By Gil Kaufman
Nicki Minaj’s sophomore LP Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded debuted this week and all eyes are on the YMCMB rapper-turned-pop star to see how her sales compare to her late 2010 debut Pink Friday. Before the album dropped sales projections were as high as 600K, but right now it’s looking like Roman Reloaded might max out at 250K copies.
Industry sources speculate that Roman will sell between 200,000 and 250,000 copies by the reporting week’s end on Sunday. That would give Nicki her first #1 debut. 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. What do YOU think of Roman Reloaded? Tell us on Facebook!
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.