Nicki Minaj & Beyonce Enjoy Major Sales Boosts Following VMA Performances

Published: Friday 29th Aug 2014 by David


Hailed as the ‘Holy Trinity’ by their respective fan bases, sales and accolades scored by Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and Rihanna make them the most successful artists of African descent in Pop’s current line-up.

Fact, not opinion.

So, it should come as little surprise to anyone that Sunday night’s VMAs saw two of the aforementioned enjoy epic sales boosts following their performances at the event.

Why Nicki Minaj and Beyonce have good cause to celebrate today?

‘Flawless’ victories below…

On Beyonce and her Poison Ivy-inspired Rap sis Nicki, Yahoo reports:

Beyoncé’s performance of every song on Beyoncé, which culminated with Jay Z and their baby daughter handing her the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, pushed the pop superstar’s latest album from Number 40 to Number Seven on iTunes; sales for her “Flawless” and “XO’ singles rose more than 1,200 percent apiece; Minaj’s singles jumped 215 percent; pre-orders for Maroon 5’s upcoming V went up 166 percent; and Sam Smith, Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer were among the performers with big sales boosts.

The annual VMA bump appears, in the initial few days after the broadcast, to be more pronounced than the one in 2014, when Cyrus pulled off the “Twerk Heard ‘Round the World” and increased sales of her hit “Wrecking Ball” 124 percent, from Number Eight to Number Five, on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart. That may be, in part, because despite the Sunday-night ratings of just 8.3 million, repeat airings pushed the viewership to 13.7 million. (Overall weekly music-sales numbers, reflecting the overall VMA effect on performers, won’t come out via Billboard until mid-next week.)

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  1. gilbert August 29, 2014

    I saw BEYONCE returning to #1 in a few countries and #4 in a lot of other countries as well. anywho, congrats king B!

    • truth (icki is the QWEEN OF PUSHBACK!! Iggy got her scuured honey. #IckiAFlop) August 29, 2014

      Ah Sam honae….anaconda has already started sliding down the charts so give it a rest queen!!

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  2. #TeamTinashe Stan (“Pretend” Now On iTunes) August 29, 2014

    Not a hater but do people really like “Ana…..?” I really can’t smh, in my opinion, the song is horrible and if it goes #1 it’s just based on artist recognition/popularity, raunchiness and VMAs hype. Who is going to bump “Oh my gosh look at her b***” at their party now? lol. She was smokin HOT though at the awards though. 🙂

    Let’s remember Iggy Azalea was the one that changed Nicki Minaj’s planned Hip Hop direction for her Jay-Z inspired album called “The Pink Print.” You can’t tell me that she put out all those hip hop buzz songs (Like “Lookin A**,” and the others) for nothing.
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    • Bendrew August 29, 2014

      Its Becouse people like You make er do that how yall f****** with fancy call it a hiphop song but when nicki does that Tall be like she is pop yall bash her for doing pop stuf but yall ride for iggy so nicki is gonna remember yall what tha f*** is going on

      • FAF August 29, 2014

        Honey baby got back was a hit have u never heard it?

    • the voice August 29, 2014

      Iggy fans are seriously pressed.
      Y’all know Nicki gonna sell more than 53,000
      in the first week and y’all already mad.

      The worst song by a female rap artist is a song called P*$$Y. Horrible.

      • Cupid August 29, 2014

        Lmao not one thing that person said had anything to do with Iggy!!!! Haha seems like you Nicki fans are the ones that are pressed. MEANWHILE Anaconda is falling again and Iggy’s over all sales Clean + Explicit version of “Black Widow” should be out selling Anaconda. Iggy is all over ITunes! STAY MAD!

      • Cupid August 29, 2014

        Nvm, didn’t finish reading the comment…… IGGY is still Winning though lmao

      • Bey-Minaj August 29, 2014

        Sliding where? Its still sits pretty in the top 10 and will still slay next week. U mad or nahh?

    • Facts August 29, 2014

      Just because you don’t like a song doesn’t make it bad, that’s just your opinion. “Lookin’ Ass” came out before Iggy even became popular (after the release of “Fancy”). Pink Print was already 60% done before Iggy became popular, Nic just wants to really sit, study, and live with it before it’s released to make sure it’s her best work yet. You really can’t talk about “buzz and hype” when you stan for Tinashe, it’s just a good song. Someone can only be in denial of facts not opinions.

  3. LB August 29, 2014

    Nevermind this, can someone intelligent (meaning no one from the hive) explain to me why Beyonce hasn’t released Mine feat. Drake as a single?

    That song is Top 40 material, such an awesome tune.

    Mzz Nicki, that song is horrible but I still respect your hustle. Please, in future releases, more of Pills n Portion, less of Starships, some Superbass here and there and non of Anaconda (oh God no).

    I might purchase The Pink Print after streaming it on Spotify.

    • SURPRISE…….(DEC.13) August 29, 2014

      U actually said something nice about bey!!!!!!!!! Shocker!!!!!. U are right tho, Mine is a very good song and actually has d potential to go top5, but i don’t think bey really cares about releasing singles any more. i think she has realised dat there is more money in touring dan in releasing singles every 5 minutes…..

    • TRUTH SERUM August 29, 2014

      I must be still hungover from last night. Did I just read zwhat I think I read. The world is coming to an end. I agree with something @LB said about Beyonce. Lmao… Lol

  4. nobitchassness August 29, 2014


  5. ~The Arcade~ August 29, 2014

    TGJ, today Michael Jackson would have turned 56 years old. Can you you do some type of vault segment to celebrate the greatest entertainer… purrty please?? 🙂

  6. RoyalKev August 29, 2014

    Bey & Nicki owned the night at the VMAS!!!!! They both slayed!

  7. Beysus August 29, 2014

    Yaaaaas B****!!!!

  8. Barb B**** August 29, 2014

    My two Queens. <3

  9. K August 29, 2014

    queens,bey and nicki lock the vmas down, congratz to them both.

  10. No lies detected August 29, 2014

    But why did nickis “twerk” routine gimme the same offbeat booty pop that Mariah does in her fantasy routine? Lol

  11. the voice August 29, 2014

    I agree that Bey, Nicki, and Rihanna are three most successful black female artists.

    I wish Ciara was up there but bad singles choices (except Body Party)and lack of touring hurts her sales.

    Anyway, I think Drake is the most sucessful black male artist right now. we will have to see what his fourth album sales first week but he has already surpassed Jay z in SOLO touring dollars. Jay is a better business man tho.

  12. SMH August 29, 2014

    “Epic” sales boost? 8.3 million viewers? ROTFLMAO @ the desperate reach.

  13. StarXavi August 29, 2014

    I like Anaconda…when it comes on in the car I always get hype…it’s a fun song. you mad or nah?

  14. Mark111 August 29, 2014

    And one still can’t get a single to pop off.

    • How Many Drinks August 29, 2014

      The fact Unpurchased had 2 #1s and still can’t do better numbers than BEYONCE though :/

      • Mark111 August 29, 2014

        The fact you’re comparing your Queen to what you haters calls a “singles artist” tho. No one is gonna remember this era cause they won’t have a hit to reference it. #oops

      • How Many Drinks August 29, 2014

        Lol. Thats all you guys can respond with, basically bowing to Hive reads. Beyonce is selling her album for $15 with no #1s while your faves album was discounted after the first few months had #1s and more promo. The comparison is to show how Bey is way ahead. And Sorry hun the era is iconic for more than just topping the charts. The album as body of work made her stand out from the rest of her peers and made critics analyze the way the industry is marketed. You think most people remember 60% of Rihtards #1s and the eras they belong to anyway? LOL. Face it, Beyonce is way ahead of her pop tart peers and everyone knows it.

      • DIGGER BEY August 29, 2014

        That Mark character is such an Biiter, Miserable, Delusional Ball Sucker kii. How can an album that changed the game won’t be remembered??? Only a Hoeianna Rihc*nt would say such a thing kii

  15. Mingxx August 29, 2014

    Thief Beyonce album still wont have huge numbers will never see 3 -4 or even 5million in the US WHAT AN OVER EXPOSED FLOP

    • DIGGER BEY August 29, 2014

      Kii Kii Oh how I love “The Self Epic Draggggggggging”! Even if BEYONCE doesn’t move those units, she has had 3 albums from the past see those numbers. While “The Hoee” have NEVER LMFAO

  16. How Many Drinks August 29, 2014

    Congrats. Rihanna fans finna be eating their hat with all that ‘when will outsell Unapologetic’ b*******.

  17. How Many Drinks August 29, 2014

    The GRAMMYS are next…

  18. Record sales > Albums August 29, 2014

    Too bad nobody watched

  19. Stephy. August 29, 2014


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    • DIGGER BEY August 29, 2014

      Hey Stephy, the Sir Mix a lot beat is what makes the song. I like it.

    • Barbie’s World August 29, 2014

      and it still charted higher then mariah’s last songs though you mad or just pressed?

  20. fatusankoh August 29, 2014

    you go bey hard work talente and you love what you do pay off I am so happy and proud to be a fan for life you give your all all the time may god continue to bless protect you and your family for life long happy life ever lasting long happy married more success in all you do

  21. fatusankoh August 29, 2014

    Thank you Sam for posting this make my day

  22. Overdose August 29, 2014

    I actually really enjoyed Beyonces performance hands down.

  23. DIGGER BEY August 29, 2014

    QUEEEEEEEN! She really don’t have to see anymore increase n sales because she already WON! Mine, Haunted, Flawless or Jealous will push the album close to 3X.

  24. Kitty August 29, 2014

    Bey and Nicki running this sh*t, Bow down Bi%ches.

  25. Jessica August 29, 2014


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