Album Charts: Nas Earns Sixth #1 With ‘Life Is Good’

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Nas made a splash on the Billboard 200 this week, earning his sixth #1 album with his latest set, Life Is Good.

SoundScan says the NYC legend’s album started off with 149,000 sold in its first week, surpassing initial forecasts that estimated sales to be around 125,000.

Nas previously LPs to hit #1 includes It Was Written (1996), the collaboration set The Firm (1997; with Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature), I Am (1999), Hip-Hop Is Dead (2007) and Untitled (2008). His last release, 2010’s collabo effort with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, entitled Distant Relatives, launched at #5 with 57,000.

His Life Is Good set also debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, securing him his ninth topper on the tally, reports Billboard.com. Among rap acts, only Jay-Z has earned more leaders on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with 12.

In its second week, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange slipped two spots down to #4 with 54,000 (down 59%), after becoming widely available to all retailers last week. Apparently, the LP was on sale at Amazon MP3 for $2.99 last week, which voids those sales from being counted. Billboard policy sets the minimum price of $3.49 required for sales to count towards chart placement during an album’s first four weeks of release.

The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack debuted at #8 with 33,000. It’s the first top 10 album from a “Batman” film since 1997’s Batman & Robin flew to #5. This is an all-score set though, making ti the first to reach the top 10 since Daft Punk’s instrumental soundtrack to Tron: Legacy peaked at #4 on the list dated Jan. 22, 2011. The Dark Knight Rises is also the highest-debuting score album in just over 10 years.

Chris Brown’s Fortune landed at #11 this week, selling another 27,000 to bring his total to 206,000; and Maybach Music’s Self Made 2 fell to #18 with 18,000 to bring its tally to 172,000.

American reggae/alternative musician, Matisyahu, debuts at #20 with his fourth studio LP, Spark Seeker, which starts with 16,000.

That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.

According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending July 22) totaled 5.35 million units, down 4% compared with the sum last week (5.56 million) and down 5% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.62 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 167.17 million, down 3% compared with the same total at this point last year (172.04 million).

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