Nicki Minaj has reached the first-ever solo No. 1 single of her career on the Billboard Hot 100, credits to her newest song, “Super Freaky Girl,” Billboard reported on Monday.
While she has landed the top spot alongside other musicians and rappers such as Doja Cat (“Say So”) and rapper 6ix9ine (“Trollz”), this most recent feat is actually the first time in Minaj’s career – 13 years of it – that she has reached the chart’s peak on her own.
Additionally, Billboard announced that “Super Freaky Girl” is the first-ever hip-hop track by a solo female with no collaborating artist to debut at the top spot on the Hot 100 after “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill in 1998.
“You did it,” Minaj wrote on Twitter on Monday, not long after it was announced that the single also marked the largest pure sales week for any song dropped in 2022, with 89,000 units sold.
The song has been dubbed a pseudo follow-up to Minaj’s 2014 smash hit “Anaconda” and contains a great sample of Rick James’ 1981 single “Super Freak.”
“Super Freaky Girl” Performed Well for Minaj
Following the premiere of “Super Freaky Girl,” Minaj dropped a partially altered “Roman Remix” version of the track that houses the comeback of her beloved alter-ego Roman Zolanski.
Besides her chart success, Minaj is scheduled to host the MTV VMAs 2022 alongside LL Cool J and Jack Harlow.
The superstar is also a recipient of this year’s Vanguard Award and will play a medley of hits from throughout her career. Moreover, “Super Freaky Girl” has snagged a nomination for Song of the Summer at the awards show.
While the song charted at the summit during its release, Minaj has also received backlash online for collaborating with writer-producer Dr. Luke, a popular songwriter Kesha took to court for alleged sexual assault and abuse – the lawsuit was later dropped.