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Kanye West’s Fantasy Tops Charts With 495K in Sales

As expected, Kanye West has done it again. The Louis Vuitton Don’s new, critically-acclaimed album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy debuted at the No. 1 position on the Billboard Top 200 sales charts this morning (December 1), making it his fourth No. 1 LP.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan report, released today, the Chicago rapper/producer sold about 495,800 copies of his XXL rated disc in his first week on store shelves. The numbers, though impressive, fall short of the projections, which estimated that Yeezy would sell around 525,000 to 575,000 units.

Landing one spot below ’Ye at No. 2 is Nicki Minaj with her highly anticipated debut disc, Pink Friday. Hits Daily Double were right on target with their predictions for the Young Money princess, who reached about 375,200 in sales, as forecasted last week.

Although hip-hop artists were able to score the two highest seats on this week’s charts, another rap act doesn’t show up until all the way down the scale at No. 25. Eminem slid down to that spot this week, as Recovery picked up another 48,000 units. After 23 weeks the Detroit lyricist has a total tally of 3,052,900.

Failing to best his former label boss in his debut week was Lloyd Banks, who entered the charts at No. 26. Nearly 44,400 fans bought the G-Unit soldier’s third solo LP, The Hunger for More 2 over the last seven days.

Rounding out the Top 40 is Lil Wayne and Nelly. Weezy’s I Am Not A Human Being slipped to the No. 31 position in his ninth week, with 36,900 in sales, but that was still enough juice to earn him another gold plaque, as his total tally now stands at 511,300. Meanwhile the St.Lunatic’s 5.0 plummeted from No. 10 to No. 39 this go-round with 30,800 in sales. Overall Nelly—who recently ranted on his Twitter account about Universal Motown’s lack of marketing for his disc—has 94,400 in stats, since hitting retail outlets two weeks ago.

Missing the Top 40 by two seats is Jay-Z’s new compilation, The Hits Collection, Vol. 1. The set earned about 27,700 units in week one.

Next week look for Soulja Boy’s third solo album, The DeAndre Way to impact the charts. —Elan Mancini

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