If anyone had doubts that Jay-Z’s “4:44” would fail to hit the number one spot, Chances are those very same people are dealing with some sort of delusion. Either that or they truly believe ISSA> “4:44.”
Two weeks following the release of his “4:44” album, Hov can now celebrate another great win. The father of twins scored his 14th no.1 album on the Billboard 200, as his “4:44” album sold 262,000 equivalent album units (174,000 traditional album sales). The numbers were held off for a week from the charts, due to his Tidal streaming platform keeping streaming numbers private.
“4:44” was made exclusive on Tidal, during its inaugural release week, however, on July 7th, it became available on streaming platforms, including three new (bonus tracks).
4:44 also marks Shawn Carter’s 14th overall number one album, surpassing the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand whom both have 11 number ones, and sitting behind The Beatles’ record 19 number ones.
This fall, Jay will hit the road for a 31- date tour to promote the album, with footwear brand PUMA teaming up for the affair.