News: Rick Ross' "Mastermind" Pulls Away From Pharrell's "G I R L" W/ Latest Projections

Saturday, Mar 8, 2014 12:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Maybach Music Group leader Rick Ross' Mastermind album will have no problem debuting atop the sales chart as the newest projections have the album selling at least 150,000 copies.

According to weekend estimates, Ricky Rozay's closest contender will fall at least 50,000 copies shy of a chart-topping debut.

YOUR TOP 15: Rick Ross will debut at #1 on the HITS Album Sales Chart next week; Pharrell Williams and Lea Michele will open in the Top 5. Here's how it looks headed into the weekend. *Rick Ross (MMG/Def Jam/IDJ) 150-160k Frozen (Walt Disney) 90-100k *Pharrell Williams (Columbia) 85-95k *Lea Michele (Columbia) 50-60k ScHoolboy Q (TDE/Interscope) 30-35k (HITS Daily Double)

Earlier this week, one-day estimates had Ross' album starting at 145,000 copies.

YOUR NEW RELEASES: Rick Ross will take the top spot next week, while Pharrell Williams and the Frozen soundtrack will battle for runner-up. Here are this week's key debuts. Rick Ross (Def Jam/IDJ) 145-160k Pharrell Williams (Columbia) 85-95k Lea Michele (Columbia) 50-55k Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville) 24-27k American Authors (Mercury/IDJ) 21-24k David Nail (MCA Nashville) 19-22k Ashanti (eOne) 18-21k (HITS Daily Double)

Instead of playing the numbers game, Skateboard P spoke on competing against Ross' new album this week.

"I'm happy to be on the same day as him. I love what he does and although music is changing, it's just awesome to see him continue to prevail and reinvent himself." (Hot 97)

Ross raised eyebrows this week by moving his LP's release date up a day to compete against Pharrell.

While Rick Ross was preparing for the release date of tomorrow, March 4th, he decided to move the release date up to make sure the fans had a chance to cop his new album, Mastermind, as well as Pharrell's new album. The MMG head honcho's new album, Mastermind, is in stores today, instead of tomorrow, just to combat the earlier release date that Pharrell had placed for his new project, G I R L. (Stupid Dope)

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