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Did Jay Z & Kanye Go Platinum The First Week?

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(Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for VEVO)

(Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for VEVO)

Back in the day artist going platinum in a week was pretty common, but these days album sales just aren’t what they used to be. With two heavy hitter artist like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay-Z[/lastfm] & [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kanye West [/lastfm] though,  how can you lose.

Although they may not have sold a million records the first week, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay-Z[/lastfm] & Kanye still topped the Billboard charts with selling 436,000 albums in the first week. That’s the second-highest amount of sales in a week this year, right behind [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lady Gaga’s[/lastfm] “Born This Way” which sold 1.1 million in her first week in may.  When it came to iTunes Jay & Kanye broke a record with 290,00  which topped C[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]oldplay’s[/lastfm] 282,000 downloads sold in 2008. Over all the Throne‘s 321,000 total downloads is the biggest in history for a rap album and the second-highest week ever, again behind [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lady Gaga’s[/lastfm] “Born This Way” with 662,000.

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