The last week of December will see Billboard release the final Year End Chart for the period December 2010 to November 2011.
Expected to confirm that Adele‘s ‘21‘ is the highest selling release of the year, this year has seen the chart anticipated like never before with the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady GaGa, Lil Wayne and ‘The Throne‘ all making major moves their respective projects within the last twelve months.
However, it would seem despite the intense competition it faced this year, one album in particular has managed to exceed sales expectations in a way many thought it never would.
Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday‘.
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With over 1,663,349 sold in the US since its release last November, the Rap czar’s debut album will without a doubt chart in the top ten of this year’s list, ranking behind GaGa‘s ‘Born This Way‘ with 1,948,914 units sold and Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV‘ with over 1,752,000 shifted since its release in Augst.
Quite interestingly, even without a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Friday‘ has outsold releases by both Chris Brown and Rihanna, both of whom enjoyed numerous successes on the singles chart.
For, with Brown’s ‘F.A.M.E’ moving a less than stellar 781,000 units since its March 2011 release and Fenty’s ‘Loud‘ racking up sales of 1,547,300, neither of these records were able to best the commercial success that was Minaj’s debut effort.
Elsewhere, Beyonce‘s ‘4′ is expected to be the highest selling R&B project of the year, shifting 941,000 copies in the country since June,while Drake‘s ‘Take Care’ readies to chart impressively with over 900,000 copies moved since it hit stores three weeks ago.