2 Chainz‘s debut album swings into No. 1 sales slot. The in-demand rhymers’ solo debut, Based on a T.R.U. Story, has sold more than 145,000 copies in its first week.
The success of 2 Chainz’s album was bolstered by his myriad of song-stealing appearances, most notably Kanye West’s mammoth G.O.O.D. Music radio hit “Mercy,” as well as the Atlanta spitter’s own singles triumph (the gold-selling, Drake featured track “No Lie”).
Last week’s chart topper, Now That’s What I Call Music 43, slid down to No. 2 followed by Maybach Music boss Rick Ross, who maintained at No. 3 with God Forgives, I Don’t. The Insane Clown Posse made an eyebrow-raising debut at No. 4, surely boosted by their eclectic Juggalo festival.
Based on a T.R.U. Story continues Def Jam’s string of big summer releases which began with the July 18 debut of alternative R&B singer-songwriter Frank Ocean. He stunned the music industry with first-week sales of 131,000 copies.
Hip-hop icon Nas followed up those numbers on July 24 with his critically acclaimed No. 1 Life Is Good, which moved 139K in its first week. Rick Ross’ aforementioned God Forgives… came out on August 8 and moved 218,000 units in its first week. —Keith Murphy, CBS Local