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Despite a colorful promotional campaign and positive album reviews, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint couldn’t quite snatch the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 following its release.

Shockingly enough, it was Taylor Swift who outed J. Cole’s short-lived reign as her eight-week-old album 1989 eclipsed The Barb with 375,000 units sold to Nicki’s estimated 244,000.

Released on October 27, Swift sold one million copies of 1989 out the gate after she notoriously pulled the album from streaming services like Spotify.

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Mind you, Nicki has more than 18 million followers across her social media accounts and another 45 million in Facebook likes. Did her fans fail her or has record sales become too big of a deal when musicianship is being criticized more than ever?

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