Rihanna Set to Make Her Biggest Chart Debut with ‘Unapologetic’

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That Rihanna reign just won’t let up. The pop superstar is set to make her biggest debut yet on the charts with her seventh album Unapologetic.

According to chart pundits HITS Daily Double, RiRi is on track to sell between 240-260k in her first week, which would most likely put her at No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200. The numbers would also give her the largest first-week of her career, topping 2010’s Loud, which opened with 207k copies.

The album has spawned the chart-topping single “Diamonds” and collaborations with Eminem, Chris Brown, and Future.

Other new entries include Keyshia Cole, whose fifth album Woman to Woman is looking at 75-85k, while Pitbull’s Global Warming is approaching 35-40k.

Also look for Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up when final figures are released next week.



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96 Comments

  1. Ray

    Congrats Rih, this album deserves it!

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    California Dreamer Reply:

    @Ray, beuonce’s lowest debut is still HIGHER that Rihanna’ highest debut lol but foreals congrats Rih!!

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    California Dreamer Reply:

    @California Dreamer, I meant Beyonce

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    Donny Reply:

    @California Dreamer, ctfu can I get a amen ?

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    Issa Reply:

    @California Dreamer, lmfao!!!

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    #BEENTRILL Reply:

    @California Dreamer,
    POOR NAVY! THEY MAD, BEY AINT AS BIG AS RIH IN REGARDS TO CHARTING BUT THE BUMBLE BEYS ALWAYS KNOW HOW TO BUY AN ALBUM AND COME THRU! THE NAVY BE BUYING WEAK UN-HISTORICAL SINGLES GIVING HER DIGITAL TITLES, NO BOO BOO NOBODY DONT WONT THOSE SOCIAL NETWORKING / DOWNLOAD TITLES! IT WOULD BE DOPE IF HER CHECKS CAME THRU BUT THEY DONT! BEY ON YO AZZ

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    Blah Reply:

    @#BEENTRILL, It’s historical, Beyonce made history as well. But Rihanna cant touch Bey’s records and Beyonce cant touch Rihanna’s. As a 24 year old, she been on a streak.

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    :) Reply:

    @California Dreamer, Your point is…?

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    MUSIC HEAD Reply:

    @California Dreamer, yet she out sells her at the end of the day, so whose really winning. oh yeah though so.

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    Jay Z Reply:

    @Ray, not really deserved. this album sound slike a leftover… there are just 4 good songs.

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    Ray Reply:

    @Jay Z, and that’s your opinion.

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    KeepIt100 Reply:

    @Jay Z, I agree. If she would have built around the 4 great tracks, that are obvious the one’s they are, she would have had an incredible album. Grammy nom worthy if that.

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    KeepIt100 Reply:

    This is why Taylor Swift sells a milli in one week…In the urban (minority) community we create a competition that does not need to exist. Would it pain us to support both RiRi and Bey? Seriously. It pisses me off that we feel the need to pledge allegiance to an artist in a way that blinds us from supporting one of our own. Especially when they are both two very different artist. Why is there so much need to claim who is better? Why can’t they both be great?

    Oh wells…I guess we’ll continue to let Taylor Swift shit on every urban pop and R&B artist because we’re to busy bitching with one another instead of collectively buying the albums together and enjoying the music together and being proud of our own together, and ultimately loving our cultures music together.

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    Blah Reply:

    @KeepIt100, People make it a big thing. I don’t think it’s that serious. People has high expectations in others….just to brag. That’s time being wasted. lol

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    MUSIC HEAD Reply:

    @KeepIt100, THISSSSSSSS BLACK PEOPLE ARE SO PHUCKIN IGNORANT AND HATEFUL.

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    Andy Reply:

    @KeepIt100, YEEEESSSSSSS!!! AMEN!!! Really, this word is shit for something, or better said for SOMEONES.

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    miss716 Reply:

    @KeepIt100, you’re right. I’m a beyonce fan foremost, but i LOVE RIHANNA’S style and her songs too :) !! They are both very unique individuals and hard working women, regardless.

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    Guest Reply:

    @Jay Z, I would say 2 good songs lol

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  2. MmmHmm

    AND IT ONLY TOOK 7 ALBUMS….YAY!

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    Shade Reply:

    @MmmHmm, CRYING

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    Omarion Reply:

    @MmmHmm, hahahahhahaahhahahahahhahaa

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    Donny Reply:

    @MmmHmm, DTFL exactly !!

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    meme Reply:

    @MmmHmm, you know what, when you look at the whole picture, having a #1 album doesnt even matter. Many artist album go #1 selling less than 150k. Rihanna sales have been consistant and she continues to grow each time. The fact that she can put an album everyone year and her sales grow shows how in demand she is. Rihannas career has been progressive, unlike Kesha cole and ciara whose career has been regressive, starting off huge and absolutle irrelivant today.

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    Drew Reply:

    @meme, When stans attack … so, how many copies did you buy?

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    meme Reply:

    @Drew, got my digital copy and physical copy.

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    Donny Reply:

    @meme, Lmao no mean to butt in but the fact that rihanna shows more n more skin every year is why she’s in so called “high demand”. Keyshia Cole don’t get nude to sell albums. Her voice does but continue rockin her album

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    meme Reply:

    @Donny, do u honestly think rihanna doing nude sells albums. I didnt buy that album because of the shitty naked album cover. Which in my opnion looks horrible. You are dumb to think going naked have any affect on album sales. if thats the case cassie and ciara stay #1.

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    Donny Reply:

    @meme, shut the hell up. The more skin rihanna shows, the more albums she sells. S/o to GQ

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    Ray Reply:

    @Donny, no matter how long it took to get it, she got it and the haters shall DEAL!

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    Wayne Reply:

    @Ray, If the bitch was prostituting herself for album sales, you’d endorse that too.

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    Billionaire Reply:

    @MmmHmm, It doesn’t matter as long as you accomplish it! Are you saying that if your goals in life SEEMS unreachable, you will give up? In the words of the late Aaliyah (R.I.P.), “at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off & try again which Rihanna did!”

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  3. x

    she finally did it. nice

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  4. meme

    yea buddy. we not get #1 albums but the navy always supports. out buying power is cray. while these other stand be online arguing, we be pulling out our debit cards.

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    Billionaire Reply:

    @meme, Co-sign!

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    Vance Reply:

    @meme, EBT cards and foot stamps too.

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    NAVI Reply:

    @Vance, what’s an EBT card btw? is it a pass to get in on BET 106&Park. i always heard the beyonce fans say they use it or something, just want to know what is it for??

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  5. REAL

    She finally going to get a #1 album…i guess its lucky 7…. and Oh yea to all the Rihanna Fans who always was putting beyonce 4 album was a flop…but didn’t 4 album first week sales 300,000 plus… yea…and isnt dance for you…kplaying all damn day from an album from JUNE 2011..Get CHo LIFE!!!!

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    Victoria Reply:

    @REAL, Tell them bitches!!!!!!

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  6. Tree of life

    @real inform the prepubescent girls. This says a lot about Rihanna staying power.

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  7. You Mad 'Cause I Don't D--k-Ride Ya Fave?

    Even if I already downloaded it, I may actually just go out and support my boo. I love her attitude and I like the album, it’s no TTT, but it’s still dope!

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    :) Reply:

    @You Mad ‘Cause I Don’t D–k-Ride Ya Fave?, It’s better than TTT.

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  8. Ethan

    Great numbers for her … considering so many people have had this album for days upon days.

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  9. Gail

    Yeah right! Lies!!!!!!!!

    She took the journalists on tour as a Payoff for good reviews!

    Rihanna is a drunken fraud! LMAO!!!

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    Whatcha_Sayin Reply:

    @Gail, the critics have given it mixed reviews actually. Try again

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  10. Nathan

    Wonder how much Keyshia would’ve sold if not for this unfortunate release date of hers.

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  11. Kyle

    Better late than never I guess. The second half of her album is pretty good but the uptempo’s on the first half kinda suck.

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  12. miles

    Why are people making fun of because it took her 7 albums to get number. Her albums debut sales are bigger than some other artist who had number one 1st week. It all depends on your competition, not numbers. And since when did album sales equal quality. I’m not a Rihanna fan, ijs.

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  13. @chrischris1992

    I thought the album was very off balanced. It seems the more provocative she gets the more she is able to put out. I did not purchase this album because I found it to be lyrically weak and sonic-ally awkward. I am shocked the album is predicted to sell that much. Good job for Rihanna. I just hope after this she takes a good long break and just takes time to compose herself to a more mature artist for her 8th album. Plus I would like some songs of substance, similar to her album “Rated R”, which was her best album in my opinion.

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    NAVI Reply:

    @@chrischris1992, songs of substance?? i take you didn’t listen UNAPOLOGETIC which is better than rated r. here’s a few.. Loveeeee song, lost in paradise, what now, get it over with, no love allowed, Love Without Tragedy/Mother Mary, stay. i suggest you listen to the album before you come here commenting talking about her album lacking substance.

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    Kelly Reply:

    @NAVI, I listen to the album and as a Fan it wasnt her best work… To me Talk that Talk was much better put together then this one… I had a hard time getting her message, all she keep saying was money and F this and F that..

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  14. SOS

    OOOOOOH HER 1st No. 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Girl Bye

    And Brandy on sold 64k and Rihanna sold 240-260k damn shame..this album was rushed and wack

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    You aren't serious Reply:

    @Girl Bye, Brandy should donate all her profits to the family of that poor woman she killed.

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    BITCHESSTAYPRESSED Reply:

    @You aren’t serious, DEAD…..I just cant!!!

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  16. Stefan

    Hopefully it sells more then that!!! I love the album every track is perfect, I hate the fact cole and nicki released their albums on the same day but we all know they will flop major. Nicki is a real whore

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    Queens Reply:

    @Stefan, um a rerelease can’t really flop and last time I checked it was RiRi on a cover with her boobs out just saying

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  17. KingAquarius

    The album is all hype no substance save 1 or 2 songs. The lyrics are incredibly weak. Aside from being a “bad girl”, a model, provocative, and being overly hyped by her label and fans, what is her true artistic value from a musical standpoint? What does she contribute MUSICALLY to this industry? She’s not a great singer, not a songwriter/producer…so what is her purpose. I get the appeal, what I don’t get is why the taste of music consumers is so freaking low.

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    MusicJunkie Reply:

    @KingAquarius, toom the words right outta my mouth ,

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    commanderofthedancefloor Reply:

    @KingAquarius, Why would rihanna have to contribute something to the industry?

    but since you asked, musically rihanna shows how you can consistently change your style and the types of genres you sing while still maintaining a good fan base and keeping consistent album sales, and exceeding in single sales, while becoming the biggest digital artist which means more digital sales than any other artist, the fastest one to gather more #1s, and yes this has to do with music and the industry because it is her music that acomplished all of this, and she is just 24.

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  18. boom boom

    i fucking love how the haters got mad on this post, lmao.

    Yeah, it’s Rih highest debut EVER, after 7 albums. Which it can also be translate it into her getting BIGGER by time…. So hate on that..

    Loving this, #1 album + #1 single same week, 11 #1′s tying her with Madonna & The Supremes, landing right behind Michael Jackson.

    Not to mention her WW sales are out of this WORLD, set to go over 1M in just two weeks. (Something that Beyonce has NEVER, EVER DONE)

    congrats to the Queen, and to ya’ll hater, another reason for ya’ll to be mad with INTERNATIONAL super star Rihanna.

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    Alicia Thornton Reply:

    @boom boom, i love this comment riri all de way………

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    Hank Reply:

    @boom boom, Does stanning for someone you don’t even know pay the bills?

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    NAVI Reply:

    @Hank, yes. you mad? *clocks from my lunch break*

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  19. boom boom

    @KingAquarius, according to the PROFESSIONAL critics, she makes good comercial pop music. So I guess, that’s it.

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    Life Reply:

    @boom boom, What is a “professional critic”?

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  20. The World

    Wow the negativity, no wonder she leaves the States so much. Guess you can’t have success without hate. Congrats to everyone none of the sells seems bad.

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  21. flysly

    PEOPLE, These are predictions. This IS NOT her actual sale numbers yet.

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  22. Not going to happen

    I for one am not going to stand around and let this drain on real music and talent secure a number one cd. I just won’t let it happen. This age of talentless singers needs to end and I’m starting today with this cd. I’m going to campaign and market for One Direction so they can have the number 1 cd, two weeks in a row and Rihanna gets a #2 cd. I’m not even a fan of One Direction but at least they can sing. If my data is right they will sell at minimum 161,588 copies but I’m also thinking that they will be added to Black Friday Christmas baskets. Here’s to protecting music’s creditability! Hope there are people with me and they make these boys sell more than 162,000 and outsell one of music’s biggest frauds and reason for the decline in real R&B.

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    KeepIt100 Reply:

    @Not going to happen, You’re being consumed by hate. She’s not that bad of a singer. The Caucasian pop community doesn’t do this to Britney, yet we still continue to destroy our own. You don’t have to be a fan, but to conspire against it just shows the hate you have.

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    BITCHESSTAYPRESSED Reply:

    @Not going to happen, So we support a black man in the white house but but we conspire against a young black woman trying to reach her dreams…..smh

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    commanderofthedancefloor Reply:

    @Not going to happen, you statement makes you seem real pathetic.

    first off that will not happen, rihanna is set to go #1 one, which is not even a big deal, she hasnt had one before having one now doesnt do anything, but it is still good for her.

    oh and rihanna isnt responsible for any decline she has added to music, first off she is pop, not r&b, big difference. the only thing that you have accomplished is shown that you are a hater.

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    SMH Reply:

    @Not going to happen, this a prime example of how black people are hateful towards each other. no wonder Rihanna keeps making music that appeals to a wider audience. look at what is happening to the r&b artist today. too much hate and argument are driving casual music listeners from other race away.

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  23. NOLA Navy

    These Rihanna haters are worse than the Republican Party. Y’all just can’t congratulate the girl and move on. Also, no one else comes for the other artists who never had a number 1 album (Pink got her first one this year) but y’all love to hang that over Rihanna’s head.

    Congrats Rihanna. I bought my copy.

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    Georgia Reply:

    @NOLA Navy, P!nk and Rihanna shouldn’t even be put in the same sentence. Also, though P!nk has a soulful voice, she sings pop music more than anything and those audiences actually BUY their music.

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    #RihannaNAVi Reply:

    @Georgia, That’s not the point she’s trying to address idiot

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  24. HOVorJefe

    WOW, Beyonce’s fans are such HATERS! Hahahahaha, y’all mad that Rih is #WINNING, when she does something great, y’all find something else to hate on. . .smdh! Y’all wack, no she don’t write her own music & MOST OF THE TIME Beyonce don’t either & *cough-cough* where is her #1 single at? Oh!

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    Jake Reply:

    @HOVorJefe, Beyonce fans are “haters” but it’s the Rihanna fans that always have Bey on their minds. Whose really jealous, huh? Right.

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  25. King Fierce

    The irony that her worst album goes NO.1.;)
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    Blah Reply:

    @King Fierce, Lol, I was saying that earlier.

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    NAVI Reply:

    king of f-uckery. hey fag. just remember you’re checking for her music that you spend time listening to it. so whose’s winning *sips tea*

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  26. Face The Facts

    lmao they couldnt even mention the horrible sales of Nicki Minaj The Re-up because its going to be so bad. Couldnt even project the sales lmaoooooo

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Face The Facts, Who cares sales will only be added to Roman Reloaded extending her lead oof highest selling Hip-Hop album of 2012.

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  27. Kelly

    ill be picking up my album rom target tomorrow

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  28. Arie

    It’s funny that people are saying Rihanna is getting naked for Sales, if everybody knows that’s her secret why don’t the Keysha Cole’s of this world get naked then. Rihanna works hard and is in touch with what her fan base wants being naked will only boost her standing as a symbol that’s about it. Congrats to Rihanna and her team.

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  29. Hugh

    Finally a #1 album. Good for her

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  30. D

    I’m glad she finally got her number one.Congrats to her.I’m actually a fan although I’ve been in denial forever but u haw every album since Rated R,which is her best to me.I was very excited for this album especially when I heard the snippets,but then it leaked and I heard the full tracks and I was disappointed.Lol.IMO TTT is better and that doesn’t say much.This album only has about 4 maybe 5 tracks that I truly like.But still,congratulations to her.IMO she’s not that talented but she is smart because she knows how to work what she has and has a smart team and also is HARD WORKING so I can’t knock that.And all this is coming from a Ciara stan.I say that to also agree with the above statements that were made.You can be a fan of more than one artist and support them.Until then Taylor Swift who I don’t think is talented at all and every album is a break up album will continue to shift units at unprecedented numbers like she just did.

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  31. NAVI

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOD-HIVE are up in here PRESSER THAN a PANCAKE. LOVES IT.

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  32. Jacksmith

    LMFAOOO Nicki Minaj’s new album sold 35k copies in first week sale #FLOPPPPP

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    AllAmerykhanBoy Reply:

    @Jacksmith, It’s not really much of a “New Album”….

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  33. King Fierce

    Lol

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  34. King Fierce

    Get a life @NAVI

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  35. King Fierce

    Yes I am a fag, if u thought that was gonna shut me up think again. And like all the other fags, straights, people of other races, men and women; I’m entitled to my opinion, an opinion which is also a stone cold fact. No matter how u try to put it, if you compare this CD to her other albums you can see how random, obnoxious, and disconnected this one is. It is her worst album regardless of whether you are a diehard fan or not. I see you have to be ratchet in order to express yourself so you might wanna think about who u call the king of fuckery, it absolutely didn’t need to go there. I did listen to Unapologetic and that influenced my opinion so move off my comment thread and get some class in your life. Also, u really ought to reread your comments before you hit send. Sip on that.
    /-)

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  36. Guest

    Happy for Rihanna, no hater, but i gotta say this, this album is weak, she should work on an album for more years, i only liked 2 Songs. Good Girl Gone Bad is her best album (for me) and Loud is ok, but on every album is a filler and Unapologetic is just a filler.

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  37. Andy

    That nude pictures give a lot of attention to Rihanna and sure it helps boost her sales. Well, we have the fact that this is her first nude album cover and it’s gonna have the best debut sales so…

    And the debut sales doesn’t matter, and #1 are easily forgotten. All RiRi albums are platinum (as far as I know), that means a lot of sales. That what really matters for me. You can give me all the #1 albums and singles, or 20 grammies, or call me “King of Music” by Billboard or RollingStones, but what I actually want is sales, a lot of sales.

    I don’t see how a Grammy can feed me, neither #1 albums…

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  38. NAVI

    *crickets*

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  39. Pour boomz RearzTues

    number album = number Love fans

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