Nicki Minaj Surpasses Kanye in Overall Sales

It took 10 weeks on the charts, but Nicki Minaj finally surpassed Kanye West in overall sales.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan report, released today (February 2), Minaj’s debut LP, Pink Friday, climbed six spots up The Billboard Top 200 to No. 3. The Young Money princess racked up 38,500 additional units in the last seven days, making her total tally equal 989,300.

Comparatively, Yeezy’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy fell to the No. 19 seat this week. Mr. West’s fifth solo album picked up 18,800 in sales this cycle, making his to-date stats stand at 980,900, after 10 weeks.

Three positions above ’Ye is Eminem’s Recovery. The Detroit-bred super star added 21,300 to his total numbers, which now sits at 3,510,500.

Debuting on the charts this week at No. 29 is Talib Kweli’s new digital only album, Gutter Rainbows. The disc pulled in 13,900 in sales in week one.

Rounding out the Top 40 is T.I. and Lil Wayne. Tip’s No Mercy holds it down at No. 31 with 13,800 CDs sold this week. Two spots down is Weezy’s I Am Not  A Human Being with 13,000 units. Overall No Mercy earned 395,000 while IANAHB garnered 717,500 in sales.

Next week look for Minaj to continue her reign on the charts. —Elan Mancini

  • Donte

    this is crazy….. Kayne West had one of the best hip hop albums ever ,but i guess people stop fucking with him after that Taylor Swift incident .he is talented and he knows it that is the only reason why this is happening

    • gaddic

      @Donte
      You seriously think MBDF is anywhere near classic status!
      The album is amazing don’t get me wrong but primarily because of Ye’s production /musical skills
      Other albums this year shit on that album lyrically
      a rap album can’t be a classic without classic lyrics
      Kanye’s verses will always be just good never amazing lyrics
      BTW the last hip-hop classic was Nas’ Lost tapes and everything since then doesn’t reach near-classic status
      STop tossing and throwing around classic like its a title you give any great album you love

      • Donte

        gaddic@what other albums are better than his this year lmao……how do you sound it was amazing, but it wasnt a classic that …i could give you 10 albums that were classics in this era….and yall niggas are dumb Cannabis was one of the best lyricist i heard but if you cant make a fucking album who gives a fuck.. its your fucking quality of work that makes you a legit artist being a great lyricist is just a attribute…..this is coming from a unbiased nigga who listen to fucking everything..just because your great lyricist dont mean shit its niggas in my hood that spit but they dont get deals because its nothing different kanyes album is a classic if he werent in the game right now who would we be talking about… to me nas i the greatest of all time but this nigga is going through a lot… your mad at me cause kanyes album is a classic????he the best rapper out right now thats the end of disscussion

        • jim

          kanyes album was good music wise buts its not even rap anymore this is byfar kanyes worst album ever

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Sales: Nicki Minaj over Kanye West – Just WOW

  • jfl11

    In a perfect world Kanye would have sold 1.5 mil in the first week, blowing Minaj’s gimicky thing out of the water, but this is reality, and it doesn’t surprise me. What’s it matter to me tho.

  • TyZZy

    Whatever…Nicki Minaj’s album is straight garbage, she’s a pop artist.

    Kanye’s album is a classic.

  • Rimbo

    “Kayne West had one of the best hip hop albums ever”

    No, he didn’t! Stop it with this already. Just because The Source and XXL kept bumping him constantly with shit meaningless articles until you couldn’t come on here without seeing about 3 Kanye headlines, people already believed it was a classic. It’s not, because there are too many filler tracks and despite being excellent in parts in no way does it stand up as one of the best hip hop albums ever.

    Nicki’s album’s better. It may have a girly, bubblegum-pop sound to it but the lyricism is really good and there’s some excellent songs on there. No doubt people will put this down to her being ‘more commercial’ than him, even though he is one of the biggest PR-whores around in the rap game, due to the inherent sexism that exists in rap.

    • LT

      Dumbass shut the fuck up with that shit i listen to it it was amazing….female rappers are expendable so shell be gone

    • Donte

      What fillers were on that album……kanye west album would win ablum of the year had he released before the grammy deadline…IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST HIPHOP ALBUMS EVER PERIOD

    • ClevelandNigga

      YOU MUST BE DUMB ASS FUCK!!!!! NIKI ALBUM BETTER THAN KANYE SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU’RE PROBABLY A FAG OR GIRL.roman revenge will be easily forgotten over time but kanyes music is here to stay,niggas be saying the dumbest shit nowadays

    • http://xxlmag JayRuckNYC

      Whoa. LOL. I’m not gonna say Nicki album is better (HELL NO) but Kanye album is definitely a lil overrated. How did Nicki pass Kanye when he had a bigger first week???? I guess Kanye album is losing a lil steam.

  • Plz enuff already

    This further displays why hip hop makes me gag right now. Nicki take sum nyquil and go to bed! You’re like a bad ooozing contagious rash that wont stop itching…oops sorry to put your business out there skitzo ha

  • http://twitter.com/gossipingHOE quinn zolanski

    If you’re mad Nicki outsold Kanye then go out and buy his fucking album a couple of times. If you DL’d his album instead of going out to actually BUY it then you have no room to be mad.

  • No Name

    Lol!! I’m hella surprised. I guess that’s what happens when you jam most of your album into a 30 minute music video and have no more material in the tank to keep it afloat. Oh, and “retire” to make cookies, :-D.

  • jfl11

    My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy had FILLER? Is that what dude said? Does Rimbo know what the word filler means?? You want to talk filler, mention RECOVERY. That album was cluttered with absolute shit in so many areas, but because it’s the almighty lyricist Eminem he gets a pass.

    • YamonLando

      Dude you must be smoking rocks. Recovery had NO fillers. Go get your head checked. Or listen..And i mean LISTEN to the album again. Em blows every other rapper EVER out of the water lyrically.

      • soy yo

        cosign, jfl11 has gotta be deaf or seriously resented…
        I bet niggas will prolly start calling me an em stan by now, but im not, dude is just ahead…

  • Jose

    I am both a Kanye and Nicki fan but i think the people need to set their egos aside and let others shine underneath the spotlight it is her moment. Both are incredible artist with unique styles which is why we love them both. The only difference between both artist is that one of them just so happens to be a talented woman and that leads to intimidation from others which leads to envy.

  • Notorious AGC

    Graduation was the LAST great kanye west album…Nicki Minaj and everyone else SINCE is garbage…straight garbage..hiphop BEEN dead, and the fans get stupider year by year.

  • BeerGangsta

    West and Nikki will go Platium next week!! Kweli is a cool dude. The fans are Fuck up!! They like all that country shit!!

  • runGfordays

    ew yo nicki is terrible

    • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

      co-sign

  • CP

    only reason Nicki surpassed Kanye is 1, she has alot of hype, 2 its her first studio album, 3 she has more music being played on commercial stations…I expect these numbers to flucuate back and forth for awhile. Kanye will eventually sell more after all is said and done. This in no way determines that Nicki’s album is better. Dont let numbers fool ya…

  • Shawty J

    Kinda saw this coming, it’s primarily because Nicki’s had more radio presence than Kanye. It’s really his own fault though, six and seven minutes songs don’t work well on the radio, due to the average listener having a short attention span.

  • bafoon

    Cosign shawty j. This is sum BS nicki and kanye suck monkey balls!! Yeah i said it. I blame the industry for not allowing real talent to emerge its all about manufacturing an artist into a gimmick now. If you dont fit their pattern they will make you conform or you lose your chance to shine. Then they force us to listen to minaj. . .the world IS coming to an end save yourself aaaaahhh!!!

  • Mike S.

    Nicki Minaj is keeping FEMALE RAP alive. For the last couple of years, female rapper could not even go wood. So I congratulate her. Guess what??? Kanye West does too.

  • http://www.myspace.com/slotchmusic ms_spittuh

    “The Young Money princess racked up 38,500 additional units in the last seven days, making her total tally equal 989,300.”

    ….sure is taking this trick forever to go platinum lol. I thought her Barbies were beside her?

  • http://www.dynamicproducer.com dynamicwayne

    They both went in!!

  • Hotel Frost

    Right now Nicki is trending. Her “movement” the industry has invested millions in is paying off sort of. Right now I think they are investing in her next project. This late surge of hers is suspect. May be phony like her ass implants. She can flow; but about what is another story or not.

    Kanye’s music is trendsetting, but his image is sagging. Those immature mistakes cost him a million sales.

    Em doesn’t blow out every other rapper lyrically. His flow makes his lyrics appear better than what they really are. The majority of the time he’s saying nothing. On Recovery Lil Waynes verses where more clever, more substantial, but Em’s flow killed it.

  • kellie

    this just means that nicki’s album is having more longevity so far i mean he started with 120k over her and now she surpassed him ..nicki album has not left the top 10 of billboard since it dropped

    both albums are good but seriously i dont see how a dude could get into nicki album

  • Stylistic

    All you people need to get off Kanye’s dick for real. His new album is okay at best! Mediocre if you ask me. I listened to the shit 3 times and was bored with it after that. His new album doesn’t touch his first 3, which I would consider more classic status than this watered down shit he has out now! If you want to talk about hot albums talk about E-40′s double album last year! That shit blows away Kanye’s album musically and all. Even Ice Cube, and Brotha Lynch Hung have better albums out than Kanye right now!

  • lee

    Why everyone talkin bout ye’ and nicki who gives a fuck.
    we all know ye has a great album and nickis is for the dumb masses.

    the real crime here is kweli only moving 13k
    gutter rainbows is a solid 4 star album, some seriously good cuts on there, i know i copped it why havent you

  • doug

    When Nicki Minaj makes 5 platinum selling albums in a row, come talk to me about her being talented. Truth be told, she’ll be lucky to get to 3 gold albums but YM probably has her contracted to do 5 regardless of how they sell. You wanna know how Nicki got that buzz? The New Ghey Mafia!! Sign to young money, release of vid of you eating Remy’s box which gets teh gheys on her side, wear crazy wigs that get female fans going bonkers, and do articles for any and every LGBT mag claiming to be bi.

    The fact ya’ll are arguing that Kanye’s album is classic or not, which it IS, tells me that ya’ll young dumb niggas out here dont care for a rapper unless their jeans are choking their ballsacks, wearing bright ass colored clothes and the song comes with a dance with it. We’ll have this convo in 20 years when Kanye is posted up, living like Quincy Jones and Nicki is touring aroung the country like Whitney Houston, trying to collect every last check she can so YM doesnt put her out on the track to collect on those album dues. Besides, she dont want it with REAL female emcees either like Rah Digga or Lady Luck. Those 2 would eat her alive. REAL TALK!!!

  • http://detroitrap.com FRED

    OMG EVERY1 KEEP TALKIN BOUT N M AND K WEST BUT YET HELLO EMINEM IS OVER 3.5 MILL AND STILL DOIN OVER 20,000 A WEEK LOL AND HIS ALBUM DROPPED LIKE WHILE AGO LOL RELAPSE IS OVER 2MILL AND RECOVERY WILL DO OVER 4MILL BY TIME OVER WITH AND ONE THING IS EVERY1 TALKED BOUT EMINEM ACENT WAY HE CHANGED HIS VOICE ON RELAPSE BUT I NOTICED NICKI MINAJ DOES THE SAME SHIT WITH HER VOICE LMAO BUT PEOPLE LIKIN IT LOL ANYWAY ILL BE HONEST HER WORDS AND PUNCHLINES ARE ABOVE AVERAGE BUT I JUST CANT STAND HER FACES SHE MAKES MAKES HER LOOK LIKE A RETARD BACK IN THE DAY U WOULD OF THOUGHT IT WAS A SPOOF OFF OF IN LIVING COLOR LMAO OR SNL AND PLUS HOW SHE ACTS UD THINK SHE BE SMOKIN CRACK LMAO OR SHE ONE OF THOSE SPECIAL PEOPLE THAT RIDE THE BUS LOL ANYWAY THEY WONT DO HAVE IF LUCKY THAT OF WHAT EMINEM IS DOIN I BET THEY DO JUS A LIL OVER MILL HAIL KING MARSHAL

  • Tommy Flo’

    That wasnt anywhere near a classic but it wasnt a bad album either. Kanye has had better albums, DONTE is a bitch for calling him the best rapper and calling that album a classic. Drakes was even better!