May, 24 2018
I found the following article on billboard.com:
Nicki Minaj is teasing a big announcement which just might be a track featuring YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean. But she can’t seem to make up her mind when it’ll all go down.
With her new album Queen due out next month, the hip-hop star hinted at a star-studded collaboration, and sent her fanbase into a mini-meltdown with the promise of an announcement at 3pm ET Thursday.
And then, abruptly, she put a stop to all that. In response to a seemingly innocuous tweet, Minaj wrote: “Ok well why don’t I just scrap it altogether? No announcement. And another hiatus.” And right on cue, a stream of panicky memes flooded the social network.
And with a final message before bedtime, the announcement is on again. “Tomorrow I’ll feel a lot better & I’ll have more energy to interact with you when I DO go live,” she tweeted.
Over on her Instagram page, Minaj shared a snippet of audio, presumably a chunk of the new track, with a phone-filmed clip of a guy throwing wads of cash in the air like he just don’t care. Minaj tagged YG, 2 Chainz and Big Sean with an emoji-loaded phrase which alludes to the song title. It’s all about the money.
Confused? You’re not alone.
Minaj has had an eventful week. She canceled her appearance on The Ellen Show on Tuesday (May 22) citing “doctor’s orders,” while suggesting she was planning on making an announcement on the show. Her upcoming fourth album, Queen, is scheduled for release June 15.
May, 10 2018
Billboard.com released the following article about Nickis upcoming album ‘Queen’:
It’s been more than three years since Nicki Minaj released a full-length album. Since dropping 2014’s The Pinkprint, a lot of female rappers have sought to claim the throne that Minaj’s ample backside comfortably sat in with no challengers in sight: Rapsody, Cardi B and her arch nemesis Remy Ma are among the names that have stepped up to stake their claim as the best in the game during Minaj’s absence. But on June 15, Minaj will make her much-anticipated return to take back the crown.
After taking some time off to do a little acting (2014’s The Other Woman and 2016’s Barbershop: The Next Cut), a little touring (2015’s The Pinkprint Tour), a little loving (relationships with Safaree and Meek Mill) and a little feuding (her much-publicized drama with Remy Ma and a brief rift with Miley Cyrus), Onika Tanya Maraj is ready to reclaim what she believes that she never lost — with an appropriately titled LP, Queen.
Minaj announced her forthcoming album and its June 15th release date while walking the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala, a few weeks after buzzing her competition on April 12th by dropping a pair of braggadocious singles with “Chun-Li” and “Barbie Tingz.” But what should we expect from her latest outing? We’ll find out next month, but for now here’s what we’d like to hear when Queen finally drops.
Look, there’s nothing wrong with singing and Minaj actually fares quite well when she puts her vocal chops to work. However, with so many rappers gunning for her crown, the Young Money artist needs to put her best foot forward when it comes to spitting rhymes. She’s demonstrated on numerous occasions that her lyrical prowess is to be respected and now is not the time for her to ease off the gas and allow her competition to pass her up.
Calling Out Names
Nicki Minaj has been tied to beefs that the world is well aware of (Remy Ma) and beefs that people are assuming she’s embroiled in (Cardi B). One way or another, Nicki needs to tackle these feuds head-on. There’s no need for her to throw subliminal jabs at Remy Ma when Remy made it clear who she was taking aim at. If there’s no beef with Cardi B, let’s put it to rest. Remy Ma’s “Shether” still stings so it would be appropriate for Minaj to fire back something that has a little more lyrical blunt force trauma than “No Frauds.” But, let’s be clear, this doesn’t need to be an all-out assault on every woman in Hip-Hop, which leads us to the next things we’d like to see…
Nicki Minaj and Cardi B at Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City.
Cardi B Opens About Her Met Gala Conversation With Nicki Minaj: ‘I Never Was Feuding With Anybody’
A Song With Cardi B, Rapsody and Young M.A.
Yeah, we know this is a long shot, but wouldn’t it be dope to get a little U.N.I.T.Y. on a song? The media is quick to put all female rappers against one another, and it’s pretty unfair. Of course, the Remy Ma beef is real, but why not bring together some of the top rapper chicks together for a song just to prove that Nicki is above the nonsense?
The Obligatory Song With Drake & Lil Wayne
You can’t have a Nicki Minaj album without a song featuring her brothers at Young Money, can you? The Pinkprint gave us “Truffle Butter” and “Only,” which were both certified bangers. It only makes sense for this trio to reunite and deliver yet another wicked collaboration. “No Frauds” was cool, but we’ve come to expect greatness from these three.
A Song With Lauryn Hill
Back in 2016, Nicki Minaj met Lauryn Hill backstage at JAY-Z & Beyonce’s Tidal X charity concert. Minaj immediately hit her knees and shed a few tears upon meeting the woman who took the world by storm with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill nearly two decades ago. As mentioned earlier, Minaj certainly needs to draw the line in the sand with Remy Ma, but should also be at the forefront of bringing women in hip-hop together. L-Boogie is a name that can’t be shared with other people, and it would be great to see the rap game’s current reigning queen alongside one who paved the way for her nearly 20 years to the date that Ms. Hill dropped her now-iconic solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. We don’t know what the hell it would sound like, but with two of hip-hops strongest forces coming together, it’d surely be a collaboration for the history books.
Apr, 25 2018
This article was written by Billboard:
As previously reported, Nicki Minaj blasts 92-10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (dated April 28) with “Chun-Li,” her first top 10 on which she’s unaccompanied by another artist since “Anaconda,” which she took to No. 2 in September 2014.
“Chun-Li” leaps following its first full week of tracking; it debuted on the April 21-dated Hot 100 from a day of streaming and sales tracking and four days of radio airplay monitoring, after its April 12 release. It launches at No. 14 on the Streaming Songs chart (22.1 million U.S. streams in the April 13-19 tracking week, up from 3.5 million in its first day, according to Nielsen Music) and jumps 16-4 on Digital Song Sales (38,000 downloads sold, up from 20,000), as it logs the Hot 100’s top gains in streaming and sales.
Minaj tallies her 16th Hot 100 top 10, extending her record for the most among female rappers; Missy Elliott ranks second with nine.
“Chun-Li” is Minaj’s fourth unassisted Hot 100 top 10. Before “Anaconda,” she made solo trips to the tier with “Starships” and “Super Bass.”
Here is a chronological recap of all 16 of Minaj’s Hot 100 top 10s, a list that includes collaborations with Afrojack, Justin Bieber, Big Sean, Cardi B, Drake, Ariana Grande, David Guetta, Jessie J, Kesha, Madonna, M.I.A., Migos, Bebe Rexha, Trey Songz, Britney Spears and Yo Gotti.
Nicki Minaj’s Hot 100 Top 10s
No. 6, “Bottoms Up” (Trey Songz feat. Nicki Minaj), Nov. 6, 2010
No. 3, “Till The World Ends” (Britney Spears feat. Nicki Minaj & Kesha), May 14, 2011
No. 3, “Super Bass,” Aug. 13, 2011
No. 9, “Make Me Proud” (Drake feat. Nicki Minaj), Nov. 5, 2011
No. 10, “Dance (A$$)” (Big Sean feat. Nicki Minaj), Jan. 7, 2012
No. 4, “Turn Me On” (David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj), Feb. 4, 2012
No. 10, “Give Me All Your Luvin’ ” (Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj & M.I.A.), Feb. 25, 2012
No. 5, “Starships,” April 7, 2012
No. 5, “Beauty and a Beat” (Justin Bieber feat. Nicki Minaj),” Jan. 5, 2013
No. 2, “Anaconda,” Sept. 6, 2014
No. 3, “Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj),” Oct. 4, 2014
No. 8, “Hey Mama” (David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj, Bebe Rexha & Afrojack), June 6, 2015
No. 4, “Side to Side” (Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj), Dec. 3, 2016
No. 8, “Rake It Up” (Yo Gotti feat. Nicki Minaj), Oct. 7, 2017
No. 6, “MotorSport” (Migos, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B), Dec. 30, 2017
No. 10 (to date), “Chun-Li,” April 28, 2017
Minaj additionally soars with her other new song, also released April 12, “Barbie Tingz,” which vaults 83-25 on the Hot 100, as it debuts at No. 19 on Streaming Songs (18 million, up from 4.2 million in its first day) and climbs 13-7 on Digital Song Sales (29,000, up from 21,000).
Minaj concurrently enters the Hot 100 at No. 89 as featured on Young Thug’s “Anybody.” The song marks Minaj’s 87th Hot 100 entry, pushing her further ahead of Taylor Swift (76) for the most among women. Aretha Franklin, who held the record among solo females for nearly 40 years, ranks third with 71.
Among all acts, Minaj places eighth for the most Hot 100 appearances, below the Glee Cast (207), Drake (162), Lil Wayne (137), Elvis Presley (108), JAY-Z (97), James Brown (91) and Chris Brown (90).
Apr, 17 2018
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.
Jul, 15 2015
After days of hints and teases, we can finally reveal the full lineup for the first-ever Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival. The Weeknd, Skrillex, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne are headlining the fest, which will also feature a very special performance by Justin Bieber. The festival hits New York’s Nikon at Jones Beach Theater (and the surrounding beach area) Aug. 22-23.
Kygo, Jason Derulo, American Authors, Betty Who, The Chainsmokers, Fetty Wap, Halsey, Holy Ghost!, Kiesza, Little Mix, Santigold, and ZZ Ward are among the 40-plus artists playing the inaugural Hot 100 Fest. Check out the full lineup below. It’s a killer mix of hot hitmakers, social media influencers, rising stars and festival faves.
More at Billboard.com