Rapper Nicki Minaj was at a Pre-Grammy Party last night where she recieved a plaque to commerate her Platinum album Pink Friday. The album was released in late November and is currently #1 on the Billboard 200.
Minaj is nominated tonight for her Ludacris collaboration My Chick Bad.
Check out this cute picture of Rihanna and Nicki Minaj on the set of their music video Fly. The song is from Minaj’s Platnium album Pink Friday, and the video is due later this month.
Well, if Nicki is wearing that outfit in the video, we can assure it will be sick.
What do you think? Are you excited for Fly?
Pop-diva Rihanna was spotted shopping L.A. this week.
Its going to be a busy month for the pop star. She is releasing the third single from her album Loud entitled S&M, prepping the release of Kanye West’s All of the Lights for which she sings the chorus, filming the music video for her Nicki Minaj collaboration Fly and launching her first fragrence Rebel Fellur.
As projected 2010 had another music sales decline. This was driven by illegal downloads and peer-to-peer sharing.
The music industry was provided with one bright spot in 2010, from Rap. The genre which has in the past been driven by illegal downloads and mixtapes showed a 3% increase in 2010 reaching total sales of 27.3 million units. 3% increase in album sales is not something to brag about, but in a year where CD sales were down more than 20% it was a pleasant suprise to industry execs. Rap album sales have been on decline since 2005 where they sold 75.1 million units.
The genre was the home of the year’s top-selling album Eminem’s Recovery. The album, which was Eminem’s seventh sold 3.415 million copies. The other top rap sellers came from Drake’s Thank Me Later which sold 1.27 million copies. Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Lil Wayne’s Rebirth and I Am Not A Human Being each pushed more than 650,000 copies this year.
Another bright spot for the genre came from newcomer Nicki Minaj who sold nearly 400,000 copies of her album Pink Friday in November. The album has since been certified platnium.
This is really great! Congrats!
What do you think? What albums did you buy in 2010?
This week, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are reportedly shooting the music video for Fly a song from Minaj’s album Pink Friday. Sanaa Hamri will be directing the music video that is set to be released mid-Feburary. Minaj also has another video in store, Moment 4 Life with his the MC’s collaboration with Drake.
This is not Nicki and Rihanna’s first collaboration. On Rihanna’s album Loud the two perform the song Raining Men together.
Earlier we reported that Pink Friday has been certified platnium by the RIAA in 5 weeks on the shelves! Awesome!
What do you think? Are you excited for FLY?
Taylor Swift will rule the Billboard 200 yet again this week according to projections from Hits Daily Double. The chart (which will be released offically tomorrow) says Swift will top the charts with her album Speak Now which sold nearly 75k units.
Eminem, who was rumored to lead the charts this week, will come in at #2 with 66k. Not far after that Rihanna will check in to #3 with Loud selling 65k. In Loud‘s premiere week on the charts it debuted at #3. Not far behind are Kanye West and Nicki Minaj who are both expected to sell around 62k, HDD has Kanye leading by 700 units, but they will be close.
This year is the one-year anniversary of Susan Boyle’s final week atop the charts with her album I Dreamed A Dream before Ke$ha knocked it out of the top spot with Animal. This week, Ke$ha is at #17 with Cannibal (30k) and Susan Boyle is at #39 with The Gift (15k)
Not bad for after Christmas sales? What CD Did U Pick Up This Week?
Eminem’s seventh studio album Recovery first topped the Billboard 200 in June, but it seems it may top the charts yet again. Hits DailyDouble is reporting that next weeks charts will be a toss-up between Eminem and current chart superior Taylor Swift. Neither of the releases for these album occured in December or November which shows that 2010 was owned by a few Blockbuster albums rather than many that sold above-average.
Next week’s album charts will be driven by iTunes and other music stores giftcards. The teen market will be in demand, so it is projected that Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, and Kanye West will occupy spots #3-5 on the albums charts; Bruno Mars and Katy Perry are also expected to rank in high positions.
What do you think? What did you buy with your giftcards?