Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Bows at No. 2, D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Makes Top 5

Nicki Minaj’s goal for a No. 1 album was blocked by pop star Taylor Swift, whose 1989 album lands a six non-consecutive top ranking on the Billboard 200 chart with 375,000 units sold.

According to Nielsen, the Young Money rapper’s The Pinkprint LP takes the No. 2 position with sales of 244,000 units in its first week (sales are 194,000 without streaming). Minaj’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.

After waiting 15 years to release a new album, D’Angelo and The Vanguard’s Black Messiah, the follow-up to 2002’s Voodoo, lands at No. 5 this week with 117,000 in total sales (album sales was 111,000).

Rapper J. Cole moved another 135,000 units of Forest Hills Drive in the second week of release, giving him the No. 4 slot (albums were 119,000).

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