The flamboyant artist charted her first No. 1 album in what has become a record-setting career.
The album, which debuted at No. 2 the previous December, ascended to the top on Feb. 19, 2011, in its 11th week on the chart. That same week, the Trinidadian-American artist, then 28, saw Pink Friday cross the million-sales mark. (Its U.S. total now stands at 2 million, according to Nielsen Music.)
Prior to Minaj's achievement, Foxy Brown had twice topped the Billboard 200, in 1997 and 1999; Lauryn Hill hit No. 1 in 1998; and Eve led in 1999. Since Pink Friday, the only female MC to top the Billboard 200 has been Minaj herself, with her 2012 follow-up, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.