News: Nicki Minaj Keeps Nurturing "Pink Friday", "I Gave Birth To My Baby, Now I'm Gonna Teach It How To Walk"
Thursday, Dec 2, 2010 8:18AM
Young Money's Nicki Minaj has opened up about her Pink Friday debut album making Top 200 Nielsen SoundScan history and why she is not done promoting the LP.
According to Minaj, she now feels having strong first-week sales has allowed her to focus on helping keep Pink Friday in everybody's playlists.
"I'm just so grateful and kind of still in shock," Minaj said about her debut selling over 375,000 copies in its first-week. T"hese numbers haven't been put up since 1998. It just makes me feel proud of my team, proud of my fans, everyone who has had something to do with my dreams. Finally, we are seeing this dream come to fruition. It feels incredible...Now I can promote the body of work. I feel like I gave birth to my baby, now I'm gonna teach it how to walk and how to talk and spoil the baby." (MTV)
Tweeting her reactions yesterday, Minaj said the album cemented a place in sales history for her.
"Pink Friday has the 2nd highest debut week in the HISTORY of FEMALE RAP w/375,190 units sold. Thank u sooo much 4 supporting this project!," Minaj tweeted Wednesday (December 1).
"Interesting. Lauryn sold 422,000 in the 1st wk w/Miseducation! That album wasn't categorized as HipHop/Rap under "genre"."
"So Pink Friday under the 'HipHop/Rap' genre has the highest selling first week from a female in HISTORY. #cheers."
"The previous holder of highest 1st week sales for a female RAP album was missy elliott's 'under construction' with 260K."
"I am in the company of 2 amazing groundbreaking women & for that, I am beyond grateful. S/O to Lauryn and Missy. #PinkFriday" (Nicki Minaj's Twitter)
Minaj's debut landed behind Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy which sold 497,100 copies.
Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj's long-awaited Pink Friday finally hit retail shelves and debuted at No. 2. With a week under her pink belt, the emcee's debut album has pushed out 376,000 copies. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
To help promote the new album, Minaj teamed with MAC Cosmetics to launch a line of special lipsticks which had initially sold out.
Pink 4 Friday Lipsitck: A Limited Edition Lipstick personally designed by Nicki Minaj to celebrate the release of her debut album Pink Friday. Featuring a bright, creamy pink satin formula, Nicki's shade is only available online for four Fridays starting November 26, 2010, while supplies last. Pro discount not applicable. (MAC Cosmetics)
Check out a recent Nicki Minaj interview down below: