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Jay-Z By Numbers

Keith Caulfield

Thanks to a combination of his own work and numerous collaborations, Jay-Z's chart totals register beyond the Billboard 200.


Number of albums sold in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Among hip-hop artists, only Eminem has sold more, with 34.6 million.


Number of songs downloaded, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That figure includes his collaborations with everyone from Rihanna ("Umbrella," 3.3 million) to Linkin Park ("Numb/Encore," 1.8 million).


Number of charted singles on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart-the most of any artist since 1990. He also holds the record for the most hits on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1990, with 55. Those hits include songs where he was a second-billed or featured artist.


Number of his Hot 100 No. 1s that came by way of helping out a diva. Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" spent two weeks atop the list in 1999, Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" spent eight weeks at No. 1 in 2003, and Rihanna's "Umbrella" reigned for seven in 2007.

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Chart position of his biggest Hot 100 single where he was the lead artist, on the track " '03 Bonnie & Clyde" featuring Beyoncé. It went to No. 4 in 2002.


Number of No. 1 songs on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Song Chart, including his own singles "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" and "Excuse Me Miss."