Nicki Minaj Hits Number 1

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.

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‘Moment 4 Life’ Announced As New Single

It was announced that the next single from ‘Pink Friday’ would be the Drake assisted ‘Moment 4 Life’. The song follows ‘Right Thru Me’, which was Nicki’s second solo song in the top 10 on the R&B charts and has hit the top 40 on the Hot 100.

While ‘Right Thru Me’ is gaining some popularity I think that it is very important for Nicki to release something new. ‘Right Thru Me’ has been out for months now, and with the Christmas season quickly approaching Nicki needs to make sure that she can capitalize on those sales.

‘Moment 4 Life’ is one of the standout tracks on the album, and Nicki honestly needs a big song to her name. I was telling my friend the other day that is interesting that she is so popular considering that only two Continue reading

Quick Sales Update

Shopping in Cincinnati, Ohio last night and I wanted to find out who was selling the most this week at that store. I was pretty lucky because the store attendants gave me the exact numbers of the top two albums and shed some light on an interesting aspect of the buisness.

If this store is any indication of the rest of the country than we can expect Kanye West to come in at number 1. Apparently Kanye has sold 71 copies of his album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ since Monday. Right behind him is Nicki Minaj with 54 copies. The numbers don’t come as much of a surprise considering the star power of each artist, but Nicki was given the number 1 album slot in the store which threw me off.
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Pro’s and Con’s Of The Feud

The on going battle between Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj has escalated today with the release of Lil Kim’s diss song ‘Black Friday’, a response to the Nicki track ‘Roman’s Revenge’ rumored to be directed at Lil Kim. (Listen to both with caution)

This is not the first time that Lil Kim has been in a feud and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Rap feuds have been going on since Continue reading

Thoughts: ‘Pink Friday’ + Tracklist

Over the weekend Nicki Minaj added her album as a pre-order on itunes, thus revealing her hotly anticipated tracklist.

It has been a long time since there has been an album by a female rapper that is so widely anticipated. One could argue that it is one of the biggest female rap albums ever, but that’s talk for a different post. There is no doubt about the pressure being on for Nicki, but if her tracklist reveals anything, I think we will are in for a treat.

The album has 6 features, leaving 7 solo songs for Nicki. I’m pretty excited about this, because considering she has been the biggest featured artist of the past year, Continue reading

Performance Corner: Nicki Minaj & will.i.am

Rap-Up posted the video last night of Nicki Minaj and will.i.am’s performance of ‘Check It Out’ on Letterman last night. After the duo performed the song at the VMA red carpet, I was interested to see how they would fare the second time around. I was also glad to see that Nicki is starting to promote her album which is a little more than a month from its release date.

The performance was similar to the VMA’s, but there was a live band backing this time rather than a track. I will admit that Nicki has been looking better and better each time she performs live. She is learning how to channel her many personalities into her performance. She looked more smooth and natural this time. This only problem was the mic again. I don’t now why but in a few of her performances the mic is much lower than it should be when she is singing. will.i.am Continue reading

Poll: November Anticipation

With November less than a month away it is gearing up to be the biggest month of the year for high profile releases. With Kanye announcing on his twitter today (as I reported last week) that his album is coming out on November 22nd, I wanted to see whose album you are dying to have. I’m going to have to save my money because there is at least one album a week that I am going to need to buy. Tell me who you think will sell the most in the comments section as well. My money is on Kanye, but Susan Boyle is also releasing her album this month, and last year she blew the competition away. No one had a chance of coming close to her sale, and I was not happy in the slightest. Hopefully that won’t happen again this year but you never know! Let me know your predictions and vote in the poll below:

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