BLOG: Rick Ross bangs in at #1, but at a discount

It may be a victory with a handicap, but it’s still a win. Rick Ross scored a fourth number one album this week on the Billboard 200 charts.  His new album, “God Forgives, I Don’t,” took out the Zac Brown Band from the top spot.  He sold 218,000 copies according to Nielson SoundScan.

Ross is the founder of the Maybach Music Group.  The high sales were fueled, in part, by an offer by to sell the album for just $5.

Amazon has been offering discounts on MP3s for a while now, and it’s pushing up the sales of old albums that people had stopped buying in the past.  Ross is surely glad to be number one, but it looks like he’s going to have to do some touring to make up that money.  A total of 218,000 units for just five bucks is a little over $1 million.  After giving his cuts to everyone else involved, Ross won’t be able to buy too many Maybachs with that.

Maybe Ross can use some of that money to pay off the real Ricky Ross, the LA drug kingpin that “just happened” to have the same name as the rapper who came along 20 years later and rapped about being a drug kingpin.  But maybe we’re asking too much.

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