Industry sources speculated that Roman could sell between 200,000 and 250,000 copies by the reporting week’s end on Sunday. Pink Friday landed at #2 when it hit the charts in December 2010 with sales of 375,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan.
The album finally took the #1 slot two months later thanks to the crossover success of the “Super Bass” single.
Though Minaj broke Roman up into two distinct halves, with the first suite of songs aimed at her loyal hip-hop fans and the second half focused on more pop and dance-oriented tracks, so far the jury is still out on how the mix works.
Many critics have been harsh , and some of her Barbz and Kenz have offered up opinions ranging from raves to vicious slams, worrying that their beloved Harajuku Barbie is trying to be someone she’s not.
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To celebrate the April 3 release of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, we will be examining the “Evolution of Nicki Minaj” throughout the week. Check MTV News every day to see how the Southside Jamaica, Queens, Barbie went from a promising mixtape standout to rap’s reigning queen.