Nas' "Life Is Good" Destroys Competition In First Week

Rap veteran Nas' long-awaited Life Is Good solo album demolished its competition in the first week by landing atop the Billboard Top 200 chart.

In Nas' opening week, the rap mogul managed to sell over 140,000 copies.

Rap veteran Nas' Life Is Good debuted on the chart this week at No. 1. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the long-awaited solo follow-up to 2008's Untitled sold 149,200 copies and stood in front of Zac Brown Band's Uncaged which landed at No. 2 with 78,300. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

Weekend reports had the LP selling up to 135,000 copies in its first week.

Nas will debut at #1 on next week's chart, giving Def Jam two titles in the Top 5. Frank Ocean, in his first week of wide release (sans Target), is being featured for $2.99 in Amazon MP3 store. Because of SoundScan rules limiting the pricing to no less than $3.49 in the first four weeks of release, these sales will not count on that chart. Our current projection does not include these sales. *Nas (Def Jam/IDJ) 125-135k Zac Brown Band (Atlantic) 70-80k *Kidz Bop Kids (Razor & Tie) 60-65k Frank Ocean (Def Jam/IDJ) 40-45k (Weakend Chart Preview)

Initial one-day estimates had the LP selling no more than 125,000 units.

Nas' new Def Jam/IDJ album, Life is Good, is his 10th in an impressive career dating back to '94's now iconic Illmatic. It should debut at #1 on next week's HITS Album sales chart with between 115-125k in sales, according to one-day sales figures provided by those music retailers who are still creating jobs, according to President Obama. The quintessential N.Y. rapper's last album, Untitled, debuted in July four years ago with 187k in first-week sales. (HITS Daily Double)

The new solo project features a variety of hip-hop and R&B guest spots.

Collaborations with artist like Mary J. Blige, Rick Ross and Swizz Beatz and Nas' solos arrange themselves into a coherent necklace made of discreet gems. Old mixes with new, noir enters the flow and the lyrics are tinged with both vulnerability and brutality. (Huffington Post)

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