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The Hits Collection, Volume One
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 22, 2010 (2010-11-22)
GenreHip hop
Length56:03 (disc 1)
15:15 (disc 2)
71:18 (total)
Label
CompilerJay-Z
Jay-Z chronology
The Blueprint 3
(2009)
The Hits Collection, Volume One
(2010)
Watch the Throne
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
BBC Music(Favorable)[2]
BLARE Magazine[3]
Pitchfork7.5/10[4]

The Hits Collection, Volume One is a greatest hits album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on November 22, 2010 by Def Jam Recordings and Roc Nation. Although greatest hits compilations of Jay-Z have been released internationally before, this was the first of its kind to be released in the United States, in which it was released in a standard edition, deluxe edition, collector's edition box set as well as a 3-disc deluxe vinyl. The album features four tracks from The Black Album, three from The Blueprint 3 and one from each of Jay's other solo albums dating back to Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life.

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Greatest hits album

Greatest hits album

A greatest hits album or best-of album is a type of compilation album that collects popular and commercially successful songs by a particular artist or band. While greatest hits albums are typically supported by the artist, they can also be created by record companies without express approval from the original artist as a means to generate sales. They are typically regarded as a good starting point for new fans of an artist, but are sometimes criticized by longtime fans as not inclusive enough or necessary at all.

Jay-Z

Jay-Z

Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay-Z, is an American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and founder of Manhattan-based conglomerate talent and entertainment agency Roc Nation. He is regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop artists. He was the CEO of Def Jam Recordings and he has been central to the creative and commercial success of artists including Kanye West, Rihanna, and J. Cole.

Def Jam Recordings

Def Jam Recordings

Def Jam Recordings is an American multinational record label owned by Universal Music Group. It is based in Manhattan, New York City, specializing predominantly in hip hop, contemporary R&B, soul and pop.

Roc Nation

Roc Nation

Roc Nation is an entertainment agency founded by Jay-Z in 2008. The company is headquartered in Manhattan and has additional offices in Los Angeles and London. Roc Nation comprises a comprehensive talent agency, sports agency, record label, management agency, television and film enterprises, fashion clothing line, and educational and philanthropic endeavors.

LP record

LP record

The LP is an analog sound storage medium, a phonograph record format characterized by: a speed of 33+1⁄3 rpm; a 12- or 10-inch diameter; use of the "microgroove" groove specification; and a vinyl composition disk. Introduced by Columbia in 1948, it was soon adopted as a new standard by the entire record industry. Apart from a few relatively minor refinements and the important later addition of stereophonic sound, it remained the standard format for record albums until its gradual replacement from the 1980s to the early 2000s, first by cassettes, then by compact discs, and finally by digital music distribution.

The Black Album (Jay-Z album)

The Black Album (Jay-Z album)

The Black Album is the eighth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on November 14, 2003, through Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. It was advertised as his final album before retiring, which is also a recurring theme throughout the songs, although Jay-Z resumed his recording career in 2006. For the album, Jay-Z wanted to enlist a different producer for each song, working with Just Blaze, Kanye West, The Neptunes, Eminem, DJ Quik, Timbaland, 9th Wonder and Rick Rubin, among others. The album also features a guest appearance by Pharrell Williams.

The Blueprint 3

The Blueprint 3

The Blueprint 3 is the eleventh studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released September 8, 2009, on Roc Nation, through distribution from Asylum Records and Atlantic Records. It is the third album in the Blueprint series, preceded by The Blueprint (2001) and The Blueprint2: The Gift & The Curse (2002). Production for the album took place during 2008 to 2009 at several recording studios and was handled by Kanye West, No I.D., The Neptunes, Jeff Bhasker, Al Shux, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, The Inkredibles, Swizz Beatz, and Timbaland. The album also features guest appearances by Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake, Kid Cudi, Young Jeezy, J. Cole and Alicia Keys among others.

Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life

Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life is the third studio album by American rapper Jay-Z. It was released on September 29, 1998, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. It went on to become his most commercially successful album, selling over 5 million copies in the United States. In the liner notes of the album, Jay-Z gives his thoughts on various tracks. The lyrics to the fast-paced "Nigga What, Nigga Who " are also included.

Title and packaging

The Hits Collection, Volume One was Jay-Z's first greatest hits album to be released by Roc Nation, and is the only greatest hits album to be released so far in his career. The front packaging of the album cover features Jay-Z's signature diamond hands, which are a reference to his fifth studio album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. The inside album sleeve contains a booklet with photos of Jay-Z throughout his career, song descriptions, as well as an opening acknowledgment from Jay-Z himself.

In the opening acknowledgement, Carter wrote:

To be honest, I've avoided doing this type of project. It's difficult to pick 14 songs that define who I am. Some of my best songs were never released as singles. I've challenged myself to make classic albums that will define my legacy–and not just individual songs. Still, the timing of this project finally felt right to me.

Most of my recording career was with Def Jam. That chapter is closed, and a new one has opened: with Roc Nation. This album represents that transition. This is a collector's piece. It represents some of my strongest work. Each song represents a different time, a different feeling, or a different emotion. Plenty of people have already purchased this music 100 times. Still–I worked hard to sequence the songs, to create a true listening experience. Once you have all the great songs in one place, you can't go wrong. Ha.

This project means more than record sales. I collect art, things that inspire me, and I want Hits to be that for you. The artwork, the photos I'm willing to share represent my appreciation for your support through the years. As I go to the next level and open more doors, I truly believe there's no limit to where we can take hip-hop culture. Vol. 2 comin' soon. On to the next one.

— S.C. (Shawn Carter)

Track listing

The Hits Collection, Volume One track listing
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
1."Public Service Announcement (Interlude)" (from The Black Album)Just Blaze2:45
2."Run This Town" (featuring Rihanna & Kanye West (from The Blueprint 3)Kanye West, No I.D.4:27
3."'03 Bonnie & Clyde" (featuring Beyoncé (from The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse)Kanye West3:25
4."Encore" (from The Black Album)Kanye West4:09
5."I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)" (from The Dynasty: Roc La Familia)The Neptunes3:49
6."Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" (from The Blueprint)Kanye West4:00
7."D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)" (The Blueprint 3)No I.D.4:16
8."99 Problems" (from The Black Album)Rick Rubin3:55
9."Empire State of Mind" (featuring Alicia Keys (from The Blueprint 3)Al Shux, Janet Sewell-Ulepic, Angela Hunte4:37
10."Dirt off Your Shoulder" (from The Black Album)Timbaland4:02
11."Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" (from Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life)The 45 King4:00
12."Show Me What You Got" (from Kingdom Come)Just Blaze3:42
13."Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)..." (from American Gangster)Diddy, Sean C & LV4:12
14."Big Pimpin'" (featuring UGK (from Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter)Timbaland4:44
Total length:56:03
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleProducer(s)Length
15."Young, Gifted and Black"Marley Marl2:01
16."Pump It Up" (Freestyle)Just Blaze1:57
17."My President Is Black" (Remix) (Young Jeezy featuring Jay-Z)Tha Bizness3:58
18."Go Hard" (Remix) (DJ Khaled featuring Jay-Z, Kanye West and T-Pain)The Runners3:36
19."This Life Forever"Ty Fyffe3:43
Total length:15:15

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Public Service Announcement (song)

Public Service Announcement (song)

"Public Service Announcement (Interlude)" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z from his eighth studio album The Black Album (2003). Produced by Just Blaze, it serves as an interlude on the album.

Just Blaze

Just Blaze

Justin Gregory Smith, known professionally as Just Blaze, is an American hip hop record producer and DJ. Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Blaze attended Rutgers University for three years before dropping out to pursue his musical career. His stage name was inspired by the character Blaze Fielding from the Streets of Rage video game series. Blaze gained recognition as a producer for Roc-A-Fella Records in the early 2000s, pioneering the "chipmunk soul" sampling style that was prominent in the early to mid-2000s hip-hop scene. He appears in the video for the third single from Eminem's 2010 album Recovery entitled "No Love", which he produced. Blaze is also the CEO of Fort Knocks Entertainment. He has also composed soundtracks for video games, and was a character in NBA Street Vol. 2.

Kanye West

Kanye West

Ye is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and fashion designer. He is regarded as both one of the most influential and controversial artists and producers of the 21st century.

No I.D.

No I.D.

Ernest Dion Wilson, professionally known as No I.D., is an American hip hop and R&B producer from Chicago, Illinois. Wilson is also a disc jockey (DJ), music arranger and rapper, having released an album in 1997, titled Accept Your Own and Be Yourself , under Relativity Records. He is perhaps best known for his early work with Chicago-based rapper Common. He has since become a heavily sought-out and high-profile producer, producing hit singles such as "Smile" by G-Unit, "Outta My System" and "Let Me Hold You" by Bow Wow, "Heartless" by Kanye West, "D.O.A." by Jay-Z, "My Last" by Big Sean, and "New Light" by John Mayer.

'03 Bonnie & Clyde

'03 Bonnie & Clyde

"'03 Bonnie & Clyde" is a song recorded by American rapper Jay-Z featuring his then-girlfriend, now wife, American singer Beyoncé Knowles. It was released on October 10, 2002. It was composed by Jay-Z, Kanye West, Prince, Tupac Shakur, Darryl Harper, Ricky Rouse and Tyrone Wrice for Jay-Z's seventh studio album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse (2002). The song was released as the album's lead single on October 10, 2002. "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" sampled its beat from American rapper Tupac Shakur's 1996 song "Me and My Girlfriend", paraphrasing its chorus, and was inspired by the crime film Bonnie and Clyde. The instrumentation is based on programmed drums, bass instruments, and a flamenco guitar.

Beyoncé

Beyoncé

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Beyoncé's boundary-pushing artistry and vocals have made her the most influential female musician of the 21st century, according to NPR. Her success has led to her becoming a cultural icon and earning her the nickname "Queen Bey".

Encore (Jay-Z song)

Encore (Jay-Z song)

"Encore" is a hip-hop song from Jay-Z's The Black Album. It features guest vocals by John Legend, Don Crawley, GLC and Kanye West. The song was released by Roc-A-Fella Records and produced by West for Konman Productions.

I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)

I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)

"I Just Wanna Love U " is a song by American rapper Jay-Z, released as the first single from his 2000 album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia. It was produced by the Neptunes and features a chorus sung by Neptunes member Pharrell Williams, as well as Shay Haley and Omillio Sparks who all remain uncredited. The video for the song features cameos from rappers Lil' Kim, Lil' Cease, Damon Dash, Beanie Sigel, Memphis Bleek, Jermaine Dupri and actor John Witherspoon. A music video directed by David Meyers was made for the song.

Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" is the first single released by Jay-Z from his sixth album The Blueprint. It is among his most popular singles. This was the second song released off The Blueprint, after the diss track "Takeover", but the lead single from it. The song reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It was Jay-Z's first top 10 single as a lead artist.

D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)

D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)

"D.O.A. " is a song written by American rapper Jay-Z. It was produced by No I.D. The song was released as a digital download on June 23, 2009, and as the first single from Jay-Z's 11th studio album, The Blueprint 3. The song made its world premiere on the New York radio station Hot 97 on June 5. Its lyrics address the overusage of Auto-Tune in the music industry. The song samples "In the Space" by French composer Janko Nilović. The bridge is inspired by Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" and interpolates lyrics from Kanye West's "Big Brother", and "You're Nobody " by The Notorious B.I.G. The song won Jay-Z his eighth Grammy Award, and his second for Best Rap Solo Performance. It peaked at No. 24 on Billboard Hot 100.

99 Problems

99 Problems

"99 Problems" is the third single released by American rapper Jay-Z in 2004 from The Black Album. It was released on April 27, 2004. The chorus hook "I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain't one" is taken from the Ice-T single "99 Problems" from the album Home Invasion (1993). The hook was coined during a conversation between Ice-T and Brother Marquis of Miami-based 2 Live Crew. Marquis used the phrase in the 1996 2 Live Crew song "Table Dance".

Rick Rubin

Rick Rubin

Frederick Jay "Rick" Rubin is an American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records. Along with Russell Simmons, he is the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and also established American Recordings. With the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy, Geto Boys, and Run-DMC, Rubin helped popularise hip hop music. He also produced a number of top-selling artists from a variety of other genres including heavy metal, alternative rock, and country. In 2007, MTV called him "the most important producer of the last 20 years," and the same year, Rubin appeared on Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World".

Charts

Chart performance for The Hits Collection, Volume One
Chart (2010–2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[5] 83
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[6] 121
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 89
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[8] 19
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[9] 16
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 98
UK Albums (OCC)[11] 20
US Billboard 200[12] 43
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[13] 11

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ARIA Charts

ARIA Charts

The ARIA Charts are the main Australian music sales charts, issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts are a record of the highest selling songs and albums in various genres in Australia. ARIA became the official Australian music chart in June 1988, succeeding the Kent Music Report, which had been Australia's national music sales charts since 1974.

Ultratop

Ultratop

Ultratop is an organization which generates and publishes the official record charts in Belgium. Ultratop is a non-profit organization, created on the initiative of the Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA), the Belgian member organization of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Two parallel sets of charts are concurrently produced and published, one on behalf of Belgium's mainly Dutch-speaking Flanders region, and the other catering to the nation's mainly French-speaking region of Wallonia.

GfK Entertainment charts

GfK Entertainment charts

The GfK Entertainment charts are the official music charts in Germany and are gathered and published by GfK Entertainment, a subsidiary of GfK, on behalf of Bundesverband Musikindustrie. GfK Entertainment is the provider of weekly Top 100 single and album charts, as well as various other chart formats for genres like compilations, jazz, classical music, schlager, hip hop, dance, comedy, and music videos. Following a lawsuit in March 2014 by Media Control AG, Media Control® GfK International had to change its name.

Official New Zealand Music Chart

Official New Zealand Music Chart

The Official New Zealand Music Chart is the weekly New Zealand top 40 singles and albums charts, issued weekly by Recorded Music NZ. The Music Chart also includes the top-20 New Zealand artist singles and albums and top 10 compilation albums. All charts are compiled from data of both physical and digital sales from music retailers in New Zealand.

VG-lista

VG-lista

VG-lista is a Norwegian record chart. It is presented weekly in the newspaper VG. It is considered the primary Norwegian record chart, charting albums and singles from countries and continents around the world. The data are collected by Nielsen Soundscan International and are based on the sales in approximately 100 shops in Norway. The singles chart started as a top 10 chart in week 42 of 1958 and was expanded to a top 20 chart in week 5 of 1995, the same time the albums chart, which started as a top 20 chart in week 1 of 1967 was expanded to a top 40 chart.

Swiss Hitparade

Swiss Hitparade

The Swiss Hitparade is Switzerland's main music sales charts. The charts are a record of the highest-selling singles and albums in various genres in Switzerland.

UK Albums Chart

UK Albums Chart

The Official Albums Chart is a list of albums ranked by physical and digital sales and audio streaming in the United Kingdom. It was published for the first time on 22 July 1956 and is compiled every week by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on Fridays. It is broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and found on the OCC website as a Top 100 or on UKChartsPlus as a Top 200, with positions continuing until all sales have been tracked in data only available to industry insiders. However, even though number 100 was classed as a hit album in the 1980s until January 1989, since the compilations were removed this definition was changed to Top 75 with follow-up books such as The Virgin Book of British Hit Albums book only including this data. As of 2021, the OCC still only tracks how many UK Top 75s album hits and how many weeks in Top 75 albums chart each artist has achieved.

Billboard 200

Billboard 200

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–1972), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–1984), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–1985), and Billboard Top Pop Albums (1985–1992).

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is a music chart published weekly by Billboard magazine that ranks R&B and hip hop albums based on sales in the United States and is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The chart debuted as Hot R&B LPs in the issue dated January 30, [email protected] in an effort by the magazine to further expand into the field of rhythm and blues music. It then went through several name changes, being known as Soul LPs in the 1970s and Top Black Albums in the 1980s, before returning to the R&B identification in 1990 and affixing a hip hop designation in 1999 to reflect the latter's growing sales and relationship to R&B during the decade.

Billboard (magazine)

Billboard (magazine)

Billboard is an American music and entertainment magazine published weekly by Penske Media Corporation. The magazine provides music charts, news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style related to the music industry. Its music charts include the Hot 100, the 200, and the Global 200, tracking the most popular albums and songs in different genres of music. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Platinum 300,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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