Sometimes, in the confused ‘hoo ha’ that is her handling, it’s easy to overlook what Nicki Minaj has achieved since the release of her debut album ‘Pink Friday‘, now three years ago.
Now, in the event the world had forgotten her standing as the commercial Queen of Female Rap, she’s broken a chart record that sees her surpass feats scored by each and every Female Rapper alive.
After breaking the record for being the highest charting Femcee in UK history in March, she now extends that record by becoming the highest selling Female Rapper by way of her sophomore album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ and its lead single ‘Starships‘.
All this, while breaking a record that sees her surpass chart contributions made by any performer, of any genre last year.
So how did she do it?
Well, with 864,000 units sold in the country, ‘Starships’ is the now best selling song to not peak at #1, after enjoying a peak position of #2- selling enough units to land her spot in the nation’s Highest Selling Singles Of The Year tally, as seen here.
Helped in part by its Anthony Mandler directed video, the single’s success now makes the ‘American Idol’ judge the only Femcee in chart history to have two or more singles in the country’s Year-End singles chart and an album in the album’s tally, with ‘Reloaded‘ selling 242,000 units in the nation.
A cool feat, considering the size of the UK market and her lack of promo presence in the nation, where her dance anthem ‘Pound The Alarm‘ peaked at #8 and her Dr. Luke produced ‘Va Va Voom‘ hit #3.
At present, ‘Roman Reloaded’ now boasts global units of 1.4 million copies shifted since April, peaking at #1 in Canada, the UK, Scotland, #3 in New Zealand and #9 in Norway.
Catch Nicki on ‘American Idol’ when it airs January 16th, on Rupert Murdoch’s FOX Network.