Nas Reigns Atop Charts with ‘Life Is Good’

Life Is Good

With two decades under his belt, Nas continuously proves why he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as hip-hop’s elite. The rapper’s 10th album, Life Is Good, enters at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The project, which was heavily produced by No I.D. and Salaam Remi, secured the top spot by selling 149,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the 38-year-old’s sixth LP to debut at No. 1 and his ninth on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

“#LifeisGood is the #1 album in the country!!!” tweeted the Don, who celebrated with a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

Critics hailed the album as one of the year’s best hip-hop records, and some even declared it Nas’ best since 1994’s undeniable classic Illmatic. In addition, the sales tally for Life Is Good doubles the first-week figures of his 2010 collaboration with Damian Marley, Distant Relatives, which debuted at No. 5.

Elsewhere on the chart, Frank Ocean’s Def Jam debut channel ORANGE slips to No. 4, moving an additional 54,000 units in its second week. After opening at No. 2 on the strength of iTunes sales, the album was officially released to all digital and physical retailers (sans Target).

That number does not include sales from Amazon MP3, which sold ORANGE at a discounted rate of $2.99 last week. Billboard requires a minimum price of $3.49 for sales to count toward chart placement during an album’s first four weeks of release.



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41 Comments

  1. Felipe

    Now I remember all the times I read on the comments of a Rap-Up post that this album was going to be a failure, now stand up and ovation a real rapper, congrats Nas!

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  2. MEEET

    Congrats to Nas. But I believe if Frank Ocean would’ve sold his album at regular price on Amazon and had sales at Target he would’ve been Number 1 this week. I honestly dont think Frank cares about the sales tho.

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    Triniti Reply:

    @MEEET, Co-sign to all of that.

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    tgod Reply:

    @MEEET, its about NAS not Frank ocean.

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  3. Agdaking

    Classic

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  4. topmos

    ‎​U̶̲̥̅̊ gotta love it. Nas is the greatest.

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  5. Morgan

    This album goes! Nas is so real. My favorite track is “The Black Bond.”

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  6. C94B

    It takes being the greatest of all time to come back in such fashion. That’s all I can say. He’s still that boy wonder.

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  7. Kyle

    I love this album! Well deserved Nas!

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  8. Roman

    oh? but people wanna shade Queen Nicki for her first week sales being 275. Support so called “real hip hop” before you talk and look stupid. The Queen sitting pretty.

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    GooGle Reply:

    @Roman, What is this comments purpose Nicki Minaj’s albums Flop and that doesn’t have nothing to do with NAS .. Your point is ??????

    Nicki Isn’t Hip-hop and whoever agrees is what They call Hip-hop Heads . who was there since Queen Latifah was rapping …. Comment on That

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    Queens Reply:

    @GooGle, Um last time I checked nicki first album went platnium in a month that’s not flopping by passing Kanye too at the time but even Nas still thinks nicki is still hiphop and you can’t be serious if you say she isn’t because of a couple pop songs that doesnt mean you ain’t hiphop she got 3mixtapes plus hundreds of features, remixes her hiphop side is way longer than her pop hater!!!

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    Nas4Life Reply:

    @GooGle, The nicki fan is saying why are people all on her back when even a legend didn’t sell 200k in first week sales

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    Roman Reply:

    @GooGle, Excuse me, I’m relating it to April when everyone was talking shit about Nicki doing 275,000. Nicki sold more than most these Hip hop DUDES can sell in a week. Like ya’ll pressed a FEMALE is slaying your favs, that’s cool.

    All ya’ll can say is “Nicki pop! Nicki Pop!” Why? cuz she did a couple pop songs? It’s called being SMART. Only smart people will see her genius.

    Nicki is a BUSINESS WOMAN!! When she dissed Kim on Romans Revenge, it was a song on her ALBUM not a mixtape, Nicki said “hey if imma diss her, Imma profit from it”

    SMART!!!

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    Lul'MissRed Reply:

    @Roman, YASS ! GO OFF !

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    Felipe Reply:

    @Roman, nice try

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  9. Queens

    Why did he only sell like 149,000 though I’m confused

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    tgod Reply:

    @Queens, because u dumb. Do u know goin over 100,000 is considered great in these time’s

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    Queens Reply:

    @tgod, So that means Nicki did excellent right?

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    Roman Reply:

    @Queens, Superb*

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  10. Roman

    Most of you are idiots. What Hip-hop/Pop album sold more than 275 first week this year? Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

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    Lul'MissRed Reply:

    @Roman, CO-SIGN !

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  11. eddie

    Good look NAS real hip hop stand up

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  12. Thelaughter

    So Nas only sold 139,000 first week. Yall be debating if Nicki is “real hip hop” & yall barely support “real hip hop”smh. Lemme hear Flex publicly bash & ridicule Nas album sales.

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  13. Lul'MissRed

    So Nas only sold 139,000 first week. Yall be debating if Nicki is “real hip hop” & yall barely support “real hip hop”smh. Lemme hear Flex publicly bash & ridicule Nas album sales

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    Lisa Reply:

    @Lul’MissRed, Nicki isn’t real hip hop. She’s a pop artist. There’s a difference between crossing over like Missy, Lauryn, Eve, Foxy and Lil’ Kim and being a sell out like Nicki.

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    Roman Reply:

    @Lisa,

    Missy crossed over w/ – Work It
    Eve – Tambourine
    Kim – her career crossed over to the other side

    what’s your point?

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    g Reply:

    @Roman, who cares about nicki minaj her music sucks and shes a big fuckin phony. good for her if she sold more than nas, that just means the public are a bunch of idiots who would rather buy a stupid and pointless nicki minaj album instead of buying a classic REAL hip hop record. Plus nicki minaj is a pop artists, she might rap a lot more but she is only famous because of her POP songs and if you dont believe that youre even phonier than her.

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    Tbozfan10 Reply:

    @g, Only famous because of pop songs?? Nah you’re delusional. She came up in the rap game and in hip-hop game. She was gettin in and winning awards before her debut album even dropped and it wasn’t because she was getting love from pop music fans.

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    Thelaughter Reply:

    @Roman, LMAO !!! KIM- Her Career Crossed Over To The Other Side :(( DEAD !

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  14. Lisa

    True Hip Hop is winning.

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  15. The World

    I don’t think Minaj has anything to do with this. People have to realize music has changed. All though I don’t like to much of her music. She is simply tryna be international and huge more than just the states she wants her money I have no problem with that regardless if anyone understands her marketing or not she’s going for global domination. Nas is awesome and got his sales doing what he wants just like Minaj plain and simple.

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  16. ron88

    Nas getting 100,00 in these is great. Nas has had up and downs in his life, but one thing has remain true. He is a top 5 lyricist of all times hands down “lets go esco”!

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  17. hugh

    Congrats!

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  18. TheDreamer

    Congrats Nas!! Well deserved and it’s great to see real hip-hop at the top of the charts. Album is a classic. Not one bad song on the album.

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  19. The kid

    do you guys realised how stupid u sound?

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    mimoez olvo Rihday Reply:

    @The kid, do U realize that Your Mom or daddy didn’t teach you Shit.

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  20. mimoez olvo Rihday

    Congration NAs This Album is the Bomb & Amazing Greatest Album.

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  21. TRA

    I believe Nas’ Life Is Good Album is the best hip hop album of the year right now. Nas continues to get better at a older age. Nas is truly the greatest right now. I could care less that Nas’ new album didn’t sell a lot of records with the biased mainstream media and biased mainstream hip hop fans, Life Is Good is a good album and deserves all the praise right now. Until I hear GOOD Music’s Cruel Summer album and all the other new hip hop albums coming out later this year, I’m convinced Life Is Good is the best hip hop album right now.

    It’s time for Nas to win his first Grammy Award, it’s a shame that Nas hasn’t won any major awards and he has been in the music industry for almost 20 years now. Even though I believe Drake’s Take Care album is going to win Best Rap Album at The 2013 Grammy Awards, until I hear some more new hip hop albums, I am rooting and pulling for Nas to win Best Rap Album at The 2013 Grammy Awards.

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  22. habib

    @Morgan,nice..My fav song on d album is also the black Bond,u can almost picture the 1st verse,esp d part Nas said ‘Balcony is windy,looking @ the stars’

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  23. happy

    This is so great. You guys are true hip hop fans that knows alot about great music. We need to keep pushing artists like Nas. The Life is Good album definitely deserve the Album of the YEAR!!! Hands down! This is a masterpiece by Nas. Every track means something and has crazy lyrical content. In my opinion, Nas is the G.O.A.T!!!

    -One Love

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