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Album Sales: Mariah Carey Surges While Kanye West, Nicki Minaj & Ne-Yo Tumble

It looks like Mariah Carey will have the last laugh this Christmas. The diva’s new Holiday collection, ‘Merry Christmas II You’, has been experiencing increasing sales in the last 3 weeks and has rebounded to #14 with a 43% growth on the album charts. In fact, the record has sold over 60k copies this week, outselling the 56k that it sold when it debuted on the tally.

To date, ‘Merry Christmas II You’ has sold over 226k despite Carey only doing one live televised performance to promote the project. However, this recent success may be attributed to the record-breaking success of her ‘Oh Santa’ single which ascended to the #1 spot on the Adult Contemporary chart after only 2 weeks; the fastest rise of any song to top of that tally in history.

Things aren’t looking so ‘merry’ for Ne-Yo, though. After getting off to a surprisingly strong start on last week’s tally, the singer’s ‘Libra Scale’ LP has plummeted from #8 to #39, selling only a meager 29,209 copies (a 75% decrease from its initial 117k units sold).

Kanye West and Nicki Minaj also experienced a 2nd week slump was they both sold 106,003 (down 80%) and 102,395 (down 72%) copies respectively this week . Moreover, Rihanna’s ‘Loud’ barely hung onto the #10 position as it sold less than 70k units at retail outlets, bringing its total to an underwhelming 418k to date.

New albums on the lineup this week include Jazmine Sullivan’s ‘Love Me Back’ which enters at #15 with 57,325 sold and Chrisette Michele’s ‘Let Freedom Reign’ at the #24 spot with 43,874 in sales. Of course. Finally, the Black Eyed Peas ‘The Beginning’ had a disappointing debut with 117,066 copies sold, position it at #6.

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Hot Shots: Kanye West’s ‘Monster (Ft. Rick Ross, Jay-Z & Nicki Minaj) Video Stills

Check out this screenshots from Kanye West’s video for ‘Monster’. The visual will feature Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Rick Ross. More images are available below via Hip-Hop Connection:

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It’s Official: Kanye West Trumps Nicki Minaj & Ne-Yo On The Album Charts

It’s official: the only person who can beat Kanye West is Kanye West. The rapper’s latest effort, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, has captured the top spot on the charts this week, selling an impressive 518,775 copies. This means that the record has sold almost 70k more than his previous effort, ‘808 & Heartbreak’, which debuted with just over 450k in the same week two years prior.

In fact, West has managed to outperform even Nicki Minaj whose ‘Pink Friday’ debut LP sold 371,049 units. Minaj has no reason to worry, however, as her nemesis Lil Kim’s debut album, ‘Hardcore’, entered the charts at #11 back in November 1996.

Ne-Yo managed to land a position in the top 10 at #8 with ‘Libra Scale’ which sold over 117k copies. This accomplishment marks the highest entry for the album on any chart worldwide as it missed the top 10 in every territory including the UK where it debuted at #11 despite his ‘Beautiful Monster’ single peaking at #1.

There were several other interesting moves on this week’s tally. Rihanna’s ‘Loud’ LP experienced a 35% dip in sales, selling another 133,662 copies despite the Thanksgiving rush. On the other hand, Taylor Swift’s ‘Speak Now’ had a 71% upsurge, claiming the #3 spot with 255,991 records sold. Finally, Christina Aguilera’s ‘Burlesque’ soundtrack shifted 62, 514 units, entering the chart at #18.

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Kanye West Gets Booed At Thanksgiving Parade

It looks like all of America has not yet forgiven Kanye West. While riding a float during the 84th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade several Taylor Swift fans onlookers booed and jeer at the rapper, even telling him to jump off. Look at the footage below:

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Keri Hilson & Kanye West Rock Thanksgiving Day Parade

Today was the 84th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The event included lip-synced performances from Keri Hison and Kanye West. Peep below for the footage via Neon Limelight:

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Sales Predictions: Kanye West, Nicki Minaj & Ne-Yo All Surpass Expectations

Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Ne-Yo all have another reason to be thankful this year – their albums are all on track to exceed expectations. West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ is projected to sell 525k-575k based on first day sales figures, guaranteeing it the #1 spot on next week’s Billboard 200 tally.

Furthermore, despite rumours that stated differently, Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday’ is predicted to land in the #2 spot with 375k-425k copies sold during the next 7 days. This means that it will sell just shy of the 447k that Drake’s ‘Thank Me Later’ sold in its first week.

However, the real surprise come from Ne-Yo’s ‘Libra Scale’. The record is expected to sell 115k-140k without the assistance of any hit singles. Certainly, the singer’s string of promotional appearances and the Thanksgiving sales rush have given him a much needed boost.

Another notable projection is that of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Burlesque’ soundtrack which is expected to debut with 20k-50k depending on the success of the movie this weekend. Also, Ke$ha’s ‘Cannibal’ EP is set to enter the charts with 60k-70k copies sold.

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New Song: Keri Hilson – ‘Pretty Girl Rock (Remix) (Ft. Kanye West)’

Check out the official remix of Keri Hilson’s ‘Pretty Girl Rock’. The song features Kanye West and premiered moments ago on VIBE. Give it a listen below:

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