Nicki Minaj

Born 8 December 1982.
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Nicki Minaj talks to Semtex

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Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter and actress. After success with three mixtapes released between 2007 and 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment.

Minaj's debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010), peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Its most successful single, "Super Bass", was certified 8× platinum and has sold over four million copies, becoming one of the best-selling singles in the United States. During this time, Minaj became the first female solo artist to have seven singles simultaneously charting on the Billboard Hot 100. Her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012), topped the Billboard 200 and became one of the best-selling albums of that year. Its lead single, "Starships", peaked at number 5 in the United States and became one of the best-selling singles of 2012. Minaj also served as a judge during the twelfth season of American Idol.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up

    Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up 2012

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    Features several new songs showcasing Minaj's impressive flow.
  2. Review of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

    Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded 2012

    Reviewed by Al Fox
    This second studio album cements Minaj’s reputation as a truly unique entity.
  3. Review of Pink Friday

    Pink Friday 2010

    Reviewed by Adam Kennedy
    When she’s on fire nobody in hip hop can extinguish her talents.
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