Nicki Minaj Makes History With Pink Friday Sales

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Trinidad native Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj has shared her shocked reaction to Pink Friday dominating the sales chart and selling 376,000 copies in its first-week.

Tweeting her reactions, Minaj said the album cemented a place in sales history for her.

“Pink Friday has the 2nd highest debut week in the HISTORY of FEMALE RAP w/375,190 units sold. Thank u sooo much 4 supporting this project!,” Minaj tweeted Wednesday (December 1).

“Interesting. Lauryn sold 422,000 in the 1st wk w/Miseducation! That album wasn’t categorized as HipHop/Rap under “genre”.”

“So Pink Friday under the ‘HipHop/Rap’ genre has the highest selling first week from a female in HISTORY. #cheers.”

“The previous holder of highest 1st week sales for a female RAP album was missy elliott’s ‘under construction’ with 260K.”

“I am in the company of 2 amazing groundbreaking women &; for that, I am beyond grateful. S/O to Lauryn and Missy. #PinkFriday” (Nicki Minaj’s Twitter)

Top 200 Album Sales (Top 5 Hip Hop/R&B)

Rank Artist Album This Week Est. Total
1 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
496,000 497,000
2 Nicki Minaj Pink Friday 375,000 376,000
6 Rihanna Loud
141,000 348,000
9 Ne-Yo Libra Scale
112,000 113,000
24 Eminem Recovery
48,000 3,053,000