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Kanye West and Nicki Minaj Top the Charts

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Kanye West and Nicki Minaj owned the Billboard charts this week, with both of their albums debuting in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. According to Hits Daily Double, West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ slid into first place, selling a whopping 518,775 copies of his long awaited fifth release, while Minaj’s debut, ‘Pink Friday,’ sold 371,049 units.

This isn’t the first time that West has been victorious against another big name hip-hop artist. In 2007, he and 50 Cent famously went up against each other, releasing albums on the same day. West’s ‘Graduation,’ beat out 50′s ‘Curtis, selling close to a million copies in the first week. This time around, West was not competitive against Minaj, even taking the time to promote her album on his Twitter page. “From what I’ve heard of @NickiMinaj’s album I know it’s gone be crazy!” he tweeted one week before the album’s release. “I’ve got a couple verses on it too!!! And she in my hometown 2nt!” Minaj was also featured on West’s album.

Powered by mostly positive critical response West’s return to the top of the charts will hopefully quiet the negative press garnered in the last year, following his debacle at the 2009 MTV Video Movie Awards. Although the Chicago native kept his public promotion minimal, only appearing in interviews for select media outlets, most of his advertising was done by way of his Twitter page, which boasts over a million followers. For Minaj, her sales will help solidify her spot as one of the hottest female rappers in the game, a title that has been protested by fellow femcee’s Lil’ Kim and most recently, Khia.

Minaj’s debut also marks the second impressive first album sales for a Young Money artist in the past year, kicking off with Drake’s ‘Thank Me Later.’ Released back in June, the album sold 447,000 copies in its first week, debuting atop the Billboard Hot 200 Charts.

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