Week Ending July 14, 2013. Songs: Seven For Jay-Z
Seven songs from Jay-Z’s chart-topping Magna Carta…Holy Grail invade this week’s Hot 100. Jay-Z’s bounty includes “Holy Grail,” a collabo with Justin Timberlake, which opens at #8. It’s the second highest-debut of the year, trailing only Baauer’s viral phenomenon “Harlem Shake,” which opened in the top spot in March.
“Holy Grail” is Jay-Z’s 20th top 10 hit; Timberlake’s 14th (since leaving *NYNC). It’s their second top 10 hit together, following “Suit & Tie,” which reached #3 earlier this year.
Jay-Z is the first rapper to amass 20 top 10 hits on the Hot 100. Lil Wayne and Ludacris are tied for second place, with 18 each. (Ludacris’ tally counts the remix of Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” on which he was featured.) Jay-Z has been the lead (or co-lead) artist on 12 of his 20 top 10 hits. (This compares to eight for Lil Wayne and seven for Ludacris.)
Jay-Z also has the week’s second highest new entry with “Tom Ford,” which debuts at #39. Tom Ford, 51, gained fame for his turnaround of the Gucci fashion house and the creation of the Tom Ford label. He also directed the 2009 film, A Single Man, which starred Colin Firth.
Five other songs from the album enter the chart: “F*ckWithMeYouKnowIGotIt” (featuring Rick Ross) at #64, “Part II On The Run” (featuring Beyonce) at #81, “Oceans” (featuring Frank Ocean) at #83, “Picasso Baby” at #91 and “Crown” at #100.
Magna Carta…Holy Grail sold 528K copies in its first week. That constituted the second biggest first-week tally of the year, behind only Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience (968K in March).
Remember when Justin Timberlake was M.I.A. as a recording artist, far more interested in breaking into film and doing guest shots on SNL? He’s back. Timberlake has two songs in the top 10 and a third further down the chart.
As noted above, “Holy Grail,” on which he is featured, debuts at #8. Timberlake’s own “Mirrors” drops from #7 to #9. This is the 14th week in the top 10 for the latter song, which ties Timberlake’s 2006 hit “My Love” (featuring T.I.) as his longest-running top 10 hit to date.