*Rapper Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his latest, “God Forgives, I Don’t,” opens atop the chart with 218,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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That gives the Maybach mogul his best sales week yet, topping the 198,000 that “Trilla” opened with at No. 1 in 2008, reports Billboard. Ross has previously led the chart with 2006′s “Port of Miami,” “Trilla” and 2009′s “Deeper Than Rap.”
Ross now has more No. 1 albums than some rappers with longer histories on the Billboard 200: like Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg, who both have three No. 1s. (Though, Ross is still far behind the man with the most No. 1s among all rap acts: Jay-Z, who has 12 toppers.)
The first-week sales of “God Forgives, I Don’t” were also buoyed by Amazon MP3, which has priced the title for $5 for the entire month of August. The set sold 90,000 downloads last week and easily arrives at No. 1 on the Digital Albums chart.
Rapper Rick Ross leaving The London NYC Hotel in New York City, New York on May 2, 2012
*Rick Ross and members of his Maybach Music Group held a press conference Wednesday (May 2) at the Eventi Hotel in Manhattan to make a number of announcements.
First, the release date for his fifth solo studio album, “God Forgives, I Don’t” will be July 31, 2012.
“The stories that are being told on this record are gonna make it stand apart,” Rick told reporters. “It wasn’t just about hot beats and hot rhymes but something that was needed, something that was necessary. This was the missing part of my legacy.”
Ross also announced that he’s teaming up with Swizz Beatz and Reebok to launch a “big and tall” clothing line. Swizz, also in attendance, told reporters: “I was thrilled that instead of just doing a regular sneaker, we gave Ross his own big and tall line to go and express all his fashion, all his flair.”
Sean “Diddy” Combs, also present at the conference, praised Ross for his hand in promoting his Cîroc vodka. “He’s a genius to me,” Diddy told everyone.
As for his Maybach Music Group, Ross announced that he has signed Omarion to the label, with his first single “Let’s Talk” and an EP in the pipeline.
*Maybach Music Group, the hip-hop imprint founded by Rick Ross, has inked a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records — and today (Feb. 22) signed Atlanta rapper Pill to the roster, according to Billboard.
“This deal with Warner Bros. Records has been a long time in the making and I’m confident we’ve found the best home for Maybach Music,” says Ross in a statement. “Together we’re going to make hit records for years to come.”
The Warner Bros. partnership follows a month which saw rising hip-hop artists like Wale and Meek Mill sign new deals with Maybach Music. Pill (real name: Tyrone Rivers), who broke out in 2009 with the single “Trap Goin’ Ham,” is currently prepping his debut album.
Ross is also working on a new full-length album titled, “God Forgives, I Don’t.” His latest CD, “Teflon Don” spawned such hit singles as “Aston Martin Music” and “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast).”
The rapper will join Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Travis Barker on the I Am Still Music tour, which kicks off Mar. 18.