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Nicki Minaj is first solo female rapper since Ms. Lauryn Hill with No. 1 Hot 100 debut

The success of “Super Freaky Girl” also makes Minaj the third woman of color in three weeks to top the chart, following Lizzo (August 6, “About Damn Time”) and Beyoncé (August 13, “Break My Soul”).

August 23, 2022

Nicki Minaj's "Super Freaky Girl" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week of release, Billboard reports. The placement makes Minaj the first female rapper to have a solo song premiere at the top spot since Ms. Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)," released in 1998.

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"Super Freaky Girl" is Minaj's first unaccompanied No. 1 hit. Her songs "Trollz" featuring 6ix9ine and "Say So" featuring Doja Cat, both released in 2020, also went to the top of the Hot 100. Since its release, "Super Freaky Girl" has amassed 21.1 million streams, 4.6 million radio airplay audience impressions and 89,000 digital copies sold, as per Luminate.

The debut also makes Minaj the third woman of color in three weeks to hit the top of the Hot 100. Beyoncé's "Break My Soul" from her new album Renaissance went to No.1 in the week beginning August 13, and was preceded by Lizzo's hit "About Damn Time" in the week of August 6.

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On Sunday, Minaj will perform at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards and accept the show's Video Vanguard Award. She joined Drake and Lil Wayne onstage on August 8 in Toronto for a Young Money Reunion concert.

Nicki Minaj is first solo female rapper since Ms. Lauryn Hill with No. 1 Hot 100 debut