’s how he top Elvis they like the same age and shit

  • http://xxlmag.com yurrrrrrrrrrrr

    NIQUI says:

    JAY IS A DAMN CAMEL UGLY FUCK HE COULDENT EVEN GO GOLD THE FIRST
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^6

    Yea and he fucking the badest bitch in the game….. Seriously How does that make you feel?

  • HIPHOP

    In The United States only….I’ll wait for the world wide numbers.

    It’s the ROC!!!(diamond sign up)

  • DUNFIYA

    let me lace yall up on shawn carter,this clown’s albums came out back to back until the “black album”.look at how many tracks are on his albums(maybe 13),its easy if you make radio friendly singles and spread them out making it look fresh and then say you never wrote?suspect bredren?seen this nigga freestyle and he says shit that ends up on the next album but its fresh because the album aint droppin until the radio spins are played out.listen close, he jus feeds off fans they treat him like GOD and repeats the compliments you him….EASY

    • http://XXLMAG DUNFIYA

      DAMN GOD, CAN YOU MAKE AN ALBUM 20 YARDS DEEP AND COME OUT AND GO PLAT?NO HOV YA CYAAN.THATS WHY THEY BOAST LIL WAYNE BECAUSE HE’S YOUNG, BRINGIN HEAT 20 YARDS+ AN ALBUM NO ASSISTANCE(E.I.FOXY BROWN,BIGGIE,PHARRELL,SCARFACE,DMX)JAY-Z WAS A COMMERCIAL CRAPPER SINCE DAY ZERO….TECHNICALLY, “ROC LA FAMILIA” WAS A COMPILATION,SHOWCASIN THE NEW ARTIST SIGNED TO THE LABEL CUZ JAY-Z WAS THE ONLY ARTIST AT FIRST.

  • TEDDY PINDERASSDOWN

    HOW MANY DID CHRIS BROWN SELL?

  • nas

    it was my greatest hits . i sold those songs already. sony put my mixtape together . hop many units do mixtapes move.

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  • Mr Kcmo

    Hov probably bought 400k himself just to keep the streak alive… but this album is my favorite sice s. carter, but no where near hard knock life. Maybe J should hit the streets again, and get back into this mode……

    • brebre

      exactly.

      AG sucks ball. the album is clearly targeted for white America (how ironic.. since the film is black Godfather) Jigga is so afraid of the current state of hip-hop. it’s understandble for him to put out a project that mainstream media can write positive things about hip-hop and kiss ass but this is so pure marketing. no creativity.

  • THEGOD

    Blakjustice says:

    No expects a “Greatest Hits” album to garner any sales, it’s usually just to fulfill the final album due of a contract.

    thank you somebody with common sense!

    why do you think its from columbia and not def jam. now back to the regular schedule program: ROC 4 Life bitches!!!! #1…again. hate on playa…

  • S Sizzle

    STOP HATING ON THE KID FROM MARCY!!!! I WAS RAISED ON LL COOL J AND ITS A DAMN SHAME TO HEAR HIM WHINING. CORRECT ME IF IM WRONG WHO WAS THE LAST ARTISTS THAT LL INTRODUCED AND HE GROOMED(AND DONT TELL ME FOXY BROWN)ITS A GOOD THING FOR SHAWN CARTER TO BE NAMED IN THE SAME COMPANY AS ELVIS AND THE BEATLES. IM PRETTY SURE AT THIS POINT IN HIS CAREER THAT HE’S NOT RELASING MUSIC JUST FOR THE SOUNDSCAN NUMBERS.

  • Boy Vito!

    this album was for the movie…yall gotta remember that…if Jay put out an actual album with a single everyone wanted to groove to, and promoted it on MTV and BET n wat not then they shit would have sold dam well…on another note, that sucks for Cassidy saying he was gonna do better than Jay haha..and sucks more for Nas for not sellin that well…Nas’s album is gonna be ridiculous tho…u should see the line he has that are gonna appear on that hoe…dayyuummmm

  • db

    typo—

    kanye sold 937,000 first week not 437,000.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com noid

    i’m happy for hov.the best rapper alive!

    but then again i wouldnt put that whole def jam buying records thing past him.its not him its that old man la reid.i’m sure hov did most of that himself,but i think a little were bought to gurantee that he was #1 so he can be tied with elvis prestly!

  • Puff DA Don

    Ever IF I fall I will land On a Pal of Money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL My MAN!

  • kim

    now he focus on the other artist instead of himself!…glad that the jigga nonsense is over…american wanksta!

  • LBDII

    And The Winner Is Hov…..

  • Gc

    Damn…the best to ever do it. shit i am a pac fan and all but hovy is definitely number 1. the greatest writer of the 21st century he makes some thought provoking shiiiiiiiiit.

  • DirtDogggy

    J will always be a legend and “WAS” one of the best,but sorry his shit keeps falling off ury day like a mutherfucker. AG is not clasic at all quit sayin that shit, I’m bored of the shit after one listen.

    Now some dumb fucks going to respond saying, “that’s because it went over your head” or “everybody not born before 1985 has no idea” ect..

    Get off his dick, hes finished, wash’ed up, over,only half the mc he once was. Dickriders and Stans will continue to purchase his albums this is true but he’s fucking his legacy. Now dudes are just feeding him the ball like Tomlinson to break records, shits stale.

    • Big Status

      Your the stupidest fuck in the history of Earth!!

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  • MARK CARTEL

    im a die hard nas fan and even i wasnt gon buy dat shit…it wasnt a new album, it was a collection of old hits…so if u got every nas album like i do, u were just buyin shit u been had years ago!!!…soundtracks and compilations usually dnt do as well as a new album…even jay z knows dat cuz dats who i heard say it in an interview years ago wen streets is watchin didnt do as well as his past albums… even tho streets is watchin still went gold…nas joint wasnt even a def jam release so u kno it wasnt gon sell well…dnt feel bad 4 nas cuz 9 times out of 10 he aint even want part of dat project…sony is good 4 puttin out shit after an artist leaves and call it a greatest hits album…they even did it 2 camron wen he left…and didnt sony already put out a nas greatest hits compilation like 5 years ago…y would they do it again?!…congrats 2 jay tho!!!

  • damn

    You people are so fuckin predictable. “He’s not the best”. “He sucks”. He “WAS” the best. The nigga got 10 #1 albums and is in the ranks with Elvis and the Beatles. You yourselves continually mention him in the same breath that you mention BIG and Pac. You prolly sit there in your fuckin car or bedroom with that smug ass look on your face hoping and praying the shit actually sucks. CUZ YOU LOVE TO HATE. “IF Pac and BIG were alive…”. Bitch theyre not. They got fuckin swiss cheesed and if they were alive you’d prolly turn on them to. The album aint classic by any means but its his 10TH #1. You cant deny that.
    “Soon as I sell too much watch them turn on him”

    • hard body

      Thank you. Finally someone who actually perceives these fools for what they are. Respect to Pac and Biggie, but them legends is dead. You can’t keep comparing the past to the present, move on. Especially if you claim that the saviors of hip-hop ared dudes like soulja boy and other “HIT MAKERS”. Granted not every track an artist makes has to be thought provoking, not everyone goes through life being hard and serious all the time. C’mon now even the hardest nigga has to laugh sometime. So all yall need to fall back and be easy. Like the man said in ’96, “Can I Live?” Congrats Hov.

  • Bigstatus

    All of you fools don’t know shit about hip hop.This was a concept album from Jay without a major single.He wanted you to respect the album as opposed to ringtone singles.This album has the creativity that hip hop albums have lost over the years.Plus Jay’s average first week album sales are around 400,000 besides Kingdom Come which was his highly anticipated comeback album.I can’t believe I even wasted this much typing space schooling you illiterate fucks.Do your research bitches.It’s the Roc!!

  • mike

    haha nas will always be second best to hov but to cassy too? apparently nas died along wit hip hop

  • Sheez

    Like him or not, dissin the dude make you look like a hater

  • yonni

    I am not surprised that NAS didn’t move that many copies-it was not promoted. Shit, I ain’t even know he had an albume coming out. But anyway the big story. BIG up to Jay,

    Speech!!!!!first of all I wanna thank my connect……, but Most importantly you, the customer.

  • Chris S

    jay-z, you are a very rich man

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  • RIGID

    NAS’ album has not even came out yet,greatest
    hits albums don’t count!As for Hov, he got the
    hottest joint out right now, NOT 50,NOT K.West
    But Hov!!!!!!

  • murdae

    damn, cassidy caught a fucking brick..lol

  • Peru

    Beyonce has been replaced, she is no longer the baddest bitch in the game…everybody say it with me ALICIA KEYS!!! Jay has Baddest Bitch #2…I guess he likes the #2…one more time for all…ALICIA KEYS!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/theflatlineent Key~Cyra “K.C CEO The Next Lyor No, The Next Leader Of The Whole Free World!”

    Ok, like foreal tho, numbers count in ways that only the execs at recording labels should be worried about. The music, the formula, the production is what fans should be more worried about. And with American Gangsta, you hear that you feel that. You can tell Hova wasn’t tryna impress anyone, he wasn’t trying to spit hot bars to prove a point to these youngins. He went in there & did the damn thing, the last time he did something like that was when he recorded the Blueprint which was a classic for ya youngins that’s steady snappin ya fingaz! American Gangsta from beginning to end is GANGSTA, there’s no other word except for Soulful Street Muzik 2 describe what vibe it gives. Reasonable Doubt was a classic, without making it to platinum status, the music had room to breathe as he’s giving American Gangsta, which will be deemed a Classic before 08’ is up. To all ya’ll youngins who think Plies or Lil Wayne are better rappers than Hova The God MC (& I’m a fan of Weezy’s) then either listen to the album & gain some knowledge or Shut The Fuck Up!

    • http://XXLMAG HTOWNDIP

      MAKING EXCUSES,NOW HE AINT TRYING TO PROVE A POINT OR IMPRESS,GET YO FOOLASS OFF THE I-NET AND KILLYOSELF

  • dnero718

    hov haters hate…when u die and ur bones turn to ashes history will never know u existed and jay will be regarded as one of the 3 best MCs of all time…u may not like it but live wit it..ha!

  • praaap

    Hova’s new album is sloppy and rushed.