Life Is Good is an appropriate title for Nas‘ 10th studio album, as it has now become the rapper’s sixth to chart at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. The LP sold 149,000 copies out of the gate, enough to unseat last week’s chart-topper, Zac Brown Band‘s Uncaged (which is down to #2 with 78,000 copies), and about 15,000 more than Chris Brown‘s Fortune sold right off the bat two weeks ago. (Fortune has now dropped out of the Top 10 in its third week.)
Elsewhere, the 21st entry in the Kidz Bop series arrives at #3 (59,000), while Frank Ocean‘s Channel Orange dips from last week’s debut position of #2 to #4 (54,000). Ocean’s first album was made available as a physical CD last week, after an early digital release seven days prior.
Meanwhile, Phil Collins‘ 1998 compilation Hits crashes into the Top 10 (for the first time) at #6 after the Amazon MP3 store placed it on sale for 99 cents for one day only last week. The English singer’s 16-track greatest hits set, which includes the ’80s classics “Against All Odds” and “In The Air Tonight”, originally peaked at #18 upon its release 14 years ago. Last week Hits sold 40,000 copies.
The final new entry in the Top 10 is Hans Zimmer’s score to The Dark Knight Rises, which goes in at #8 (33,000).
The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart
1. Nas, Life Is Good *new* *1 week*
2. Zac Brown Band, Uncaged
3. Kidz Bop, Kidz Bop 21 *new*
4. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
5. Justin Bieber, Believe
6. Phil Collins, Hits
7. One Direction, Up All Night
8. Hans Zimmer, The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack *new*
9. Adele, 21
10. Maroon 5, Overexposed