The first week sales for Nicki Minaj’s ‘Queen’ are in and they weren’t enough to knock Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ from the top spot.
The set debuted at #2 with 185,000 equivalent album units sold. Travis holds #1 for a second week with 205,000.
At No. 2, Nicki Minaj’s Queen arrives, granting the artist her fourth top-two charting album — extending her own record for the most of any female hip-hop artist. She previously hit the top two rungs with The Pinkprint (No. 2 on the Jan. 3, 2015-dated chart), Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (No. 1, April 21, 2012) and Pink Friday (No. 1, Feb. 19, 2011).
Queen launches with 185,000 equivalent album units earned, of which 78,000 were in traditional album sales. Queen, like Astroworld, saw its sales bolstered by an array of merchandise/album bundles sold via Minaj’s official website. Queen also benefits from sales generated by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer with her upcoming co-headlining tour with Future.
Queen’s debut unit sum is the second-largest week for an album by a female artist in 2018, following the opening frame of Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy (255,000 units, chart dated April 21).
Queen bows with 97,000 SEA units, which equates to 128.7 million on-demand audio streams for the set’s songs during its debut frame — Minaj’s largest streaming week ever for an album.