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The First Week Album Sales for Rick Ross and Pharrell Are In

Rick Ross can lighten up on the Mastermind promo


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His sixth solo album has topped the Billboard 200 chart by selling 184,000 copies in its first week. This makes Mastermind Ross’ fifth album to debut at No. 1. His 2010 release, Teflon Don, had to bow to Eminem‘s Recovery when it came out.

Ross’ competition for this week was Pharrell, whose album G I R L came in at No. 2 with 113,000 copies sold. Considering the immense success of Pharrell’s single “Happy” and the free promotion the 40-year-old artist got from his infamous hat, this final tally seems a bit low. By comparison, his debut album In My Mind sold 142,000 copies when it was released in 2006. Different time period, but still.

Last week’s chart-topper, ScHoolboy Q‘s Oxymoron, didn’t fare so well in its second week. ScHoolboy’s album sold 30,000 copies, which is nearly an 80% drop-off from the 139,000 it sold in its first week.


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