Jay-Z’s 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' Becomes Star's First Number One Album in U.K.


It outsells Rod Stewart’s "Time" to go to the top of the British charts, where the hip-hop icon previously had only gone as high as No. 4 with solo releases.

LONDON – Jay-Z this weekend recorded his first-ever No. 1 album in the U.K. as his new release Magna Carta Holy Grail ousted Mumford & Sons’ Babel from the top spot.

The Official Charts Company, which compiles the British charts, said the 13-track album outsold Rod Stewart’s Time and Passenger's All the Little Lights for the latest weekly period. It didn't detail how many copies each sold.

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To Be Loved by Michael Buble fell from the second to the fourth spot, and Babel came in fifth.

Jay-Z's best U.K. solo album ranking before the new release had been No. 4 for his 2009 album Blueprint III, the charts firm said. His Kanye West collaboration Watch the Throne had peaked at No. 3 in 2011.

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Overall, Jay-Z has seen seven of his previous solo albums hit the top 40 in Britain.

Magna Carta Holy Grail includes guest appearances from wife Beyonce and Justin Timberlake, among others. On Saturday night, Jay-Z headlined the Yahoo Wireless festival in London.

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