Finally, Nicki Minaj is back with her new single “Super Freaky Girl”. The Rick James-sampled track will likely serve as the rapper’s Young Money follow-up debut single in 2018 Queen, which the Barbz were looking forward to. Is the banger enough to push Nicki back to the top of the charts and give her her first solo No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100?
The Hot 100 ranking takes into consideration song performances through streaming services, radio stations, and traditional sales, whether digital or physical (where available). The purpose of the chart is to rank the country’s top 100 songs in a given week.
As described by Billboard on the chart’s official page: “The current hottest songs of the week across all genres, ranked by streaming activity from digital music sources tracked by Luminate, broadcast audience impressions as measured by Luminate and sales data compiled by Luminate.”
Last week, Beyonce’s “Break My Soul” topped the chart for the second week in a row, edging out Harry Styles’ dominant “As It Was,” which has been on the chart for 19 weeks.
Nicki dropped the track produced by Dr. Luke, Malibu Babie, Vaughn Oliver and Aaron Joseph on August 12, after a single snippet from the single went 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 to YouTube, along with a lyric video.
On Thursday (August 18), Nicki Minaj doubled down with the “Super Freaky Girl (Roman Remix),” releasing it to streaming services along with accompanying audio and lyric videos. She also released an a cappella version of the original, which Nicki apparently hasn’t even heard.
“I refused to listen to it,” she commented of the beatless version on Twitter. “I don’t think I’ve ever dropped an a cappella…I knew if I listened, I probably wouldn’t approve of it.”
Fans are still waiting for the official video for the track, which Nicki also teased on Instagram on Thursday. The visual will feature Alexander Ludwig, who played Cato in The hunger Games. There is also the “Super Freaky Girl” merchandising.
The major push seems to be working. The song is said to have already moved over 100,000 units on Tuesday, August 16. Both the original and the remix took the top spot on Apple Music.
The week one charting period for the debut of “Super Freaky Girl” ended at midnight last night (August 18). Billboard will announce next week’s Hot 100 chart on Monday (August 22).
Nicki Minaj’s previous No. 1 singles were as a featured artist on Doja Cat’s “Say So” and 6ix9ine’s “Trollz” in 2020. Her highest charting song as a solo artist is “Anaconda”, which reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2014.