As predicted, Rick Ross claims his fourth #1 album this week, topping the Billboard 200 with his latest album, God Forgives, I Don’t.
It’s the Miami rapper’s fifth solo set, which moves 218,000 units in its first week, giving him his best sales week of his career, topping the 198,000 that Trilla opened with at #1 in 2008. His 2006 debut, Port Of Miami, Trilla and 2009’s Deeper Than Rap all peaked at #1. 2010’s Teflon Don was the only one not reach the top slot, peaking at #2 instead.
With four #1 albums, Rozay has more than Billboard 200 chart-topping LPs than both Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg, both of whom have just three a piece. Jay-Z leads all rap acts with 12.
Behind Ross is Nas’ Life IS Good, which sits at #5 with just under 32,000, putting his total at 226,000 to date; while Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange comes in at #13 with 20,000 this week, bringing his total to just over 200K.
The other new release in the top tier comes at #10 with Joss Stone’s The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2, selling 24,000 to start. It’s the singer’s fourth top 10 album and follows 2011’s LP1, which launched at #9 with 30,000.
Later in the rankings, Massachussetts duo Aer scored a #77 debut for their first album, The Bright Side, which sells 5,200 to start. The digital album meshes pop, reggae, and electronic with hip-hop.
Much later, at #176, is La Coka Nostra’s Masters of the Dark Arms. This time around, it’s just four members (Slaine, Ill Bill, DJ Lethal, and Danny Boy), and their sophomore album starts with just 2,500 sold. It features production courtesy of DJ Premier, Statik Selektah and longtime Jedi Mind Tricks affiliate Scott Stallone; and is released through Fat Beats Records.
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 Aug. 5) totaled 5.24 million units, up 7% compared with the sum last week (4.89 million) and down 8% compared with the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.67 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 177.30 million, down 3% compared with the same total at this point last year (183.47 million).