Rick Ross Sails Past Breaking Benjamin, Takes Port Of Miami To #1

New LPs by Cassie, Slayer also crack Billboard top 10.

Fans have waited years for Rick Ross’ inaugural offering, Port of Miami, to finally make its way onto record store shelves — and it would appear that those same fans couldn’t wait another minute to get themselves a copy of the rapper’s debut.

With first-week sales reported at more than 187,000, Ross’ Port of Miami replaces the latest entrant in the imposing Now That’s What I Call Music! compilation series at the top of Billboard‘s albums chart. According to the latest SoundScan figures, Ross’ path to #1 was direct and virtually unimpeded, outselling Breaking Benjamin’s second-place finishing Phobia by more than 62,000 units.

Ross and the Breaking boys were among the five newest releases to open in the chart’s top 10, pushing Now to #3. With sales clocked at 104,000 and change, the compilation — featuring contributions from Kelly Clarkson, Ne-Yo, Sean Paul and Bubba Sparxxx — ends its four-week run in the top two.

The self-titled debut LP from Diddy-backed R&B songstress and “You Hear It First” alumna Cassie racked up sales of 100,000, to bow at #4 on the chart. Cassie is followed by another new entry, Slayer’s Christ Illusion, which sold more than 62,000 copies during its first week out to take #5. While Christ Illusion earned the devilish metal icons the highest debut showing of their illustrious career, it’s far from Slayer’s best-selling debut: That distinction belongs to 1994′s Divine Intervention, which opened at #8 with 93,000 scans.

The soundtrack to the film “Step Up” — which boasts material from Yung Joc, Chamillionaire and Chris Brown — occupies the #6 spot with week-one sales coming in at just over 59,000. The remainder of the top 10 is filled with familiar faces: The 10th release from the Kidz Bop Kids takes #7 with 56,000 units sold; Gnarls Barkley’s St. Elsewhere slips one to #8 with close to 54,000 copies snatched up; DMX’s Year of the Dog, Again falls from #2 to #9, selling 47,000-plus units; and Nickelback’s All The Right Reasons rounds things out at #10, with sales of close to 47,000.

In all, 19 fresh releases crack Billboard‘s top 200, including Hellogoodbye’s Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!, which opens at #18 with nearly 38,000 in week-one scans. Ozzfest vets Unearth take #35, selling 22,000 copies of their latest outing, III: In the Eyes of Fire, while Ani DiFranco’s Reprieve pops up at #46 with sales of about 18,000.

The Jonas Brothers’ It’s About Time lays claim to Billboard‘s #91 position, selling 10,000 units, while the self-titled debut from Under the Influence of Giants claims the #134 slot with more than 6,000 copies sold. Gin Blossoms return to the chart at #159 after selling more than 5,000 copies of their latest, Major Lodge Victory. Todd Snider’s The Devil You Know checks in at #173 with nearly 5,000 scans, just 100 copies ahead of Masta Killa’s Made in Brooklyn, which scores #176. B.G.’s Play It How It Go debuts at #191 after selling more than 4,000 copies. And just making the chart cut at #200 is Waterloo to Anywhere, the debut LP from “You Hear It First” artists Dirty Pretty Things, which came up one disc short of 4,000 sold.