Kanye West earned his fourth consecutive chart topping album as his latest disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, debuted at #1 with sales of 518,775 according to Hits Daily Double.
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fifth album to sell 400,000 or more in it’s opening week. His last album, 808 & Heartbreaks, moved 450,145 units in it’s first week of release.
Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday exploded on the charts. The rapper's debut disc comes in at #2 selling 371,049.It is the largest first-week sale for a female hip-hop artist since Lauryn Hill’s landmark album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which moved 422,624 units in its first week.
LOUD, Rihanna’s fourth album, slipped to #6. The set moved an additional 133,662 this week. Justin Bieber’s album, My Worlds Acoustic, enters the chart at #7 with sales of 119,485. The album is Bieber’s third consecutive top ten debut.
Ne-Yo’s Libra Scale opens with 117,800 at #8. Katy Perry shoots back into the top twenty thanks to a sales increase of +195%. Teenage Dream, which spawned two #1 singles, “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg and the title track, lands at #14 selling 75,178 copies.
The third studio album from Taylor Swift, 'Speak Now' saw a +71% sales increase as the disc sold 255,991 copies coming in at #3 this week. The album debuted at #1 in October with first-week sales of 1,047,000 copies, and has since sold just under 1.4 million in the U.S.
Susan Boyle’s The Gift falls to #4 after spending two-week atop the chart selling 250,403 – bringing the album’s three-week sales total to just under one million copies.