Sunday, May 26, 2024

Jay Z Fails to Reach Holy Grail: Second Week Album Sales Drop 76%


Jay Z may be selling out Yankee Stadium, but album sales are not that encouraging. The second week of sales for “Magna Carta Holy Grail” dropped 76% to 127,000 copies. That puts “MGHC” at not quite 500,00 for the first two weeks of retail sales. This doesn’t count the million copies sold to Samsung and given away free to their customers. No one knows how many customers took that bait. But since Samsung has not made any bold announcements, we can guess that the number was less than expected. If they had had a half million downloads they would have bragged about it. As it, I’ve asked and no one has responded. The $5 million paid by Samsung to Roc Nation is no doubt a hit within Jay Z’s world. But he may have siphoned off potential sales, and undermined his chart position. “MCHG” is number 1, but it will be toppled soon by any the of the coming new releases from Robin Thicke, John Mayer etc.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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