Since we last left Jay Z, he’s lost the hyphen in his name, but his hold on the charts hasn’t lessened at all. In its second week, Magna Carta… Holy Grail, the rapper’s 12th solo album, spends its second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 129,000 copies in week two, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan.
Hov’s closest competitor this week ended up being Sara Bareilles. The California singer-songwriter hit No. 2 with The Blessed Unrest, her fourth studio album, selling 68,000 copies.
That’s a step down from her last album, 2010’s Kaleidoscope Heart, which sold 90,000 in its first week to debut at No. 1. The album’s first single, “Brave,” has found a home on the Adult Pop Songs chart, peaking so far at No. 13 on that chart.
At No. 3, it’s the Kidz Bop series’ 24th compilation. Kidz Bop 24, which includes covers of “Gangnam Style,” “Suit & Tie” and many more, has made a business out of providing versions of popular hits sung by children, moves 62,000 records.