Rick Ross Debuts At Number One On Billboard 200 With Album Mastermind

The rapper's sixth studio album denied Pharrell Williams the top slot

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Rapper Rick Ross has landed his fifth number one album on the Billboard 200, denying Pharrell Williams the top slot in the process.

Ross went straight in at number one with his sixth studio album Mastermind, keeping Pharrell's G I R L at number two.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Mastermind sold 179,000 copies in its first week.

Rapper Rick Ross has landed his fifth Billboard 200 number one album (WENN) 

All six of his albums have reached the top two positions in the chart and now joins a handful of rap artists that have notched up five number one albums, including Eminem, DMX, 2Pac, Nas and Kanye West.

Meanwhile, Pharrell's G I R L, which debuted at number two, sold 112,000 in its first week.

This was a higher number than expected, despite the global success of his Oscar-nominated single Happy, which went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 three weeks ago.

He also gained more worldwide exposure when he performed the song, taken from the film Despicable Me 2, at the Academy Awards earlier this month.

Also making her Billboard album debut is Lea Michele, whose album Louder went in at number four with sales of 60,000 in its first week.

It's the first solo album for the Glee star who has been in the Billboard charts before, but alongside her castmates from the TV show, who have notched up 22 albums on the Billboard 200, three of them hitting number one.

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