Nicki Minaj Picks Up First No. 1 on Billboard 200


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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