Jay Z, Justin Timberlake's 'Holy Grail' Tops Rhythmic Airplay Chart
Jay Z's "Holy Grail" (featuring Justin Timberlake) has overtaken Billboard's Song of the Summer, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" (featuring T.I. and Pharrell), on the Rhythmic airplay chart. After camping out at No. 2 for the last two weeks of Thicke's 10-week reign,"Holy Grail" moves to the top to become Jay Z's seventh No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS-based ranking and Timberlake's fourth.
All charts, including Rhythmic (viewable on Billboard.biz), will be refreshed on Thursday (Sept. 12).
The Legends of the Summer tour mates' last No. 1 on the list also came jointly, via Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," which logged two weeks at the summit in April.
Here's a look at the Brooklyn emcee's seven Rhythmic leaders, a run that dates back more than 13 years:
Title, Artist Billing, Weeks at No. 1, Peak Date
"Holy Grail," featuring Justin Timberlake, one, Sept. 21, 2013
"Suit & Tie," Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z, two, April 13, 2013
"Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z + Alicia Keys, seven, Dec. 5, 2009
"Run This Town," Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West, four, Oct. 17, 2009
"Crazy in Love," Beyonce featuring Jay-Z, one, Aug. 9, 2003
"'03 Bonnie & Clyde," featuring Beyonce, three, Jan. 4, 2003
"Big Pimpin," featuring UGK, one, July 29, 2000
"Holy Grail" has reached No. 5 to date on the airplay/sales/streaming-based Billboard Hot 100 and has sold 1.4 million downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Having spent eight weeks on the Billboard 200, including its first two at No. 1, "Grail" parent album "Magna Carta Holy Grail" has sold 937,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Jay Z will embark on his Magna Carter World Tour this fall, with the first of 34 American dates on Nov. 30 in St. Paul, Minnesota.