Nicki Minaj can finally rejoice as her debut album, Pink Friday, reached number 1 on the Billboard 200 this week. The album, which debuted 11 weeks ago, sold 45,000 this week, showing a 18% increase. While the number is low the fact that she is gaining sales in this type of climate is very impressive.
Furthermore, the album pushes past one million copies this week selling 1,035,000 since it’s release. Some of you may remember that the album was certified platinum as few weeks ago, but that represents number of shipments rather than records actually sold.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Nicki is the top promoter in the industry right now. To experience a sales increase in the 11th week and surpass your debut chart position is no easy task. Especially when that position was number 2. If there is any time of the year to do it it’s now though. There have been no big debuts on the chart thus far, making the number 1 spot more accessible to other albums. Nows the time to nab the number 1 spot if you haven’t before, and Nicki is lucky to achieve it.
With the ‘Fly’ video set to debut sometime in the future it looks like Pink Friday still has a lot of life left in it. I have a feeling that ‘Super Bass’ may receive the single treatment at some point in the future. With videos of Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez becoming internet sensations that track is receiving a lot of buzz. It is one of the stronger track on the album, although it’s only on the deluxe version. Nicki would be smart to put the track out.
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