Nicki Minaj can pop a cork over her debut LP Pink Friday finally reaching the #1 position on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart. The “Moment 4 Life” rap minx has seen her album yo-yo up and down the Top 10 for the past 11 weeks, but she ascends the chart throne like a true Barbie the same week Pink Friday crosses the million mark as far as copies sold.
Billboard chart guru Keith Caulfield notes that darling Nicki’s album sold another 45,000 copies over the past week. That easily bests the 40,000 sold by last week’s #1, Amos Lee’s Mission Bell.
After Minaj on the Top 200 comes the debut of Nashville Christian act Red’s third LP Until We have Faces at #2 (43,000) and Ricky Martin’s ninth LP Musica + Alma + Sexo at #3 (32,000).
Meanwhile, Pink’s Greatest Hits…So Far!!! cracks the Top 10 (at #9) for the first time since it was released last November. So far the collection has spawned two new hits in the forms of chart-topping single “Raise Your Glass” and “F**kin’ Perfect,” which is currently #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Top 10 of Billboard‘s Top 200 chart:
1. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday *1 week*
2. Red, Until We Have Faces *new*
3. Ricky Martin, Musica + Alma + Sexo *new*
4. Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops & Hooligans
5. Rihanna, Loud
6. Kidz Bop, Kidz Bop 19
7. Jason Aldean, My Kinda Party
8. Taylor Swift, Speak Now
9. Pink, Greatest Hits…So Far!!!
10. Eminem, Recovery