Nicki Minaj Named As One Of The Highest Selling Artists Of The Century

Published: Thursday 7th Feb 2019 by David

Nicki Minaj extends her lead as the highest-selling female rapper of all time once again.

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With a discography driven by pure sales, the performer is now the first female rapper to sell 100 million units in the U.S alone.

This, making her the highest-selling female rapper of all time as well as one of the highest-selling musicians to debut within the last 100 years thanks to a sales figure largely made up of paid-for purchases.

1. Rihanna 198 million units (22.5 million of which are albums)
2. Taylor Swift 169.5 million units (43 million of which are albums)
3. Katy Perry 108 million units (6 million of which are albums)
4. Nicki Minaj 100 million units (8.5 million of which are albums)
5. Mariah Carey 90 million units (66 million of which are albums)



The rapper has sold 8.5 million albums within the last nine years and over 92 million singles within the same period. Impressive, as she reached her epic milestone despite seeing her sales decline following the  advent of the now stream-dependant chart system which pulled some of her fan base away from iTunes and towards Spotify where she also reigns supreme on a number of Hip-Hop fronts.


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  1. Blaah February 7, 2019

    Highest Fraud of the Elite…watch the posts flood as Cardi scoops them Grammies. #Karma Oh and be sure to stream #ANoNoRemix when it drops next week. 😝

    • Kenneth Cooper February 7, 2019

      Cardi will not get a Grammy

    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      Biiitttcccchhhh the only fuccckkkin fraud is that stripper h** who can’t even rap or come close to Nicki in pure sales & 🥴ain’t nobody checking for no damn no no remix, that’s how u kno u a damn hater cuz U can’t even give credit when it’s so dumb ass h**

    • Lou-Andrew Rodriguez February 7, 2019

      How is Nicki the fraud when there’s loads of rappers that don’t even write their own rap songs.

  2. Binx February 7, 2019

    Love her or hate her. Nicki’s impact is undeniable.

    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      Exactly ppl hate on this woman so damn much & she still winning smh she earned her damn crown as Queen of Rap

  3. King of Kingz February 7, 2019

    See When u a legend, when you legendary… 🗣Phucking QUEEN SHIITT 🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐Now all we do is Beyoncé’s ass to have her label update all her certifications so she can take her seat @ top of that list as well👑👑

  4. China February 7, 2019


    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      🥴rappers are suppose to be arrogant in their music & feel like they’re the best at what they do

    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      🥴good thing she got majority of her sales from pure sales before streaming was a thing & started making easy for these new artists to get #1’s 😴

      • Caleb February 7, 2019

        Take out streams and Nicki has sold 3.7 million albums.

  5. OurP February 7, 2019

    How many are her OWN?! 7641 featured on singles ✂️

    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      🥴how many of Rihanna’s sales are from features 🤨damn stop hating & give her damn props sheesh

      • Dabs February 7, 2019

        Girl stop! Rihanna has more solos than features, and this isn’t about Rihanna. Glad she’s on your lips tho.

  6. Gee February 7, 2019

    Stop with the pure sales BS most artists on this list are Surviving on streaming in this generation except for a select few.

    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      🙄the point of saying that was cuz majority of her sales & the ppl on that list is from pure sales & not streaming. Pure sales will always overshadow streaming.

      • Lou-Andrew Rodriguez February 7, 2019

        Preach. No one sells anymore. And Nicki is selling AND getting streams.

      • Dabs February 7, 2019

        Pure sales will not always overshadow streaming clown. Cardi is already at 50 million with streams and pure sales off one album and a few features.

      • Caleb February 7, 2019

        Nicki’s pure sales are 3.7 million albums.

      • Rubik’s Cube February 7, 2019

        Caleb honey can you show receipts? Sorry but I think those “pure sales” you say are made up…

  7. Rico February 7, 2019

    Nicki run was cute until greed played a factor. I wished she really learned from the ones before her because is she did she would literally be the best. Instead she took sides with foxy and further ruined her rep in the industry. She enjoyed being the only female rapper out and she said for year how it’s ok for everyone to feed her grapes while she reign supreme. No unity nor leadership skills only greedy I’m the only one skills. Cardi wants everyone to win and for that she will reign . First time a big female rapper collab with new girls and look they chatting “city girls” this is something Nicki could have been did for years. Instead she runs to the white pop girls for cute boos.

    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      🧐When did Kim ever show love to Nicki tho?? The only female rappers who did were Trina & Foxy. She did the My chick Bad remix with several female rappers, she showed loved & discussed about her love & influence of Foxy, Kim, Lauryn & Remy. She tried to do a song when Remy got of jail & Remy turned her down. She had Dej Loaf on her PinkPrint Tour. She showed Cardi genuine love, congratulated her on Bodak Yellow going #1, liked her pics on IG & everything. She agreed to let Cardi & The rest of the Migos hop on Motorsport & that’s when things went left. The only reason why Cardi did a song with the City Girls is cuz they’re on the same management company Quality Control & they asked her too, cuz she wasn’t even on the original version. Roxane Raxane came for all the rap girls back in the day & don’t get this hate. There’s legit a video on YouTube of her showing love to almost every female rapper. & the pop & r&b girls request Nicki to be on their songs you mean

      • Rico February 7, 2019

        It sounds good the way you typed it and put it together. Let’s be real Nicki showed Kim love but at the same time took shots at her. You can’t say that you love this person but your here to take there spot? That’s not genuine. Nicki had dej loaf on her tour after she realized she needed a female rapper to show she about unity. My chick bad was Ludacris song who put it together. Not Nicki. Why haven’t she hoped on a foxy single or even a dej loaf single? She threw foxy a bone after the hype was over. Once she brought her on stage the first time she was supposed to do something. She tried to do a song with rem n Fox knowing they didn’t like each other so that offer was never real. Nicki plays chess not checkers. Cardi showed no signs of slowing down so Nicki had no choice not to look salty. But truth is sis is mad she not the only one. Whatever happened to the song she promised Asain doll and kash doll ?

      • Caleb February 7, 2019

        Why would Kim show her love when she was dissing Kim as early as 2003 before she was even well known? And Foxy only joined with Nicki after she started beefing with Kim. Before that she dissed her. And as far as the my chick bad remix, Nicki wasn’t even on the remix so there goes that.

  8. xoxo February 7, 2019

    92 millions is itunes $0.99 / $1.29 singles. if we used standard BB calculations for album sales, 10 singles sale is equivalent to 1 album sales. so 92 million = 9.2 million album + 8.5million album = 17.7 million album. just mediocre

    • Caleb February 7, 2019

      Can you calculate without the features? That would be really interesting to see.

      • S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R.!. February 7, 2019

        @Caleb – You are a hating @ss motherf^ck3r. Nicki is good. Focus on Cardi, the copy of a freakin’ copy. Nicki’s not going ANYWHERE so you may as well continue to sit on your @ss and count her money and sales.

  9. Jus saying February 7, 2019

    When TGJ metions Nicki Mjnaji so much you know she is about to take another L so y’all know her nemesis Cardi B is about to take home a Grammy just waiting for the meltdown.

    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      🥴that b**** ain’t taking home no damn Grammy they using her for viewers, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye SZA, & Jazmine Sullivan were all nominated for 5-8 Grammies & walked away with 0. She has heavy competion in the caterirgies she’s in, so ain’t nobody worried 😴

  10. Uome February 7, 2019

    Taylor has sold 43 million albums. This is amazing!

    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      🥴a white b**** that ain’t got s*** to do with this damn post, take that s*** to TMZ

      • Uome February 7, 2019

        She is mentioned in the list.. If you can’t see, then maybe you need glasses.

  11. DanYiel Iman February 7, 2019

    Sadly Nicki McFraud is doing what she’s been hired to do, highest grossing female pop/rap act and doesn’t touch her money until 5 folks touch it first!!✌🏽😂 🐝”Bzzz”🐝 Lil’Kim is laughing at this FRAUD!!

    • King of Kingz February 7, 2019

      🧐Yo ass stay on a Nicki post u a fan sis🥴 & 😂lmao Kim can’t even move her damn face & cant laugh @ nobody with her bankrupt ass🤣u have Nicki confused with Ol girl who has a 360 deal with Atlantic 😴

      • Dabs February 7, 2019

        Girl you are pathetic replying to everyone who has something to say about Nicki! 😂😂😂😂. I see why people talk about the Barbs. You are embarrassing! 😂😂😂😂. Just stop. Now go ahead and reply back to me! 🤣🤣🤣

  12. This site is trash February 7, 2019

    How many stories do y’all have to write a day to fulfill your obligations to Nicki ? I know she has y’all on payroll, ask for more $$$$

  13. February 7, 2019

    Congrayz to Ms Nicki, she put in the work she earned every cent ever accomplishment, love are hate her numbers don’t lie, and must of these is from pure sales. as to someone said and I agree she has more than earned her crown.

    • Caleb February 7, 2019

      Most is from pure sales how? Just look at her album sales. 8 million plus with streaming but without it’s only 3.7 million. The same is probably true of the singles.

  14. Beam Me Up Scotty February 7, 2019

    Congrats to the Queen. Keep seething hating hoenas. You just jelliana.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian PISCES 💁🏿‍♀️Not TROLLmine nor TRASHmine February 7, 2019

      Jealous of a bunch of singles 😂😂😂😂😂😂

    • feriswhoibe August 2, 2019

      cardi is trash and everyone will realize it in a year.

  15. Jasmine Da Bi Asian PISCES 💁🏿‍♀️Not TROLLmine nor TRASHmine February 7, 2019

    So basically she’s sold 17.6 million albums, if you figure 10 songs on an album. Oh ok.

    • Caleb February 7, 2019


    • Caleb February 7, 2019

      Exactly! And less than that if you take out all the features.

  16. Caleb February 7, 2019

    Someone who sold less than 8 million albums is a best-selling artist of the 21st century?! Usher sold more than that with one album yet he’s not in the top?! The way they calculate these numbers is ridiculous.

  17. BOOMKACK123 February 7, 2019


    • Uni29 February 8, 2019

      I’m glad someone mentioned it. This is when it was about album sales and not about selling singles.

  18. Romeo Romero February 11, 2019

    um someone is definitly paying for this promos… according to every record so dont make the list..
    Top 8 Pure-Selling Artists of this Decade (2010-2018)
    Adele – 23.7 million;
    Talyor Swift – 21.1 million;
    Eminem – 12.1 million;
    Justin Bieber – 12 million;
    Drake – 10.8 million;
    Lady Antebellum – 9.1 million;
    Luke Bryan – 9.0 million;
    Lady Gaga – 8.5 million.

  19. Vee February 12, 2019

    BEFORE CARDI THERE WAS NICKI AND EVERYONE WAS FOR NICKI so stop eating d*** point blank perioddttt I don’t care what y’all have to say Nicki made cardi she was a LHH kidd before she wanted to be a rap kidd periodt

  20. feriswhoibe August 2, 2019

    YES QUEEN. all the cardi fans are just fake nicki fans.

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