At long last, Nicki Minaj has returned with her new single “Super Freaky Girl.” The Rick James-sampled track will likely serve as the lead single to the Young Money rapper’s follow-up to 2018’s Queen, which the Barbz have been waiting on with bated breath. Will this banger be enough to give Nicki her first solo No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 and put her back on top of the charts?
Streaming data, radio airplay, and physical and digital sales are all factored into the Hot 100’s calculation of a song’s overall success (if available). The objective of the list is to provide a weekly ranking of the top 100 songs in the country.
As explained by Billboard on the chart’s official page: “The week’s most popular current songs across all genres, ranked by streaming activity from digital music sources tracked by Luminate, radio airplay audience impressions as assessed by Luminate and sales data as gathered by Luminate.”
Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul” has spent two weeks in a row at the top of the chart, surpassing Harry Styles’ “As It Was,” which had been at the top for 19 weeks prior.
Nicki Minaj unveiled Dr. Luke, Malibu Babie, Vaughn Oliver, and Aaron Joseph-produced music on Aug. 12, after a single sample of the record had been going viral for nearly a month. On the first day, she dropped the song on DSPs—eventually at a discounted price of $0.69—released an audio video on YouTube, as well as a lyric video.
Nicki Minaj released the “Super Freaky Girl (Roman Remix)” on Thursday (August 18), along with audio and lyric videos. She also published a cappella version of the original, which presumably Nicki hasn’t even heard.
She tweeted about the instrumental version, saying, “I refused to listen to it.” “I don’t think I’ve ever dropped an a cappella… I knew if I listened I probably wouldn’t approve it.”
Fans are still waiting on the track’s actual official visual, which Nicki also teased on Thursday on Instagram. The graphic will include Alexander Ludwig, who portrayed Cato in The Hunger Games. Plus, you can get merchandise featuring the character Super Freaky Girl.
Initial results suggest that the massive campaign was successful. As of Tuesday, the song has allegedly sold over 100,000 copies (Aug. 16). The original and the remixed version of the song both peaked at No. 1 on Apple Music.
The first week of charting for “Super Freaky Girl” concluded at midnight yesterday night (Aug. 18). The next edition of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart will be released on Monday (Aug. 22).
When she was a guest on Doja Cat’s “Say So” and 6ix9ine’s “Trollz” in 2020, Nicki Minaj became a household name. On the Billboard Hot 100, she peaked at No. 2 with “Anaconda” in 2014.
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.