Who Charted? Nas’ Life is Indeed Good At the Top
Plus, Frank Ocean is thwarted by the Amazon curse and the 'Dark Knight' soundtrack hits milestones
First! Nas demonstrates the power of daily affirmations by scoring the No. 1 slot on this week’s Billboard 200 ranking with his Life is Good set, which sold 149,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s his fifth chart-topping debut (sixth if you count his 1999 collaboration with Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature, The Firm), the last being 2008’s Untitled. SPIN admired his follow-through.
2 Through 10: Zac Brown Band, who kept Frank Ocean out of the top slot with the debut of Uncaged last week, lands at No. 2 (78,000), with the seemingly impossible Kidz Bop 22 (yes, 22) at No. 3 (64,000). Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE comes in at No. 4 (54,000). If that seems low for a second week tally on one of the buzziest albums of the year, it is (but more on that below). Justin Bieber’s Believe keeps No. 5 (45,000), while Phil Collins’ Hits jumps to No. 6 (40,000), thanks to one of those pesky one day, 99-cent Amazon promotions. One Direction’s Up All Night keeps No. 7 (36,000), while Hans Zimmer’s Dark Knight Rises soundtrack snags No. 8 (33,000), Adele’s 21 gets No. 9 (almost 33,000), and Maroon 5’s Overexposed rounds out the top 10 at No. 10 (29,000).
Sea of Despair: If he was one to gripe about album sales, Frank Ocean might be cursing Lady Gaga right now, because his charting sales leave out any and all $2.99 sale copies Amazon promoted (in addition to Phil Collins’ and Teen Choice Awards cohost-slash-X Factor judge Demi Lovato’s Unbroken) last week following Billboard’s post-Born This Way decision not to include sales of albums priced below $3.49 in their initial four weeks.
Dark Knight Rising: Zimmer’s all-instrumental soundtrack for the beleaguered blockbuster is the highest-debuting score in more than a decade, since John Williams’ Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones soundtrack dropped in 2002. It’s also the first score-only album to reach the top 10 since Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack as well as the first Batman movie soundtrack showing up in the top 10 since Batman and Robin’s in 1997, and that one was a (alarmingly good) compilation, not an instrumental score.