Jay-Z & Kanye West “Watch The Throne” Debuts At No. 1 With 436K In First Week

Rap heavyweights Jay-Z and Kanye West’s long-awaited Watch the Throne album debut at top of the charts with over 436,000 copies sold in first week sales.

According to Nielsen SoundScan Top 200 chart, Throne moved 436,100 units after seven days in stores. coming in second is Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines at No. 2 with 145,400 sold copies.

Last week prediction were that the album would sell close to 500,000 copies in its first week, which was later downgraded as sales dip.

The Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation album Watch the Throne broke the U.S. iTunes one-week sales record with nearly 290k downloads through Sunday night (8/14). The set was exclusively available at the Apple store from Aug. 8-11 before going on sale at digital and physical retailers Friday (8/12).

The previous one-week iTunes record was set by Coldplay’s 2008 album Viva La Vida, which moved 282k in its first week, and a total of 288k from all other digital retailers.