Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' breaks US Spotify record

Album scores 14 million streams in first week of release

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Jay-Z's new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' has become Spotify US's most streamed album in one week.

The LP was streamed over 14 million times since it was released last week, topping records previously held by Daft Punk (9.5 million) and Mumford & Sons (eight million). The album also had the biggest single day for streaming an album in US Spotify history.

Jay-Z went straight to Number One in the UK with the record last weekend. In its week of release, the rapper's 12th studio album knocked Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' off the top spot. 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.

He took over London's Wireless Festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this past weekend (July 12-14) appearing three times, including the first ever performance of his Legends Of The Summer joint show with Justin Timberlake.

Meanwhile, Spotify recently came under fire over the amount it pays artists after Thom Yorke pulled his solo material off the streaming site in protest. Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich also said it was "bad for new music". In response, a spokesperson for Spotify told NME that its long-term goal is to make sure artists are properly remunerated for putting their music on the service: "Spotify's goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music. We want to help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base and make a living from the music we all love."

Read interviews with Jay-Z's collaborators on the record in the current issue of NME, on newsstands now or available digitally

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