Rick Ross Beats Pharrell Williams For No. 1 Album
Miami rapper Rick Ross’ new project, Mastermind, is the no. 1 album in the country. Rozay’s sixth album edged out the sophomore album of Pharrell Williams, G I R L, for the top spot.
Rapper Rick Ross collects his fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as “Mastermind” arrives atop the list. The set sold 179,000 copies in the week ending March 9, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
While it starts with slightly fewer sales than his last album — 2012’s “God Forgives, I Don’t” launched at No. 1 with 218,000 — the first-week sales for “Mastermind” are about on par with Ross’ usual debut frames. “God Forgives” is Ross’ best sales week ever, while his five other major-label releases have bowed with a start between 158,000 and 198,000.
Williams’ album sold 112,000 copies, which is notable because the album was only announced a few weeks prior to its release.
G I R L was released on a Monday (March 3), which led to Ross making his album also available on the same day despite its original March 4 release date.
That said, do check out this rendition of Rick Ross’ “Sanctified,” featuring Kanye West and Big Sean.