Unsurprisingly, Rick Ross lands at a familiar spot on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, no. 1. Mastermind becomes the rapper’s fifth album to debut in the penthouse, selling a respectable 179,000 copies. All of Ross’ albums have sold solidly during their debut week – totals include 187,000, 198,000, 158,000, 176,000, and 218,000 with prior albums. Mastermind, hence, gives Ross his fourth best debuting effort, behind God Forgives, I Don’t, Trilla, and Port of Miami. Regardless, Rick Ross is making bank.
Pharrell has a solid week as well, moving 112,000 copies of his sophomore LP, G I R L. G I R L didn’t match the 142,000 copies that graced In My Mind, but ultimately exceeded expectations by prognosticators. Additionally, “Happy” retains its no. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, which can’t hurt. Lea Michele didn’t do too shabby with Louder, which debuted at no. 4 with 60,000 copies. I haven’t personally reviewed the album, but critics haven’t been kind to the Glee star. Eli Young Band debuts at no. 5, though the drop-off between Michele and Young is steep; 10,000 Towns sold 36,000 copies.
After holdovers including Frozen Soundtrack (no. 3), Beck (Morning Phase, no. 6), Lorde (Pure Heroine, no. 7) Schoolboy Q (Oxymoron, no. 8), and Eric Church (The Outsiders, no.9), Ashanti closes out the top 10 with her long awaited, oft-delayed fifth album, BraveHeart. BraveHeart’s numbers are nothing to write home about with 28,000 copies sold, but they are better than expected, at least from a personal perspective. Still, I’m sure Ashanti would’ve loved to have sold the 86,000 copies that The Declaration moved six years ago when it became her first bomb. 28,000 copies leaves no ceiling, but the effort has been very much under-the-radar regardless.
After a top heavy top three (including Frozen), next week seems like a letdown… no disrespect to Aloe Blacc (Lift Your Spirit), Ledisi (The Truth), or Young Money (Rise of an Empire). Where these albums fall sales wise should be interesting to see. “The Man” is popular, but is it enough to lift Black up the album charts? Ledisi’s base is the adult contemporary R&B market, so expecting a monster week from her wouldn’t be wise. Young Money might have the best shot, given its top ten debut with both Young Money (2009) and Rich Gang (2013). Still, both of those albums debuted at no. 9 with 142,000 and 24,000 copies respectively. I’m not making any chart predictions for next week!