The official tracklist for Blueprint 3 was revealed on August 18, confirming the guest appearances from Drake , Alicia Keys , Kid Cudi , J. Cole , and more.  [ edit ] Commercial performance The Blueprint 3 debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 489,000 units in its first week. This was the third highest first week sales of 2009.  It became his 11th US number one album, breaking the record he had previously shared with Elvis Presley .  In its second week, it remained at number 1, shifting a further 298,000 units. In its third week it dropped one spot at number 2 selling another 134,000 bringing the albums total sales figures to 908,000 in its first three weeks. In its fourth week it sold 89,000 copies, bringing the four week total to 997,000, just three thousand copies short of platinum status after four weeks of sales. It is the second highest selling hip hop/rap album of 2009 behind Eminem 's Relapse . In the album's fifth week it sold 65,000 copies bringing the total to 1,062,000 it is Jay-Z's 11th solo album to go Platinum.   The album in its fifth week is also number 5 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In its sixth week the album rose up 2 spots to number 3 on the Billboard 200, despite selling 55,000 copies, 10,000 less than its previous week. 43,000 copies were sold in the US in its seventh week, putting it at number 4 on the charts. In week eight the album sold 41,000 copies. In the next week album sold 38,000 units.   In next three weeks album sold over 100,000 copies and its current sales in the U.S. is over 1,350,000 units.  The album has topped Billboard Rap Albums chart for 10 consecutives week. In its
eleventh week the album fell to number 2 on the rap charts, being surpased by the debut of 50 Cent's Before I self Destruct According to Mediatraffic  , the worldwide sales are as follows: 489,000 first week, 369,000 second week (note that the album was released internationally a week after the US and Canada, so this week was its first week released internationally): 858,000 total. 194,000 third week: 1,052,000 total. 135,000 fourth week: 1,187,000 total. 99,000 fifth week: 1,286,000 total. 86,000 sixth week: 1,372,000 total. 63,000 seventh week: 1,435,000 total. 57,000 eighth week: 1,492,000 total. 56,000 ninth week: 1,548,000 total. 51,000 tenth week: 1,599,000 total. After 10 weeks of release, the Blueprint 3 sold over 1.6 million units worldwide. [ edit ] Critical response The Blueprint 3 received generally positive reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 65/100 from Metacritic .  Newday gave it an A rating,  and Robert Christgau gave it an A- rating and called it "fairly superb".  USA Today gave the album 3½ out of 4 stars and praised its lyrical qualities, stating "There was a time when a rapper couldn't expect to last past his 20s. Jay-Z, who is nearing 40 and releasing his 11th studio album, shows that for someone who is measured mostly against himself, lyrical dexterity doesn't have an expiration date".
- Spring '08