Pink Friday is the debut studio album by hip hop recording artist Nicki Minaj, released on November 19, 2010 through Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Universal Motown. Its deluxe version contains three additional songs and was released simultaneously. The album was preceded by the singles "Your Love" and "Right thru Me" which were released in June and September 2010, respectively. In addition, a previously released joint single between American rapper will.i.am and Minaj, "Check It Out", appears on the album. A third single, "Moment 4 Life", features Canadian rapper Drake and was released in December 2010.
Pink Friday features production styles crossing the genres of pop, hip-hop and R&B. Contributions to the album's production came from a wide range of producers including J.R. Rotem, Bangladesh, Swizz Beatz, T-Minus and will.i.am. After a much anticipated release as the result of Minaj's extensive featured appearances on the singles of other artists, Pink Friday debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales of 375,000 copies. It has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and has sold 1,214,000 copies in the US.
After a major record label bidding war, Young Money Entertainment announced on August 31, 2009 that Minaj had been released a 360 deal with the label in which she retains and owns all of her 360 rights – including merchandising, sponsorships, endorsements, touring and publishing. Sessions for the album began in 2009 with a tentative release in the second quarter of 2010. Nicki Minaj stated in an MTV interview that "Married In The Club" was set to be the lead single from the album and was slated for a November 2009 release. Plans for the single were cancelled and Minaj explained in a February 2010 interview with MTV that she had scrapped the previous material and began recording again from scratch. Minaj explained, "I have songs that where I am now, they aren't a great representation of me to where I'm at musically. I wanna start from scratch but I do have my single and it'll be out."
Minaj stated the great importance of the album to her and all females in hip-hop in an interview with V103’s Greg Street stating; “They won’t look to sign other female rappers because they’ll say, ‘Her buzz was so crazy and if she couldn’t do it, then no one can do it.’ And I don’t want that to happen, so I’m doing this as well for all the girls. I hope that with the success of the album—because I know it will be successful, I believe it will be successful—I hope that this opens doors for all of the girls everywhere. Even as far as I’ve come right now, it’s a testament in my mind,” she said. “So I hope the female rappers will understand how big it is, just for our culture, that the album does well.”
Recording and production
Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz confirmed his collaboration with Minaj for the album, with Minaj discussing a song "Catch Me", that she described as "moody" and "mellow futuristic" which later became a bonus track on the album. Minaj also confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that The Black Eyed Peas member and record producer will.i.am contributed production to the album. She stated in the interview that “The album is much more emotional than you anticipate, which is a great thing. And I know women are gonna connect to the album so much. I felt like for so many years I was the girl who did the catchy little raps, and it’s time for me now to tell my story, and in telling my story, I’m really telling every girl’s story. We all go through the same thing. So the album is gonna feel very personal to every female.” Producer Bangladesh also contributed to the album.
Hip-hop rap artist and producer Kanye West is also confirmed for the album. In an interview with Interview Minaj stated that she would be toning down her sex appeal on the album, stating: “I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness,” she tells Interview magazine. “I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.” The song "Right Thru Me", which Minaj confirmed as a "standout" track of the album, is confirmed for the album with Minaj stating, "It's not gonna come right now. It'll come closer to when the album drops, but it's a really, really pretty song. Everyone's gonna like it. It's just really insightful but in a very conversational kind of way." In an interview with 95.8 Capital FM, Rihanna stated that after the two collaborated on "Raining Men" from her album Loud that the duo would be teaming up together for a possible second collaboration on Minaj's Pink Friday.. Capital FM. Retrieved on 2010-12-24.
A joint single between Minaj and will.i.am titled "Check It Out", which samples "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles, was released on September 3, 2010 via digital download.Rodriguez, Jayson. (2010-09-24) . MTV. Retrieved on 2010-12-24. Minaj revealed on an unexpected Ustream on October 25, 2010 and discussed a song she recently recorded with fellow label-mate Drake that is expected to be on the album and is set to be a single and have a music video.. Rap-Up.com (2010-10-26). Retrieved on 2010-12-24. Minaj revealed exclusively to Rap-Up that she collaborated with rapper Eminem on a Swizz Beatz-produced track titled "Roman's Revenge" which references Minaj's alter-ego Roman Zolanski and features Eminem's alter-ego Slim Shady.. Rap-Up.com (2010-10-28). Retrieved on 2010-12-24.. Dem Boyz Music (2010-10-29). Retrieved on 2010-12-24. "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake impacted U.S. Rhythmic radio on December 7, 2010.. Allaccess.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-24.
Release and promotion
On her Twitter Minaj stated that if she reached one-million followers she would dedicate a Ustream to her fans. On August 3, Minaj went on Ustream to call fans who emailed her their phone numbers and to reveal the album's title. On August 3, 2010 Minaj revealed on a Ustream.tv channel for her fans that the albums name would be Pink Friday stating, “To carry on a great tradition of Black Friday, we are going to switch it up this year in honor of the Nicki Minaj album and call that day Pink Friday, and call my album Pink Friday,!” A deluxe edition of the album has also been confirmed. Nicki Minaj released the artwork for her album cover on Friday, October 15, 2010.. Billboard.com (2009-09-14). Retrieved on 2010-12-24. Rap-Up commented on the album cover stating "The cover features Minaj as a doll alarmingly staring at the camera, sitting armless on the ground with her elongated legs in a flowing silver corset, pink stilettos, and a stark pink wig.". Rap-Up.com (2010-10-15). Retrieved on 2010-12-24.
On June 17, 2010, promotional photos for the album were leaked online, depicting Minaj in a neon-orange wig dressed as a ninja. It is unknown if the photoshoot will be included in the final album artwork. On July 8, 2010, Minaj announced via Twitter that the album will be released on November 23, 2010. It was later announced that the album got pushed up by one day to November 22, 2010.. Rap-Up.com (2010-10-14). Retrieved on 2010-12-24. Minaj's official website and related social networking pages later announced that the digital download version of the album would be availabe for pre-order through iTunes on October 30, less than a month before the release date of the physical edition. Music videos for four additional tracks are planned: "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake, "Save Me", "Fly" featuring Rihanna, and "Girls Fall Like Dominoes". On January 5, 2011, Minaj booked Sanaa Hamri to direct the music video for "Fly" featuring Rihanna.http In March 2011, Minaj booked Sanaa Hamri to direct the video for "Super Bass".http
"Massive Attack" was released on April 13, 2010 through digital distribution. It charted at number 75 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was a distinct change in Minaj's previous work on mixtapes and features, thus receiving mixed to positive reviews from critics, commending lyrical content and distinctiveness, and critiquing that it did not fit her "Barbie" persona well. The song bubbled under the Billboard Hot 100 at 22, and peaked at 65 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Massive Attack" was initially announced as the album's lead single, however, after the single's poor chart performance, Minaj dethroned its lead single status and declared that it would not be featured on Pink Friday. "Your Love" was released as the album's first official US single on June 1, 2010 and as the first single in the United Kingdom on July 2, 2010. Initially, the song had never been planned for release, but due to abounding airplay it was mastered and used as the follow-up to "Massive Attack". The song has so far peaked at number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at 5 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and topped the Rap Songs chart for eight consecutive weeks. Minaj became the first female artist to top the Rap Songs chart unaccompanied since 2002. It also charted in Canada and the UK., billboard.com "Right Thru Me" was released on September 24, 2010 and officially impacted urban radio on October 5, 2010. A music video directed by Diane Martel, was released for the single on October 27, 2010.. Rap-Up.com (2010-10-27). Retrieved on 2010-12-24. "Moment 4 Life" which features Drake was released on December 7, 2010 and officially impacted Rhythmic radio the same day.. FMQB. Retrieved on 2010-12-24. "Did It On'em" will be relased as the forth official single on March 7, 2011.
"Check It Out" was released as a joint single by will.i.am and Nicki Minaj on September 3, 2010.. Itunes.apple.com (2010-09-03). Retrieved on 2010-12-24. A music video for the song was directed by Rich Lee and released October 25, 2010.. Rap-Up.com (2010-10-25). Retrieved on 2010-12-24. "Roman's Revenge" featuring Eminem was released as a promotional single to iTunes on October 30, 2010.. Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-24. "Fly" (with Rihanna) is also set to be a single. A re-worked version of "Roman's Revenge" featuring Lil Wayne was released to the iTunes Store on January 19, 2011.
"Did It On'em" will be released to Rhythmic radio on March 7, 2011.
Nicki Minaj announced via the social networking site Twitter that she would kick off a five-date Pink Friday Tour a month before the album drops.. Billboard.com. Retrieved on 2010-12-24. Tweeting, "Ok Barbz, here are the 1st 5 dates on my Pink Friday Tour," the tour began in Philadelphia on October 22, and ran through October 30 in Trinidad and Tobago.. The Boombox (2010-09-22). Retrieved on 2010-12-24. Further dates are yet to be announced.. Ksfm.radio.com (2010-10-19). Retrieved on 2010-12-24.
Pink Friday debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 375,000 copies: this marked the second-highest sales week for a female hip hop recording artist, behind Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1998. The album debuted at number eight in Canada, number thirty in Ireland, and number thirty-four in the UK. By its eighth week, the album had sold 989,000 copies in the United States.Jacobs, Allen. . Cheri Media Group. Retrieved on 2011-02-02. As of January 5, 2011, Pink Friday has been certified Platinum by the RIAA Three months after its release, Pink Friday sold a total of 1,035,000 copies, and never left the top ten of the Billboard 200. On the week of February 9, 2011, Pink Friday went to number one, after its eleventh week on the US Billboard chart, selling 45,000 copies in that week. In its twelfth week, the album had sold 1,081,000 copies in the United States.Jacobs, Allen. . Cheri Media Group. Retrieved on 2011-02-16. In its thirteenth week, the album sold an additional 46,000 copies, bringing total sales to 1,127,000 in the United States. As of March 13, 2011, the album has sold 1,214,000 copies in the US.
In the UK, in its fourteenth week, Pink Friday climbed back into the top 40 at number 34, the same position it peaked at during the week of its album release.http The following week, the album climbed to a new peak of number 32.http
Pink Friday received positive reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 70, based on 23 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2010-11-24. Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield gave it three-and-a-half out of five stars and called it "surprisingly pop". James Reed of The Boston Globe called it "a brash pop album brimming with Minaj’s various personae and Technicolor rhymes". Entertainment Weeklys Brad Wete commended Minaj for her "knack for melody" and "boasting lyrics". Sam Wolfson of NME complimented Minaj's "pop sensibility" and found her "volatility and quirks reminiscent of heyday Lil Wayne". USA Todays Steve Jones wrote that the album "swerves effortlessly from hard-core rap to sweet pop bliss". Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Margaret Wappler commented that the album "shows Minaj is on the cusp", while Ann Powers remarked on Minaj's attempt to showcase her multi-faceted range and complimented her female perspective. Pitchfork Media's Scott Plagenhoef expressed a mixed response towards the album's pop concessions, but stated "Fortunately, even when she's aiming down the middle of the road, she's at least better than almost anyone else". Allison Stewart of The Washington Post stated "Friday nibbles at the edges of what female rappers are allowed to do, even as it provides a steady helping of pop hits". In his consumer guide for MSN Music, critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A rating and stated "she's proud to be shameless, with the hooks to back it up".
Andy Gill of The Independent gave a rating of three stars out of five, writing that "Right Thru Me" is the only track that exhibits "adequate use of R&B vocal skills" among an album of unoriginal "rap braggadocio". Slant Magazine's Jesse Cataldo praised Minaj's versatility on tracks like "Roman's Revenge", but was disappointed with the collaborative "Moment 4 Life", noting she could have shown more confidence by acting as a foil for Drake, but didn't. Kitty Empire of The Observer called the album a "triumph of prevarication", but stated "Pink Friday can't decide whether Minaj is a rapper or just another pop artist This album's pop quotient... is adequate, but anonymous." Rich Juzwiak of The Village Voice criticized the album's "r&b crossover" material and found it lyrically "underwhelming".Baron, Zach. Juzwiak, Rich (November 24, 2010). . The Village Voice. Village Voice, LLC. Retrieved November 27, 2010. Despite complimenting Minaj's "adoption of personas", Alexis Petridis of The Guardian commented that "For every burst of originality, there's a burst of generic frosty synth and Auto-Tune", noting that "the pop- and R&B-influenced tracks simply aren't as exciting, lyrically or musically, as the foam-mouthed hardcore ones". Marc Hogan of Spin stated "As an MC showcase... the album falls short", but ultimately viewed it as "a budding artist's love letter to pop — well-wrought and exuberantly penned" Allmusic's David Jeffries wrote that it "both dazzles and disappoints", stating "Feed off the production, the great musical ideas, and Minaj’s keen sense of her surroundings, and Pink Friday is an outstanding success". "Did It on'em" appeared on Rolling Stones Best Singles of 2010 list at number 25.
Credits for Pink Friday adapted from Allmusic.. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-12-04.
* Chris Bellman – mastering
* Joshua Berkman – A&R
* Sandy Brummels – art direction
* Noel Cadastre – assistant
* Dwayne "Tha President" Carter – executive producer
* Lyttleton "Cartwheel" Carter – assistant
* Ariel Chobaz – engineer, mixing
* Seandrae "Mr. Bangledesh" Crawford – producer
* James Cruz – A&R, management
* Diddy – management
* DJ Ammo – synthesizer
* Dylan Dresdow – mixing
* Chris Gehringer – mastering
* Kevin Hissink – electric guitar
* John B. – keyboards, producer, programming
* Padraic Kerin – engineer
* Kenny Meiselas – legal counsel
* Drew Money – producer
* Charles Moniz – engineer
* J.R. Rotem – arranger, mixing
* Safaree "SB" Samuels – A&R, vocals
* Ed Shapiro – legal counsel
* Noah Shebib – engineer
* Olivia Smith – package design
* Shaz Sparks – vocals
* Swizz Beatz – producer
* T-Minus – producer
* Pop Wansel – producer
* will.i.am – drum programming, engineer, producer, synthesizer
* Bryan Williams – executive producer
* Ronald Williams – executive producer
* G.L. Wood – photography
ReferencesThis text has been derived from Pink Friday on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0
Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1984),
better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (), is a Trinidadian hip hop and R&B recording artist and songwriter.Starbury, Allen (2009) "", BallerStatus, May 21, 2009 She first saw fame when she signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment and then later Cash Money Records. She has successfully released her debut album, which charted at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown. In Minaj's early career, she released three mixtapes, Playtime Is Over, Sucka Free, and Beam Me Up Scotty. Minaj was discovered by fellow American rapper Lil Wayne and, after the three mixtapes, Minaj signed a deal with Young Money Entertainment. After signing the deal, Minaj began working on her debut album, titled Pink Friday, which charted at number-two on the US Billboard 200, kept off the top spot by Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Minaj became the first artist ever to have seven songs within the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her second single, "Your Love", reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. Minaj became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List One month after the release of Pink Friday, Minaj's album gained a Platinum certification in the United States. Minaj is known for collaborating with numerous artists and guest raps on many popular singles.Minaj raps on a lot of artists singles
Minaj was born in 1984 in Saint James, "TRINIDAD!!! WE DID IT!!! Thank you so very much for all the love and support. I am truly honored to have been born on the most beautiful island in the world!" (a suburb of Trinidad and Tobago's capital city Port of Spain). Her parents were of Indian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestryMcGarry, Kevin (2009) "", New York Times, June 4, 2009 and she lived in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago with her grandmother until age five, because her parents were looking for a place to live in the Queens borough of New York City at the time. Her mother would occasionally visit, and one day, when Minaj was five, her mother picked her up to move to Queens."...Nicki was a little girl in Trinidad who missed her mom. Born in 1984, Onika Tanya Maraj spent her first five years in a clown-car of a house, full of cousins and friends and animals. Like lots of people awaiting entry to the United States, Nicki idealized what her life would be like once she got to New York. " According to Minaj, her father drank alcohol, took drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire.
She attended Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School 210, where she played the clarinet. She graduated from LaGuardia High School. At LaGuardia, a school specializing in music and the visual and performing arts, Minaj participated in the drama program. She had initially planned to sing at LaGuardia, but lost her voice on the day of the audition.
2007–09: Career beginnings and mixtapes
Nicki Minaj released her first mixtape in 2007, after releasing, Playtime Is Over with Dirty Money Records. She later released another mixtape on July 7, 2008, titled Sucka Free, under the label of Be. On April 18, 2009, Minaj released a third mixtape and appeared in XXL magazine."", XXL, November 24, 2008 In 2008 she won the Female Artist of the Year award at the Underground Music Awards."", HipHopRuckus, August 28, 2008 Minaj released Beam Me Up Scotty, another mixtape, in April 2009 under the label of Trapaholics Records. Beam Me Up Scotty received positive coverage on both BET and MTV. Reid, Shaheem (2009) "", MTV, May 4, 2009"", BET, May 1, 2009
2010–present: Pink Friday
After a major record label bidding war, Young Money Entertainment announced on August 31, 2009 that Minaj had been released a 360 deal with the label in which she retains and owns all of her 360 rights – including merchandising, sponsorships, endorsements, touring and publishing. In an interview with 95.8 Capital FM, Rihanna stated that after the two collaborated on "Raining Men" from her album Loud that the duo would be teaming up together for a possible second collaboration on Minaj's Pink Friday.. Capital FM. Retrieved on 2010-12-24. Hip-hop rap artist and producer Kanye West was also confirmed for the album.
On August 3, 2010 Minaj revealed on a Ustream.tv channel for her fans that the albums name would be Pink Friday stating, “To carry on a great tradition of Black Friday, we are going to switch it up this year in honor of the Nicki Minaj album and call that day Pink Friday, and call my album Pink Friday,!” A deluxe edition of the album was also released after the standard addition. Nicki Minaj released the artwork for her album cover on Friday, October 15, 2010.. Billboard.com (2009-09-14). Retrieved on 2010-12-24.
Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday was released on November 19, 2010. A buzz single, "Massive Attack", was released in April. In August, Minaj released "Your Love" as the first official single from her debut album. The single peaked at 14 on the Billboard Hot 100, 7 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and topped the Rap Songs chart. Minaj became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List and the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. In October 2010, Minaj became the first artist to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart simultaneously. Minaj released a joint single with The Black Eyed Peas front man, will.i.am titled, "Check It Out", which is Minaj's most successful single to-date around Europe. "Right thru Me" was released September 24, 2010. Written by Stephen Hacker, Joe Satriani, Andrew Thielk, B.Evans and Minaj herself. The music video was released in late October, which featured Minaj a boy-and-girl relationship drama. "Moment 4 Life" followed "Right thru Me" and was released as the fourth overall single. The track featured Canadian rapper, Drake, which was released on December 7, 2010, which is proving to be as successful in the Billboard Hot 100, as it is climbing each week and currently at number 22. The single has so far peaked at number 5 on the Hot Rap Songs. Minaj's album gained a Platinum certification in the United States a month after the release.
On Saturday, January 29, 2011, Minaj appeared on Saturday Night Live as the musical guest. She performed her hit songs "Right Thru Me" and "Moment 4 Life". On February 9, 2011, it was announced that Pink Friday had reached number one on the Billboard 200 in its eleventh week on the chart.
Musical style and image
In an interview with Vibe Minaj discussed her sexual image stating, "hen I grew up I saw females doing certain things, and I thought I had to do that exactly. The female rappers of my day spoke about sex a lot... and I thought that to have the success they got, I would have to represent the same thing. When in fact I didn’t have to represent the same thing."
In an interview with Interview, Minaj commented on her sexual image again stating, "I made a conscious decision to try to tone down the sexiness, I want people—especially young girls—to know that in life, nothing is going to be based on sex appeal. You’ve got to have something else to go with that.”
Minaj has a tattoo of the traditional Chinese characters "" (shangdi yu ni chang zai) on her left arm, meaning, "God, you are always with me."
While growing up Nicki was surrounded by constant trouble and fighting between her parents. To escape her real life problems she would create characters and live her life through them. In an interview with New York she stated, “o get away from all their fighting, I would imagine being a new person. "Cookie" was my first identity—that stayed with me for a while. I went on to "Harajuku Barbie", then "Nicki Minaj". Fantasy was my reality.”
For her debut album, Minaj created another alter-ego named "Roman Zolanski". She stated that in songs like "Bottoms Up" with Trey Songz it is not Nicki rapping, but instead Roman Zolanski, and claims that Roman is her "twin sister". She claims that she was born inside her, out of rage, and becomes her when she is angry. She has also said 'She is a demon inside her'. Roman has been compared to Eminem's alter ego Slim Shady, and on the song "Roman's Revenge" from Pink Friday, Minaj and Eminem collaborate, using these alter egos. Roman also has a "mother" called "Martha Zolanski", who also appeared on the song Roman's Revenge, with a British accent. vodpod.com/.../5073722-nicki-introduces-the-world-to-roman-martha-and- rosa Martha appears in the video for "Moment 4 Life" where she appears to be Nicki's magical Godmother. In songs such as "All I Do Is Win (Remix)" it is Nicki rapping. Minaj stated that on her debut album, fans will get to "meet" Nicki, Roman and Onika.
On November 18, 2010 Nicki Minaj assumed a different alter-ego named "Nicki Teresa". Wearing a colorful scarf around her head, she went around as the "healer to her fans" as she visited them at The Garden of Dreams Foundation at Fuse studios in New York City. Minaj made an appearance on Lopez Tonight on December 6, 2010 and presented a different alter-ego for the Spanish-inspired occasion, named "Rosa" (pronounced Rrrrrosa).
Minaj has stated that artists who have influenced her musical style include Lil Wayne, Lauryn Hill, Jadakiss, Natasha Bedingfield, Foxy Brown, and Missy Elliott.This text has been derived from Nicki Minaj on Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 3.0