Rick Ross Lands Fifth #1 Album
March 12, 2014


Rick Ross
Miami Rapper Rick Ross earns his fifth #1 album on the sales chart this week with Mastermind, shifting 179,000 copies in its opening frame, according to Nielsen SoundScan. All six of Ross' albums released through a major label have reached the top two chart positions, with only 2010's Teflon Don missing the #1 slot. Ross now joins a handful of rappers that have notched five #1 albums: DMX and Tupac also have five, while Nas and Kanye West have six chart-toppers. Eminem has seven, and Jay Z leads with 13, according to Billboard.

Debuting at #2 this week is the new solo effort from Pharrell Williams, G I R L. The singer/rapper/producer's new set sold 112,000 copies in its first week, thanks to the help of the Oscar-nominated hit single, "Happy."

Disney's Frozen soundtrack falls to #3 this week with another 100,000 units sold. Lea Michele of the Fox series Glee arrives at #4 with her debut album, Louder, shifting 60,000. Country group Eli Young Band debuts at #5 with their fifth album, 10,000 Towns, selling 36,000.

In the back half of the Top 10, Beck's Morning Phase is #6 with 33,000, and Lorde's Pure Heroine is #7 with 31,000. ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron falls to #8 with just over 30,000 sold, and Eric Church's The Outsiders is #9 with 30,000. Ashanti rounds out the Top 10, as Braveheart — her first album since 2008 — arrives at #10 by selling 28,000 copies. This marks Ashanti's fifth Top 10 effort.




 
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