*After reaching gold status in mid-December with over 500,000 units sold, Nicki Minaj’s debut album “Pink Friday” has just been certified platinum (1 million sold) by the RIAA.
Album sales for “Pink Friday” have moved past Jay-Z’s “Greatest Hits” and Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” both of which were also released on Nov. 22.
RapRadar is reporting that Minaj is the first New York rapper to score a platinum debut album since Lloyd Banks.
Eminem’s “Recovery” and Drake’s “Thank Me Later” are the only other rap albums released in 2010 to have reached platinum certification.
In related news, “Recovery” was the top-selling album of 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers released Wednesday. The disc, which was the rapper’s sixth chart-topper, has moved more than 3.4 million units since its June release.
“Thank Me Later” moved 1.27; Usher’s “Raymond V Raymond,” 1.18 and Ke$ha’s “Animal,” 1.14.
Even though Eminem’s album topped 2010, his biggest hit from it, “Love the Way You Lie” (featuring Rihanna) came in third place as the most popular song of 2010.