Kanye West takes the No. 1 spot on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" catapults 59-1 with 496,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Street date violations caused the set to debut last week at No. 59. Each of West's five albums have now topped the chart dating back to his debut set "The College Dropout," which spent three weeks at No. 1 in 2004.
Nicki Minaj comes in at No. 2 with her highly-anticipated "Pink Friday," moving 375,000 copies in its first week. The opening marks the second best sales week for a female hip-hop act in the SoundScan era, behind Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" which moved 423,000 on the chart dated Sept. 12, 1998. Minaj is the first female rapper to reach the top two on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums since Missy Elliott bowed at No. 2 with "The Cookbook" on July 23, 2005.
Rihanna's "Loud" falls 1-3 with a 32% decline in sales to 141,000 while Ne-Yo's "Libra Scale" debuts at No. 4 with 112,000 copies. All three of the crooner's previous albums opened at No. 1 with his 1996 debut set "In My Own Words" marking his best sales week (301,000).