Chart Juice: Jay-Z and Kanye West Dominate the Billboard Charts
Will "Watch the Throne" leak? Newp. Will Kanye West outshine Jay-Z, or will it be the other way around, on "Watch the Throne"? Newp. The audible fulfillment behind "Watch the Throne" emerges from the dynamic between Jay and 'Ye. Last but not least, how much will "Watch the Throne" really sell? Lips were sealed once news hit of the album's high sales and chart notches. Not only does their collaborative album debut at No.1 on Billboard 200, "Watch the Throne" comes in No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums, concurrently.
"Watch the Throne" marks Jay-Z's 12th No. 1 slot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, surpassing R. Kelly who holds 11 No. 1s. Jay-Z has the most R&B/Hip-Hop albums No. 1s among solo artists. The Temptations beat both with the most No 1s with 17 between 1965-1975. The Throne's collaborative album sold 436,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, scoring the second largest sales week of 2011 for an album.
"Watch the Throne" marks Jay-Z's fourth No. 1 debut on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. "Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter" was Jay-Z's first No.1 debut, dominating the charts for 66 weeks since January 15, 2000. "The Black Album" debuted No. 1 on November 29, 2003 and charted for 89 weeks, representing his longest stay on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. "The Blueprint 3" debuted No. 1 on November 26, 2009 with 476,000 copies. "BP3" held tight at No. 1 for six weeks.
"Watch the Throne" marks Kanye's sixth No.1 album. Every one of 'Ye's albums have reached No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. "The College Dropout" (2004) and "Graduation" (2007) are Ye's No. 1 debut titles. West's most recent solo project,"My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," peaked at No. 1 with 496,000.
"The Blueprint 3," who kept Jay comfy at No. 1 for six weeks, is the one album of Jay's that's laced with the most Kanye West production. Eight tracks to be exact, two being "Hate" and "Run This Town" which feature West. Do Jay-Z and Kanye West hold a formula to chart domination?
The Throne recruited a select few to lend their talents to the 16 track deluxe 'Throne' edition, such as Hit-Boy, Swizz Beatz, Q-Tip, 88 Keys, No I.D. and RZA.'Ye co-produced twelve of those tracks, two of which are climbing the Hip-Hop/R&B Songs chart. "Otis" climbs from No. 11 to No. 7 on the chart, while "Ni**as in Paris" shot 35 slots from No. 99 in its debut to No. 64.