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Nicki Minaj Steals Eminem’s Spot on the Charts

Nicki Minaj has dethroned Eminem from his leading spot as the top rapper on The Billboard 200.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan report, released today  (January 12), Minaj took the No. 2 seat, after Pink Friday racked up about 38,6o0 in sales this go-round. Overall fans purchased  890,500 units in seven weeks.

Eminem’s Recovery holds the No. 5 spot after selling 33,400 units this sales cycle. The Detroit MC has earned 3,448,300 in sales since debuting on the charts 29 weeks ago.

Last week, Kanye West held the No. 5 spot with his acclaimed release My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. This week, he slid to the No. 7 spot with 915,400 CDs sold.

Atlanta native  T.I. comes in at No. 19 after five weeks on the charts. No Mercy sold 19, 300 units this week making his due-date figure equal 352, 600.

Landing at the No. 25 spot is Lil Wayne’s album I Am Not a Human Being. After being on the charts for 15 weeks, the EP has sold 679,600 copies.

Rounding out the Top 40 is Diddy-Dirty Money with Last Train To Paris. With 172,300 people catching the last train, it holds the No. 40 spot.

Next week, with overall sales so close, will Minaj’s die-hard barbies help her surpass Mr. West? —Nicole LoPresti

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