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
Both "Mastermind" and "G I R L" came in ahead of Disney's
soundtrack to the animated princess tale "Frozen," which placed
third on the chart, with sales of 100,000 this week. The album
has sold 1.3 million copies since its release in November.
Other new entries on the top 10 of this week's Billboard 200
include "Glee" star Lea Michele's debut record "Louder" at No.
4, country music group Eli Young Band at No. 5 with "10,000
Towns," and R&B star Ashanti's "Braveheart" at No. 10.
Cumulative album sales for the week ending March 9 totaled 5
million units, down 9 percent from the comparable week in 2013,
(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy;
editing by Mary Milliken and Mohammad Zargham)
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