NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 12: Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center on September 12, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for MTV)08

Nicki Minaj’s new album, Pink Friday 2, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. It’s her third record to reach the top spot (after Pink Friday in 2011 and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded in 2012), and the most No. 1 albums among female rappers. She earned 228,000 equivalent album units, which is the largest week for a female rap album in the 2020s and the biggest for a female R&B/hip-hop album this year. Taylor Swift’s formerly chart-topping 1989 (Taylor’s Version) was No. 2 this week, with Drake’s latest For All the Dogs at No. 3. Tate McRae earned her first top 10-charting album, with Think Later debuting in the No. 4 spot. Michael Bublé’s Christmas stayed put to round out the No. 5.

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