‘Livin’ It Up’ : Nicki Minaj & Ciara Score Latest South Korean Hit / Welcome 3 Million Units Sold

Published: Monday 2nd Dec 2013 by David

Joe Public may be aware of her influence in the US and the UK, but what isn’t as publicised is the popularity enjoyed by Rapper Nicki Minaj in Asia.

That, fortunately for her, is now about to change. For, after booking and subsequently selling out numerous arena dates in the market last year, the performer joins R&B staple Ciara in nabbing a South Korean smash hit with their collaborative cut ‘Livin’ It Up.’

Details below…

Before her single ‘Overdose‘ shifted 500,000 units in the very same nation, the Wynter Gordon penned ‘Livin’ welcomed first week sales of 1,142,651 units- going on to shift 736,290 copies in its second week of release, as is documented below…

By August, the release reached sales of 3,159,366 units.

Yes…3 million units.

Seemingly unnoticed by any of the cut’s contributors, it’s mind blowing chart run in the nation pens a positive chapter in the latest era of Ciara‘s career’, a sign giving the star and her label ample reason to milk the market for all its worth to solidify her international appeal.

For, as the likes of Tina Turner can attest to, struggling to pull in the numbers one would like to have pulled in their domestic market isn’t the end of the world.

Well, that is if the artist can find a way to hand their label a return on their investment with units sold abroad.

Will Epic up their promotional ante in light of this new sales development? Let’s hope so, as it’d be shame to see Ciara‘s continued (and unexpected) success in Asia go to waste!


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  1. Yaz December 2, 2013


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  2. molly December 2, 2013

    Shes doing really good out there… so proud of ci.

  3. Just Sayin December 2, 2013

    South Korea? Lmao.

    • DemiQueenVato December 2, 2013

      I don’t know why you’re laughing. It’s an actual country where they use actual money to buy things that actually make a profit.

    • Sean December 2, 2013

      Cici’s doing her thang. I honestly love her album. It deserves any kind of random success like this. Plus, Korea is a huge market. I’m honestly pretty surprised!

    • No direction December 2, 2013

      touring is more lucrative in Asia boo … ticket prices are generally higher.

  4. Career Ender December 2, 2013


    yes in south korea

    when your faves sell that much WW singles you applaude them.

    so she’s doing good

  5. HistoRih December 2, 2013

    Omg, wow.

  6. BeyWhoUWanna December 2, 2013

    What kind of Chicken Chow Mein slayage?

  7. Amanda Bynes December 2, 2013

    Congrats to Ciara. In the other news, Amanda Bynes rap album will end Nicki’s career.

  8. Lydia December 2, 2013

    What about the UK or US and other places that matter though

    • MrsAstonMerryGold December 2, 2013

      Typical American idiot. The world is much bigger than the UK or US that’s why people go on WORLD tours. Seeing as most of you don’t own passports I wouldn’t expect you to know that 2bfair.

  9. CiciFinnaBeABride December 2, 2013

    Once again, why is TGJ telling me this. Why the f*** isn’t SHE tweeting about this.

  10. molly December 2, 2013

    lydia stop being a hater

  11. molly December 2, 2013

    @cici does it matter atleast someone telling u

  12. cake like lady gaga December 2, 2013

    Its a nice song, so I’m happy for her..

  13. TurntUp4Cici December 2, 2013

    TGJ though. I love yall so much.

  14. TurntUp4Cici December 2, 2013

    IDGAF, this website is the only place I come nowadays because they always update me with real MUSIC tea and not the gossip. Like I was to tired about people saying she was pregnant and judging her for being with Future and this is the only place i can come where they only care about the music and the sales.

    F****** LOVE YOU.

  15. Lydia December 2, 2013

    Actually Im not American so don’t call me an idiot when you idiotically assumed that. No one cares about South Korea. And Ciara can’t go on a Tour period still so that was a stupid example. It hasn’t even made it into the top 50 in the countries that really determine your success. All I did was ask a question and you’re mad because its flopping everywhere else. @Molly if Im a hater for saying that what does that make you? *Clicks back onto Beyonce post

  16. Tamar loves soul train December 2, 2013

    But she can’t do this in America… so its kinda useless.

    • KerimelKisses December 2, 2013

      You’re right, she can’t do this here. Maybe she should ask her boyfriend to buy her music for her.

    • Casual December 2, 2013

      But her label could care less. I’m shocked at these numbers, especially for a nation with only 1/6 of the US population, but a downloaded sale is downloaded sale. I also bet that b/c of the small geographical size of South Korea, it’s cheaper to promote there, so her label probably got much more bang for its promotional buck.

  17. RiriRoyale December 2, 2013

    I literally spat out my coffee when I saw the headline in school today. Is Legend C actually coming for international wigs so effortlessly though?

    • ENOUGH ONIKA (NEW & IMPROVED) December 2, 2013

      LMAO you a f*ckin drama queen lol

  18. stop December 2, 2013

    ok…..so what’s your point?

  19. Draggin4MrsCarter December 2, 2013

    Get dem General Tsos coins sis.

    • Lana the legend December 2, 2013


  20. Lana the legend December 2, 2013

    To bad this isn’t in the UNITED STATES were it really counts. haha.

  21. cocobutta December 2, 2013

    The one who is a CiCi stan @ TGJ is reaching HARD…
    If there ever comes a day when Ri & Bey are reduced to having to be propped up by S.K/Asian sales then we know they in trouble.


    Sales are sales so well done to Ciara getting the Asian coins.

  22. Kyle December 2, 2013

    The struggle

  23. ItsCheryl2Bh December 2, 2013

    She just earned herself a new fan.

  24. OverdoseOnSorry December 2, 2013

    I need a moment to take this all in.

  25. nicko December 2, 2013

    Dead @ lil kim compatriots stanning for Onika !

  26. Iconic cici December 2, 2013

    The girls can’t handle the international slayage… stay mad f***.

  27. Iconic cici December 2, 2013

    Ciara now we need the overdose video to go with all this international slayage. Overdose and living it up have the potential to become big worldwide hits.They need two amazing videos.

  28. Lana Del Slay December 2, 2013

    Ciara girl, I sense a Chinese home delivery service endorsement deal in your future.

  29. FreeBreezy December 2, 2013

    Congrats to Cici n Nicki. But for Gods sake the irony and hypocrisy of this website is astounding! I recall not too long ago how much a certain artist was never applauded for her international appeal and success but was ridiculed for lack of US album sales. TGJ is singing a whole different tune these days thanks to Ciara

  30. SexxDreamin December 2, 2013

    Real talk, had TGJ not posted this I would have thought she was still a flop.

  31. Kyle December 2, 2013

    International appeal? Wheres her World Tour at then?

  32. KatyKadet December 2, 2013

    International Queen.

  33. Rosie Stan December 2, 2013

    Sounds impressive BUT when put into perspective it’s not that great. A single in South Korea costs about $0.17 so Ciara would have to sell roughly 7.6 songs in South Korea before she made the same as in the US. 3 million/7.6 = 400,000 rounded UP so that means these sales (money wise) are equivalent to selling 400,000 units in the US market. Songs are so cheap in South Korea that some artists can’t make a decent living if they stay local there.

    • Rosie (TROPICO – December 5) December 2, 2013

      That’s what I was trying to tell the Z Squad on the post about Overdose selling 300K there. It’s nothing special. 2NE1 and Girls Generation sell more copies in a much shorter amount of time.

    • Dave December 2, 2013

      Doesn’t matter, Though they’re dollar is worth less, that’s a LOT OF PEOPLE SUPPORTING THE SINGLE. Which means she has a lot of appeal there. Let’s not try to discredit her accomplishments. Jesus. When it’s somebody talented, y’all stay tryna drag them. Let her live and do great.

      • FutureCIARA December 2, 2013

        I live for effortless intelligent dragging!

        Rosie is ridiculous at trying to find any nook and cranny to try and drag Ciara. I just laugh, this b**** LIVES in the Ciara posts!

        B**** a HIT is a HIT!

        Its still slaying when people are purchasing, No matter how much it is selling for!!!

        The only thing that is’nt “Special” Is the fact that Lana Del Rey has ZERO platinum albums in the US or the UK. And only ONE platinum single with SS as an EDM remix……

        So lets not try to count how much music is selling for in other markets when your fav cant even concentrate sales growth in the MAJOR markets @Rosie

  34. K December 2, 2013

    You are Ignorant really ignorant why do you think people go on world wide tours.it,s a wonderful thing when an artist is international.artist always work to be international too it,s it,s the same money.i hope i help you a bit you ignoramus,i guess you would give up if your music isn’t doing so well in the stats are your country and is doing well in other places in the world sigh.

    • Rosie Stan December 2, 2013

      All I’m saying is it is not enough to be selling well in a market that music is undervalued money wise. I agree, the best artists are the ones who are WW and can sell well internationally but selling very well in one international market hardly constitutes as being ‘international’

  35. MiMi December 2, 2013

    She’s still flopping everywhere else though hahaha

  36. Super Cisus December 2, 2013

    Slaying! Korea doesn’t even play your slutty h***** fave b**** 😆 OD and LIU are international smashes WORLD WIDE!!! When will Tamuppet and her off key screaming wanna Bey ass ever?????????

  37. MiMi December 2, 2013

    How’s the album doing there? Dead at people calling her international off one song in one country.

  38. MiMi December 2, 2013

    And the song is GARBAGE.

  39. Mark111 December 2, 2013

    What the hell is going on? But R&B is huge over there and Japan. And K.Pop lovers LOVES dance music. BoA is pretty dope imo. Good for Cici, I do think this album is a reintroduction of her, so maybe the next album will be bigger. MAYBE she’s getting the urban music out the way and OD will trans over to the new sound of the next album.

  40. Super Cisus December 2, 2013

    Mark this is a reintroduction you are so right. No other female Rnb singer has charted in the top 20 or 40 this year except Sevyn. Her team needs to get it right next era because ci is still out there and people feel her impact. The haters are so mad because ci never gives up like their slacking faves kii

  41. Vee December 2, 2013

    Ciara will be lucky if she doesn’t get dropped let alone see another album. Why isn’t epic promoting overdose?

  42. FAF December 2, 2013

    Wow Quiet slayage when will your tumblr faves

    • Rosie (TROPICO – December 5) December 2, 2013

      Mess at that 2011 “Tumblr” shade. What is Cierror then? A 106 & Park artist?

      • FutureCIARA December 2, 2013

        106 still has a customer that still buys artist music, Lady Gaga and Madonna have made appearances there as well as countless other A-List hollywood stars.

        So stop with your ignorant comments as if 106 and Park isnt a MAJOR promo generator. You still obviosly mad that your fav WILL NEVER get asked to appear on any televised circuit after that FAILED #SNL attempt!!!!

  43. FAF December 2, 2013

    And dead at Tamar when that h** gave a fail Beyonce inspired performance last night

  44. Zave December 2, 2013

    Yes!! Cause something ain’t right in the water. I smell some BEYONCE like shade here. In South Korea tho? Chhhh…

  45. cake like lady gaga December 2, 2013

    LOL at @FAF and the Lana Drunk Rey shade 😀 😀 😀

    “Tumblr fave”


    • FutureCIARA December 2, 2013


  46. iSpeakTruth December 2, 2013

    Last time I check South Korea isn’t tha only place where tha amount to purchase things Musically is cheap how about turkey..Russia I can go on and on

    So tha songs costing 0.17 cents takes away tha fact that song sold over 3million downloads? Why would she need to make a living of tha Korean market when she still gets top dollar all the while flopping in America

    Just congratulate her and move on no need to try and break tha money profit down to a science because u still won’t see 400k in ur lifetime

  47. Lovebird (Britney Jean – 03.12.13) December 2, 2013

    Good job Cici, congrats. She should go on tour there.

  48. Marcel December 2, 2013

    Cici, did some heavy promotions for her album… her singles have done well in the US, I just think folks aren’t really feeling an entire album from her, I listened to it, it’s one of her best though…

    check out “Dare” by new artist Marcel

  49. Nick is Queen Other B****** Take A Seat> December 2, 2013

    I won’t shade here because of Nicki. Congrats to both I guess..

  50. ratedx(love is beautiful) December 2, 2013

    wow the hypocrisy and the bitter b****** are in full swing….

    you people kill me..when your fave gets a number 1 in greenland, yall b****** are the first to come on here and brag how yall favs are better, how other people’s favs are flops..

    not a fan of nicki(huge fan of her hustle) but congrats to cici and nicki

  51. Yolo December 2, 2013

    How is the album doing there though?

  52. Dave December 2, 2013

    Actually. She’s KILLING THEIR ENTIRE LIFE. But they have the nerve to throw shade at her accomplishment. Let’s get into the fact it’s MILLIONS AND HUNDRED OF PEOPLE WHO SUPPORTED THE SINGLE, and she HAS NOT PROMOTED IT.

    • FutureCIARA December 2, 2013

      Nor has she remixed it with an EDM sound!!!!!!!

  53. Skyfall December 2, 2013

    She should sing k-pop music

  54. Skyfall December 2, 2013

    And please fix this site every time I come on here on
    My iphone there’s somebody else stuff in the login
    It was just recently that sisqo the legend person

    • FutureCIARA December 2, 2013

      Stop trolling girl, then that would fix your problem

  55. Cee December 2, 2013

    Personally, it doesn’t matter how much music costs in S. Korea! Still, the numbers are 3,000,000 copies sold…POINT BLANK!! Furthermore, it’s a paycheck…she getting paid!
    Cicic is BAD!!! Eat it!!

  56. Cee December 2, 2013

    Personally, it doesn’t matter how much music costs in S. Korea…the number is STILL 3,000,000 units sold! Period!! Plus, it’s a paycheck…Ci getting paid!!

    Ya’ll can hate all you want! Ciara IS becoming an international star, plus she is one the THE baddest in the game!

    EAT THAT!!

  57. FutureCIARA December 2, 2013

    #International #Slayage

    Give credit where its due, you low life hating whoores!!!

    Ciara is still hard-working, booking Mag covers, winning awards, making public appearances, and is Happily in Love.

    I know you wont stop coming for her because your life depends upon it. But at least congratulate her on her impressive progress!

    Everybody counted her out a few years back, and she just wont stop!

    So I see exactly why ya’ll are madd and its #NOSHADE!
    ESPECIALLY the Lana stans…..

    And its a Kii that Rosie has to make her own Fan page accounts. How MISERABLE

    And she talks about how much this blog is low budget and ghetto, But consistently contributes to the overall success of it! And keeps those checks flowing into the hands of TGJ.

    So with that said I can never support a Pre-Op, Canadian hypocrite t***** with consistent negative comments and ignorant recycled reads with over 75% of them about @Ciara……

    She’s doing something right thats for DAMN SURE!

  58. BeyRihStan December 2, 2013

    Upon release “Ciara” was met with a warm reception from music critics who …… criticized the lack of identity and lasting impression that the album makes. As of November 1, the album has sold 126,000 copies in the US.

  59. Rosie (TROPICO – December 5) December 2, 2013

    Let’s not. Born To Die is almost 3x platinum in the UK, which is her biggest market. She had the third best selling album there also. Not to mention the 2nd best selling female album worldwide in 2012 only after Adele according to IFPI (which your fave hasn’t made in YEARS). Look up your receipts before posting b*******, honey.
    Born To Die will be platinum in the US next sales quarter.

  60. Rosie (TROPICO – December 5) December 2, 2013

    @FutureCiara here comes my #1 fan popping up once again to bow down to its queen. We all know you only appear when I comment, why are you nowhere to be found when the rest of TGJ is dragging Cierror? Just like the South African ape T***** stan, you care more about me than your own fave. Dead at you calling Lana irrelevant when Cierror can’t even sell 130K in the US. Born To Die outsold it worldwide with just it’s first two weeks in the UK.

    • FutureCIARA December 3, 2013

      Hey Hunn,

      I see my ability to pull you out of your element is still working.

      Thanks for the Novels and Love letters that i did not read.

      Hows your transitional procedure coming along??

  61. ReallyTho December 2, 2013

    Really, girl? She’s got recognition in places you probably couldn’t label on a map. Hope that stupidity pays your bills baby, cuz you’d be one rich *****.

  62. No direction December 2, 2013

    I love her but she is too lazy to go over there to promote it… mean while in the last 10 months ….

    Rihanna & mother Beyonce have traveled to over 40 countries ( at least )

    katy Perry, Miley, and Gaga have traveld to the UK, Japan, US, France, Australia to do TV shows / intl radio and to promote their music….

    and lazy Ciara wont even to a 25 date tour for her fans…..

    U get what u give

    Asia is a HUGE music market. She can do a 6000 seat venue and charge 80 dollars a ticket over there b.c 30 dollars is like 60 dollars in Japan.

    She used to tour in Japan…. what happened to her work ethic??????????????

    IS she the type of female that puts a man before her money/career???

    Even married Beyonce is gonna make her money.. Rihanna wont let no drama stop her from touring

    What is it about Ciara???

    lack of focus? laziness? Was her previous label correct? does she understand her artistry and how to promote an album?

    I dont get it… the best performer of a generation refuses to tour????????????????????????????

  63. No direction December 2, 2013

    How is she hard working. When was the last time she toured over 20 dates??? it was in 2007

    She doesnt do headlining tours for her fanst to rebuild her movement.

    I mean Brandy was touring 3,000 seat venues and she didnt sell very many albums,

  64. Haddie December 2, 2013


    it’s funny to even think that they’ll sell that much in Korea… the best they do for artists in this year is EXO, the boy group, who sold 700,000.

    Honestly…. SKorean market is not that big. It’s the size of half of Florida for crying out loud.

  65. Slingshot December 3, 2013

    Fake fake fake why the hell does this site keep on posting this fake numbers it’s not even close to be true lololol aaaaaw come on now people please don’t believe this crap, good try tho

  66. ICONIC RIRI December 3, 2013

    Am happy for her. Iconic riri is global.

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