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Even when you’re the hottest rapper in the game, selling records isn’t a given. After debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Charts last December, Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint can attest to this. However, the marathon press run was well worth it as the “Pills N Potions” dealer is now halfway towards platinum status.

Via Billboard:

–Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint – No. 12 With another 22,000 copies sold in the week ending Feb. 15, according to Nielsen Music, the album’s total sales drive past 500,000 (509,000 to be more precise). It’s Minaj’s third album (of three) to sell a half-million, following Pink Friday (1.93 million) and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (905,000).

The dwindling sales in her catalog could simply be a sign of the times as The Pinkprint is being hailed as her best work to date. What’s good with a “Truffle Butter” video, though? Birdman would figuratively croak at all that unity.

Perhaps next time, Nicki will follow Drake’s lead to dropping her next joint, as Kanye West recently stated, “[Album] release dates are so last year” since Beyoncé shook up the world.

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