Jay-Z scores first UK Number One album with 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

Jay-Z's 12th studio album knocks Mumford and Sons' 'Babel' off the top spot

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Jay-Z

Jay-Z has scored his first ever Number One on the UK's Official Albums Chart.

In its week of release, the rapper's 12th studio album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' knocks Mumford and Sons' 'Babel' off the top spot. 'Babel' had returned to Number One following the band's headline slot at Glastonbury but slips to Number Five this week behind Jay-Z, Rod Stewart's 'Time', Passenger's 'All The Little Lights' and Michael Bublé's 'To Be Loved', the Official Charts Company confirms.

Jay-Z's previous career best on the Official Albums Chart was a Number Four peak for 'Blueprint III' in 2009. His joint effort with Kanye West, 'Watch The Throne', climbed a place higher than that in 2011.

The rapper had been clearly been informed of his chart success before his headline set at Wireless Festival yesterday (July 13). "Number One in 59 countries and most importantly, my first in England," he told the London crowd last night. He'll return to Wireless tonight (July 14) to headline the third and final night of the festival alongside Justin Timberlake as part of their 'Legends Of The Summer' world tour.

Over on the Official Singles Chart, Robin Thicke's Pharrell Williams collaboration 'Blurred Lines' returns to Number One after two weeks off the top spot. Last week's chart-topper, 'Love Me Again' by John Newman, slips to second position and the highest new entry of the week comes from Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash and John Martin, who debut at Number Three with their 'Reload' collaboration.

Outside of the Top Ten, Iggy Azalea scores her biggest hit yet with 'Bounce', which enters at Number 13, and Katy B has to settle for a Number 21 debut with 'What Love Is Made Of', the lead single from her forthcoming second album.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Zane Lowe closes final Radio 1 show with Queens Of The Stone Age track
Footage emerges of Florence + The Machine playing new songs live - watch
Super Furry Animals add second Manchester show to May tour
Kurt Cobain's childhood home up for sale
Tobias Jesso Jr. shares new song 'Without You' with Danielle Haim - listen
#thankszane trends as Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro and more pay tribute to Zane Lowe
Metallica's Lars Ulrich says band's new album is 'pretty close' to being written
50 Cent claims Suge Knight 'wanted to kill Dr Dre' in the 1990s
Antemasque throw boiling water at fans during festival performance
Björk to play first European gig since release of new album at Manchester International Festival
Left-wing writer Owen Jones to support Paloma Faith in London and Brighton
Palma Violets play raucous London show to close NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas
Secondary ticket websites promise to become more transparent
The Strokes deny rumours that they will perform at Glastonbury this year
Method Man on Wu-Tang Clan's 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin': 'Fuck that...
Pharrell Williams: 'I was inspired by Miley Cyrus, not Marvin Gaye, when I wrote...
Major Lazer premiere new track 'Lean On', featuring DJ Snake and MØ - listen
Brandon Flowers, Norah Jones and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino to play at Brian Wilson...
Noel Gallagher mixes new tracks and old favourites at Dublin's 3Arena
Florence + The Machine debut three new songs at intimate London show
Travis Barker says Tom DeLonge 'doesn't like punk music' and that it 'was a...
SoundCloud claim to have paid $1 million to artists and labels since August

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM