Looks like Jay will be able to add another tally to his now 12 albums that have gone platinum very soon. Billboard announced today that after last week's sales performance in stores, "Magna Carta Holy Grail" will enter the charts at number 1 and be certified Gold, meaning 500,000 albums sold.
"Magna Carta" had been causing quite a stir since it was announced about a month ago, due to its unusual method of release, with Samsung buying 1 million copies of the album to be distributed to owner's of their Galaxy smartphones. The RIAA changed the way it tabulates record sales because of this revelation.
With this 12th number 1 debut, Hova holds onto his bragging rights as being the only artist to have 12 number 1 albums. And in case you doubted his power, all of his albums, except "Magna Carta" (for now) have gone platinum, meaning over 1 million copies shipped. Jay-Z has accomplished a rare feat in being an aging performer who is still a sales juggernaut.
Vegas DJ, DJ Franzen, spilled the beans on the song title for the hotly anticipated collab between Jay-Z & Drake. Corners of the interwebs were in a frenzy when the pic of the two was initially revealed earlier this summer. Now it looks like the song will be called "Cake" (take that, Rihanna!) and will appear on Drake's upcoming album, Nothing Was The Same, coming September 17th.
Shouts to KTT on the screengrab and this rather appropriate GIF, yeah?
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This is clever. Illustrator Ali Graham has illustrated one of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" each day with a new post on his tumblr page linked above — all inspired by lyrics from Hov's whole career, through his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail.
I picked out 15 of my favorites above, with 42 total released so far. I hit the Follow button so I don't miss any future "problem", which I assume will keep going til #99 (and I assume a "b*tch" will not be a problem, ha). Love the characters and cameos from everyone from Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, Rick Rubin to Superman and Ronald McDonald. More magnificent, minimalist design. Props, Ali Graham!
Head over to Pitchfork to read an interview with Ari Marcopoulos, the photographer who took the cover photo for Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail." He is an accomplished photographer of many hip-hop legends, having come from Britain to New York in 1979 as rap was beginning to be created in the streets of the Bronx and Queens. He befriended numerous artists simply through letting them know how much their music resonated with him, and just like that, he got exclusive access to take some stellar pictures.
Marcopoulos also discusses working with Jay-Z on the album's imagery. Apparently, Jay simply sat down with Marcopoulos one day and discussed what the album's lyrical content was about, as well as rapping the entire CD to him a capella. From that, the photographer went out into the city to shoot what he felt symbolized the album best.
"...this felt more like a commission, a true collaboration," says Marcopoulos. "He wasn’t overbearing. I wasn't just filling in the squares. It was one artist asking another artist to help him, to create something for him."
Check out Marcopoulos's Tumblr here for more cool photos of artists and seemingly random people on the street.