Rick beats Pharrell to top the charts
RAPPER Rick Ross beat fellow hip-hop star Pharrell Williams to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, despite Williams' high-profile performance with leading film ladies at the Oscars.
Ross' Mastermind became his fifth No. 1 album after selling 179,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.
Williams' G I R L sold 112,000 copies in its first week and entered the chart at No. 2. The release came after a month of high-profile performances from the singer at intimate parties and awards events, culminating in his singing his Oscar-nominated song Happy and spontaneously dancing with the actress nominees on the live Oscars telecast.
Happy, the lead song from Oscar-nominated animated feature Despicable Me 2, did retain its hold at No. 1 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart this week, selling 490,000 downloads and bringing its cumulative digital sales to more than 2.6 million units.
Both Mastermind and G I R L came in ahead of Disney's soundtrack to the animated princess tale Frozen, which placed third on the chart, with sales of 100,000 this week. The album has sold 1.3 million copies since its release in November.
Other new entries on the top 10 of this week's Billboard 200 include Glee star Lea Michele's debut record Louder at No. 4, country music group Eli Young Band at No. 5 with 10,000 Towns, and R&B star Ashanti's Braveheart at No. 10.