Nicki Minaj is back, unleashing a seismic wave across the music landscape. The undisputed rap queen has catapulted to the summit of the charts with her magnum opus, Pink Friday 2.
This unparalleled masterpiece made history by storming to the coveted number-one spot on the Billboard 200, amassing a staggering 228,000 equivalent album units. Not only does this signify Minaj's third coronation at the top in the US, following the groundbreaking success of Pink Friday (2010) and Queen (2018), but it also cements her status as the first female rapper to accomplish this awe-inspiring feat.
Pink Friday 2, a sonic juggernaut, now proudly claims the title of the most monumental female rap album of the decade, eclipsing even Cardi B's formidable Invasion of Privacy (2018), which commenced its reign with 255,000 units. Minaj's album achieved extraordinary success, with 92,000 copies flying off the shelves in pure sales.
A vinyl edition of the album not only contributed to this triumph but also etched Minaj's name in history by breaking the record for the largest vinyl sales week by a female rapper. The global conquest of Pink Friday 2 extends beyond the US, reigning supreme in charts across Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, and the UK.
A triumphant sequel to Minaj's debut, Pink Friday, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, Pink Friday 2 serves as a testament to her evolution as an artist.
With a staggering 22 tracks spanning diverse genres— from hip-hop and pop to dancehall and gospel— Pink Friday 2 is a testament to Minaj's versatility, creativity, and unbridled dominance in the rap industry. The album pulsates with Trini and Caribbean pride, featuring collaborations with a star-studded lineup, including Lil Wayne, Future,J. Cole,Drake, and more.
The album's journey to greatness was paved by two powerhouse singles, "Super Freaky Girl" and "Last Time I Saw You," both claiming top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100. "Super Freaky Girl" soared to number one, marking Minaj's third chart-topping single, while "Last Time I Saw You" showcased her vocal prowess alongside Billie Eilish, sampling Mariah Carey's timeless classic "One Sweet Day."
Nicki Minaj and her fans reacted to the number one spot on the Billboard 200 in style. Check their reaction x(formerly known as twitter) below:
The rap queen later thanked her fans for the immense ssupport they’ve shown since the album was released.
In addition to this tremendous achievement, 14 tracks of “Pink Friday 2” debuted on Billboard Hot 100.
Earlier releases, such as “Super Freaky Girl,” charted at number one in August 2022. Summing up, the rap Queen 3rd No. 1s. "Ruby Da Red Sleeve" ranked 13 in March. And in September “ Last Time I Saw You” was at No. 23.
Minaj’s 14 debuts now add up to 147 of her career entries on the Billboard Hot 100. This now makes the “Anaconda” rapper the only female rapper with such an achievement. She also surpasses some male rappers such as Lil Baby and Kanye West on the overall chat.
However, Nicki Minaj ranks her top 5 albums. Despite varying opinions from fans, music critics, sales, and billboard rankings, the queen has her own verdict. Additionally, the rap queen indicate each album holds different meanings for fans depending on their individual circumstances and moments in life.
To mark this historic triumph, Minaj is set to embark on the Pink Friday 2 World Tour in March 2024, spanning North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Fans can anticipate electrifying performances, featuring special guests from the album and surprise appearances, as Minaj takes the stage to share her new music with her devoted Barbz.
Pink Friday 2 is a cultural phenomenon, available now on all streaming platforms and in physical formats. Exclusive merchandise and bundles can be acquired through Minaj's official website, offering fans a tangible piece of this historic musical chapter.