Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ And D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Debut In Billboard 200’s Top 10


Nicki Minaj’s ruling of your social network timelines paid off handsomely for the Young Money rapper. Her third album The Pinkprint had landed at No. 2 on the Billboard chart in its first week, sitting just behind Taylor Swift’s 1989. Moving a total of 244,000 units, the Head Barb In Charge surpassed projections of 190,000, raking in 194,000 in pure album sales, according to Billboard.

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Last week’s No. 1 album, J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive came in at No. 4 on this week’s chart, moving an additional 119,000 copies. But yet another winner this week is D’Angelo, who came in at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. His surprise release, Black Messiah, moved 117,000 units, with no promotion and an announcement of the release just hours prior. His previous album, Voodoo, debuted at the top of the chart, selling 320,000 copies in its first week.

Looks like Nicki, Cole and D’Angelo all have things to celebrate this holiday season.

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