The official Soundscan numbers are in, and just as HDD predicted last week, Nicki Minaj’s debut album “Pink Friday” did indeed sell big in its first week. Coming in at #2 behind Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” “Friday” accumulated sales of 375,000, making it the second highest debut ever for a female rapper. Nicki fell just shy of Lauryn Hill’s 423,000 debut, which she set back in 1998 with the release of her debut solo album “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill.”
As for the longevity of Minaj’s “Pink Friday,” Hits has projected a near 60% decline in the rapper’s second week of release. Unless the album catches fire with a few more hit singles, “Friday” may barely reach Gold status.
Congrats to Nicki nonetheless. Her success is well deserved.