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Nicki Minaj becomes first female rapper to debut at number one since 1998

It has been a busy year for Nicki Minaj. She’s appeared on a variety of collaborations over the past 12 months including ‘Do We Have A Problem?’ and ‘Bussin’ with Lil Baby, ‘Blick Blick’ with Coi Leray, and ‘We Go Up’ with Fivio Foreign. Then, earlier this month she returned with ‘Super Freaky Girl’, her first solo single since her 2019 hit ‘Megatron’.

A stellar return to form, it contains a sample of the 1981 hit ‘Super Freak’ by Rick James, and it has been a resounding success for the rapper. Hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Minaj has made history with the track, making her the first female rapper to debut at number one since 1998. 

The celebrations do not end there either, it also confirms her as the first female lead artist to debut at number one in 2022, the first rapper with multiple number one debuts, and the first female rapper to reach number one without a video in over two years. 

The accolades have kept on coming as well. Minaj has also scored the “biggest consumption debut for a lead female artist in 2022” and the “biggest sales week for any single of 2022”. Her most successful year to date, the track marks her fourth digital number one of the year, the most of any artist this year, and her 12th digital number one overall, confirming her as the fifth artist to achieve this feat. 

Interestingly, Minaj has eclipsed her own record for the largest digital sales week of any track in 2022, defeating ‘Do We Have a Problem?’. She also holds the record as the female artist with the most Top 10 entries on the Hot 100 of all time, with 21. 

Despite becoming a mother and slightly withdrawing from the public eye, it’s clear that Nicki Minaj isn’t going anywhere.