US Charts: History Repeats Itself as Jay-Z Wins & Ciara Flops

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    Ciara’s ‘Ciara’ album cover

    The numbers are in and the usual suspects have once again found themselves in the same position on the US charts as they did in the past. Indeed, scoring yet another monster debut this week was Jay-Z with his Magna Carta Holy Grail while Ciara started incredibly slow with her new self-titled set.

    Magna Carta sold north of 527K copies this week to earn Jay-Z his 13th #1 album on the Billboard 200. The rapper has extended his lead among solo artists with the most chart-toppers on the lineup and is behind only The Beatles, who notched 19 leaders throughout their stint as a group.

    Sadly, Ciara didn’t have similar luck as her self-titled album performed poorly. Although the record opened at #2 on the Billboard 200 – far higher than the #44 peak of Basic Instinct – it sold less than 58K copies. Yes, those numbers are typical of female R&B artists in the current era of music but Ciara’s massive promotional campaign, which included appearances on Good Morning America, a weeklong residency on BET’s 106 & Park, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea LatelyJimmy Kimmel Live and Live! With Kelly & Michael, was expected to yield a larger sales impact.

    See the other leading releases in the top 10 of both Billboard 200 and the Billboard Hot 100 below:

    Billboard 200

    1. Jay-Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail – 527K (debut)

    2. Ciara – Ciara – 58K (debut)

    3. J. Cole – Born Sinner – 39K (total: 478K)

    4. Floria Georgia Line – Here’s to the Good Times – 33K (total: 856K)

    5. Imagine Dragons – Night Visions – 33K (total: 1.18M)

    6. Kanye West – Yeezus – 29K (total: 460K)

    7. Wale – The Gifted – 28K (total: 236K)

    8. Skylar Grey – Don’t Look Down – 24K (debut)

    9. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories – 23K (total: 665K)

    10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist – 22K (total: 912K)

    Billboard Hot 100

    1. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines (Ft. T.I. & Pharrell)”

    2. Daft Punk – “Get Lucky (Ft. Pharrell Williams)”

    3. Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop”

    4. Imagine Dragons – “Radioactive”

    5. Macklemore & Lewis – “Can’t Hold Us (Ft. Ray Dalton)”

    6. Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise (Ft. Nelly)”

    7. Bruno Mars – “Treasure”

    8. Jay-Z – “Holy Grail (Ft. Justin Timberlake)”

    9. Justin Timberlake – “Mirrors”

    10. Anna Kendrick – “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone)”

    Watch Ciara’s “I’m Out (Ft. Nicki Minaj)” video below:

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