Kanye West may not always win in the court of public opinion, but about half a million fans showed their support for the rapper’s fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 496,000 copies sold. Fantasy bests his emotional 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak, which sold 450,000 units during its premiere week. Rapstress Nicki Minaj and her first album, Pink Friday, follow at No. 2, with an impressive 375,000 albums sold in its opening week.

Last week’s chart-topper, Susan Boyle’s The Gift, takes the backseat to the rap duo at No. 3 with 263,000 sets purchased. Check out the complete top 10 list below.

Dec. 1, 2010′s Billboard 200 albums top 10

No. 1 – Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: 496,000

No. 2 – Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: with 375,000

No. 3 – Susan Boyle, The Gift: 263,000

No. 4 – Taylor Swift, Speak Now: 241,000

No. 5 – Jackie Evancho, O Holy Night: 142,000

No. 6 – Rihanna, Loud: 141,000

No. 7 – Justin Bieber, My Worlds Acoustic: 115,000

No. 8 – My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: 112,000

No. 9 – Ne-Yo, Libra Scale: 112,000

No. 10 – Glee‘s Christmas: 108,000

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