JAY-Z is on course for his 14th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his latest release, 4:44. The hip-hop superstar’s new album could launch atop the chart with more than 200,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 13, according to industry forecasters.
If 4:44 bows at No. 1, JAY-Z will extend his record as the solo artist with the most chart-topping albums. There are two artists tied for the second-most leaders among soloists: Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand, with 11 each. Ahead of all of them is the act with the most No. 1s: The Beatles, with 19.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new July 29-dated Billboard 200 chart (where JAY-Z could bow at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, July 16.
4:44 is set for No. 1 following its wide release to most streaming services and retailers on July 7 through Roc Nation. The set was initially issued on June 30 for one week of exclusivity through Tidal. (However, Tidal did not report data for the album to Nielsen Music for the week ending July 6, so the album did not debut on the July 22-dated chart.)
Other albums aiming for high debuts on the Billboard 200 next week include 21 Savage’s Issa Album and HAIM’s Something to Tell You.