Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter smiles after a news conference May 14, 2012, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. Jay-Z’s new album has sold more than 500,000 units its first week. Nielsen SoundScan said late Tuesday preliminary data shows that “Magna Carta Holy Grail” moved about 527,000 copies. It will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week. The album was officially released on July 7. Samsung bought and gave 1.2 million copies of the album to Galaxy mobile phone users on July 4. Billboard is not counting those sales on its charts.
Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 4:30 am
Song-of-the-summer seekers will find many gone-viral candidates in this first summer in which YouTube clicks count in sending a song toward the top of the charts.
Among them: the badly behaving Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop,” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” whose “unrated” video featuring topless female models has been banned by YouTube. (A cleaned-up version has still managed to garner more than 86 million hits.)
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