First Week Sales Projections For Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Are In!

Nicki Minaj

The Pinkprint is Nicki Minaj’s favorite body of work to date, and it has been getting stellar reviews across the board as well. Unlike J. Cole and his surprise album, Nicki has been promoting this one for a while now, with multiple hits on the radio, sexy music videos, television appearances, magazine covers and the like. So, how will it stand on the charts?

Interestingly enough, despite the vast difference in promo, first week sales predictions for The Pinkprint pale in comparison for the numbers that Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive has done. According to HDD, after being released on Monday, The Pinkprint is currently on track for a number one debut next week with a predicted 170-180k SPS. (If you’ll recall, SPS stands for sales plus streaming – Billboard’s new methodology for calculating their numbers.)

Cole, on the other hand, has come in at number one this week with a whopping 375k SPS sold of 2014 Forest Hills Drive. That’s insane! What do you think of the numbers?

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 12/7/14 … Congrats To Mary J. Blige On A Top 10 Debut!

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We are in the second week of Billboard’s revamped metric system for the top albums in the country, and Taylor Swift is still sitting pretty at the top. 1989 moved 274,000 units in the week ending December 7, with 44k of that number due to the new calculations.

As previously reported, Billboard will now factor album streaming and single sales into the overall tally, with 1,500 streams (on providers like Spotify, Pandora, etc.) counting toward 1 full sale, and 10 single purchases as 1 sale as well. However, the Billboard 200 chart (which is all genres in one) is the only chart to use this system, as the specific genre charts will remain with the original formula for now.

As I noted last week, hip-hop doesn’t seem to be benefitting all that much from the change. It’s quite noticeable this week as Rick Ross, Eminem and Beyoncé were all knocked out of the top 10 after just one week there. Mary J. Blige debuts this week with The London Sessions, however, moving 57,000 units since its release last week. Only 2,000 come from streaming and/or single sales, though. Check out the full top 10 below!

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Oh Gawd! Big Sean Adds An Awesome New Accolade To His Resume!

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Big Sean was introduced to the masses in 2011 with his debut album Finally Famous, and its success was thanks in part to “Marvin & Chardonnay,” his Kanye West-assisted single that went number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Also going number one from that album was the Chris Brown-assisted “My Last,” which hit the top of Billboard’s Rap charts.

In 2012, Sean was credited as the lead on “Mercy” off the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Summer, and that too went on to hit number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 11/16/14 … Congrats To Big K.R.I.T. On A Top 5 Debut!

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It almost feels like the golden era of album sales this week on the Billboard charts, as the top 4 selling albums are all in the 6-figure range, and 3 of the 4 artists actually come from said era! And though he didn’t hit the 6-figure mark, Big K.R.I.T. had a great debut with his new album Cadillactica, moving 44k units in its first week out and nabbing the number 5 spot on the Billboard 200. Congrats! Get the rest of the top 10 below.

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 11/9/14 … Taylor Swift Continues Her Reign

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The million dollar man woman Taylor Swift continues her reign with 1989, topping the Billboard charts for the second week in a row with an additional 402k copies. This girl is winning beyond belief! Check out the rest of the top 10 below.

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(Photo) Nicki Minaj Speaks On Beyoncé, Long Term Goals, And The Anaconda Video In A Billboard Interview!

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is known for keeping it 100 percent REAL in all of her interviews. The multi-talented artist recently shot the cover for Billboard and gave an exclusive point of view on her “girl crush” Beyonce, her accomplishments, and her perception of the Anaconda video. Hearing the songstresses thoughts is always intriguing. Read the rest of the interview below!

Anaconda Video
“Everything we see that’s labeled as beautiful is very skinny. In the song I kind of say, ‘F— them skinny girls.’ But it’s all love. I consider myself a skinny girl.” She adds, “I went overboard with the video to show that I’m not going to hide. And those big-booty dancers I have, they’re not going to hide. Black girls should feel sexy, powerful and important too.”

Beyonce
“There’s something about her work ethic that always made me feel like no matter how hard stuff gets, I’m not allowed to complain. Some women give me the feeling that where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Complacency
“It’s corny when rappers feel like they’ve made it and they don’t have to prove themselves anymore. You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you’re the best. My album is going to be important to hip-hop.”

Shady Compliments
“Once I did American Idol, a lot of people would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, you’re smarter than I thought.’ What does that mean?!”

Accomplishing long-term goals
“I was just a little kid in Southside Jamaica, Queens, hoping one day

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(Photo) Nicki Minaj Calls Who Corny?!

Nicki Minaj

She may have bust the windows out of her man’s car, but Nicki Minaj’s music career is unstoppable. The, “Only” femcee covers yet another magazine with the latest issue of Billboard.

Nicki talks about her active participation with her behind-the-scenes career choices, and why it’s, “corny” for artists who’ve made to think that they no longer have to prove themselves.

“You should always be competing. You should always be trying to show that you’re the best,” she says. “My album is going to be important to hip-hop.”

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 11/2/14 … Taylor Swift Sells 1 Million In A Week!

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As we approach the end of the year, NO album had gone platinum yet in 2014…and here Taylor Swift comes and does so in a week. Go ‘head, Tay Tay! The young singer’s fourth studio album 1989 has officially sold 1.287 million units in the week ending November 2, making for not only the biggest sales week this year, but the biggest sales week for ANY artist since Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002! That’s over a decade ago! Crazy! Get the full top 10 below.

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Billboard’s Top 10 Album Sales, Week Ending 10/26/14 … Congrats To T.I. & Logic On Top 3 Debuts!

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It was neck-in-neck all week, but T.I. inched past newcomer Logic in the last hour, and came out just above him on the Billboard 200 this week. Tip’s new Paperwork sold 80k copies for the number 2 spot, while Logic came in at number 4 with 73k copies sold of Under Pressure. It’s kind of crazy considering Logic has NO airplay and is a newbie in the game, so he definitely should be proud of such a great debut! Get the full top 10 below.

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(Photos) LHH;Hollywood Castmates Beefing Over THOT Billboard

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This reality TV stuff is entertaining to say the least but really just funny! Apparently Masika tweeted that she has 2 billboards up, 1 the face of clubs, the other a mugshot from when she was younger, and she blames Nikki Mudarris and Hazel E for this.

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