Nicki Minaj ruled the charts this week, scoring her second Billboard 200 #1 album with her sophomore LP, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Her new release lands atop the chart, shifting 253,000 copies in its first week, led by its official first single “Starships,” which has already climbed to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
It follows her 2010 debut set, Pink Friday, which also opened at #2 in December 2010. However, it eventually climbed to #1 in February 2011, thanks to the success of her single, “Super Bass.”
Roman Reloaded boasts guest appearances from Drake and Lil Wayne, as well as Nas, Cam’ron, and Rick Ross. Producers include J.R. Rotem, Kane Beatz and T-Minus.
After debuting at #2 last week, Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee falls to #4 this week, selling 95,000 copies.
That’s it for top tier this week. Outside the top 20, the only new release (in hip-hop) comes from De La Soul.
The legendary group dropped De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present… First Serve last week, by the group’s emcees Posdnuos (as Jacob “Pop Life” Barrow) and Dave (as Deen Whitter) — producer/deejay Maseo was not involved, as French producers Chokolate and Khalid stepped in. It debuted at #192, selling just 2,600 copies since its release.
That wraps things up this week. To cop any of these new releases, head over to Amazon.com.
According to Billboard.com, overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 8) totaled 6.40 million units, up 4% compared to the sum last week (6.16 million) and up 9% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.87 million). Year to date album sales stand at 84.23 million, up 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (83.69 million).