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Rick Ross's Mastermind outfoxes Pharrell's G I R L on Billboard 200

Published on Mar 13, 2014 10:04 AM

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Rapper Rick Ross beat fellow hip-hop star Pharrell Williams to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, despite Pharrell's high-profile performance with leading film ladies at the Oscars.

Ross's Mastermind became his fifth No. 1 album after selling 179,000 copies in its first week, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Pharrell's G I R L sold 112,000 copies in its first week and entered the chart at No. 2. 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 and spontaneously dancing with the actress nominees on the live Oscars telecast.

Happy, the lead song from Oscar-nominated animated feature Despicable Me 2, did retain its hold at No. 1 on Billboard's Digital Songs chart this week, selling 490,000 downloads and bringing its cumulative digital sales to more than 2.6 million units.

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