Even at her worst, Nicki Minaj stands ten or so levels above her nearest competitor.
Though the above is a fact some from all walks of life may choose to ignore, her well documented ascent to superstardom and surprisingly potent chart run make her the most exciting Rap act to debut in the last twenty years…on all fronts.
Now, in cementing her status as a truly international act, she has set a brand new chart record in the UK.
Good news below…
This evening, her new single ‘High School’ hit the UK’s Official Charts at #31, marking her 12th Top 40 hit in the nation scored since 2010.
Of these 12, 8 were secured in the last year- making her the first and only performer in this decade to nab as many British Top 10/Top 40 singles singles in the space of twelve months while nabbing 10 or more hits on the Urban chart.
Indeed, while the likes of Rihanna have enjoyed chart positions with their own efforts, the flowing stream of material released by Minaj has seen her impact the Top 10/40 more times in the last year, extending her lead as the nation’s most frequently charting Rap export and kicking pink dust in the faces of every other Female MC to ever appear on the tally.
A tally, whose Top 20 has welcomed Minaj more times in one year than it has done in 20 for acts she once cited as influencers. Quite interestingly, none of the Rapper’s duets with Mariah Carey, Madonna, Christina Aguilera or Britney Spears made it to the British Top 20, as it was her own cuts that saw her secure this unexpected record.
This news come after she landed her 44th entry on the Billboard Hot 100 entry, and five months after her sophomore album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ sold enough units to be named the highest selling new Rap album in the UK and US, pushing her combined album sales over the 5 million mark.
When her chart stats from the overall and Urban charts are combined, the ‘Catch Me’ MC can now boast of having 20 British Top 40’s, with over half of these peaking at #20 or higher.