2 Chainz tops chart with debut solo album

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: 2 Chainz performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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2 Chainz performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Aug. 8, 2012, in Los Angeles.

(CBS News) Rapper 2 Chainz topped the album chart this week with his debut solo release, "Based on a T.R.U. Story."

The set sold 147,000 copies in its first week, according to Billboard, which cited Nielsen SoundScan figures. Sales topped expectations, as industry sources initially pinned sales between 130,000 and 140,000 copies. The "Now 43" collection had the No. 2 slot this week, followed by Rick Ross' "God Forgives, I Don't."

2 Chainz took to Twitter after hearing the news:

The Georgia native isn't a complete stranger to the charts. He has had 10 hit singles on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart since coming on the scene in 2011 under his previous stage name Tity Boi.

The rapper is the third artist to top the charts this year with a debut album. One Direction did it in March with "Up All Night," and Jack White followed suit in May with his solo effort, "Blunderbuss."