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It’s crazy to think that JAY Z’s first album sold under 50,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number 23 on the Billboard.

Since then, from ’96 to his last release, Everything Is Love with Beyonce, Hov has dropped 13 solo albums four collabs, one live album five compilations, one soundtrack and two EPs.

He has the second most number-one albums of all time (14), just tailing The Beatles, and holds the number one spot for most consecutive number-one studio albums with 11.

So let’s get into there, here are the rankings for Hov’s first week album sales.

Note: you can also check out our rankings for Jay-Z’s best-selling albums of all time.

Reasonable Doubt

Released: June 25, 1996

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Priority

First week album sales: 43,000

Billboard 200 position: 23

Singles: “Dead Presidents”, “Ain’t No Ni**a”, “Can’t Knock the Hustle”, “Feelin’ It”

Everything Is Love (as The Carters)

Released: June 16, 2018

Label: Parkwood, Sony, Roc Nation

First week album sales: 123,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Apeshit”

In My Lifetime, Vol. 1

Released: November 4, 1997

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 138,000

Billboard 200 position: 3

Singles: “(Always Be My) Sunshine”, “The City Is Mine”, “Wishing on a Star”

Unfinished Business (with R. Kelly)

Released: October 26, 2004

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, Rockland, Jive

First week album sales: 215,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Big Chips”, “Don’t Let Me Die”

The Best of Both Worlds (with R. Kelly)

Released: March 19, 2002

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, Rockland, Jive

First week album sales: 223,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Honey”, “Get This Money”, “Take You Home with Me a.k.a. Body”

4:44

Released: June 30, 2017

Label: Roc Nation

First week album sales: 262,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “4:44”, “Bam”, “Family Feud”

Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life

Released: September 29, 1998

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 352,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Can I Get A…”, “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)”, “Money, Cash, Hoes”, “Nigga What, Nigga Who (Originator 99)”

Collision Course (with Linkin Park)

Released: November 30, 2004

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Machine Shop, Warner Bros., Def Jam

First week album sales: 368,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Numb/Encore”

The Blueprint

Released: September 11, 2001

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 427,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”, “Girls, Girls, Girls”, “Jigga That Nigga”, “Song Cry”

American Gangster

Released: November 6, 2007

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 425,861

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Blue Magic”, “Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)…”, “I Know”

Watch the Throne (with Kanye West)

Released: August 8, 2011

Label: Def Jam, Roc Nation, Roc-A-Fella

First week album sales: 436,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “H•A•M”, “Otis”, “Lift Off”, “Ni**as in Paris”, “Why I Love You”, “Gotta Have It”, “No Church in the Wild”

Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter

Released: December 28, 1999

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 462,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Do It Again (Put Ya Hands Up)”, “Things That U Do”, “Anything”, “Big Pimpin'”

The Black Album

Released: November 14, 2003

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 463,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Change Clothes”, “Dirt off Your Shoulder”, “99 Problems”

The Blueprint 3

Released: September 8, 2009

Label: Roc Nation, Atlantic

First week album sales: 476,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”, “Run This Town”, “Empire State of Mind”, “On to the Next One”, “Young Forever”, “A Star Is Born”

Magna Carta Holy Grail

Released: July 4, 2013

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, Universal

First week album sales: 528,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Holy Grail”, “Tom Ford”, “Part II (On the Run)”

The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

Released: November 12, 2002

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 545,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”, “Hovi Baby”, “Excuse Me Miss”

The Dynasty: Roc La Familia

Released: October 31, 2000

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 557,789

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)”, “Change the Game”, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”

Kingdom Come

Released: November 21, 2006

Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

First week album sales: 680,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Show Me What You Got”, “Lost One”, “30 Something”, “Hollywood”

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