Jay-Z and Kanye West Conquer Albums Chart with ‘Watch the Throne’

Jay-Z and Kanye West

Jay-Z and Kanye West were crowned kings on the albums chart this week with Watch the Throne. The highly-anticipated collaboration from the hip-hop superstars reigns at No. 1.

Throne secures the top spot on the Billboard 200, selling 436,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the second-largest sales week of the year, only trailing Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, which opened with 1.1 million in May.

The dynamic duo’s album was available exclusively through iTunes from August 8-11 prior to expanding sales at all digital and physical retailers on August 12. Only three official days of physical sales were counted due to the staggered release.

Throne was legally downloaded 321,000 times, giving it the second-largest digital week ever, behind Gaga’s Born This Way (662,000). Sources tell Billboard that the album also broke iTunes’ one-week sales record with 290,000 digital copies.

If that weren’t enough, Jay-Z also claims his 12th No. 1, while Kanye earns his fifth chart-topper with Throne. Jay holds his record as the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in history.

If Throne’s numbers seem low to some, that’s because the album has yet to have a full week’s worth of digital and physical sales. Those figures will be accounted for next week.

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32 Comments

  1. >

    gratz kayne and jay.

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  2. MC

    Not that great, tbh. Of course they broke a “record” at the only outlet the CD was available at the time. lol These are average #s for an average project (full of hype).

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    Jess Reply:

    @MC, your an idiot if you read the article then you would have read “If Throne’s numbers seem low to some, that’s because the album has yet to have a full week’s worth of digital and physical sales. Those figures will be accounted for next week.”
    Average my ass what a hater

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    Jerry Reply:

    @Jess, haters never take the time out to read and do their research…

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    YESSS Reply:

    @MC, They never promoted the album, One single and a video. They don’t care about sales they’re rich as shit

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  3. rollingstonez89

    haha that goes to show that a classic hiphop album can sell just as much as a electro hip-pop album

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    Jess Reply:

    @rollingstonez89, read the article. HATER

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    Mel Reply:

    @Jess, hes not a hater lol, hes giving them props.

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  4. uhuh

    Katy Perry just made history by having 5 hot 100 chart toppers.
    Tied with Michael Jackson.
    Without hate, thats a great accomplishment

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  5. G.O.O.D Music (Balling)

    Lady Gaga doesn’t count, 99¢? 1.1 million are you for real? Yes, only because 99¢ ain’t ish!

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    Syd the Kyd Reply:

    @G.O.O.D Music (Balling), i agree…Jay and Ye is number in my eyes

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    Syd the Kyd Reply:

    @Syd the Kyd, one*

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    the shit Reply:

    @G.O.O.D Music (Balling), thank you

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    Aquierra Reply:

    @G.O.O.D Music (Balling), TRUTH

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    From Tokyo Reply:

    @G.O.O.D Music (Balling), Agreed. I ignore numbers if that’s how somebody’s going to get them.

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  6. Khal

    not gonna lie, it’s good but not that great. Couple good songs , some good lyrics, mostly wack beats. thats it.

    I expected more Jay and Kanye.

    congratz by the way.

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    Marco Reply:

    @Khal, ears aren’t ready for the beats that are on this album…. it grows on you i thought it was average the first day i listened to it but after a week of listening nonstop, all the tracks are unique and unlike anything these guys have ever done.
    Passion projects are often best appreciated by the artists themselves, and I feel theyre really proud of what they put together, and as a fan of both people, not just as artists, i feel the album deserves a little patience

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  7. SiSQo

    It hasn’t been a full week yet so those numbers should be higher next week. Read the whole article before you comment….Idiots!!

    Congratz to these two! I havne’t stopped listening to this shit since it came out.

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  8. YUNG Reezy

    I heard by next week, this album is going to be around the 600-700k mark with the digital and the physical versions combined.

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  9. Bizzy

    Congrats

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  10. Kyle

    Good for them! I bought it yesterday at Best Buy and it has some solid cuts on it. A lot of the lyrical content is the same though in a lot of the songs. Other than that it’s pretty solid.

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  11. KERI IS BOMB

    JAY Z AND HIS THRONE IS OVERRATED THIS NIGGA CANT RAP ALL HE DO IS BITE OTHER PEOPLE AND HIS WIFE BEYONCE IS NOT THE NEXT MJ KERI HILSON IS THE NEXT MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!!!! KERI HAS SONGS THAT NEVER GET OLD LIKE KNOCK U DOWN AND PRETTY GIRL ROCK, KERI HILSON IS A HUGE THREAT TO BEYONCE RIGHT NOW ,,, BEYONCE STILL DONT GOT A NUMBER 1 SINGLE FLOP

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    Mel Reply:

    @KERI IS BOMB, Please shut the fuck up. You need help.

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @KERI IS BOMB, Does Keri ? LOL , Quit bitch . You’ve failed .

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    Marco Reply:

    @KERI IS BOMB, ears aren’t ready for the beats that are on this album…. it grows on you i thought it was average the first day i listened to it but after a week of listening nonstop, all the tracks are unique and unlike anything these guys have ever done.
    Passion projects are often best appreciated by the artists themselves, and I feel theyre really proud of what they put together, and as a fan of both people, not just as artists, i feel the album deserves a little patience

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  12. Yezzyteam

    Thank God for kanye! And they are calling em hip hop
    King! I say that’s bullshit, he is a great mc but when
    U generalize hip hop it all comes down to kanye west!!

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    Tev Reply:

    @Yezzyteam, AGREED real shit

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  13. BLAZE

    Thats good

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  14. boom

    Gagas album as 99cent for 2 days. And it still sold 700K of regular priced albums idiot

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  15. Jordan

    Great!! They are Legends of hiphop. Watch the throne is one of the greatest album of all.

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  16. youknow

    Jayz got more money then all u haters put together.SNITCHES

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  17. youknow

    Jayz is the king of rap music since 1996 summer when I got his first album he is the GOD of music check all the albums he had a couple of albums that could have been better but the kid put out a album every year for years from 96 to 2005 every year not counting the two he did with r.kelly.Then he took couple years off and still came back with a classic album.What the hell he is the king.RICK ROSS is my favorite right now he made lil Wayne sound like shit on john.

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