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Billboard round-up: NAS is #1

July 23, 2008

One rapper replaces another atop The Billboard 200 this week, as Nas’ untitled Def Jam album dethrones Lil Wayne‘s Cash Money/Universal set “Tha Carter III.” Nas’ album sold 187,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, becoming the rapper’s fifth No. 1 here.

Nas’ prior album, 2006’s “Hip-Hop Is Dead,” also debuted at No. 1 but sold 354,000 over Christmas week. Meanwhile, after three non-consecutive weeks at No. 1, “Tha Carter III” slips to No. 2 with a sales decrease to 105,000.

The Decca soundtrack to “Mamma Mia!,” the film adaptation of the hit theatrical musical based on ABBA’s songbook, experiences an 89% sales boost after the movie hit theaters Friday (and earned the highest grossing weekend opening ever for a musical); it climbs 7-3 with 91,000. Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends” (Capitol) slips 2-4 with 90,000 (-20%), while the Jonas Brothers-led soundtrack to Disney’s “Camp Rock” descends 3-5 with 78,000 (-12%).

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