Nicki Debuts at #1, Details!
Nicki Minaj scores her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” debuts atop the list with 253,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s a slightly better-than-expected sales figure, as industry sources had suggested last week that the album was on course for a launch somewhere in the 215,000 to 235,000 range.
It follows her debut studio set, “Pink Friday,” which climbed to No. 1 on the Feb. 19, 2011 chart, just as her “Super Bass” single was taking off. “Pink Friday” bowed at No. 2 on the chart dated Dec. 11, 2010 with 375,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Its big debut was fueled by Christmas shopping as the album bowed during Thanksgiving week.)
“Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” is not a reissue of the original “Pink Friday” album — despite its confusing title. It’s an all-new release, led by its official first single “Starships.” The track has already sailed to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The album that “Roman Reloaded” replaces, Madonna‘s “MDNA,” falls to No. 8 with 48,000 (down 86.7%) It debuted at No. 1 last week with 359,000. Its steep drop is the largest second-week percentage decline for a No. 1-debuting album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.
It surpasses the record set by Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way,” when it fell 84.27% in its second week on the chart dated June 18, 2011. “Born This Way” bowed the previous frame at No. 1 with 1.11 million, and then sold 174,000 in its second week at the top of the chart.
Sharp decline from the first albums first week, which was held off my Kanye’s genius “Dark Twisted Fantasy” album over a year ago. To be honest, I haven’t spun the new sh** yet… Her transition to pop has a bitter taste in my mouth.. “Starships” could have been ANYONE’S song, Katy Perry, Britney Spears.. Those are her peers now but should too far from hiphop now for my taste… I’m going to go cop the album this weekend, along with new releases from Monica, Lana Del Rey and others.. stay tuned!