Nicki Minaj Holds on to Leading Spot on the Charts

Nicki Minaj isn’t just the Princess of Young Money, the Queens talent is also the top hip-hop act on The Billboard Top 200 album chart.

While she slipped three spots from last week to No. 5, Minaj is still the highest selling rap artist for the second week in a row with 31,900 copies of her debut LP, Pink Friday, flying off the shelves over the last seven days. While the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) already certified the disc platinum, she has yet to officially move one million units. According to Nielsen SoundScan, PF sold 922,400 copies after 2 months on the charts.

Five spots down at No. 10 is Nicki’s “Monster” collaborator Kanye West. Yeezy’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was purchased 25.200 times this sales cycle, making his overall stats equal 940,600.

Eminem, who experienced a huge boost in sales over the holiday season, is making his way back down the charts as he slipped nine seats to No. 14. Fans still bagged up an additional 21,400 copies of Recovery this week, giving Em a 30-week total of 3,469,700.

Closing out the Top 40 is T.I. and Lil Wayne. Tip’s No Mercy fell to No. 24 this go-round, while Weezy’s I Am Not A Human Being tripped two slots to No. 27. The King of the South added about 14,800 CDs to his overall tally, which now sits at 367,400. Wayne scooped up around 12,200 customers, bringing his 16-week total to 691,900.

Be sure to check out XXLMag.com next Wednesday (January 26) to see if Nicki Minaj is finally able to surpass Kanye in sales. —Elan Mancini

  • jimmyjam

    wish people would stop acting like nicki minaj album is so amazing. ems been on the charts since june for fuck sake. i have a feeling nicki is going to be over exposed and people are going to get sick of her.

  • http://www.waystosmokeweed.com ways To Smoke Weed

    Nicki Minajs album is suspect at best. I copped it and was “highly” disappointed. Shits Garbage as Fuk! If she is #1 on the hip hop charts than that aint hip hop.

  • Don mcCaine

    “While the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) already certified the disc platinum, she has yet to officially move one million units. According to Nielsen SoundScan, PF sold 922,400 copies after 2 months on the charts.

    Five spots down at No. 10 is Nicki’s “Monster” collaborator Kanye West. Yeezy’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was purchased 25.200 times this sales cycle, making his overall stats equal 940,600.”

    ^ i see what y’all are doing…they gave ‘Ye his plaque too…why are y’all so hellbent on her passing him? Musically his project is superior to hers, so if she does pass him don’t you think people would see/say that the fix is in?

    • EReal

      So what, they are basing her plaque on albums shipped? RIAA is stupid.

      I have never seen what people find in Nicki’s music. It’s just terrible. I honestly have listened to it, every track is terrible.

  • caino

    ^^ l heard that Mr Mc Caine.

  • Don mcCaine

    caino whaddup?

    @ EReal

    i don’t know what they are basing it off of, but according to the press releases, she got her plaque 2 wks ago, and ‘Ye got his this weekend, even though he’s still sold more than her.

    I ain’t forget that ‘SNL’ is on NBC slash UNIVERSAL…focus more on her acting (that’s her lane)…

  • T

    Nicki is a joke! marketed as a hip-hop Gaga… how original!

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