According to Billboard, the two new Songs charted on #83 and #92 (dated on April 21).
The songs enter the Hot 100 after only one day of streaming and sales tracking and four days of radio airplay monitoring.
“Tingz” earned 4.2 million U.S. streams and sold 21,000 downloads in the week ending April 12, following its release that day, according to Nielsen Music. “Chun-Li” logged 3.5 million clicks and sold 20,000 downloads.
Both tracks concurrently debut on the Digital Song Sales chart, at Nos. 13 and 16, respectively.
“Chun-Li” additionally garnered 8.5 million all-format radio audience impressions in the week ending April 15, while “Tingz” drew 7.5 million.
Both tracks are likely to see a sizable gain on next week’s Hot 100 (dated April 28), as that chart will encompass the song’s first full week of tracking. (Streaming and sales run on a Friday through Thursday tracking cycle, while airplay runs Monday through Sunday.)
Minaj has now earned 86 total entries on the Hot 100, dating back to her first, “Knockout,” with Lil Wayne, in 2010. She extends her record for most total Hot 100 appearances among women in the chart’s 59-year history (ahead of Taylor Swift’s 76), and continues to sport the eighth-most entries among all acts.
xxlmag.com sat down with Producer J.Reid and talked about how he helped Nicki Minaj return to rap.
XXL: How did you first link up with Nicki Minaj to record “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz”?
J. Reid: One of my partners—Brinx Billions—was working with Nicki. He did a record with her and it was so crazy that she was like, “Who did the beat?” He told her that I did it and she was like, “We might need to fly him out here.” My first trip to meet her was Miami. I went out there so excited. She was just like, “I love your music. You’re talented, I’m just trying to put some stuff together.” So I was like, “I’m ready.” From that, it’s just been ballgame. Coming back and forth, going in and out of town, working at home and showing out.
When did that meeting happen in Miami?
It was probably late December. Everything came to fruition around that time. She was looking to start her project—she probably had already started it. But the certain sound she wanted, I was able to cater.
Nicki sat courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets game in Los Angeles on April 10. Nicki went live on Instagram and filmed the game. I’ve added 19 HQ Pictures to the Gallery.
billboard.com released following article yesterday:
Jack White loves Nicki Minaj, and he loves her — and hip-hop’s current offerings — so much that he dubbed the genre “the new punk rock.”
In a new interview with Clash, White says that he sought out musicians who backed hip-hop artists on the road to flesh out the sound of his new album Boarding House Reach, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
“JAY-Z goes on tour and he has a live band behind him,” he said. “That’s a specific type of musician who can do that; they can replicate samples and tones that an engineer or a producer came up with on a recording and perform them live. So those types of musicians I thought would be very inspiring to me, to just get to a new place that I’d never been before.”
He adds that hip-hop, “in a lot of ways” is “the new punk rock,” where artists performing in the jurisdiction of the genre are “doing the dangerous things — whether it’s Trippie Redd or Tekashi6ix9ine; these are a very punk, dangerous side of music.”
But Minaj, and her track “Only,” in particular, set a new standard for him and what he’s hoping to achieve in his work.
“I mean, some of those lyrics are like, ‘Holy shit!'” he told Clash. “I, as an adult, listening to that by myself, am shocked at some of the words that I’m hearing. But it’s brilliant! It’s brilliant to be able to say that, to be able to say whatever you want. I couldn’t get away with saying half of those things that Nicki Minaj says in that song. It’s just brilliant to see how far things have gone in that sense, and how cool it is for people to talk about these moments and say, ‘Wow, check this out.'”