Jay-Z set for first UK Number One album with ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’

The rapper is on course for his first chart-topping record in the UK

Jay-Z is on course to have his first Number One album in the UK this weekend with ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ comfortably outselling its nearest rival, Michael Bublé’s ‘To Be Loved.’

The album is set to be Jay-Z’s eighth top 40 hit in total. Jay-Z’s previous highest charting album was in 2011 when ‘Watch The Throne’, a collaborative album with Kanye West, hit Number Three.

According to Official Chart Company data, the rapper’s album will knock Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ from the top spot following a sales boost for the folk band off the back of their Glastonbury headline slot. The only other new entry in the Official Top 40 this week is expected to be from Ciara with her self-titled album in at 35.

In the Singles Chart, John Newman is battling for a second week at the top with his single ‘Love Me Again’ up against Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. New entries are due from Sebastian Ingrosso – one-third of electronic superstars Swedish House Mafia, who has teamed up with Australian rising star Tommy Trash and long-time collaborator John Martin on dance anthem ‘Reload’. The track is currently at Number Four, narrowly ahead of boyband Lawson, with their song ‘Heartbroken’.

Other new single entries this week are due from Iggy Azalea (11), Katy B (20) and Sneakbo (24).