Hip Hop Album Sales: The Week Ending 7/14/2013

Jay-Z gets his 13th #1 album in “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” while fellow Brooklyn veteran Tony Touch brings a gang of Golden Era greats to his “Piece Maker 3 (Return Of The 50 MC’s).

As planned Jay-Z’s first week at traditional retail withMagna Carta Holy Grail yielded the Brooklyn, New York emcee’s 13th #1 album. He is still behind The Beatles’ all-time record of 19, but comfortably ahead of Elvis Presley, who Jay surpassed with The Blueprint III back in 2009.

Released on his own Roc Nation label, Jay and his artist J. Cole owned two of the top three spots on this week’s charts. Cole’s Born Sinner had the top spot last week, for the back-to-back tandem.

Ciara took the other spot with her self-titled fifth album. Her first LP since joining Epic Records, home to her boyfriend Future, Ciara returned to the top three after a dismal #44 debut in 2010 with Basic Instinct. The Atlanta, Georgia-based singer’s latest features B.o.B.Nicki Minaj, and of course Future.

The other key debut came from New York Hip Hop veteran Tony Touch. The deejay and producer’sthird LP in the Piece Maker series scored a Top 200 debut. The Sony Red-backed album featured appearances from Eminem, Erick SermonKool G Rap, and The Beatnuts & Alkaholiks’ hybrid LikNuts.


#1. Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail – 527,000 (527,000)

#2. Ciara – Ciara – 58,000 (58,000)

#3. J. Cole – Born Sinner – 39,000 (478,000)

#6. Kanye West – Yeezus – 29,000 (459,000)

#7. Wale – The Gifted – 28,000 (237,000)

#10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist – 22,000 (913,000)

#24. Mac Miller –  Watching Movies With The Sound Off – 10,000 (148,000)

#40. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city – 7,400 (966,000)

#50. Lil Wayne – I Am Not A Human Being II – 6,200 (517,000)

#164. Tony Touch – The Piece Maker 3 (Return Of The 50 MC’s) – 2,400 (2,400)

* data comes from Nielsen Soundscan, rounded to nearest thousandth for units above 10,000, nearest hundredth for units below 10,000. Each week, HipHopDX presents top albums in Hip Hop/related, and five notables.

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