Written by Clement Oluwasegun
Rapper and father of twins, Jay-Z has extended his record as the solo artiste with the most number-one US albums.
This was achieved after a one-week delay when his Tidal streaming service declined to release data.
4:44 debuted at the top of the Billboard album sales chart for the week through Thursday, replacing rapper DJ Khaled’s “Grateful”.
According to tracking service Nielsen Music, Jay-Z is now marking 14th number one, but trails only The Beatles who have 19 number-one albums in the United States.
4:44, which sold 262,000 units, entered the chart only on its second week after Jay-Z released it on CD, Apple’s iTunes and rival streaming services — with the exception of Spotify.
Released on June 30 as an exclusive on his Tidal streaming service, which is partly owned by telecom operator Sprint, the album features apologizes to his wife, pop superstar Beyonce, for infidelity, references their newborn twins and supports his mother as she comes out as lesbian.