As has been making waves across the net, rap royal Jay-Z and partner-in-crime Kanye West topped charts this week with the release of their joint album ‘Watch the Throne’. The album, which sold a staggering 436,000 copies its first week of release, comes as the highest male debut of the year (second overall to Lady Gaga‘s ‘Born This Way’). Aside from providing an unprecedented (for recent times) unleaked album, Jay-Z also set a few other precedents with his most recent release.
Check out Mr. Carter’s stats after the jump:
- Jay-Z broke his own record when ‘Watch the Throne’ notched him his 12th #1 album, more than any other solo act in history.
- “Coincidentally, Jay-Z happens to have been part of the three most recent collaborative albums that have topped the Billboard 200. Before “Throne,” he joined Linkin Park for “Collision Course” and R. Kelly on “Unfinished Business,” both of which debuted at No. 1 in 2004.
- ‘Watch the Throne’ holds the record for the best rap album first week digital sales ever at 321.000 copies (and second overall to Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ which nearly sold double the amount).
Random tidbit: Fans and industry experts alike have found it interesting that ‘Watch the Throne’ sold less in its first week than some of Jay and Ye’s solo releases. Some may attribute it to a lack of a ‘hit lead single, but this isn’t the first time either rap star released an album with the absence thereof. Things that make you go hmm…