While the world over believe Jay Z’s Magna Carter Holy Grail album is a platinum selling album from its release, Billboard Magazine begs to differ. According to Billboard magazine, Magna Carta’s sales estimates do not include the 1 million advance copies Samsung purchased for $5 each to give away for free to Galaxy owners.
Although the Magazine doesn’t count the downloads as part of the album sales, it estimates that the album will still push enough units to claim the top spot on its album chart.
As of now Magna Carta is predicted to push 350,000 – 400,000 copies in the week ending July 14. That debut would be the second highest of the year behind his “Holy Grail” collaborator Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience which opened with 968,000 copies sold first week. It would be ahead of the next two top opening weeks, Kanye West’s Yeezus (327,000) and Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories (339,000).
This sales range will also guarantee the Brooklyn legend scores his 13th number one album on the Billboard 200. Only The Beatles’ 19 chart-toppers bests Jay’s total.