As forecast, ScHoolboy Q’s major-label debut,”Oxymoron,” bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 139,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, the new album is ScHoolboy Q’s first in a joint-venture deal with Interscope Records. It’s also the first No. 1 for Top Dawg, which previously reached No. 2 with Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.D city” in 2012.
ScHoolboy Q’s arrival with “Oxymoron” also instantly gives the rapper his best-selling album. He previously charted with two independently released sets — “Setbacks” in 2011 and “Habits & Contradictions” in 2012. They have sold 17,000 and 48,000, respectively.
“Oxymoron” also logs the largest debut for a rap album since Eminem’s No. 1 set “The Marshall Mathers LP 2″ clocked an opening week of 792,000 in the week ending Nov. 10, 2013.
Behind “Oxymoron” is the soundtrack to Disney’s “Frozen” movie, which slips one rung to No. 2 with 91,000 (up 2%). It’s the ninth straight week the album has spent in one of the top two positions of the chart. The film earned two Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2: for best original song (“Let It Go”) and for best animated feature.
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