JAY-Z's latest album 4:44 was all but expected to debut at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart with a hefty sum. The hip-hop rapper is debuting at No. 1 on the Top 200 as well as Top Album Sales as reflected on the July 18 chart update. Over on the Hot 100 songs chart, "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber is holding on at No. 1 for a 10th consecutive week while Ed Sheeran ties a record with his song "Shape of You."
JAY-Z's 4:44 debuts at No. 1 on the Top 200 having pulled in 262,000 overall units which combines sales, streaming and track sales data. Of that number, the latest album sold 174,000 copies, 131,000 being from digital retailers. The set saw 82,000 in streaming units which equates to 122.4 million streams from the album (excluding Spotify where the album is not available). 4:44 is JAY-Z's 14th No. 1 album, extending his own record as a solo artist. Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand are in second with eleven No. 1 albums. Among all acts, The Beatles have 19 No. 1 albums. The latest effort also extends the record for most debuts at No. 1 with all of JAY-Z's titles entering at the top.
4:44 was released on June 30 exclusively through Tidal for one week and the service co-owned by the hip-hop master did not report streams. The set was then offered as a free download, however, those copies are not eligible for charting due to a 2011 pricing change. All new titles must be priced $3.49 or more to qualify for charting during the first three months of release.
Over on the Hot 100 songs chart, Ed Sheeran is tying the record for most weeks spent in the top 5 on the chart that combines sales, streaming and radio airplay. "Shape of You" has spent 27 weeks in the top 5 since it debuted at No. 1 on the chart. It is now tied with The Chainsmokers' "Closer" featuring Halsey which spent 12 weeks at No. 1, the same as "Shape of You."
Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber's "Despacito" controls the lead of the Hot 100 for a 10th consecutive week. On Digital Songs, it moves another solid 124,000 copies staying at No. 1 while also remaining the top streamed track on Streaming Songs. In its 10th week at No. 1, it accrued 60.3 million hits through official platforms such as Spotify. "Despacito" is spending a second week at No. 1 on Radio Songs having 145 million impressions in the U.S.