About a week ago I posted an article saying Rihanna’s “Loud” album was set to “debut big.” Many of you took issue with my saying that seeing as how “Loud” was on par to sale less than 200,000 copies. Well here I am again saying the same thing about Nicki Minaj– however I doubt many of you will take issue this time.
According to Hits Daily Double, Nicki will be battling fellow rapper Kanye West for the top spot on next week’s chart and it looks like whoever the winner will be, will sell somewhere around the 400,000 mark. Should Nicki overpower Kanye, she will in my opinion become a certified force to be reckoned with in the music industry. The girl, who we all thought was just a gimmick, will officially have the last laugh with a #1 album. And not just any #1. To sell 400K in the first week is something that few artists can do today. Outside of Pop and Country acts, few rappers or R&B artists can come close to those numbers, and those that do tend to be well established; think Alicia Keys, Usher, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and Beyonce.
It should also be noted that Nicki’s album leaked well over a week ago and has gotten almost universally negative reviews. Still- the rabid fan base that she has obviously acquired, did not care and still came out to support what Billboard Magazine has now anointed the young diva: The First Lady of Hip Hop.