Nicki Minaj’s ‘Reloaded’ opens at No. 1

'Roman' album is her 2nd consecutive chart-topper

Outrageous rapper Nicki Minaj collected her second consecutive No. 1 album last week, as her “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” arrived on the U.S. album chart at No. 1.

Minaj’s sophomore Universal Republic collection achieved the feat with a 253,000-unit debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan figures for the week ended April 8.

“Roman Reloaded” follows Minaj’s similarly titled bow “Pink Friday” into the No. 1 annals. That late-2010 release debuted at No. 2, but ultimately crept to the top slot in February 2011.

The week’s biggest holdover is no surprise: Adele’s tireless “21” (Columbia) picked up one position and rose to No. 2 behind a 153,000-unit frame, gaining a surprising 26% in its 59th chart week.

Stanza’s second-biggest entry belongs to country trio Rascal Flatts, whose “Changed” (Big Machine) moved in at No. 3 with 130,000 sold. Collection bests the performances of the group’s last effort, 2010’s “Nothing Like This,” which peaked at No. 6; act’s four preceding albums had all reached No. 1.

Last week’s No. 2 debut, Lionel Richie’s set of country collaborations “Tuskegee” (Mercury Nashville), dipped two poles to No. 4, shifting 95,000 (off 52%). Brit boy-band sensations One Direction complete the top 5, as their “Up All Night” (Columbia) gained a slot, reaching No. 5 with 92,000 (a 98% boost).

Following in the footsteps of countrymen the Sugarcubes and Bjork, Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men arrived at No. 6 with “My Head Is An Animal” (Universal Republic). The acoustic-based collection launched with 55,000 sold.

Week’s other new top 10 title is gospel singer Marvin Sapp’s “I Win” (Verity), which debuted at No. 9 with a 37,000-unit week. Sapp’s last album “Here I Am” arrived at No. 2 in 2010.

Hanging on in the top 10 are the “Hunger Games” soundtrack (No. 7, 50,000 sold, down 22%), Madonna’s “MDNA” (No. 8, 48,000, off 87%) and Shinedown’s “Amarylis” (No. 10, 36,000, down 66%).

The Madonna set, which entered at No. 1 last week, registered the largest percentage plunge by a chart-topping set in SoundScan history.

Vets Counting Crows and Bonnie Raitt and debutantes the Alabama Shakes will notch chart debuts next week.

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