By Kathy Iandoli
Miss Nicki Minaj, boasting “50k for a verse, no album out,” has made Billboard history for a second time.
The female MC has set a new record on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart by having the most singles on the chart at one time, with seven entries including Ludacris’ “My Chick Bad”, Lil Wayne’s “Knockout”, Trey Songz’ “Bottoms Up”, Usher’s “Lil Freak”, Sean Kingston’s “Letting Go (Dutty Love)”, and Jay Sean’s “2012 (It Ain’t The End).”
Per Soundscan, the songs have reached close to $4.3 million in sales. While all but one entry are cameos where Nicki appears on other artists’ songs, the femcee’s official debut single “Your Love” has reached a staggering $755k in sales without a video.
Earlier this summer, the Nickster’s “Your Love” became the first single by a female rapper to reach no. 1 on the Billboard Rap Chart in seven years. Minaj dethroned Lil’ Kim, who was the last to hit the top back in June 2003 with her cameo on 50 Cent’s “Magic Stick.”
Oh, the irony.
While Kim scored with a cameo, the last female solo artist to achieve that honor by herself was Missy Elliott in November 2002 with her hit energetic single “Work It.”
In the second week of August 2010, Nicki Minaj also drew attention for her presence on two of the only four singles that debuted that week: Sean Kingston’s “Letting Go (Dutty Love)” and Jay Sean’s “2012 (It Ain’t the End”).
While Nicki continues to break records and set trends for female MCs, the world still awaits what could be the biggest record of all: her upcoming solo debut Pink Friday, which hits stores November 23.