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Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Rule Charts

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' sells more than half a million units in its first week

December 1, 2010 10:02 AM ET

Kanye West's critically acclaimed My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy may have easily topped the nation's albums chart with 518,775 sales in its first week of release — but he didn't even come close to matching the first week sales of Taylor Swift's Speak Now, which debuted at Number 1 on November 3 after selling 1,047,000 copies in its first week. Still, West easily beat rapper Nicki Minaj's debut, Pink Friday, which was a distant second at 371,049 sold.

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Nonetheless, the album is West's fourth chart-topper. Almost exactly two years ago, his previous LP, 808s and Heartbreak , also debuted at Number 1 with approximately 450,000 sales.

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Elsewhere on the charts, Justin Bieber's My Worlds Acoustic debuts at Number 7 with sales of 119,485, Ne-Yo's Libra Scale is Number 8 with 117,800, and My Chemical Romance's Danger Days is Number 9, with 112,002. Christina Aguilera and Cher's Burlesque debuts at No. 18, with 62,514 copies sold.

Both Swift and Katy Perry enjoyed sales surges, with Speak Now moving from Number 9 to 3 on 255,991 copies sold and Perry's Teenage Dream climbing from 31 to 14 with 75,178.

Album Sales Chart [Hits Daily Double]

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