Billboard suggests it might sell 350,000 – 400,000 by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, July 14. “Magna Carta’s” first-week sales forecast is based partly on how well the title is performing with pre-orders through digital retailers. It became available to pre-order via iTunes on July 4.The project would need to sell more than 476,000 copies in order to beat his 2009 The Blueprint 3‘s opening week numbers.
As Magna Carta Holy Grail will lock down the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart next week. It would mark Jay-Z’s 13th chart-topper, extending his record as the solo artist with the most No. 1 albums in history. (The Beatles, with 19 No. 1s,)
“Magna Carta’s” retail release date comes five days after it became available for free to some Samsung photo and tablet users.