Nicki Minaj Claims Billboard Chart Title

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj is in good company. With her debut album Pink Friday bowing at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week, the Young Money rapper has officially broken the record for second highest first-week sales by a female MC in Billboard’s history, moving 375,190 units.

Lauryn Hill holds the title for highest opening week sales by a female hip-hop act with her solo debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which sold 423,000 copies in September 1998. But Nicki points out that Ms. Hill wasn’t categorized under the “Hip-Hop/Rap” genre.

Pink Friday has the 2nd highest debut week in the HISTORY of FEMALE RAP w/375,190 units sold. Thank u sooo much 4 supporting this project!” tweeted Nicki, later adding, “Interesting. Lauryn sold 422,000 in the 1st wk w/Miseducation! That album wasn’t categorized as HipHop/Rap under ‘genre.’ So Pink Friday under the ‘HipHop/Rap’ genre has the highest selling first week from a female in HISTORY.”

Before Nicki, Missy Elliott sold the most first-week copies under the “Hip-Hop/Rap” genre with her 2002 album Under Construction (259,000). “I am in the company of 2 amazing groundbreaking women & for that, I am beyond grateful. S/O to Lauryn and Missy. #PinkFriday,” wrote the Harajuku Barbie.

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72 Comments

  1. carl

    YASSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ‘#WHODAFUCKMAD!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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  2. EL

    So, basically you’re just saying she’s second place. Okaaaaay, then.

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  3. dawayne

    gooooo NICKIIIII!!!! firste

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  4. Eddy West

    BITCH !!!!!

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  5. Mia

    Girl your album is not hip hop

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  6. TEAMMINAJ ALL DAY

    “YOU NEED A JOB THIS AINT CUTTING IT NICKI MINAJ IS WHO YOU AINT FUCKING WIT” YOU CAN TALK SHIT ABOUT NICKI ALL U WANT AT THE END OF THE DAY NUMBERS DONT LIE BILLBOARD DOESNT LIE! CONGRATES BABY YOU MADE IT AND TEAMMINAJ WILL ALWAY BE HERE FOR YOU!!!! JUST ACCEPT AND RESPECT NICKI MINAJ IS THE TRUTH

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  7. Drake&Ciara Fan

    Congrats Nicki, and thanks for posting this rap-up. Now this is the first thihng Lil Kim will see. Ha.

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  8. OnlyBoy

    Lil Kim Maaaad

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  9. TEAMMINAJALLDAY

    “YOU NEED A JOB THIS AINT CUTTING IT NICKI MINAJ IS WHO YOU AINT FUCKING WITH” CONGRATES NICKI AND THANKS FOR PROVING ALL THESE HATING ASS PEOPLE WRONG LIKE IT OR NOT NICKI MINAJ IS HERE TO STAY U CAN HATE ALL U WANT BUT U WILL RESPECT HER! SO IF U CANT BEAT HER JOIN HER ASSHOLES!!

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  10. nay

    Second place is greattt for nicki I see the haters hating already ahahaahha congrads nicki u deserve it all

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  11. YT

    *daps nicki*

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  12. byronluvminaj

    why did rap-up try to make it as if nicki was tryna diss ms.hill….nicki said Lauryn is more than hip hop and she said she hope to be where Lauryn is at… so rap-up stop tryna make mess…congrads nicki…

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  13. Cmonson

    Nicki will take second to Lauryn Hill thats fine as long as Lim Him never did those numbers its all gravy. How does Lil kim claim to be the queen Bee when u aint fuckin with Nicki’s first week sales not any of her albums have done those numbers in one week. HA!

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  14. Cmonson

    Nicki will take second to Lauryn Hill thats fine as long as Lim Him never did those numbers its all gravy. How does Lil kim claim to be the queen Bee when u aint fukin with Nicki’s first week sales not any of her albums have done those numbers in one week. HA!

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  15. LiLkim ALL DAY

    Lil kim all day :) Number oneee! Aowwwwww

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  16. Lebo(CaribbeanBoi)

    Nicki’s album aint Rap …

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  18. Nojusthenry

    For any artist to have those numbers on a debut cd is a good thing.. She is just getting startted too.. Doin a real cd is way different than doin mixtapes. I’m so excited.. Love her soo much..

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  19. Lilkimstan

    Nicki is second as usual she will always b second when QUEEN BEE is around hahahahaah

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  20. k

    i love Nicki, but her album is far from Hip hop/ Rap. Im very happy for her and tht punk Kim can keep hating cause thts as close as she’ll get to Nicki :)

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  21. J.J.

    Nicki don’t need to respond to Kim….. she already did :)

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  22. Lisa

    This was not worthy of posting. She barely surpasses Trina.

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  23. YT

    @lebo she wouldn’t have sold this much had she not switch up her style to appeal to mainstream masses , now im not even gonna argue any further on that. The simple answer is NY rap dnt sell anymore if its not blended and Banks numbers have proven it pretty well. So as an artist in order to sustain growth consistently your gonna have to strategize on ur genre cuz ur serving not only hardcore heads but also a diverse set of ppl with different music tatse which should always be a priority to consider.Thus my question to is; what genre would you classify Kanye?

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  24. I'm me

    Hip Hop or NOT. She sold more Then Kim EVER HAS OR EVER WILL.. IN HER FIRST WEEK! ooopsss…

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  25. REAL TALK

    I’m not a hater, those are good numbers, But look who Nickis audience is?? That album is NOT A CLASSIC, nor is it HIPHOP, in fact you wouldnt even listen to that album 10yrs later. Its week and I know she can do better than that. She is HIP/POP thats it. I rather play the mix cd vs this trash. Stop making Nicki this big as person she is fake imaged wise… Her cameos on other people songs was better than her album……

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  26. james

    nicki is right lauryn was categorized under r&b/ soul not hip hop /rap if that the case then mary j bilge and all of them others would be in the rap catergory too …nicki is right she has the thing for most albums sold by a female rapper album under the hiphop/rap catergory ..congrats

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  27. Mar

    Lol Nicki you needs to chill out, trynna talk about Lauryn Hill like yall are right next to each other or EVEN ON THE SAME LEVEL like best friends.. you fine nicki…but wow..smh.

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  28. ciaraQUeen

    Congrats NICKI you deserve it
    may God bless you with more SUCCESS!!!!

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  29. John

    Go ahead and kiss her feet.

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  30. Tramaine

    I’m glad she sold good in her first week! Now let’s see her sale 2 Million! Now let me see what yall got to say about that! LOL!

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  31. droppig

    KIMMY!… stay mad. lol

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  32. droppig

    KIMMY!… stay mad.

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  33. Andrich

    Proves you don’t gotta rap about SEX or over-ho your image to be on top.

    Dear Kim,
    BYE.

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  34. DesireeP

    Nicki is too NICE and all you haters stay MAD!! When was Kim fuqqin with those numbers NEVA!!! But I must admit Lil Kim is first….. When it Comes to plopping on her Knees and Swallowing kids…. You bum raggedy ass bishes stay mad at NICKI she still Making MONEY in Abundance!!!

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  35. djm1dread

    congratz…you did it

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  36. DrDreFukAllYouUp

    I ain’t sayin how I feel. kind of neutral. but that first comment had be rollin out my damn chair.

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  37. ...

    With how much hype she had, she should have sold more. Drake sold 447 in the summer; Nicki sold 375 on a week with the busiest shopping day of the year. If she’s not careful, it’ll slip pretty fast with all the new releases coming.

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  38. brionna

    y does rap have to be what ya’ll say it is for the people saying it’s not a rap album…. she raps on every song stop trying to box Nicki and rap in just let it be what it is geesh

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  40. Andarieg0

    Kim WHO?

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  41. Diane

    It’s all about “setting the bar.” Sure, this number can be beat, but now it’s more than the previous number. Then, when someone beats this number, the bar is set higher again for the next person to beat. And the beat goes on.

    For now, Nicki is the New Queen of Hip Hop and she is deserving of this title. I love Pink Friday and all her previous mixtapes. I just love her work. Period.

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  42. thadundun

    GET IT NICKI!!!!

    altho as a mega-fan.. i enjoyed the deluxe edition more than the actual edition. but i still love nicki like no fuggin tomorrow!

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  44. From Tokyo

    What always gets me is that there are over 300 million people in the U.S. and there are possibly millions of fans for an artist then why are the numbers so low? It’s easy to pirate but if these people had real fans the numbers should still be high – all these people arguing about Nicki/Kim on a daily basis should have bought the CD whether they liked it or not since they’re apparently obsessed enough to argue about a person they don’t know. So are they obsessed cheapskates? One of the leading artists over here has sold over 50 million albums/11 CONSECUTIVE No. 1 albums in Japan ALONE in a ten year career. Seems people love to obsess about the artists but not pay for their music. :)

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  45. SONEJR

    NICKIS ALBUM IS POP

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  46. @Monster Barb

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    *Tear* Slap a kim stan *Deep breathes* Plays Pink Friday
    #ITSPINKFRIDAYHO

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  47. love

    feeling @From Tokyo comment. so true………..buy de dam album and stop obsessing about what the artist anit doing and what they doing…..

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  48. lellow

    Lol kim should have just kept her mouth shut.
    But then again attention seekers never did.
    Every period has its own Queen and its Nicki’s turn.
    You can’t change it .

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  49. The Truth

    LMAO i thought this bitch said she was #1 but looks likes she’s always #2 like Lil Kim said lmmfao!!! #classic

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  50. Afowzo 3000

    its ur time Nicki, aal u gotta do is shine

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  51. brian

    NICKI RAPS ON 17 OF THE 18 SONGS. THAT EQUALS RAP ALBUM. PERIOD

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  52. the elitist

    So I guess you guys consider whatever souljah boy is doing rap because of the hard beats and the fact that he talks about a bunch of the same bullshit in songs that only belong in clubs.

    But Nicki’s albums that actually have meaning, depth, talks about survival, love and winning, and even including a few trash talking songs for bragging rights which hip hop was built on. We consider that POP these days because its not the standard bullshit many of u have grown accustom to when it comes to rap music. Interestin?

    I can tell you people obviously dont kno much about the history of rap or hip hop. Hip hop in the past was not just rapping about random shallow and obnoxious bullshit over a hard core beat. It was about speaking about real shit too.
    These same tired standards have destroyed rap since 2001 and most of you are just plain bamboozled. Many of us hip hop feins, I for one as a fan of rap/ hip hop am glad Nicki Minaj and Kanye and some others are stepping out of that box, defeating that delusioned standard dat has haunted hip hop for far too long and are still managing to push units while doing so.

    So big ups to Nicki and Kanye for doing it big for the genre of rap music and trying to get it back on track. Maybe others with the skill to do it will follow their lead.

    Big Ups to lloyd too, I got his album and its nice. He just dropped the ball on marketing this time around. He needs to work on building his fanbase back up for the next CD.

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  53. Team Minaj

    Women lie Men lie numbers don’t its funny how kim can make a diss song in no time but the bitch been outta jail for about six years and ain’t put a album out….Pink Friday in stores now and tune in to VH1 Divas “Salute the Troops to see Nicki Minaj this Sunday…

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  54. mesouth

    this ain’t rap, this is teenage hip pop

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  55. Atanda

    Am sure kim& brown aint heard about dat yet.big ups Nickii!!!!

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  56. chunel

    I agree with @mesouth, @SONEJR and @REAL TALK : THE ALBUM IS HIP/ POP !!! IT IS NOT A CLASSIC LET’S BE HONEST I LUV NICKI BUT SHE CAN DO BETTER ! SHE COULD HAVE SOLD AS MUCH AS DRAKE BUT NOOOOOOO !

    And @FROM TOKYO is right : If U like, buy.

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  57. sandra

    Yupp second she wont be first,because lil kim is first.She rulezzz queen bee.

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  58. Neesh

    Nicki minaj is lying about this like she always does. Her and her fans are so delusional they don’t even stop to research their own claims.

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  59. SmoothCriminal

    the elitist i so agree with you,and From Tokyo what you said is true too alot of people is hear for the drama,and to talk shit about who is better than who,and when the time come for them to buy the album they rather download some album leeks,are buy some bootleg,than actually going in the store and buy the real disc, best buy,targets are getting it off itunes,gratz to Nicki and kayne west.

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  60. Soloman

    Where the hell is Lil Kim bitch?
    MAD?

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  61. why

    first week album sales not the total number of album sales the album quality is trash and it might go platinum but double platium NOT! Kim has been there done that and she has great success! much more then ms minaj. Her second album wont do as well, because the ish from this album is not worthy of a second look. She has a good promotion team and happy for her success but it wont be a sell out, sorry, Minaj fans but your girl is wack! Hip Hop is not what it was 10 years ago its now what we have the audio tunes and the wacka flockas of hip hop so should I reign soldier boy supreme because he has good first week album sales, stop it. most of minaj fans are kids and you kids arent comprehending the real facts of hip hop. black friday smashed anything Nicki has every recorded, so stop it! like Kim said it isnt about real hip hop its about a gimmick and a cool hook/chorus!

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  62. why

    just like drake albums sales, he is garbage, you have jada kiss, styles p, cassidy, fabolous. all whom is better them Drake and Wayne actually but they cant sell an album! Jay Z albums doesnt even sell what drake and wayne does in a week and he is better then both idiots, and has much more success it took weezy 10 years to get hot, from a mix tape which Juelez Santana (dipset) was on and whom help weezy get the swag he got going today, so you young money fools need to clam down gunit was the ish 5 years ago, and the same will be said about young money

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  63. darrylwhite1102

    how in the fuck is lil kim 1 queen bee this isnt even on the charts yeah nicki minaj came but you have to look at who she came 2nd some of the best of the best kanye west lauryn hill i mean lil kim hasnt even came that far in her 10 year long career so stupid fucking hating its there in black & white the charts dont lie lil kim name is no wher up there is lil kim nominated for a grammmy this no but hmm nicki minaj is go nicki show theses dumb bird brain bumbitches how its done just watch years from shes already worked with everybody just in 1 year and you really think shes going to slow down smh dumbys

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  64. jeremydante

    “yeah i took the spot she gone POOF”

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  65. I'm Me

    @Real Talk —- so you’re saying Kim is hip-hop? Because she raps about stuff that doesn’t even matter. Because if she did she would be signed to a record label. —————- oopss. Did I say that? lmaooooo.

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  66. sexsells305

    Kim was the 1st to break this record!!!! in 2000 Notorious K.I.M sold 230,000 first week!! acknowledge the original

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  67. KenBaby

    Lil Kim Released Her Album In 1996 aND iT Went Double In 2001 iT Took 5 Years For Kim 2 Reach Double Platinum So Please Stfu Lil Kim Fans

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  68. real

    who gives a fuck about lil Kim? when she put a album out and go platinum then you can talk about the hoe.

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  69. jeni

    @toyko. I was wondering the same thing. I thought Nicki numbers were pretty low. I thought for sure she was going to out sell Kayne West the first week. Nicki twitter and face book page has close to 2 million fans. Why didn’t all her fans go out and buy her music? I haven’t bought a CD in 7 years but since I am a major fan, I bought her cd and I love it. The CD is the bestest. I wish all her twitter and face book fans would go and purchase the CD. Its only 15.00. Lets support our Barbie and make her platinum twice over. Nicki should of out sold Kayne West. She is a better rapper but I got to admit he is a marketing genius.
    @ Toyko – Is Nicki Minaj pretty big out in Tokyo?

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  70. Nikki

    WAY TO GO NICKI!!!! LOVE YA!

    By the way, who is Lil Kim?? ;)

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  71. SharissaD

    Those numbers are from wikipedia. Wikipedia is full of lies and is unreliable.

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  72. realtalk

    I want to state facts! Nicki didnt have to split her fan base like Lil Kim and Foxy Brown EP same year.
    And she more POP then RAP, that mean more POP buying and it not real HIP HOP. ITS POP!

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