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Tuesday
Jul092013

Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail" Sales Projections for Next Week

Facebook.com/JayZAfter cutting a deal with Samsung to promote his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, many are wondering where Jay-Z will land on the Billboard 200 chart next week.

Tuesday marked the first day fans were able to purchase copies in stores -- the project was previously given to one million lucky Samsung users on July 4.

According to industry forecasts, Magna Carta Holy Grail is expected to sell between 350,000 to 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, July 14, based partly on information from pre-orders on iTunes, Billboard reports.

The feat would give the rap mogul his 13th number one album on the Billboard 200, second only to The Beatles, who have an impressive 19 chart-toppers, and more than any other solo act.

The rapper's album may already be platinum. As previously reported, Hov's unprecedented decision to partner with Samsung for the Magna Carta Holy Grail app resulted in the Recording Industry Association of America changing its rules for awarding gold and platinum certifications.

Under the RIAA's prior rules, artists had to wait 30 days after release before the Association would certify album sales -- gold for 500,000 copies sold, platinum for 1 million copies sold.  The Association has yet to make an official certification but Jay doesn't have to wait 30 days to apply for a certification.

Meanwhile, Billboard has remained firm in its sales count policy -- opting not to count the one million albums Samsung distributed toward the album's chart position because Samsung gave them away to users, and did not sell them.

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