CHART NEWS: Kanye and Nicki Minaj Fly High, Rihanna Floats, Ne-Yo Slow

Rapper Kanye West has been crowned number one again for the fourth time after his latest album, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,’ debuts atop the Billboard 200 Album chart. The set, which features a multitude of artists, sold 496,000 units in its first week. Following close behind is rapper Nicki Minaj and her highly-anticipated debut album, ‘Pink Friday.’ The Young Money MC moved 375,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Rihanna’s Loud, lead by the singles “Only Girl (In The World)” and “What’s My Name?” featuring Drake, fell three spots to No. 6 with 141,000. R&B crooner Ne-Yo’s fourth studio album, ‘Libra Scale,’ takes a slow start, debuting at No. 9 with 112,00, which notches him his lowest debut sales week. His first album, 2006’s “In My Own Words,” opened at No. 1 with 301,000 while its follow-up, 2007’s “Because of You,” also began at No. 1, but with 251,000. His third set, 2008’s “Year of the Gentleman,” came in at No. 2 with 250,000. Last week’s No. 1 album, Susan Boyle’s ‘The Gift,’ slips to No. 3 with 263,000, while Taylor Swift’s ‘Speak Now’ climbed back up the chart on the heels of her NBC Thanksgiving TV special, rising five spots to No. 4 with 241,000. Justin Bieber, whose acoustic album ‘My Worlds’ charted at seven, moved 115,000. Source: Billboard


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