It’s safe to say that Nicki Minaj’s week is off to a “great” start.
“Super Freaky Girl,” a song by Minaj that samples the 1981 rock anthem “Super Freak” by Rick James, debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” back in 1998, it is the first solo female rap song to enter the #1 spot on the charts. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Hill’s only studio album, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart as well.
James’ debut single peaked at 16, never even making it into the top 20. The Grammy-winning song “U Can’t Touch This,” which M.C. Hammer sampled from “Super Freak” in 1990, won the award. The song only reached the eighth position on the Hot 100, despite the emcee capturing the top spot on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart.
The entire amount of digital downloads, streams, and radio play is taken into account when calculating the Billboard Hot 100. The song “Super Freaky Girl” has the best digital sales week of any song this year with 89,000 downloads.
Following the achievement, the artist, real name Onika Tanya Maraj, responded on Twitter.
Minaj merely tweeted “You did it,” along with the holding-back-tears emoji, after retweeting accounts that reported the accomplishment. The tweet was intended for Minaj’s adoring following, known as “barbiez” or “barbz” for short.
According to a release, “Super Freaky Girl” will be on Minaj’s fifth full-length album, which is “coming soon.”
You did it
— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) August 22, 2022
Minaj will be one of the three guest hosts at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. The five-time VMA winner will co-host the ceremony in Newark, New Jersey, with LL Cool J and Jack Harlow.
Minaj will also receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and is nominated for two VMAs. Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, and Janet Jackson are examples of past awardees.
Along with the original song, Minaj also offered the acapella version of the song to her fans. The remix included her alter ego “Roman.” During the first episode of her show “Queen Radio” on Amp, a brand-new live radio app from Amazon, she debuted “Super Freaky Girl.” Dr. Luke, a music producer who has been involved in a legal dispute with Kesha since 2014, co-produced the song. He has previously collaborated with Minaj and was in charge of Doja Cat’s “Say So,” which included Minaj and peaked at number one on the Hot 100 in 2020.
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