RIAA: Nicki Minaj Closes In On Capturing Second Diamond Plaque With New ‘Starships’ Certification

Published: Wednesday 20th Sep 2023 by Rashad

It’s been over 10 years since Nicki Minaj launched ‘Starships,’ the lead single from her sophomore album ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,’ to the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100, but that hasn’t stopped music lovers from giving the RedOne-produced bop consistent spins on digital platforms.

So much so, the tune, already ranking as one of her most successful hits of all time, has now been pushed to being her second highest-certified number at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Taking to press Tuesday (September 19), the RIAA announced multiple Minaj titles had their statuses upgraded. See the full list below.

9x Platinum (for sales equivalence of 9 million in the U.S.)

  • ‘Starships’ (Single)

3x Platinum

  • Beez in the Trap‘ (Single)

2x Platinum

  • Va Va Voom‘ (Single)

Thanks to the 9x Platinum stat attached to ‘Starships,’ the song surpasses the Jessie J and Ariana Grande-led ‘Bang Bang‘ to become the Harajuku Barbie’s second highest-certified hit ever. In fact, only the Diamond-certified ‘Super Bass ranks higher on her personal list.

With just one more certification upgrade, ‘Starships’ will fly to becoming the 40-year-old’s second Diamond-certified single – a feat that would put her in very exclusive company in the RIAA’s history books.

Together, ‘Starships,’ ‘Beez,’ and ‘Va Va Voom’ zoom Nicki’s cumulative single sales in the United States to 45.5 million, making her one of the most successful female artists of all time (among all genres).

The updates come just two months before the rapstress lifts the lid on her long-awaited fifth studio album, ‘Pink Friday 2.’


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  1. Diabetes UNBOTHERED September 20, 2023

    • “Bodak Yellow” — DIAMOND
    • “Girls Like You” — DIAMOND
    • “I Like It” — DIAMOND
    • “WAP” — 8x Platinum

    • Ms. Ling Ling September 20, 2023

      Hunnie, she’s just a feature on Girls like you. That ain’t her solo #1

      • Eros September 21, 2023

        That’s all you can take from this

  2. Diabetes UNBOTHERED September 20, 2023

    CARDI = 👑 of Rap

    Megan = 2 Grammys
    Doja Cat = 1 Grammy
    Cardi b = 1 Grammy
    Nicki minaj= 0 😱

    Cardi b = 4 (#1 hits)
    Doja Cat= 2 (#1 hits)
    Megan = 1 (#1 hit)
    Nicki minaj= 1 (#1 hit)

    Cardi b = 4X Plat (IOP)
    Nicki minaj= 3x Plat (Pink Friday)

    Cardi b = 3x Diamond singles
    Nicki minaj= 1 Diamond single

    Cardi= 24.5 million ww (1 Album)
    Nicki minaj= 30.3 million ww (4 albums)
    Doja cat= 21 million (3 Albums)
    Megan = 10 million (2 Albums)

    • UHoesFunny September 20, 2023

      LOL 😂 you so pressed and have convinced yourself of these made up stats lmfaooo. You know you da Queen when you got btches proving themselves to the world 🤣🤣🤣 if Cardi really that btch then she should SHOW US. Not have her obese minions tweet about it LOL bozos 🤡

      • Eros September 21, 2023

        Making fun of someone’s weight. Classic easy move. She showing facts and you choose not to see it and make fun of her. These people are rich, they don’t care about what we think. Everything she said is a fact. There’s 8billion people in the world. There’s room for everyone. I like both of them. Diabetes I’d not something to make fun of.

      • UHoesFunny September 21, 2023

        Gurl shut the hell up 😂

  3. Diabetes UNBOTHERED September 20, 2023

    Cardi B Is First Female Rapper With Two 11x Platinum Singles

    According to the RIAA, cardi has sold 100 million equivalent units in the United States across albums, singles, and mixtapes, making her the 6th best-selling female digital artist in the country with ONE ALBUM 👑

    • Ms. Ling Ling September 20, 2023

      Still one album…. Somebody is scared of sophomore slump

      • Eros September 21, 2023

        Yes still one album. How do you know she’s scared. Your gaslighting yourself. You go Diabetes unbothered . Facts are facts. Why does it make you angry that people you don’t know are both succeeding. This makes no sense. When was the last time ,you went out to dinner with Nicki ?

    • Eros September 21, 2023

      You act like half of nickis catalog isn’t features. You just hating cause her features are not diamond. You tell them diabetes unbothered. I like them both

      • UHoesFunny September 21, 2023

        Cardi sees NONE of those diamond records. She’s locked in a terrible 360 deal and all of her songs belong to and written by Pardison Fontain 🤣🤣🤣

  4. Diabetes UNBOTHERED September 20, 2023

    In September 2019, Bodak Yellow i
    was certified nonuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), becoming the highest-certified single by a female rapper.

    In March 2021, it was certified Diamond by the RIAA, making Cardi B the first female rapper to achieve this.

  5. September 23, 2023

    Organic diamonds that took time to naturally process, that real people bought, not that lab-made robot sh!t.

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