Rick Ross Tops the Charts, Pharrell Debuts at No. 2

Rick Ross

Rozay rules the charts once again. The Miami rapper scores his fifth No. 1 album with Mastermind.

The sixth album from Rick Ross debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 179,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It marks his fifth No. 1 album to date (2010′s Teflon Don debuted at No. 2). His previous album, 2012′s God Forgives, I Don’t, still holds his best week ever with 218,000.

“WE #1..EVERY ONE OF U WHO BELIEVED IN ME I PRAY U #RICHFOREVER,” tweeted Rozay.

Pharrell Williams’ second album G I R L comes in at No. 2 with 112,000. Despite the No. 1 success of his Oscar-nominated hit “Happy,” the set sold less than his 2006 debut In My Mind (142,000).

Last week’s chart-topper ScHoolboy Q falls 1-8 with his major label debut Oxymoron, which sold 30,000.

Ashanti rounds out the top 10 with Braveheart. The R&B songstress’ first album since 2008, released independently through Written Entertainment/eOne Music, enters at No. 10 with 28,000.



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18 Comments

  1. Jay B

    They deserve all of it. But Ashanti….lmfao flop

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    LJ Reply:

    @Jay B, Hate to ruin your hate parade, but for an independent release with no major promo during its release week and not hit single, those are damn good numbers for Ashanti. Remember independent artists, according to Mya, make $6 for every album sold, not 60 cents, so in actually her sales are the equivalent to her selling 280,000 copies the first week on a major label. I just wish she had better management. Mom anger needs to go.

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    DON Reply:

    @LJ, It’s equivalent to, but it’s not. #FLOP.

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    LJ Reply:

    @DON, That’s your uneducated opinion. In actuality, Ashanti has more to brag about here than either Ross or Pharrell, who has the top song out right now and has been everywhere.

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    RyanS Reply:

    @LJ, I agree! Ashanti should be celebrating her top ten debut. However, Rozzy has just as much right to celebrate being up against the hottest artist right now!

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    Andy Reply:

    @LJ, what’s this bullcrap??? ASHANTI FLOPPED. PERIOD.

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    chris_shorts Reply:

    @LJ, yss u basicsally said that perfectly like people really dont understand the work when its independent and im proud of ashanti she doing it the songs are dope

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    Monkeyman Reply:

    @Jay B, You haters are ‘FOOLISH’! Pun intended!

    Do the math! Ashanti gets a cheque of at least $170,000 for her first week. Thats not bad for an independent first few days of sales.

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    Dave Reply:

    @Jay B, Ashanti did very good. Like Kyle said below, she was expected to sale between 18-20k, and she did 10k more than the lowest prediction, and 8k more than the highest, that’s AMAZING! And she had no hit single or nothing, and really no major promo during release week. Dawn Richard (one of my faves), sold like 4k of her Goldenheart 1st week, and everyone credits her. Eve sold 9k independently, so Ashanti’s numbers are GREAT!

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  2. Kyle

    I’m most shocked my Ashanti’s debut. It was only projected to sell between 18-20K and sold almost 10,000 more than expected and landed her in the top 10. That’s huge for her first independent release. Congrats, Ashanti! She deserves all the success. Good for Pharrell as well. I know it sold less than his last album but that was way back in 2006 when sales were much stronger than they are now.

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    RyanS Reply:

    @Kyle, I agree! there was more money in music back in the day. Heck, look at Britney’s album…if that were a 2007 release I think it would have done pretty good.

    Not a fan of ashanti but I’m happy that she got a top ten debut

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  3. RyanS

    Astanti did good for an independent artist and for her fans knowing about the project for like 25 years!

    So happy for Rick Ross, knowing that Pharrell’s album was coming out too I was sure Rozzy would miss out on #1, so shocked!

    I’m surprised at Pharrell’s album doing ‘bad’, expected it to sell way more than that, considering he is the most hyped artist out just now

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    Whatcha_Sayin Reply:

    @RyanS, agreed! Although I think Pharrell will have longevity. Similar to Bruno Mars. He already outsold the predictions of 85-95k.

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  4. Free Spirit

    YAY and CONGRATULATIONS To Ashanti and Team Shany!!! Top 10 Isn’t So Bad, But Selling 28,000 Isn’t Good Either Even If “Independent”… Ashanti NEEDS Better Management (I’m Sorry, As Much As I Love Tina Douglas aka Momager… But She Has To Go or Co-Manage), Better Singles With Updated Production, Promo Non-Stop, and Choreography To Showcase Her Live Performances and Train Her Vocals!!! I’m Still Happy For Ashanti and I Had Got My “Braveheart” Copy!!!

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  5. MMG-SUEDE

    ANOTHER NUMBER ONE, WHEN WILL THE DOUBTERS QUIT, HERE TO STAY.

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  6. Dave

    Congrats Pharell and Ashanti! They both outsold their predictions. Pharell by like 20k, and Ashanti by like 10k. I do believe Pharell will have longevity, his “Come Get It Bae” song is already featured on a major Red Bull commercial. He’s set. He has major singles all over his album, and the album is really good! Ashanti is still going and will get them coins. She is also writing on the TuPac Biopic (I think that’s what it is),s he’s set.

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  7. Andy

    Ashanti fans are all mouth no money. So sad, her album is really nice.

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  8. nunofyobusiness

    Congrats to all three artists. I don’t have time for the negatives. People have so much to complain about but they were not the ones to purchase their albums. Their all talk.

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