She just needs to sell one million more units
Nicki Minaj is close to breaking a huge record – the first female rapper to sell 100 million units.
Minaj released her fourth studio album, ‘Queen’, in August 2018 with features from Eminem, Lil Wayne, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, and Future. NME’s three-star verdict of Queen described it as a “mighty regal affair”.
She has currently sold 99 million units, a figure that includes albums, singles, and features certified by the Recording Industry Association of America. Which means she needs to sell one million more units to secure the record.
This positive news regarding unit sales will no doubt please Minaj. Last year, she took aim at both Spotify and Travis Scott, after her anticipated fourth album ‘Queen’ failed to bag the top spot in the U.S. charts.
‘Queen’ took the second spot with 185,000 unit sales – only beaten by the 205,000 copies of Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’.
Minaj contested the unit sales at the time – claiming that Scott had only achieved the top spot by selling ‘Season Passes’, which provide fans with pre-sale access to his live shows if they purchase the album.
“Travis sold over 50K of these. With no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc. I spoke to him. He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week. I love my fans for the #1 album in AMERICA!”, she wrote on Twitter.
Minaj recently announced a 2019 European tour, including four dates in the UK.