The Notorious B.I.G. Scores Fifth Million-Selling Album

Notorious B.I.G. photographed in New York City.
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Notorious B.I.G. photographed in New York City.

Each of his five of his solo albums have now sold a million copies in the U.S.

The Notorious B.I.G. scores his fifth million-selling album in the U.S., as his 2007 release Greatest Hits climbs past the million sales mark. The set sold 4,000 copies in the week ending Feb. 8 (up a whopping 339 percent), according to Nielsen Music, pushing the album’s sales to 1.003 million.

The album’s big sales surge is owed to how the title was sale priced for only $4.99 in the iTunes Store during the tracking week.

On the Billboard 200 albums chart, the set climbs 158-74 with 8,000 equivalent album units earned (up 61 percent).

All five of The Notorious B.I.G.’s solo albums have now each sold at least a million copies. His best-seller is Life After Death (5.36 million), followed by Ready to Die (3.87 million), Born Again (1.96 million) and Duets: The Final Chapter (1.17 million). Life After Death, Born Again and Greatest Hits all reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Ready to Die peaked at No. 15, and Duets: The Final Chapter topped out at No. 3.

The Notorious B.I.G. has one more album in his catalog, the 2017 collaborative set The King & I with Faith Evans. It has sold 24,000 copies and topped out at No. 65.

In total, The Notorious B.I.G. has sold 13.4 million albums in the U.S.


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