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Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj's 'The Pinkprint' Reaches 500,000 in Sales

Nicki Minaj, 2014
Brian Bowen Smith

Nicki Minaj photographed on Oct. 6, 2014 at Siren Studios in Hollywood, Calif.

On the newest Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake's surprise album If You're Reading This It's Too Late opened atop the list with a huge first week while the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack sizzled with a No. 2 debut. Billboard 200 chart ranks the week's most popular albums based on their overall consumption. That overall unit figure combines pure album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Let's take a closer look at some of the action on the chart:

-- Nicki Minaj, The Pinkprint - No. 12 -- With another 22,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 15, according to Nielsen Music, the album's total sales drive past 500,000 (509,000 to be more precise). It's Minaj's third album (of three) to sell a half-million, following Pink Friday (1.93 million) and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (905,000).

-- Marvin Gaye, Let's Get It On - No. 52 -- The album, which re-enters at No. 52, was sale priced for the rock bottom price of just 99 cents during the week in the Google Play store, sparking the bulk of its 11,000 sales for the week (up from basically nothing the week previous). Let's Get It On has been absent from the chart since 1984.

-- Bette Midler, It's the Girls! - No. 107 -- The Divine Miss M's album logs its best sales week (nearly 7,000; up 57 percent) since the week ending Dec. 28, 2014, thanks to the set's advertisement in Target and Best Buy circulars, and in-store promotion at Walmart. The set zooms 173-107.

-- For King & Country, Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. - No. 144 -- Sales of the album generated at concerts in the Southeast during stops along the Winter Jam tour help pump the album to a 43 percent unit gain (and a 55 percent leap in pure album sales). It climbs 175-144.

-- Norah Jones, Come Away With Me – No. 151 -- The album was promoted by iTunes as a Valentine's Day essential, and for a discounted price. In turn, the album's sales rise by 181 percent to 4,000 for the week (and a re-entry at No. 151).