Nicki Minaj Picks Up First No. 1 on Billboard 200

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Nicki Minaj crowns the Billboard 200 albums chart for her first time with 45,000 in sales, since her “Pink Friday” debuted 11 weeks ago. Her record debuted at No. 2 and has spent it’s chart life in the top 10 only.

“Minaj’s patient wait for her turn at No. 1 is a rare sight. For the most part, an album is only No. 1 because it debuted there. It’s unusual for a set to climb to the top. Case in point: in 2010, there were 30 albums that hit No. 1, but just one — Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not A Human Being” — actually rose to the top. Wayne debuted at No. 2 off of just downloads, then fell to No. 16 the next week, only to reach No. 1 the next once the CD version of the album dropped,” claims Billboard.

Rock band Red debuts in the runner-up slot this week with its “Until We Have Faces” set, and at No. 1 on the Christian Albums chart. It bows with 43,000 — a bigger start than the 39,000 that greeted its second album, 2009’s “Innocence & Instinct,” upon its No. 15 entry on the Billboard 200.

Here are the rest of this week’s top 10 on the Billboard 200:

  • No. 3 – Ricky Martin’s “Musica + Alma + Sexo” with 32,000
  • No. 4 – Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” with 32,000
  • No. 5 – Rihanna’s “Loud” with 29,000
  • No. 6 – Kidz Bop 19 with 28,000
  • No. 7 – Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” with 27,000
  • No. 8 – Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” with 27,000
  • No. 9 – P!nk’s “Greatest Hits … So Far!!!” with 25,000
  • No. 10 – Eminem’s “Recovery”

It is a very tight top 10 this week as numbers 3-10 are only separated by 6,696 units!

What do you think of this week’s Billboard 200?

Hear New Music First – HP

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