A #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 may continue to evade Nicki Minaj but- should one take he sales into consideration- we doubt she’s bothered by this.
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The rapper’s debut album ‘Pink Friday’ spawned the smash hit singles ‘Your Love’, ‘Right Thru Me‘ and ‘Super Bass’, all of which became undeniable chart-rockers because of their presence on Top 40 and Rhythmic radio formats.
Her second studio album, though widely panned for its lack of cohesion, would see her nab bigger hits with the singles ‘Starships’, ‘Pound The Alarm‘ and ‘Right By My Side.’
What most fans aren’t aware of is that the campaign for this project marked spawned far more sleeper hits than it did smash hits with the single ‘Va Va Voom‘ surpassing sales of 1 million units in the U.S. alone without Top 40 radio’s support and the Urban jams ‘I Am Your Leader’, ‘Beez In The Trap‘ and ‘High School‘ nabbing Gold certifications without the support the entertainer threw behind the aforementioned ‘Starships.’
In 2014 the rapper dropped her third studio album ‘The Pinkprint’, a Hip-Hop effort which only offered one number, ‘The Night Is Still Young‘, that could easily be serviced to Top 40 radio.
Not for Minaj. For, the general public has been throwing more support behind the project’s Urban singles and album tracks than they have for ‘Young’ and have pushed her gritty cut ‘Only’ over the 3x Platinum mark.
Quite interestingly, the rapper’s chart history has never seen her sell enough units in a single week to top the Billboard Hot 100 but move enough units to match, and in most cases outperform, artists who do top the tally.