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The Black Album is the eighth studio album by American rapper Jay-Z, released November 14, 2003, on Roc-A-Fella Records. In The U.S. the album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling just under half a million copies in the first week. It produced three singles that achieved success on the Billboard chart, including Hot 100 top-ten hits "Change Clothes" and "Dirt Off Your Shoulder".
Jay-Z stated the album would have a different producer on each track, and early advertisements listed a series of numbers (representing tracks) and a producer for each number. The final album did feature a variety of producers, although Roc-A-Fella producers Kanye West and Just Blaze produced two tracks each, in addition to the two produced by frequent collaborators The Neptunes.