The album marks the rapper's 13th No. 1 hit, but still six behind The Beatles
Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart Wednesday — and the rapper did not even need Samsung's help to get there.
Samsung had previously pre-purchased one million digital copies of Sean Carter's new album, which eventually certified the record as platinum, following timely rule changes by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The No. 1 effort is Jay-Z's 13th, which brings him closer to the all-time record of 19 by the Beatles.
The 527,000 unrelated copies that Jay-Z's album registered last week were plenty to top the charts by themselves. It was the second-biggest debut of 2013, behind Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience."
"Magna Carta Holy Grail" also broke the previous U.S. Spotify streaming-record with 14 million streams.