Watch The Throne moving 436,000 copies its first week between the super power of Jay-Z and Kanye West isn’t “wowing” many online users… they’re waiting to see week 2.
Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 436,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the second-largest sales week of the year for an album, behind only the 1.1 million start of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”
“Throne” was available exclusively through iTunes from Aug. 8-11 before going on sale at all digital and physical retailers on Friday, Aug. 12. SoundScan’s tracking week ended on Sunday, Aug. 14.
“Throne” sold 321,000 downloads, marking the second-largest digital week ever, behind only the 662,000 moved by “Born This Way” in its first week earlier this year. While SoundScan does not disclose retailer-specific sales figures, sources say “Throne” broke iTunes’ one-week sales record — with nearly 290,000 digital copies sold through the retailer.
“Throne” also earns Jay-Z his 12th No. 1 and West his fifth. For Jay, the achievement extends his record as the solo act with the most No. 1 albums in history. Only The Beatles, with 19 No. 1s, have more. – Billboard