Album Sales: Nicki Minaj’s ‘Roman Reloaded’ Debuts at #1, ‘MDNA’ Sees Biggest 2nd Week Drop

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Nicki Minaj 'Roman Reloaded' Deluxe Edition Cover

Nicki Minaj 'Roman Reloaded' Deluxe Edition Cover

Just as expected, Nicki Minaj (who deleted her Twitter account tonight) debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her 2nd studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The album’s sales totaled 253,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s a slightly better-than-expected sales figure, as industry sources had suggested that the album was on course for a launch somewhere in the 215,000 to 235,000 range.

Though this gives Nicki her first #1 album, the album sold less than her 2010 debut album Pink Friday, which managed to reach #2 with a total of 375,000.

Last week’s #1, Madonna‘s MDNA, fell drastically from #1 to #8, with a total of 48,000 after its strong 359,000 debut. The album becomes the biggest sales fall since Lady Gaga’s Born This Way fell 84.27% in its 2nd week on the chart dated June 18, 2011. Born This Way debuted on the chart with 1.11 million and then sold just a total of 174,000 in its 2nd week.

Making a strong debut is Rascal Flatts‘ 8th studio album Changed at the #3 spot with a total of 130,000 copies, while Adele still holds the #2 spot with an additional 153,000 sold. Lionel Richie‘s Tuskegee falls to #4 with 95,000, and One Direction‘s Up All Night moved up from #6 to #5 with 92,000. Take a look at the top 50 list below!

#1. Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded 253,000 **debut**
#2. Adele 21 153,000
#3. Rascal Flatts Changed 130,000 **debut**
#4 Lionel Richie Tuskegee 95,000
#5 One Direction Up All Night 92,000
#7 The Hunger Games Soundtrack 50,000
#8 Madonna MDNA 48,000
#9 Marvin Sapp I Win 37,000 **debut**
#12 Now 41 33,711
#13 Kelly Clarkson Stronger 32,051
#14 Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance 30,147
#15 Gotye Making Mirrors 25,679
#17 Adele 19 23,117
#18 Lady Antebellum Own the night 22,636
#19 Brunce Springsteen Wrecking Ball 22,012
#20 Jason Aldean My Kinda Party 20,953
#23 Whitney Houston The Greatest Hits 20,176
#24 fun. Some Nights 19,221
#27 Katy Perry Teenage Dream/Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection 17,939
#28 Wilson Phillips Dedicated 17,820 **debut**
#29 The Band Perry The Band Perry 17,664
#30 LMFAO Sorry for Party Rocking 17,624
#31 Drake Take Care 17,489
#32 Rihanna Talk That Talk 16,129
#33 Mumford & Sons Sigh No More 13,191 **re-entry**
#35 Tyga Careless World… 12,959
#36 Taylor Swift Speak Now 12,781 **re-entry**
#39 Maroon 5 Hands All Over 12,031 **re-entry**
#41 Lana Del Rey Born to Die 11,796
#43 Skrillex Bangarang 11,596
#46 Melanie Fiona The MF Life 10,141
#47 Coldplay Mylo Xyloto 9,899
#48 Young Jeezy TM 103: Hustler Ambition 9,710

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