Nas debuts at No. 1 on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with "Life Is Good," securing the veteran artist his ninth topper on the tally. The set starts with a larger-than-expected 149,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1. (Last week, industry sources had projected the set to start with around 125,000.)
Nas pulls ahead into second place among rap acts with the most No. 1s in the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart's archives. He had previously been tied with 2Pac and Lil Wayne with eight each. Among all rap artists, only Jay-Z has earned more leaders, with 12.
Nas earned his previous No. 1s on the list with "It Was Written" (1996), the collaboration set "The Firm" (1997; with Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature), "I Am" (1999), "Stillmatic" (2002), "God's Son" (2003), "Hip Hop Is Dead" (2007), "Untitled" (2008) and his "Distant Relatives" collabo with Damian Marley (2010).
Meek Mill notches his first top 10 as a lead act on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as "Amen" (featuring Drake) rises 12-10. The Philadelphia rapper first visited the region just two weeks ago as a guest (with Rick Ross and T-Pain) on Wale's "Bag of Money," which bounds 8-5 this week. "Amen" registers a 14% gain to 16 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen BDS, while "Bag" bumps by 8% to 21 million.
"Amen" marks Drake's 26th top 10, extending his lead for the most such hits dating to his first week in the bracket (June 6, 2009). Lil Wayne and Trey Songz follow with 14 top 10s each in that span.
Atop R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz's "Mercy" logs a fourth week at No. 1 with 29 million in audience (down 1%). Usher's "Lemme See" (featuring Ross) rises 3-2 (27 million, up 3%), followed by 2 Chainz's "No Lie" (featuring Drake) (2-3) and Usher's prior single and former 11-week leader "Climax" (4-4).