Nicki Minaj Extends Lead As Highest-Selling Female Rapper As Debut Album Reaches New Sales Milestone

Published: Wednesday 14th Aug 2019 by David

When Nicki Minaj released her debut album ‘Pink Friday’ in the November of 2010 she watched the set become one of the fastest selling albums to impact the charts in the last decade within weeks.

In its first month the Rap & R&B-flavoured release sold over 1 million units in the United States alone.

This week, almost a decade after its unleashing, the album has pushed the rapper’s discography to unparalleled heights on a sales front.

Find out how below…

The album reached sales of 4 million units worldwide long before the chart system factored streaming data into the chart equation and today, thanks to units the project and its singles have moved in markets in and outside of the United States, its global sales figure now raps to the beat of an estimated 20 million.

Driving its popularity nine years after its launch?


Though Minaj stands as the highest-selling female rapper of all time, she cannot boast of having the highest-selling album to be launched by a female rapper as that record is held by Lauryn Hill and ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ which has moved 19 million copies to date.

On a pure sales front, Lil Kim and Missy Elliott and their respective sales figures stand right behind Minaj’s on the list of highest-selling femcees, but find themselves forced outperformed by charismatic newcomer Cardi who takes their spot behind Nicki should one view that list through the lens of streaming.



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  1. Bey Bey Sting August 14, 2019

    Pure sales. ?

  2. Thatflopjuice August 14, 2019

    Cardi 2nd album sales coming to lay that h** to rest and I’m here for it! ??

    • ? August 14, 2019

      Megan said hi. She is the new it girl dear. Deal with it.

      • Rita Ora August 14, 2019

        Megan is only the it girl on hood IG. She doesn’t even have a hit single yet. Plus she looks like a man and won’t go mainstream becuz of it.

      • Dc August 14, 2019

        How is meg the new girl
        And she hasn’t even matched the success of bodak yellow with her whole career meg will never get Grammy for rap album nor 3 number 1 hot 100 singles meg will only be urban no crossover potential what so ever

      • iamdiego August 15, 2019

        yall swear. how do you know if she will be successful in the future? that woman looks far from a man. the hate is real. I see yall forgot cardi went years without a “hit” when she first started. payola goes a long way. anyway shout out to Meg.

    • Bettie Clayton August 15, 2019


  3. Clarkson August 14, 2019

    Still no number 1 or Grammy. Shameful

    She had zero competition back then.
    She got lucky.
    Today her songs dont spend more than 2 week on the hot 100.

    • Bruno ? August 14, 2019

      “Zero competition.” Lol that’s not how it works. People bought her records because they liked them not because she had “no competition “. And if you say no competition are you admitting that Lil Kim was no match for her at the time?

      • jan August 15, 2019

        lil kim havent put out any record in 14 years

    • Kenneth Cooper August 14, 2019

      Hateful ass stfu. Diana Ross and Katy Perry don’t have grammys either.

      • Thatflopjuice August 14, 2019

        Yes Diana and Katy have an authentic come up and no swaggerjacking controversy like spongebob. That’s the karma she gets for being Lil Kim Jr her whole career.

      • OOPS August 15, 2019


    • Jaden August 14, 2019

      It just shows there was already something wrong in the industry for her not to have no Grammy for this album at least

      • Thatflopjuice August 15, 2019

        Stink Friday ain’t getting no praise from real hip hop heads or praise Periodt. Deal with it and grow tf up. Sales and success was never the standard.

      • jan August 15, 2019

        Her lable- mate beat her out, tha’ts why. Drake sold 1.7 million that year , so there you have it. Just so you know, awards do not work like that, they cant go back and allow her to win for a different year no matter how long an ablum sells. Do you realize how many artist that sell and stream year after year, it’s not unheard of, happens all the time

    • Jadoooree October 2, 2019

      Awards don’t determine how talented someone is and Nicki has the most #1s than any other female rapper. Keep in mind nicki actually WROTE her music. Now be quiet and know ur place

  4. Bruno ? August 14, 2019

    The album is great but it’s such a shame Nicki has cheapened herself so much since then. Safaree was good for her because he brought an element of fun and whimsicality to her brand. Her energy seemed so light. Now she seems so vulgar and affected by the industry. I remember when she didn’t give a damn and matched to the beat of her own drum. Now she’s going to marry a monster and is making music better suited for a low end gutter Trollope like Cardi B.

    • Just Sayin’ August 14, 2019

      I agreed with everything u said. She need to find back her way to her Pink Friday era and leave off that toxic ‘Queen’ s*** cause it is ruining all of her acompolishments

    • Jaden August 14, 2019

      U wish I knew her personally. I would tell her bring back that image alot of people loved but I guess you can’t stay in the same lane forever. Look at Lady Gaga, she hasn’t been interesting since trimming down her image

  5. Rita Ora August 14, 2019

    Nicki sales are all SMOKE & MIRRORS!!!!
    On the pure sales front she has nothing on Lauryn and Missy. Only Pink Friday which was her best album to date has 2 million PURE SALES. Her other two albums sold UNDER ONE MILLION and Queen sold next to nothing! Her singles PURE SALES are abysmal too. Only her pop hits sold BIG and that was a decade ago!!!
    Even Lil Kim had not one, not two, but THREE platinum albums and one gold!! Garbaj could never stand next to the real legends. It just won’t work with her bubblegum dumb ass.

    • Dc August 14, 2019


    • Caleb August 14, 2019


    • Nick August 14, 2019

      Lil Kim hasn’t had an able touch the Top 5 and all of Nicki’s have been Top 2 and are ALL certified platinum ???

      • Thatflopjuice August 14, 2019

        And none of Nicki albums are hip hop classics. She’s always been a middle America white friendly gentrified opportunist. Periodt.

    • Paulo August 14, 2019

      I think they should bring receipts too but what you’re not factoring is that Nicki was the first female rapper since Lauryn to have an album sell across the globe. Much love and respect to Missy for laying the blueprint but to say Nicki outsold them worldwide is not a stretch, she was really an international hit with her first two albums

      • Thatflopjuice August 14, 2019

        Are you dumb? Missy and Lil Kim sold more albums worldwide than in the states. Barbz are soooo idiotic, imagine teaching a female rap class with all the lies you tell. No real MLA sources on the essay headasses. Keep lying, the hate train gon run her over. ??

      • Paulo August 14, 2019

        No, are you? Why I gotta be a Barb just cause I have common sense? ? Missy had hits for ages but Lil Kim is a 100% stricly US artist.

      • Thatflopjuice August 14, 2019

        No she wasn’t! She toured All over Europe, Africa and some Asian countries like Japan in her heyday. Even still hip hop especially female rap wasn’t even big back then as it is now, so nicki should be getting any clout comparing 2 different eras. Imagine Kim collabing with Britney Spears and backstreet boys to sell more albums. ?Kim came out at the time when hip hop was hip hop, Nicki came out when female rap died down. It was SO EASY for her.

  6. Lex August 14, 2019

    Nicki is One of the best female rapper ever. I would say top three . Her flow is sick . She always delivered,

    • Thatflopjuice August 14, 2019

      She’s the best female rapper ever to little Billy Bob in Idaho. None of her music resonates real hip hop, just clout clout clout. She’s also has the DUMBEST stage name, that’s why nobody over 25 takes her lyricism seriously. Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott’s name alone sound so classy and epic compare to “Nicki minaj” Stupid! ?

    • Thatflopjuice August 14, 2019

      I want the world to take me seriously whaaaa even though my name stupid Nicki Ménage a trois will never be top 5. Ever!

  7. T August 14, 2019

    Her album is estimated 20 million but you say that it’s not the best selling because if Lauryn Hills 19million … I’m confused

    • Caleb August 14, 2019

      TGJ is delusional. This album sold nowhere near 20 million. ALL her albums together are not that much.

    • Paulo August 14, 2019

      See they tried to play tricks but it didn’t fool us… 20 million is the estimate worldwide including streams. They started speaking of pure sales then included streaming ?

    • iamdiego August 15, 2019

      I think they mean tea+sea sales. TEA-meaning buying atleast ten tracks seperately from the lp = 1 sale. 1,500 SEAs (streams) to equal one album. PF is at 4 million with pure sales worldwide. now they add streams from actual the album + singles (indivisual songs). she had a nice amont of songs and singles that sold well. I can see 20 million records pure+sea+tea or sps.

  8. Tyty August 14, 2019

    Streaming vs pure sales. Even in streaming era she is struggling tremendously so its all smoke and mirrors at this point.

  9. The Real Princess Jasmine August 14, 2019

    Look ? at all the CardiB Fans on another POST about The Queen of Rap y’all stay making Nicki Minaj a Trending Topic look at all the Post on The Grape Juice Blog everyone with Nicki Minaj mentioned has the most comments you know why because when your a Queen the Peasants Will Hate it’s know reason if I dislike an Artist I wouldn’t be on Post about Them therefore y’all Haters are The Biggest Fans

    • Dc August 14, 2019

      Trending topic but can’t get a hit where it counts ????

  10. Dc August 14, 2019

    Wayne and birdmam bought 3 million of those albums ?????

    • Clarkson August 14, 2019

      LOL. ????
      Remember when she wore a chicken necklace. Funny how her clown era is her most successful era.

  11. Truth August 14, 2019

    Good! we don’t have to hear that whiney ass voice and blaming

  12. Caleb August 14, 2019

    There aren’t any receipts to back this up.

    • Key To The Kingdom August 14, 2019

      A simple search will give you your answers. I don’t see why it’s hard to Emile she’s like millions? She has a plaque for this album tf. Caleb your a backwards delusional hater. We know you love Cardi B blah blah blah

      • Jerin August 14, 2019

        No, there really aren’t any receipts to support claims of 20 million albums. None. Zero. Zilch. That’s not being a hater. That’s a fact.

    • Key To The Kingdom August 14, 2019

      Why it’s hard to believe she sold millions

      • Caleb August 14, 2019

        Nobody said she didn’t sell millions ??‍♂️

  13. Rico August 14, 2019

    Are we talking pure sales or streams ?

  14. Thatflopjuice August 14, 2019

    Imagine being the best female rapper with the dumbest stage name, countless Lil Kim comparison plaguing your whole career, no respect from other female rap vettes, and a horrible personality. The female rap Donald Trump will never catch a break. Ha! ???????

    • Key To The Kingdom August 14, 2019

      How many times do you need to comment…your negative comments on this gossip site isn’t doing anything lmao…also Trina just defended her on her live

      • Thatflopjuice August 15, 2019

        Enough to make weak ass b!tches like you to respond. Seeeth #BARBageddon is near ????

  15. Apostle Denise Clark-Bradford August 14, 2019

    Nicki’s sales aren’t impressive for someone who debuted in the late 2000’s when people were still purchasing music. Let’s form a prayer chain and rebuke her spirit of lies and deceit. Shandalabosha my God Jesus move in here today.

    • Thatflopjuice August 15, 2019

      Shandalaboosha took me OUT you hear me!???

  16. OOPS August 15, 2019

    Inflated stats. Her debut album is not close to 20 million

    This s*** is hilarious

  17. XYZ August 15, 2019

    Her only really good album. Pink Friday really is a classic

  18. The Truth August 15, 2019

    Yet has no true classic hip hop album.

    Thank you for your services. Next!

    You never win when you play dirty. #stankattitude

  19. Libraking4evr February 23, 2020

    Not true

  20. Sheda February 26, 2020

    And that’s a fendi fact

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