Nas Doesn’t Need A Title To Wind Up On Top

Jul 23rd, 2008 // 6 Comments

Nas190.jpgNas’ new album, which was stripped of its epithetastic title in the months leading up to its release, took the No. 1 spot on this week’s album charts, selling 187,000 copies in its first week out. The album, which leaked earlier this month, had a first-week total that was a little more than half of the 355,000-sold mark achieved by Hip-Hop Is Dead a year and a half ago. Nas is Nas’ fourth career No. 1.

Biggest Debuts: Fresh off waking me up with his soundcheck, John Mellencamp enters the chart at No. 7, selling 56,000 copies of Life Death Love & Freedom; right behind him is David Banner, whose Greatest Story Ever Told moved 52,000 copies. Taylor Swift sold 45,000 copies of her Wal-Mart-exclusive Beautiful Eyes to enter at No. 9. O.A.R., Randy Travis, and the soundtrack to The Dark Knight also had top-20 debuts.

Notable Jumps: Bolstered by its attached film debuting in theaters last week and attracting a lot of people not interested in seeing the latest Batman installment, the soundtrack to the movie version of Mamma Mia! enjoyed an 89% jump, leaping to No. 3–ahead of Coldplay!–and selling 91,000 copies.

Dropping Off: Beck’s Modern Guilt, last week’s No. 4, was off 66% week-to-week and dropped to No. 18 (29,000).

Nickelback Award For Inexplicable Durability: There’s nothing really inexplicable this week, although it should be noted that Kid Rock’s boasting about sales got more ammo this week, as sales for Rock N Roll Jesus were up 20% week-to-week; of course, that gain wasn’t enough to prevent the album from falling one spot to No. 6. (And really, the true durability test is going to come a year from now, when we see how many copies of this CD are in the used bins.)

The top 20 albums, with sales totals in parentheses (an asterisk indicates a debut):
1. Nas (187,000)*
2. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III (105,000)
3. Mamma Mia! soundtrack (91,000)
4. Coldplay, Viva La Vida (90,000)
5. Camp Rock soundtrack (78,000)
6. Kid Rock, Rock N Roll Jesus (73,000)
7. John Mellencamp, Life Death Love & Freedom (56,000)*
8. David Banner, Greatest Story Ever Told (52,000)*
9. Taylor Swift, Beautiful Eyes (45,000)*
10. Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad (41,000)
11. Now 28 (40,000)
12. Taylor Swift (35,000)
13. O.A.R, All Sides (33,000)*
14. Randy Travis, Around The Bend (31,000)*
15. Katy Perry, One Of The Boys (31,000)
16. Beck, Modern Guilt (29,000)
17. Disturbed, Indestructible (29,000)
18. Journey, Revelation (28,000)
19. Usher, Here I Stand (26,000)
20. The Dark Knight soundtrack (25,000)*

The top 10 digital albums, sales totals in parentheses (an asterisk indicates a debut):
1. Nas (28,000)*
2. Coldplay, Viva La Vida (23,000)
3. O.A.R., All Sides (17,000)
4. Mamma Mia! soundtrack (17,000)
5. The Dark Knight soundtrack (12,000)*
6. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Magic Tour Highlights (12,000)*
7. Lil Wayne, Tha Carter III (8,500)
8. John Mellencamp, Life Death Love & Freedom (6,900)*
9. Beck, Modern Guilt (6,700)
10. Camp Rock soundtrack (6,400)

  1. Chris Molanphy

    To repeat something I said before to Maura: check out Nos. 6 and 7, back to back — feels like Kid Rock’s doing the “heartland” album nos. John Mellencamp wishes he were still getting.

    Of course, to be fair to Mellencamp, it’s impressive he still consistently scores Top 10 debuts this late in his career, especially with little to no radio support.

  2. Chris N.

    What the hell kind of freak didn’t want to see ‘The Dark Knight’?

  3. alec_baldwin

    @Chris N.: Me. I’m afraid of the Joker. He looks scary and he’s dead. But I wave my freak flag high, yo.

  4. alec_baldwin

    Ooh, 187,000. Nas, go hang out with Jay-Z at LYV. The stock’s doing better, so maybe you can get a better deal than Ms. Hips and the nickel and dime band over there.

  5. Chris N.

    I can’t lie — knowing that Heath Ledger is no longer with is does add immeasurably to what would have in any circumstance been a terrifying performance.

  6. alec_baldwin

    I am not even joking. That contorted, crackly, unburnished visage is truly frightening.

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