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Jay-Z discography
Jay-zlivein2010.jpg
Jay-Z performing at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2010
Studio albums 13
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 5
Music videos 82
Singles 115
Soundtrack albums 1
Promotional singles 9
Collaborative albums 3

American rapper Jay-Z has released thirteen solo studio albums, three collaboration albums, one live album, five compilation albums, one soundtrack album, two extended plays, one hundred and fifteen singles (including forty-five as a featured artist), nine promotional singles and eighty-two music videos. As of December 2014, Jay-Z sold 55 million studio albums worldwide.[1]

Jay-Z began his music career in the 1980s, building a reputation as a fledgling rapper in his hometown of Brooklyn and collaborating with his mentor and fellow rapper Jaz-O.[2] Jay-Z later founded Roc-A-Fella Records with close friends Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke and released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt in June 1996.[2] The album peaked at number twenty-three on the United States Billboard 200 record chart and has since been recognized as a seminal work of the hip hop genre.[3][4] Its singles included "Dead Presidents", "Ain't No Nigga" and "Can't Knock the Hustle", all of which reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart.[5] In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 (1997), which saw Jay-Z collaborating with producers such as Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Teddy Riley,[6] peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and earned a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[3][7] Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life was released in September 1998 and became his first number-one album in the United States.[8] The album featured the international hits "Can I Get A..." and "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)", which both reached top twenty of the Billboard Hot 100.[8] Vol. 2 was certified five times platinum by the RIAA and won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album in 1999.[9] Two more chart-topping albums – Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter and The Dynasty: Roc La Familia – followed in December 1999 and October 2000 respectively. The albums included hit singles such as "Big Pimpin'" and "I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" and featured several guest appearances from artists signed to Roc-A-Fella Records.[2]

Jay-Z's sixth studio album The Blueprint, released in September 2001, became controversial for including lyrics attacking other New York City rappers.[2] Nonetheless, The Blueprint topped the Billboard 200 and produced Jay-Z's first Billboard Hot 100 top ten single, "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)".[3][8] The Blueprint is critically reviewed as his best album. The Best of Both Worlds, a collaboration with American R&B singer R. Kelly, and The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse were both released the following year. The latter album peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and featured the top ten singles "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" and "Excuse Me Miss".[3][8] The Black Album, released in November 2003, was intended by Jay-Z to be his final studio album and features his impending retirement as a recurring theme.[2][10] The album performed well commercially and was later certified three times platinum by the RIAA.[7]

Following a period of dormancy, Jay-Z became president of Def Jam Recordings in December 2004 and resumed his rap career two years later with the release of Kingdom Come, which peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and was certified two times platinum from the RIAA.[3][7][11] The concept album American Gangster followed in 2007 and continued his streak of number-one albums in the United States.[3] With the release of The Blueprint 3 in September 2009, Jay-Z surpassed Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most number-one albums on the Billboard 200.[12] The album included the international hits "Run This Town", "Empire State of Mind" – which became Jay-Z's first single as a solo artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 – and "Young Forever".[8] Watch the Throne, a collaborative album with American rapper Kanye West, followed in August 2011 and became Jay-Z's eleventh number-one album in the United States.[8] His album Magna Carta Holy Grail was released in July 2013 to great commercial success, topping the Billboard 200 and having the second-biggest sales week for 2013 at the time of its release.[13]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[3]
US
R&B
/HH

[14]
CAN
[15]
FRA
[16]
GER
[17]
NLD
[18]
NOR
[19]
SWE
[20]
SWI
[21]
UK
[22]
Reasonable Doubt 23 3 140
  • US: 1,514,000
  • WW: 2,250,000[24]
In My Lifetime, Vol. 1
  • Released: November 4, 1997 (US)[26]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
3 2 36 78
  • US: 1,412,000
  • WW: 2,500,000[24]
  • RIAA: Platinum[7]
Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
  • Released: September 29, 1998 (US)[27]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1 1 13 76 34 49 109
  • US: 5,299,000
  • WW: 10,500,000[24]
Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter
  • Released: December 28, 1999 (US)[29]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, IDJMG
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1 1 8 75 155
  • US: 3,093,000
  • WW: 5,000,000[24]
The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
  • Released: October 31, 2000 (US)[30]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, IDJMG
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1 1 5 98 89 86
  • US: 2,521,000
  • WW: 3,000,000[24]
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[7]
  • BPI: Silver[25]
The Blueprint
  • Released: September 11, 2001 (US)[31]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, IDJMG
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1 1 3 73 55 51 36 30 59 30
  • US: 2,730,000
  • WW: 3,500,000[24]
The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
  • Released: November 12, 2002 (US)[32]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, IDJMG
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
1 1 8 79 61 66 52 23
  • US: 2,122,000
  • WW: 2,500,000[24]
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[7]
  • BPI: Gold[25]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[28]
The Black Album
  • Released: November 14, 2003 (US)[33]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, IDJMG
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 12 66 47 66 18 41 29 34
  • US: 3,516,000
  • WW: 4,000,000[24]
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[7]
  • BPI: Platinum[25]
  • MC: Platinum[28]
Kingdom Come
  • Released: November 21, 2006 (US)[34]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, IDJMG
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 6 79 76 71 45 17 35
  • US: 2,510,000
  • WW: 3,000,000[24]
American Gangster
  • Released: November 6, 2007 (US)[35]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, IDJMG
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 3 58 99 64 29 17 30
  • US: 1,131,000
  • WW: 1,600,000[24]
The Blueprint 3 1 1 1 20 22 12 15 44 12 4
  • US: 1,960,000
  • WW: 2,400,000[24]
Magna Carta... Holy Grail
  • Released: July 4, 2013 (various)[A]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Roc Nation, IDJMG
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 1 12 9 7 2 8 1 1
  • US: 1,130,000
  • WW: 2,000,000[24]
4:44[39]
  • Released: June 30, 2017
  • Label: Roc Nation
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 1 1
[40]
43
[41]
15 11 11
[42]
16 5 3
  • RIAA: Platinum[7]

Collaborative albums[edit]

List of collaborative albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[3]
US
R&B

[14]
CAN
[15]
FRA
[16]
GER
[17]
NLD
[18]
NOR
[19]
SWE
[20]
SWI
[21]
UK
[22]
The Best of Both Worlds
(with R. Kelly)
  • Released: March 19, 2002 (US)[44]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, Jive
  • Formats: CD, cassette, LP
2 1 19 20 22 12 42 18 37
  • US: 875,000
  • WW: 1,200,000[24]
  • RIAA: Platinum[7]
Unfinished Business
(with R. Kelly)
  • Released: October 26, 2004 (US)[45]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, Jive
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 68 77 60 65 61
  • US: 750,000
  • WW: 933,000
  • RIAA: Platinum[7]
Watch the Throne
(with Kanye West)
  • Released: August 8, 2011 (US)[46]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, Roc Nation
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
1 1 1 10 2 3 1 27 1 3
  • US: 1,573,000
  • WW: 2,000,000[47]

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[3]
US
R&B

[14]
UK
[22]
Jay-Z: Unplugged
  • Released: December 18, 2001 (US)[48]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, LP
31 8 153

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[3]
US
R&B

[14]
AUS
[49]
GER
[17]
NOR
[19]
SWI
[21]
UK
[22]
Chapter One: Greatest Hits 65
Blueprint 2.1
  • Released: April 8, 2003 (US)[51]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, digital download
17 6
Bring It On: The Best of Jay-Z
  • Released: November 25, 2003 (UK)[52]
  • Label: BMG
  • Formats: CD, LP
[B]
Greatest Hits
  • Released: September 25, 2006 (UK)[54]
  • Label: Sony BMG
  • Formats: CD
84
Jay-Z: The Hits Collection, Volume One
  • Released: November 22, 2010 (US)[55]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam, Roc Nation
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
43 11 83 89 16 98 20
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Soundtrack albums[edit]

List of soundtrack albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[3]
US
R&B

[14]
Streets Is Watching
  • Released: May 5, 1998 (US)[56]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
  • Formats: CD, LP
27 3

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US
[3]
US
R&B

[14]
CAN
[15]
FRA
[16]
GER
[17]
NLD
[18]
NOR
[19]
SWE
[20]
SWI
[21]
UK
[22]
Collision Course
(with Linkin Park)
1 3 6 20 5 9 1 9 2 15
Live in Brooklyn
  • Released: October 9, 2012 (US)[60]
  • Label: Roc-A-Fella, Atlantic, Roc Nation
  • Formats: Digital download
35 6
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Magna Carta Holy Grail was released on July 4, 2013 worldwide to Samsung mobile users through a special mobile app.[38]
  2. ^ Bring It On: The Best of Jay-Z did not enter the UK Albums Chart, but peaked at number 34 on the UK Budget Albums Chart.[53]

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