News: Rick Ross' "Deeper Than Rap" Sells 51K In Week 2, Still Top 5 On Charts

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 8:47AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rick Ross' Deeper Than Rap has lost its title as the number one album in the country this week selling over 51,000 copies but remained within Top 5 on the charts.

The Miami rapper's third album dropped roughly 68 percent from its first week debut sales.

Falling to Bob Dylan's Together Through Life, which sold 124,600 copies, Ross' latest effort landed at No. 4 on Nielsen Soundscan's Top 200 with 51,100 scanned discs. Despite last week's 158,000 sold copies, the rapper's project experienced a 68 percent decrease after two weeks in stores. His total sales average around 209,200 after 14 days of availability. (Sales Wrap)

Reports from last week initially foreshadowed Ross losing the top spot.

Certified rock and roll legend and '60s icon Bob Dylan's 33rd studio album, Together Through Life, will mark his second straight album to debut at #1, with a total between 125-140k for the critically acclaimed Columbia Records disc. That's based on one-day sales reports from record retailers around the country. Strange Music's Kansas City, MO, rap veteran Tech N9ne and Asylum hip-hopper Mike Jones both debut with between 20-25k. (Hits Daily Double)

Despite mixed reactions from online readers, 50 Cent recently admitted that Ross' album could not be considered a flop.

"I didn't get an opportunity to hear his record," Fif said in an interview. "But a lot of freak numbers come out of the Def Jam system. I mean, just look at it. I think [his numbers] could be a disappointment to the system, based on how much of an effort and money they spent marketing, but I can't call a number one a flop under any circumstances." (MTV)

In the latest in his ongoing beef with 50 Cent, Ross released a diss song snippet called "Head of Florida" which leaked online earlier this week.

"Walkin' in water, covered in ice," Ross rapped. "I f*cks pianos, I rape the drums/I kiss the mic, hits make me come/Bricks make me come from the tip of my tongue/Baby girl drippin' like the clip from my gun/I am the truth, brand new coupe/Running place take you straight back to Martin Luther roots...Held as a Boss, nailed to the cross/Rose from the dead...No need for all black, I can be in all peach and wack me a Curtis Jack...Governor of Florida, one terms' twice/I f*cks with Game, me and Blood the same/I became his fan when he threw away the chain." ("Head of Florida")

Be sure to check Sales Wrap for a full report on this week's Top 50 urban releases.

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