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Rick Ross Debuts At #1 On Billboard 200 With Mastermind
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.12.2014



Rick Ross has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with Mastermind, which sold 170,000 copies. It's down from 2012's God Forgives, I Don't, which debuted at #1 with 218,000 (his best week ever). However, it's about even with the debut weeks for Ross' other albums which sold between 158,000 and 198,000. All six of Ross' major label releases have hit the top two. Only 2010's Teflon Don didn't get #1. Ross is one of only a few rappers to get #1 albums. DMX and 2Pac have five, Nas and Kanye West have six, Eminem has seven and Jay Z has thirteen.

At #2 is Pharrell Williams with his second album G.I.R.L., which sold 112,000 copies. This is larger than expected and can be attributed to the success of his song "Happy", which got #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. A day before the release of the album (on March 3), Williams performed the song on the Academy Awards, where it was nominated for best original song (eventually losing to "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen). With G.I.R.L. getting released on a Monday, other major new releases were moved to Monday as well. This has happened before when an artist releases an album on Monday instead of Tuesday, such as Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2.

At #4 is Lea Michele's debut album Louder, which sold 60,000 copies. She previously appeared on the chart as part of the Glee ensemble cast and the Broadway musical cast of Spring Awakening. Glee has had 22 albums on the Billboard 200 with three going to #1.

Eli Young Band is the fourth debut (of five total) in the top ten with 10,000 Towns, which gets #5 with 36,000 sold. It's the best sales week and highest chart position for the band, which previously hit #6 in 2011 with Life at Best, which sold 35,000.

The final top ten debut this week is Ashanti with Braveheart, her first album since 2008. It debuts at #10 with 28,000. It was released on Ashanti's label Written Entertainment and was distributed by eOne Music. All five of Ashanti's albums have hit the top ten. It features a guest appearance from Rick Ross.

1. Rick Ross - Mastermind (170,000)
2. Pharrell Williams - G.I.R.L. (112,000)
3. Frozen soundtrack (100,000)
4. Lea Michele - Louder (60,000)
5. Eli Young Band - 10,000 Towns (36,000)
6. Beck - Morning Phase (33,000)
7. Lorde - Pure Heroine (31,000)
8. ScHoolboy Q - Oxymoron (30,000)
9. Eric Church - The Outsiders (30,000)
10. Ashanti - Braveheart (28,000)

The Frozen soundtrack has gained 9% in sales after the Academy Award win of "Let It Go". It has sold 1.3 million copies so far with 994,000 of those in 2014. It will become the first album to get over one million next week.

Album sales this week totaled 5 million copies, down 1% from last week (5.1 million) and down 9% compared to last year (5.5 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 47.8 million,down 15% compared with the same total at this point last year (55.9 million).





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