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Nicki Minaj’s sophomore Young Money/Cash Money/ Universal Republic album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, will debut at #1 next week, with between 200-225k in sales.

NICKI RELOADED AT #1

Rascal Flatts, Marvin Sapp and Of Monsters & Men Debut
The N.Y. Times just called her the pre-eminent female rapper of all time. And while that doesn’t say much—though supporters of Lil’ Kim, MC Lyte, Foxy Brown and Missy Elliott might disagree—Nicki Minaj’s sophomore Young Money/Cash Money/ Universal Republic album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, will debut at #1 next week, with between 200-225k in sales.

That’s based on one-day reports from our crack network of online retailers and those selling CDs from the back of their car trunks.

Big Machine country stalwarts Rascal FlattsChanged is on target for sales between 100-125k  The band’s last album, 2010’s Nothing Like This, racked up 160k in first-week numbers on the way to 1.1 million total.

Verity gospel star Marvin Sapp’s I Win looks to be in the 45-50k range. His last album, 2010’s Here I Am, peaked at #2 on the sales chart.

Universal Republic’s latest discovery, Of Monsters & Men, dubbed “the Icelandic Mumford & Sons,” will earn a very nifty 40-45k for its debut, My Head is an Animal, and its PoMo/Triple A comer, “Little Talks,” spinning at influential L.A. station KROQ, among others, with one million plays on VEVO. The band will play KROQ’s 20th annual Weenie Roast Y Fiesta at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, CA, May 5.

ATO's blog-buzzing blues-rockers Alabama Shakes see their much-anticipated debut, Boys & Girls, on target for between 18-22k in first-week sales.

Album sales were up 13% vs. last week, down 7% vs. same week last year and flat year to date. 

Track sales were up 4% vs. last week, up 9% vs. same week last year and up 7% year to date.

TEA sales were up 10% vs. last week, down 3% vs. same week last year and up 2% year to date.

NARM boss Jim Donio was upbeat: “Overall album sales and track volume remain in the plus column compared to 2011, with track equivalent album sales up by 2%.”

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