Chart Check [Billboard 200]: Nicki Minaj & J. Cole Make Historic Debuts with ‘Beam Me Up Scotty’ & ‘The Off-Season’

Published: Wednesday 26th May 2021 by Rashad

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.

Billboard 200 This Week

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  1. Shayla Queen 👑 May 26, 2021

    Male rappers always blocking her ass from #1. I bet she is PISSED 🤣

    • The Queen 👑 of Rap Nicki Minaj May 26, 2021

      Wow are we not surprised CardiB Fans always the first to comment. They hate Nicki Minaj but run 🏃‍♂️ to every post she’s on. 😂 😂 this is what Miserable Looks like. Congratulations Queen. The Highest Selling Mixtape Ever!!!!!!!!!!

      • Clarks0o00ñ May 26, 2021

        Dont get brave, cardi is doing better than nicki

      • The Queen 👑 of Rap Nicki Minaj May 26, 2021

        Is CardiB taking her Herpie Medication 💊 looks like she’s suffering from outbreaks 😷 again on those lips 👄 of hers, this is why offset continues to cheat

    • UHoesFunny May 26, 2021

      LMFAO it’s always Camicky & BARDI fans first to comment under Nicki n Normani posts. Y’all da real fans 🤣🤣🤣💀 you know the saying…”if you can’t beat em, join em” that’s you höes lmfaooo. You can’t get rid of the QUEEN!!!!

  2. Adele May 26, 2021

    J Cole told her to stay in a Queen’s place, behind a king. 😭😭😭

    • KeepingItReal May 26, 2021

      For only a week, it’s finna free fall like she do every year. Let’s not get too comfortable 🤣

  3. Chance May 26, 2021

    And he mixtape is already predicted to sell 26k and only 900 copies pure sales next week per Hits Daily Double, and will fall out of the Top 10. That’s another record she holds for having the biggest free fall in history. We love to see it! 😂😂😂

    • May 26, 2021

      As j cole said [ and I agree]and broke-ass laughing at a millionaire well jokes on you.

  4. UHoesFunny May 26, 2021


    Which btch you know makes a million—hits #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 from a 12 year old mixtape 💀

    Only Onika can!!!

    Bardi gang sweatin sweatin 😅😅 y’all hate to see her reign supreme. Whether you like it or not the public speaks volumes & know what good rap looks like. The numbers don’t lie sis 🤷🏽‍♀️🖕🏽 Eat it n weep 🤣🤣🤣

    • UHoesFunny May 26, 2021

      Billboard 200*

  5. QM May 26, 2021

    ONLY the queen could. Those no rapping flop h*** Cardi and Meghan can’t relate at all

  6. vezzy May 26, 2021

    Thats cute! The Barbz worked overtime for that lil 80k. Meanwhile the WORLD is awaiting Cardi’s album.

    • UHoesFunny May 26, 2021

      Meanwhile ur fav out here doing 12k 💀 but you cool w that. Gurl bye 👋🏽

  7. Lou May 26, 2021

    A 12 year old mixtape making a #2 debut on the Billboard 200… she really did that 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    Yall gotta give her her props! She’s the Queen of Rap period.

  8. UHoesFunny May 26, 2021

    Congrats QUEEN! We love you 💕💕💕

  9. May 26, 2021

    Congratz to queen nicki.

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