The week’s King and Queen of the Billboard 200 are none other than J. Cole and Nicki Minaj.
While Cole sits at #1 with the highest opening-week sales for a male act this year thanks to his sixth studio album, ‘The Off-Season’ (as we reported here), Minaj is found at #2 courtesy of the surprise commercial release of her 2009 mixtape, ‘Beam Me Up Scotty.’
The impressive entries of both sets were not only accompanied with critical acclaim, but also reports of beaming into Billboard history books.
See what we mean inside:
Nicki Minaj’s ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’
First Week Sales (SPS): 80,000 units
First Week Sales (Pure): 11,000 units
Billboard 200 Debut: #2
The re-released ‘Scotty’ – which was initially projected to sell 65,000-75,000 its first week of commercial availability (as we reported here) – bested industry analyst predictions by moving 80,000 units in the time frame. The figures were enough to land Minaj in the #2 spot – the fifth time in her career she’s landed in the chart territory.
As such, she extends her record as the female rapper with the most career debuts in the Billboard 200’s top 2. What’s more, ‘Scotty’ is also the highest debuting mixtape by a female rapper in the chart’s history.
Elsewhere, J. – who sits at #1 on this week’s chart with ‘The Off-Season’ due to first-week sales of 282,000 – marks his sixth career visit to the position. This makes him the first rapper in history to see his first six studio albums peak at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Because Cole’s second album, ‘Born Sinner,’ debuted at #2 but eventually went to #1, this record is not to be confused with the title held by Justin Bieber and Beyonce – who are the only two artists in history to see their first six studio albums debut at #1 on the chart (as we reported here).
Look below to see who joins Cole and Minaj on this week’s TGJ Chart Check: Billboard 200.