Americans enjoyed turkey on Thursday and picked up some hip-hop on Black Friday. Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy enters The Billboard 200 at #1 with sales of 496K. Even more impressive, Nicki Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday, bows at #2 with sales of 375K. That's the biggest one-week sales total for an album by a female hip hop artist since Lauryn Hill's solo debut The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill launched with sales of 423,000 in August 1998. The key difference: Hill's solo debut was preceded by a chart-topping album with The Fugees.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is West's first album since his 2009 diss of Taylor Swift triggered controversy and backlash. (Perhaps you heard about it.) It sold better in its first week than West's 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak, which sold 450K. How to explain this? Two words:Read More »from Week Ending Nov. 28, 2010: The King And Queen Of Hip-Hop