As expected, JAY-Z‘s 4:44 debuted at number one the Billboard 200, after it was released on all streaming platforms following its exclusive one week TIDAL release. (The TIDAL release did not count toward Billboard.) The album sold 174k units, and makes for Hov‘s 14th number one! This now makes him the record holder for solo artist with the most number one albums in the history of Billboard!
Had Hov not dropped, 21 Savage‘s Issa Album would have debuted at number one. Instead, it comes in at number two with a super solid 77k! Issa hit! Outside of the top 10, Sevyn Streeter‘s new album Girl Disrupted had an extremely dismal debut at number 92. Sheesh.
Looking ahead to next week, French Montana‘s Jungle Rules is on pace to sell around 45-50k, which should give him a top 5 debut. In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below!
DJ Khaled‘s Grateful hit number one again for its second week on the Billboard 200, making it the first album to spend more than one week in the top spot in two months! In the week ending July 6, Grateful sold another 70k units.
Looking ahead to next week, JAY-Z and 21 Savage will make their chart debuts with 4:44 and Issa Album, respectively. Though 4:44 was released the week prior, it was a TIDAL exclusive, which doesn’t count toward the Billboard charts. Now that it has been released to all streaming services and stores, it’s looking at a number one debut next week with around 250-275k. By RIAA‘s standards, it’s already considered platinum through the TIDAL streams in week one.
As for 21, his debut, Issa Album, is on pace to sell around 50-60k, which should put him in the top 3. Issa hit!
In the meantime, check out this week’s top 10 below.
Kanye West had another rant on Saturday night in Sacramento, this time calling out Jay Z for not calling him and Beyoncé for requesting to win Album of the Year to show up at the BET Awards. He also only performed 3 songs before cutting the show short, though he did bring Kid Cudi out for a nice moment on stage.
This quickly prompted the #KanyeIsOverParty trending topic, and later, the cancellation of his Sunday night show in LA. Thankfully, Ticketmaster is offering refunds for both shows.
Ye has not yet responded, but instead went on Instagram and posted over 50 random fashion photos. Read the full rant here, and check out Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli‘s reactions below. Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump is now loving Ye and co-signing him. SMH.
Earlier this month, Jay Z announced a two-year film and television development deal with the Weinstein Company. He quickly announced his first project, a mini-series on Spike TV about Kalief Browder, the high school student who was held at Rikers Island for three years without trial for the theft of a backpack, and later killed himself upon his release.
Now, he’s announced the second project, and it’s equally as powerful. This one will be for NBC, and it will be a series about Nicholas Irving, the first African-American to serve as a Special Operations Direct Action Sniper in the Third Ranger Battalion for the U.S. Military.
Irving wrote a book about his experiences in 2015, and the series will reportedly be based around that. The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story star Sterling K. Brown is set to play Irving, with production to begin early next year.
In very unsurprising news, Donald Trump is a sexist, rape-y, nasty idiot. Audio has leaked of the Presidential hopeful in 2005, where he was telling Billy Bush how easy it is for celebs to get with women, saying he can go up to anyone and kiss them or even “grab them by the pussy.” He was newly married at the time, by the way.
It has since been discovered that the woman he was discussing on the tape, Nancy O’Dell, had turned him down and that’s why he was upset. He would go on to try to fire her from hosting the Miss USA pageant two years later for being “too pregnant.”
Trump has issued a half-assed apology, saying he’s changed since then but also saying that Bill Clinton has done way worse, and that Hillary has shamed and bullied Bill‘s victims. Robert DeNiro said he wants to punch Trump in the face, and even his own Republicans are turning against him, as seen in this news clip. It’s lit.
Last week, Jay Z announced he’d inked a two-year development deal with The Weinstein Co. for various movies and TV shows. In the press release, Hov said a few projects were already in the works, and today, he’s announced the first one.
With a six-part docuseries, the Roc Nation mogul will tell the story of Kalief Browder, the high school student who was accused of stealing a backpack, and was sent to Rikers Island for 3 years without trial – two of which were spent in solitary confinement. He committed suicide shortly after his release.
Jay held a press conference to announce the film, and addressed police brutality:
“When you have compassion for what someone goes through—we’re all looking for a short embrace at time. Judgement is the enemy of compassion. When you are able to identify that…we’re all not perfect, we may make mistakes. All of us, every single one of us. When you have compassion for what someone’s going through and their plight, my personal belief, having the camera on someone creates more distrust. When we have an exchange and it has to be recorded, something’s wrong there, something’s broken. A camera can’t fix a relationship between a person that’s hired to protect and serve and society. There has to be a relationship. There has to be respect on both sides.”
Time: The Kalief Browder Story is set to air on Spike this January. Read more of what Jay said at the press conference here.
Earlier this week, Jay Z released a powerful op-ed “The War on Drugs Is an Epic Fail”. The New York Times piece features narration by Jay and artwork by Molly Crabapple as the two brilliantly break down the brutal truth behind the war on drugs and the growth of America‘s prison population.
“The war on drugs exploded the U.S. prison population,” Jay Z says.”Disproportionately locking away black[s] and Latinos. Our prison population grew more than 900 percent. When the war on drugs began in 1971, our prison population was 200,000. Today, it is over 2 million.”