Nicki Minaj Has No. 1 Album as Mariah Carey Regains Holiday Crown

On the music charts this week, Nicki Minaj scores the top album with her first studio LP in five years, and Mariah Carey claims the No. 1 single once again with her inescapable seasonal hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

Minaj has been teasing her latest album, “Pink Friday 2,” for at least four years, and for a while it had seemed questionable that it would ever come; at one point, Minaj even announced (and quickly retracted) her retirement from music. But “Pink Friday 2,” her fifth studio album — titled as a sequel to her 2010 debut — finally came out on Dec. 8, and it opens at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, becoming her third No. 1 album. “Pink Friday 2” had the equivalent of 228,000 sales in the United States, with 170 million streams and 92,000 copies sold as a complete package, including 25,000 on vinyl.

Also this week, Taylor Swift’s “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” holds at No. 2 and Drake’s “For All the Dogs” is No. 3, while the 20-year-old Canadian pop singer Tate McRae arrives at No. 4 with “Think Later,” her second studio LP. Michael Bublé’s “Christmas” is in fifth place.

Carey, whose 1994 holiday bauble “All I Want for Christmas Is You” took a 25-year path to No. 1 — and has notched a total of 12 weeks at the top over the last four Christmas seasons — retakes the top spot this week, for its 13th cumulative time at No. 1.

For the last two weeks, the No. 1 position on the Hot 100 singles chart had belonged to Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” which was released in 1958 and got a promotional push this year with a music video and TikTok spots. “Rockin’” drops this week to No. 2.

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