SoundScanner: Rick Ross Shows Us Why He’s “The Bawse”

by (@grahamorama)

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They don’t call him “The Bawse” for nothing: Rick Ross tops this week’s Nielsen SoundScan albums chart with his latest album, Mastermind. Elsewhere, Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” enjoys its best sales week yet on the singles chart, as Coldplay and Phillip Phillips arrive on the charts. With more, here’s this week’s SoundScanner update:

Rick Ross beats out Pharrell: Rick Ross tops this week’s Nielsen SoundScan Top Current Albums chart with Mastermind, his sixth studio album and fifth chart-topper. (Only his 2010 album Teflon Don missed the top spot.) Mastermind started with 179,000 sales, off from the 218,000 first week sales of 2012’s God Forgives, I Don’t, but enough to give him a comfortable lead over the week’s runner-up, Pharrell Williams’ G I R L. The Neptunes producer’s second solo set sold 112,000 copies its first week, which is below the 142,000 first-week sales of his last album, 2006’s In My Mind, which started at No. 3.

Lea Michele, Eli Young start out strong: Aside from Ross and Pharrell, three other artists land Top 10 debuts on this week’s chart. Glee actress Lea Michele starts out at No. 4 with her debut album Louder, which sold 60,000 copies its first week. Following Michele is the Eli Young Band, which lands at No. 5 with its first album in three years, 10,000 Towns, which opens with 36,000 sales. And rounding out the Top 10 is the latest album from R&B songstress Ashanti, Braveheart, which sold 28,000 copies its first week. Just outside the Top 10 are new albums by David Nail (No. 13, 23,000), American Authors (No. 15, 22,000) and Drive By Truckers (No. 16, 18,000).