Rick Ross Finds ‘God’ Atop Album Chart

Robbie Daw | August 8, 2012 9:29 am

Rick Ross lives up to his title of The Bawse on the album chart — for this week, at least. The “3 Kings” MC’s fifth LP God Forgives, I Don’t, which received mostly favorable reviews, debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 after selling 218,000 copies out of the gate. That pushes Zac Brown Band‘s Uncaged (which sold another 39,000) down to the runner-up position.

God Forgives is now Ross’ fourth album to reach the top of the chart, and it more than bests the 176,000 opening of his previous LP, Teflon Don (which, incidentally, is his only one to not reach #1 on the Top 200 — it debuted and peaked at #2 in 2010).

The only other new album to dent the Top 10 this week is Joss Stone‘s The Soul Sessions Vol. 2. The UK singer’s sixth album goes in at #10 after moving 24,000 copies.

Meanwhile, the upper reaches of the Top 200 see the return of the Bee Gees this week as their 2004 compilation Number Ones, which originally charted at #23, jumps into the Top 10 at #5 (32,000) following a 99-cent sale at the Amazon MP3 store last weekend (Friday through Sunday). Billboard points out that this is the band’s highest placing on the publication’s main album chart since their hits set Greatest climbed to #1 in 1980.

Following Bee Gees member Robin Gibb‘s death in May, Number Ones made a previous re-entry on the Top 200, at #70, later in the month.

The Top 10 Of Billboard’s Top 200 Chart

1. Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t *new* *1 week* 2. Zac Brown Band, Uncaged 3. Justin Bieber, Believe 4. One Direction, Up All Night 5. Bee Gees, Number Ones 6.Nas, Life Is Good 7. Kidz Bop, Kidz Bop 22 8. Adele, 21 9. Maroon 5, Overexposed 10. Joss Stone, The Soul Sessions Vol 2 *new*