ALBUMS: “Magna Carta” First Week PROJECTIONS Revised

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Rap mogul Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail solo album is still projected to topple its music competition next week despite a minimal dip in overall sales estimates.

It ain’t exactly a shocker that Jay-Z will tower over next week’s chart, just as he’s been ruling the news of late; Here’s how it looks headed into the weekend according to HITS Daily Double–but bear in mind that the number below reflects sales via traditional physical and digital retail channels.

Jay-Z (Roc Nation) 495-520k (debut)

Ciara (Epic) 55-60k (debut)

J. Cole (Roc Nation/Columbia) 40-45k

Kanye West(Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam/IDJ)30-35k 

Wale (Atlantic) 27-30k 

Florida Georgia Line (Republic Nashville) 27-30k 

Daft Punk (Columbia) 21-24k

Skylar Grey (KidinaKorner/Interscope) 18-21k (debut)

YOUR NEW RELEASES: Well, there’s Jay-Z and everyone else this week. Magna Carta Holy Grail’s chart-topping first week should best the bows of his previous three releases, Watch The Throne(436k), Blueprint 3 (476k) and American Gangster (425k). Looks like Samsung’s marketing campaign is paying off for everyone. Here are this week’s key debuts: Jay-Z (Roc Nation) 475-525kCiara (Epic) 55-65k Skylar Gray (KidinaKorner/Interscope) 15-18k Donell Jones (eOne) 10-12k As of this writing Magna Cartaremains the #1 album on the iTunes chart in its “explicit” form, while the “clean” version occupies the #5 spot. Lead single “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake is #2 on the singles chart, while “Tom Ford” (an early fave among hip-hop heads) has bounced to #13. (7/10p) (HITS Daily Double)

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