The Numbers Game: Nicki Minaj is #1

As if it was a surprise to anyone, Nicki Minaj‘s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded easily took the #1 spot & sold 254,000 copies in it’s first week. Now, to keep it in perspective, these first week numbers aren’t exactly huge. When compared to the orignal Pink Friday (Which did 376,000 in it’s first week) or even recent releases from her YMCMB brethren Drake & Lil’ Wayne, it can feel like she was suppose to more. But on the bright side, 250,000+ units isn’t nothing to sneeze at plus I don’t she’ll her having a problem going Platinum. [Check out our review of Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded here]

  • Obie Trice‘s returns to the charts after a 6 year absence with Bottoms Up at #130. I haven’t checked it out yet but it does include a verse from Eminem as well as a beat from Dr. Dre. It’s in my listening queue.
  • As much as I love De La Soul (“Stakes Is High” is still one of my favorite songs ever), I just couldn’t get into this album. It’s a conceptual album that only includes 2/3 of the members but the reviews have been good so I may have to give it another listen. First Serve lands at #192.
  • Damn. Madonna‘s new album MDNA had the biggest sales drop in history going from #1 and selling 359,000 last week to selling 46,000 this week (That’s a 88% decline). I heard they gave this album for free when you bought a Madonna concert ticket. If that’s true this makes sense.

#1 Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Last Week: NA) – 254,000; Total: NA [Debut]
#28 Drake – Take Care (Last Week: #24) – 15,900 Total: 1,669,400 (Platinum) [21 Weeks]
#32 Rihanna – Talk That Talk (Last Week: #25) – 14,400 Total: 809,200 (Gold) [20 Weeks]
#38 Tyga – Careless World: Rise Of The Last King (Last Week: #33) – 11,800; Total: 181,300 [7 Weeks]
#41 Melanie Fiona – The MF Life (Last Week: #22) – 10,900; Total: 61,200 [3 Weeks]
#50 Young Jeezy – Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition (Last Week: #43) – 9,400; Total: 552,100 (Gold) [17 Weeks]
#130 Obie Trice – Bottoms Up (Last Week: NA) – 4,400; Total: NA [Debut]
#192 De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 – First Serve (Last Week: NA) – 2,600; Total: NA [Debut]

Hip-Hop + R&B sales for the week of April 3rd