Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 Sells 476,000, Collects Easy #1, Crushes Elvis


The Blueprint: 427,000 units. The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse: 545,000 units. And now, eight years on, Jay-Z closes out the trilogy by splitting the difference at 476,000. It’s an easy #1, by most counts Jay’s 11th, which pushes him past Elvis for most solo artist #1s in history. Standing in his way for the overall record? The Beatles, who have 19–good luck with that, Jay–and who, incidentally, outsold him again this week: the band moved a combined 626,000 records since last Tuesday, mostly–but not entirely–on the strength of two new box sets. As for Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. 2? 68,000, a more than respectable debut at #4, though probably not what people hoped for when Rae briefly overtook Jay on the iTunes charts late last week. [Billboard]