Nicki Minaj’s third studio album, The Pinkprint, has been confirmed to have sold a measly 201,000 copies in its first week on sale despite heavy promotion prior to its release.
It’s not worryingly low, but also not out of the question as to why Nicki wasn’t able to pull in bigger numbers, seeing that this record was supposed to set her “imprint” into her position as a female rapper.
Nevertheless, 200k for a female solo artist is impressive.
It was first reported that the album would sell around 150-180,000 copies, but after heavy media attention circled around the rapper’s drama to her ex-boyfriend, Safaree Samuels, it’s no brainer that an extra 20,000 decided to pick up Nicki’s third effort.
The album, which features Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Meek Mill to name a few, is already set to drop its forthcoming single, Feelin’ Myself, in the upcoming weeks — perhaps that’ll help push the sales a little more, right?
There’s no doubt that people will question our verdict on the rather low sales when considering that her debut album pushed 360,000 copies, but with all the promotion Nicki Minaj has been doing, could Onika’s own career be slowing down?
Fortunate for her, Nicki has invested well into other business ventures, such as her Myx Moscato beverage that she plans on selling for up to $200million in the next few years.
Following these lines, it’s also believed that Safaree’s initial input for the record was pulled at the last minute seeing that the couple split on rather “bitter terms”. So when considering this, maybe the production work that he would’ve added to the album would’ve made it more of a solid piece that we were hoping for it to be.
The Pinkprint is a pass from us, but nevertheless, 200,000 copies is somewhat respectable since many artists are struggling to push just 100k, i.e Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, and Iggy Azalea.