NEW YORK (July 17, 2013)—About 500,000 units of Jay-Z's new album sold in the first week, according to preliminary data from Nielsen SoundScan.
Nielsen said the data show that "Magna Carta Holy Grail" moved about 527,000 copies.
It will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week.
The album was officially released on July 7.
Samsung bought and gave 1.2 million copies of the album to Galaxy mobile phone users on July 4, but Billboard is not counting those sales on its charts.
"Magna Carta" has the second-best first-week debut of the year after Justin Timberlake's "20/20 Experience."
The album features Timberlake, Beyonce, Frank Ocean and Timbaland.
Jay-Z's 12th album had more than 14 million streams in its first week on Spotify, beating a record that Daft Punk set in May with "Random Access Memories."