It's spring awakening time for the Billboard chart with a bunch of new entrees.
Rick Ross owns the Billboard 200 chart this week. Despite Pharrell Williams’ high-profile gig at the Oscars recently, on Wednesday, Ross’ latest album, Mastermind, became his fifth studio effort to top the chart. It sold 179,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan (via Reuters).
Rick Ross's Mastermind stormed the Billboard 100 this week.
Pharrell is trailing behind with just 112,000 copies of his G I R L sold in its debut week. 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, which turned into a spontaneous onstage dance party with Oscar-nominated actresses.
Pharrell still has reasons to celebrate though, with Happy retaining its top spot in the digital downloads chart with 490,000 downloads and bringing its cumulative digital sales to more than 2.6 million units.
The Billboard chart looks very similar to the Oscars' lineup this week.
In a not-so-shocking turn, Mastermind and G I R L were followed in the Billboard chart by the soundtrack to Disney’s animated princess flick Frozen. The film and the its soundtrack have been out since November, but the 32-track compilation saw a new boost in sales after Frozen’s Best Animated Feature win and Idina Menzel’s show-stopping performance of Let It Go at the Oscars.
Idina Menzel's turn at the Oscars probably had something to do with the boost in sales.
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 a comeback by Ashanti with Braveheart at No. 10.