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Thursday
Dec022010

Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Take Top Two Spots on Album Chart

Photo Courtesy - Def Jam Records(NEW YORK) -- Kanye West and Nicki Minaj are the king and queen of the Billboard album chart this week.

West's new album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy debuts at number one, with first-week sales of 496,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, and Minaj's album Pink Friday is in at number two with 375,000.

Fantasy marks West's fourth straight number one album on the Billboard chart.  Minaj, meanwhile, gets the title of second-highest sales week ever by a female hip-hop star.  The record-holder on that is still Lauryn Hill, whose album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill sold 423,000 copies in its first week back in 1998.

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Monday
Nov222010

Kanye West, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo Lead Monday Album Releases

Photo Courtesy - Def Jam Records(NEW YORK) -- Albums usually come out on Tuesdays, but to get a jump on the holiday shopping season, many big names are releasing their highly-anticipated albums on Monday.  Here's a rundown of what's coming out:

-- Ke$ha releases Cannibal, the "companion EP" to her hit debut, Animal.  It features eight new tracks, including the number one hit "We R Who We R," plus a remix of the song "Animal."  Fans can buy it as a stand-alone, or they can buy it as two-CD deluxe edition with the original album, called Animal + Cannibal.

-- Jay-Z's The Hits Collection, Vol. 1 features all of the rapper's smash hits, including "Izzo," "99 Problems," "Empire State of Mind," "Big Pimpin'," "Encore" and "Hard Knock Life."

-- Ne-Yo's Libra Scale works as a collection of stand-alone songs, but it's also a quasi-sci-fi concept album about three guys who are offered special powers and everything they've ever wanted, with one caveat: they can never fall in love.  Of course, one of them does, and that's when things get difficult.

-- The Burlesque soundtrack features a slew of new cuts from Christina Aguilera, as well as a couple of tracks from her big-screen co-star, Cher, including a new ballad titled "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me."

-- Pink Friday, the much-anticipated debut album from Nicki Minaj, features the hits "Your Love," "Check It Out" and "Right Thru Me," and includes guest appearances from Rihanna, Eminem, Kanye West, Drake and Natasha Bedingfield.

-- Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of the most eagerly-awaited albums of the year, even though most of the music is already out there in one form or another.  The album features five different pictures, and guest appearances by Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Rza, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon, and alt-rocker Bon Iver.  One cut, "All of the Lights," features, among others, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Fergie, Elton John, and La Roux singer Elly Jackson.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Lil Wayne Admits He's Jealous of Nicki & Drake 

Photo Courtesy - WeezyThanxYou.com(EAST ELMHURST, NY) -- While Lil Wayne finishes up his sentence in prison, his proteges Nicki Minaj and Drake are tearing up the charts, and Wayne admits he wishes it were him out there.  In a new posting on his website WeezyThanxYou.com, the rapper writes, "To my [Young Money/Cash Money] family, you are the bleepin' best!  Nik, I am jealous of you and Drizzy, but it's cool!  I miss you all and keep killin' em.  I love y'all."

Wayne, who celebrated his 28th birthday on Monday, writes that he is "awaiting freedom patiently," adding, "I can't bleepin' wait!"  To pass the time until his release in November, Wayne says he's "still playing UNO. Still doing push-ups and such...I've been trying to get as much rest as I can because I know I won't when I'm out of here."  He adds that he enjoys listening to sports and slow jams, and reading all the letters from his fans, for which he says he is "forever grateful." 

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