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Jay-Z's Latest Disc Debuts at No. 1

Jay-Z's Latest Disc Debuts at No. 1


NEW YORK (AP)--Jay-Z once again proved he has the blueprint for reaching the top of the album charts.

The rapper's latest disc, ``The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse,'' debuted at No. 1, selling about 545,000 copies during its first week in stores, according to industry figures released Wednesday.

A year ago, his album ``The Blueprint'' debuted at the top spot and stayed there for three weeks.

Jay-Z bumped the ``8 Mile'' soundtrack down to No. 2. The disc, which contains music from rapper Eminem's movie of the same name, sold another 400,000 copies for a total of 1.6 million.

Another rapper, Missy ``Misdemeanor'' Elliott, debuted at No. 3 with her latest, ``Under Construction.'' It sold nearly 259,000 copies.

And ``Riot Act,'' the first studio album from Pearl Jam since 2000, reached the fifth spot during its first week in stores, selling about 166,000 copies.
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Is there any question who's the no.1 rapper today?

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I agree he got a good flow but his lyrics are pointless anyway.

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Jay-Z is on 60 minutes tv show now. Wow!
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Man...I just saw the interview with Jay-Z and it was off the hook. I'll be back later to provide some details. Wow!!
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The show said that Jay-Z is worth more than 50 million. His company was responsible for more than 500 million in sales last year from record sales, his own movie production, own clothing line, concerts, etc. This guy is the true Horatio Algier story.

He is ON TOP OF THE GAME by a long shot. Congratulations!
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Woohoo!!! Jay-Z rocks!!!!!

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Jay-Z Puts "Print" on Charts

by David Jenison
Nov 20, 2002, 2:20 PM PT



Jay-Z has once again written the blueprint for big-time album sales.

The prolific rap star scored his fifth straight chart-topper with his new double-CD The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse. His eighth release since he debuted in 1996 with Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint 2 easily topped the Eminem-led 8 Mile soundtrack (which also features a Jay-Z track), selling 545,000 copies for the week ended November 17.


Jay-Z's latest sales feat bested the 426,000-copy debut of the original 2001 The Blueprint and nearly matches the rapper's best week ever, 560,000 copies for 2000's The Dynasty.

With the New York hip-hopster on top, his Detroit counterpart moved down a notch. The 8 Mile soundtrack was the runner-up with another 400,000 copies to push past the 2 million mark in just three weeks, according to SoundScan figures. Eminem also has The Eminem Show at number nine, which, with its release on May 26, was the only current Top 10 album more than a month old.

Rap queen Missy Elliott landed at number three with her latest, Under Construction, selling 259,000 copies. The trimmed-down rapper benefited from the single "Work It" earning major radio and club play. Missy's latest also features a cameo by--you guessed it--Jay-Z, meaning the Jigga appears on this week's top three albums.

Pearl Jam, the last real holdout from the grunge era, remains vital as Riot Act sold 166,000 copies to open at number five. The Seattle group's previous studio release, 2000's Binaural, fared slightly better, debuting at number two and moving about 40,000 more copies in its first week. Still, Pearl Jam remains the last of the grunge supergroups, since Soundgarden, Nirvana and Alice in Chains have all since disbanded.

TLC's latest, 3D, sold 143,000 copies for a number-six bow. The album features tracks recorded by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes before she died in a car accident in Honduras last April. The remaining two members finished the album in her memory, and Lopes' hometown of Atlanta declared November 12 (the day 3D released) as TLC Day.

Mississippi-rockers 3 Doors Down returned with Away from the Sun, which sold 115,000 copies to open at number eight. The group's 2000 debut, The Better Life, sold millions of copies on the strength of the super-rock hit "Kryptonite." The group's latest single, "When I'm Gone," is already heating up the radio.

The rest of the Top 10, all holdovers, included a hobbled Justin Timberlake at four with Justified, a half-naked Christina Aguilera at seven with Stripped and guitar-guru Santana in the 10 spot with Shaman.

Just missing the Top 10: Elton John's three-disc Greatest Hits: 1970-2002 wrestled away the number 12 hold from the WWF's own triple-disc collection, The Anthology, which landed at 13 with 86 pile-driving tracks of wrestling theme music.

The Memphis rock group Saliva--whose singer Josey Scott received mainstream attention last summer from his duet with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger on the Spidey single "Hero"--spit Back into Your System on the charts at 19. Jamaican dance-hall rapper Sean Paul followed at 26 with Dutty Rock, and Making the Band alum O-Town took 28 with O2.

In the battle of former Genesis members, Phil Collins' Testify managed just a number-thirty debut compared to his former band mate, Peter Gabriel, whose Up opened at number nine last month.

Elsewhere on the charts, hefty Bronx rapper Fat Joe plopped down at 31 with Loyalty, Barry Manilow's painfully sappy A Christmas Gift of Love debuted at 71, the score to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets opened at 81, the Madonna-led 007 soundtrack Die Another Day landed at 156, and the Pretenders' Loose Screw bowed at 179.
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All Goes According To Jay-Z's Blueprint On Billboard Albums Chart
11.20.2002 3:09 PM EST


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... And in the 46th week, Jay Hova looked down from and above and smiled.

Jay-Z's lofty point of view stems from his The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse selling more copies than any other album last week to top next week's Billboard albums chart. Jigga's sequel to last year's Blueprint sold more than 545,000 copies, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (November 20).

The one-time Shawn Carter and current rap revolutionary Jay Guevara's first-week sales fell below industry expectations, which forecasted figures in the range of 600,000 to 700,000, based on first-day sales. However, Blueprint 2 outsold last year's Blueprint, which also debuted atop the chart, by roughly 120,000 copies.

Blueprint 2 ousted the Eminem-weighted "8 Mile" soundtrack from the top of the heap, where it stood for the past two weeks.

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's Under Construction will have the second-highest chart debut in a week that saw a slew of new releases, as the holiday shopping season approaches. Elliott's follow-up to last year's Miss E ... So Addictive will land at #3, fueled by club-thumping single "Work It," with more than 258,000 copies sold.

The rest of the top 10 newcomers show that some artists may have been gone, but they certainly weren't forgotten by fans. Pearl Jam appear to have retained much of their core fans since their last album, 2000's Binaural. The grunge harbingers' latest album, Riot Act, their seventh studio LP overall, will perch at #5 with more 165,000 copies sold. Binaural, by comparison, made its chart debut two and a half years ago at #2 with 225,000.

3D, TLC's fourth album and first following the death of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes in April (see "Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes Killed In Car Accident"), will claim the #6 position, with a first-week tally of 143,000, much of which comes courtesy of first single "Girl Talk" and the press surrounding the posthumous release of the LP, which follows 1999's Fanmail.

Three Doors Down's Away From the Sun, the Deep South rockers' first album in more than two-and-a-half years, is a testament to the devotion of trio's fans — not to mention the pervasiveness of the heavily rotated single "When I'm Gone." The band's second album will take #8, with more than 115,000 sold.

The rest of the top 10 finds Justin Timberlake's Justified slipping two spots to #4 (188,000); Christina Aguilera's Stripped conceding three places to #7 (118,000); The Eminem Show coming in at #9, inching closer to ending its six-month residency in the top 10 (114,000); and Santana's star-studded Shaman falling five notches to #10 (110,000).

Elton John's triple-disc Greatest Hits 1970-2002 will lead the second-tier debuts at #12, immediately followed by World Wrestling Entertainment's three-CD retrospective of theme, entrance and event music, The Anthology, which boasts 86 tracks, 38 of which have never before been available.

Memphis rap-rockers Saliva flowed Back Into Your System and back onto the chart with their third album, which will land at #19 and round out the top 20 debuts.

Further down, Sean Paul's second LP, Dutty Rock, will come in at #26, after audiences were well primed for its acceptance by dancehall smash hit "Gimme the Light." "Making the Band" by-products O-Town will assume the position two places down with their second album, O2, juiced by the single "These Are the Days."

Although the album was named Loyalty, Bronx big boy Fat Joe experienced a loss of it with his fifth LP. The Terror Squad spitter will take #31 with his latest, and while his previous album, last year's Jealous Ones Still Envy (J.O.S.E.) debuted lower, at #37, it sold nearly 30,000 more copies in its first week.

Fat Joe's reduction was nothing compared to the grave loss felt by Crazy Town. The band that once ruled the rap-rock roost with hit single "Butterfly" from 1999's The Gift of Game, will enter the chart at #120 with Darkhorse.

Other notable debuts on next week's chart include Phil Collins' first studio album in seven years, Testify, at #30; the single-disc (sans B-sides) version of U2's The Best Of 1990-2000 at #34; Barry Manilow's A Christmas Gift of Love at #71; the cinematic score to "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" at #81; the bonus track-bolstered reissue of Shakira's last English-language album, Laundry Service: Washed and Dried, at #112; the soundtrack to the latest Bond flick, "Die Another Day," at #156; and the Pretenders' eighth studio album, Loose Screw, at #179.

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I agree with public enemy's song. Don't believe the hype.

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His figures are blown up... you need to divide them by 2. His CD contains 2 CDs, and their total length exceed 100mins, so every copy sold counts as 2.

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*taking notes*

*getting Blueprint 2, Missy's Underconstruction..... and Em's 8 Mile sountrack*

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JAY-Z NUMBER ONE AGAIN: And was profiled on 60 minutes ll last night.



(Nov. 21, 2002) *Jay-Z is once again king of the charts. With "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse," Jigga now has his 5th number 1 single ... as far as the Billboard 200 is concerned.
The album sold 545,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and kicks the "8 Mile" soundtrack to down to No. 2

"Blueprint" is also numero uno on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Meanwhile, did ya see Hova on 60 Minutes ll last night? He spoke to correspondent Bob Simon about his growing empire, his latest album, and growing up in the projects of Brooklyn.

When a mainstream show like 60 Minutes takes notice, it's obvious that the rap game is well north of being huge. Rap has now surpassed country music as the nation’s second-most popular genre after rock and roll. And since Jay-Z is the reigning king of rap, the big boys wanted to take look. And last night they did.

Of course his life as a drug dealer came up and he dealt with it. The height of the crack epidemic was a rough time, Jay-Z says.

“Pretty rough time for everyone, like, especially in that neighborhood, it was a, it was a plague in that neighborhood, it was just everywhere, everywhere you look. In the hallways. You could smell it in the hallways.”

“Back then, it was like, I would say it was, like, two things, like, it was either you'z doin' it or you was movin' it,” he says.

“And you was moving it?” Simon asked.

"I was – yeah ? I would, what, what you consider a hustler,” Jay-Z said.

“Drug dealer?,” Simon said.

“That's a harsh word, yeah, yeah,” Jay-Z said.

“Did your mom know you were dealing crack?” Simon asked.

“No. She had a lot of trust in me, she gave me a long leash, and she let me, you know, learn on my own,” he says.

“The story goes that when you got to the end of the leash, and you were dealing drugs, somebody tried to kill you. Is that right, or is that” Simon asked.

“Yeah, I was shot at before,” Jay-Z said.

The show pointed out that just as Jay-Z was beginning to be recognized as an entrepreneur, he fell back into his old hustler ways. In 1999, he stabbed record executive Lance Rivera at a nightclub. Police say he thought Rivera was bootlegging his music. He was sentenced to three years of probation.

Jay-Z says the incident was a wakeup call, “let me know like it could just all go down the drain, like it could all be taken away from you.” He says something like that will “never” happen again.

Well, that was then. This is now, and financially, things couldn't be better. At 33, Jay-Z has already sold over 15 million albums and his personal fortune is above $50 million.

And he has Beyonce. For Jigga, life is good. Reall good.
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Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles. Wow, some people have all the luck and money.
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Jay-Z Urges Students to Graduate

Nov 22, 2:11 PM (ET)


DETROIT (AP) - Rapper Jay-Z, with a bottle of water in one hand and a microphone in the other, told an audience at the city's Cass Technical High School about the importance of staying in school.

"I'm just here to let y'all know it's real," Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, said Thursday.

The students had won a contest sponsored by radio station WDTJ-FM by having good school attendance. The prize was Jay-Z as principal for a day.

The rapper, whose album "The Blueprint 2: The Gift and The Curse," debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, didn't perform for the students, the Detroit Free Press reported for a Friday story.

Instead, they performed for him. The marching band played and cheerleaders inserted Jay-Z's lyrics and rap titles into a cheer.

Only students with grade point averages of 3.0 or higher - 1,209 of them, or half of the school's student body - were invited to the rally.
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