As if you didn’t expect it, Nicki Minaj topped the Billboard 200 with her follow-up album, Pink Friday…Roman Reloaded. The Young Money diva scanned an impressive 250k+ during opening week. Roughly six years ago, Obie Trice dropped his final album under the Shady moniker, cracking US top 10 chart and moving over 74,000 copies in his first week. Without the backing of Interscope, Obie released his first-ever independent album last week and opened at number 113 on the charts, scanning 4,400 units. While that may seem like a windfall, I think it’s a good look for the Detroit MC; this is his first full-length project in nearly six years and he did it all on his own…well, there is that Eminem feature. It seems like every couple of weeks, an albums creeps its way up the charts on iTunes and out of nowhere becomes one of the week’s biggest sellers. This was true for Boston’s The Dean’s List, who just released their third album, Generation X. The album which was only sold in digital retailers moved close to 3k copies. The only other album to make noise this week was from two-thirds of De La Soul. Billed as De La Soul’s Plug 1 and Plug 2, Posdnuous and Dave served up their first effort and held it down for the whole crew, who’s apparently working on a new album with Prince Paul.
Nicki Minaj “Pink Friday….Roman Reloaded” – 253,681 (36% digital)
Obie Trice “Bottoms Up” – 4,443 (59% digital) [read review]
The Dean’s List “Generation X” – 2,995 (100% digital)
De La Soul’s Plug 1 & Plug 2 “First Serve” – 2,816 (64% digital)