Nicki Minaj Goes Double Platinum With “Super Bass”
Nicki Minaj continues to kill the charts, while vying for the title of best female rapper to ever do it.
Nicki’s double platinum “Super Bass” is the most successful solo single by a female emcee in almost a ten years, after landing at No. 3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, making it the highest charting solo single by a female rapper since Missy Elliot’s “Work It” reached No. 2 and held the spot for 10 consecutive weeks in 2002.
“Nicki isn’t like any other female rapper,” Cash Money co-founder Ronald “Slim” Williams said of the young YMCMB star. “We knew she had the goods when Lil Wayne signed her. She’s not a female rapper — she’s a pop star who happens to rap.”
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“Super” is also just the eighth rap single by a solo female to reach the top 10 in the chart’s 53-year history.
Minaj has been all over hip-hop and mainstream R&B radio airwaves — and Billboard’s charts — since late 2009, charting eight top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
Yet, on the all-format Billboard Hot 100, “Bass” marked only her third top 10 — and first as a lead artst.
She previously earned top 10s courtesy of being a guest star on Trey Songz’s “Bottoms Up” (No. 6) and Britney Spears’ “Till the World Ends” (No. 3).
“Super Bass,” meanwhile, has moved 1.91 million downloads in 2011, making it the year’s 21st-biggest overall seller and the seventh-largest R&B/hip-hop digital song.