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


  1. Stop with the lies. If Lauryn Hill’s album was not considered rap why is it charted on the rap album charts?

    There is a hip-hop/r&b category and a rap category and miss Lauryn Hill is on both.

    All of that electro pop bull-ish on nicki album should not even put it in the hip-hop category.

    Lets calculate Nicki albums after we subtract the 100k that Cash Money purchased.

    Why Nicki minaj can’t be humble about her ish is beyond me, yet ppl wonder why majority of the population doesn’t like her…