Nicki Minaj Debuts at No. 2

imageThe numbers are in and heads can now see if Nicki’s hard work (& prom) paid off.

The Pinkprint made a solid debut on the Billboard 200 album chart. Falling behind Taylor Swift’s 1989 — which sold another 375,000 copies — her third studio album came in at number 2 overall. Billboard calculates the project moved 244,000 units in its first week with pure album sales representing 194,000 copies of that total.

The album sold better than anticipated compared to sales forecasts made shortly after it was released. On Tuesday, Dec. 16 (a day after the album hit retail), industry prognosticators suggested the album might sell between 150,000 and 160,000 in its first week. By Thursday (Dec. 18), that forecast had rose to 190,000.

Nicki’s last album, 2012’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and sold 253,000 in its debut week.

My two-cents: so after estimates were released, numbers shot way up I see.

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