Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded Tops Album Charts

To the surprise of few, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week, selling 253,000 copies. It wasn’t even close, with Roman Reloaded selling over 100k more copies than the No. 2 spot, Adele, who still manages to move 153,000 units of 21 over a year since it’s initial release.

Roman Reloaded surpassed the expected sales figure of 215,000-235,000 (although it fell short of the XXL Staff’s predictions), which was published by industry experts last week. Still, despite landing at No. 1 —marking Nicki’s first No. 1 debut— Roman Reloaded sold significantly less than her 2010 debut LP, Pink Friday, which moved 375,000 copies in it’s first week. Pink Friday, debuted at No. 2 overall, eventually securing a No. 1 spot on February of 2011.

The rush of YMCMB fans picking up Roman Reloaded had a small trickle down effect, with Drake’s Take Care seeing a small boost in sales, as did Lil Wayne’s Carter IV, which sold another 17k and 8k, respectively, this week. Take Care and Tyga’s Careless World, secured spots as the No. 2 and 3 Hip Hop albums on the Billboard 200, further illustrating Young Money’s chart domination.

Rounding out the top 50, Young Jeezy’s TM103 sold another 9K copies this week, which brings the album’s total sales to over 550,000 to date.

What do you think of Roman Reloaded’s sales? —XXL Staff

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  • BeerGangsta

    Azz sells!! Heffer can’t rap!! I know i get to produce and dj before Rap music have a furnel!

  • Stylistic

    Garbage continues to move units!

  • Jinesis

    To be honest with the amount of press she got you would thought she would have out sold Lil Wayne Carter 4. Which leave s me to believe that tthey bought Lil Wayne album. Check this when you have a album like Carter 4 which suppose to have sold that many copies, you would think it would be heard in every car in New York but the only music I heard was WTT. Back Nicki Minaj she’ll do her numbers in the long run!

  • alex

    birdman bought all there albums! haha

  • http://nickimanaj jahavenice

    nickimanaj i really want to see you ok soif you want me to see you conntect me at 414-519-1866

  • Shavonda

    I’m happy she did good! I love Nicki!