Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Jay-Z lands first UK No 1 album

Jay Z is top of the UK album chart with Magna Carta Holy Grail

Hip-hop icon Jay-Z has achieved his first UK number one album with Magna Carta Holy Grail landing at the top of the charts.

The record ousted Mumford & Sons' Babel which enjoyed surging sales because of the folk-rock band's appearance at Glastonbury.

Jaz-Z's 13-track LP comfortably outsold its nearest rival, Rod Stewart's Time.

Despite previously enjoying seven top 40 albums as a solo artist, Jay-Z had never reached the summit before. His personal best before Magna Carta Holy Grail was number 4 in 2009 with Blueprint III.

His joint effort with Kanye West, Watch The Throne, peaked at number 3 in 2011.

Magna Carta Holy Grail features guest appearances from Justin Timberlake, Frank Ocean and Jay-Z's wife Beyonce.

Sales of Rod Stewart's Time were boosted following the broadcast on BBC1 on Tuesday of Imagine: Can't Stop Me Now, a special documentary looking back at Rod the Mod's career.

In the singles chart, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines returned to the top spot following two weeks in the runner-up slot.

The catchy track, featuring Pharrell Williams and rapper TI, spent a month at number 1 in June before being knocked off by Swedish duo Icona Pop and their debut single I Love It, featuring Charli XCX.

After a week in the driving seat, John Newman fell to number 2 with Love Me Again.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

It's time to take charge of your finances. You can't relax unless you have some money in the bank. Therefore, you should land a good job that brings a steady income. Don't be afraid to ask for more money than you are initially offered. A show of courage will pave the way for a good working relationship with your boss. You're tired of giving away your precious talent for a pittance. Stand in your own defence. If you don't, nobody else will.More