Nas Claims 12th Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Nasir'

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Nas performs at BET Jams Presents: 2018 BET Experience Staples Center Concert, sponsored by Nissan, at L.A. Live on June 21, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Nas is back on the Billboard 200 albums chart, as his new Nasir set starts at No. 5, granting the hip-hop star his 12th top 10 effort.

Nasir — released on June 15 via Mass Appeal/Def Jam Recordings — launches with 77,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending June 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 49,000 were in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new June 30-dated chart (where Nasir starts at No. 5) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, June 26.

Nas last debuted on the Billboard 200 in 2012 with Life Is Good, which bowed at No. 1 on the list dated Aug. 4, 2012. The set is one of his six chart-topping efforts.

Here’s a look at all 12 of Nas’ top 10 albums:

Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
It Was Written, No. 1 (four weeks), July 20, 1996
The Firm — The Album (Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature), No. 1 (one week), Nov. 8, 1997
I Am…, No. 1 (two weeks), April 24, 1999
Nastradamus, No. 7, Dec. 11, 1999
Stillmatic, No. 5, Jan. 26, 2002
The Lost Tapes, No. 10, Oct. 12, 2002
Street’s Disciple, No. 5, Dec. 18, 2004
Hip Hop Is Dead, No. 1 (one week), Jan. 6, 2007
Untitled, No. 1 (one week), Aug. 2, 2008
Distant Relatives (Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley), No. 5, June 5, 2010
Life Is Good, No. 1 (one week), Aug. 4, 2012
Nasir, No. 5, June 30, 2018


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