Jay-Z's '4:44' tops Billboard 200 for second week in a row

Once again proving that he is a hip-hop artist with remarkable staying power, Jay-Z’s latest album 4:44 topped the Billboard 200 for a second week in a row. The rapper’s 14th studio album claimed the number 1 spot with 87,000 equivalent album units the week ending July 20.

Although Billboard reports that represents a 67 percent drop from its debut last week, the record still moved enough units to outsell French Montana’s sophomore release Jungle Rules, which sold 56,000 equivalent album units to secure the number 3 slot.

Notably, Jay-Z’s newest album became one of the year’s best-selling albums before receiving a conventional release. 4:44 was certified platinum by selling 1 million units to Spirit, which in turn were made available free to download with a promotional code. This is the second time the man born Shawn Carter has sold 1 million albums through unconventional means. In 2013, Carter made history by selling 1 million units of Magna Carta Holy to Samsung Electronics.

With 4:44’s second-week success, Jay-Z has now racked 25 weeks atop the Billboard 200.