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    Nas :: Charts & Sales History

    Paul Grein's Yahoo! Chart Watch:

    8/4 Billboard charts:

    All artists need to stay relevant, and there's probably no genre where that's more important than rap. That's why Nas' accomplishment this week is so impressive. Nas' Life Is Good enters The Billboard 200 at #1, a little more than 16 years after he first topped the chart with It Was Written. Only one hip-hop artist has had a longer span of #1 albums. Beastie Boys, whose identity encompasses pop, rap and alternative, has had #1 albums spanning 17 years and three months, from Licensed To Ill (March 1987) to To The 5 Boroughs (June 2004).

    You don't need me to tell you that 16 years is a long time. 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. were both alive and well in July 1996, when It Was Written entered the chart at #1. Justin Bieber was two years old, just learning to say "baby-baby-baby" (a phrase that would come in handy later in life).

    Wanna know the rap artists who are next in line behind Beastie Boys and Nas for the longest spans of #1 albums? Jay-Z's #1 albums span 12 years and 10 months, from Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life (October 1998) to Watch The Throne (with Kanye West, Aug. 2011). Eminem's span 10 years and three months, from The Marshall Mathers LP (May 2000) to Recovery (August 2010).

    Life Is Good is Nas' fifth #1 album, not counting a 1997 album by the rap collective The Firm. That album, The Firm-The Album, also featured Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature. Only two rap artists in history have had more than five #1 albums. Jay-Z leads with 12; Eminem has had six (not counting two albums he recorded as part of D12). Tied with Nas with five #1 albums are DMX, Kanye West and 2 Pac.

    Life Is Good sold 149K copies this week, which is the second biggest one-week total so far this year for a hip-hop album. It trails Nicki Minaj's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which opened with sales of 253K in April. Life Is Good sold 69K digital copies, which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
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