Hova. Hov. J-Hova. Jay. Jay-Z. Jigga. Jiggaman: The Brooklyn-bred rapper born Shawn Carter has a lot of names. But now he's tweaking his marquee moniker and dropping the hyphen from Jay-Z. Take note: Now it's officially just Jay Z.
Billboard editor Joe Levy broke the news on Twitter: "Jay Z has dropped the hyphen from his name, according to his label. I am not kidding." Jay's website is now billed as "JAY Z's Life+Times," and iTunes currently lists his music as "JAY Z." Billboard has since dropped the hyphen from articles and charts mentioning the rapper's name. Good timing, too, because Jay's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, is in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. So his new name, sans hyphen, is sitting atop the throne for the whole world to gaze at in its un-hyphenated glory.
Speaking of its chart success, Magna Carta delivers Hov his 13th No. 1 album—that's three more than Elvis. The album is posting impressive numbers, too, considering Samsung gave away one million copies for free and that the LP already made Spotify history with more than 14 million streams in the U.S. alone. With 527,000 copies sold, Magna Carta has become one of Jay's better-selling albums, even topping the first-week sales of Watch the Throne and The Blueprint 3.
For a good read about Jay-Z—gah, I did it again!—ahem, Jay Z's business acumen and strategy for his new album, head over to New York Magazine to check out "Lessons From the Jay Z Business Model."