Despite alllll the promo — showing her ass-ets on “Anaconda;” a single with Chris Brown, Drake and Lil Wayne; tracks with Beyoncé, Madonna and Ariana Grande; and even getting naked for a calendar – Nicki Minaj still couldn’t land the top spot on Billboard this week. Instead, The Pinkprint falls one spot behind Taylor Swift with 244k sold (9k less than Pink Friday: Roman’s Revenge) in it’s first week – which is still a decent number, but when you factor in all the work put into promoting it, it’s gotta feel like a loss.
Lastly, D’Angelo and his surprise return to music managed to take the fifth spot with Black Messiah moving 117k units.
— Only Hip Hop Facts (@OnlyHipHopFacts) December 23, 2014
*All numbers account for Billboard’s new rating system that includes streams.