Pink Friday is the debut studio album by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj, released on November 19, 2010, November 22, 2010 in the U.S. by Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records, and Universal Motown. Its music incorporates hip hop, R&B, and pop styles. 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.
The album was promoted with eight singles, including international hits "Super Bass" and "Fly", and US Hot 100 hits "Your Love", "Right Thru Me", and "Moment 4 Life". Minaj also supported Pink Friday with a five-date promotional concert tour during October 2010.
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 US Billboard 200 sold 375,000 copies in its first week. It ultimately reached number one and spent 39 weeks on the chart. As of February 2012, it has sold 1,774,000 copies in the United States. The album also charted within the top 20 in Australia and the United Kingdom, where it had sold 281,346 by April 2012.
Release and promotionEdit
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. Minaj released the artwork for her album cover on Friday, October 15, 2010. 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."
On June 17, 2010, promotional photos for the album were leaked online, depicting Minaj in a neon-orange wig dressed as a ninja. 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. 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. In March 2011, Minaj booked Sanaa Hamri to direct the video for "Super Bass".At the beginning of May, a teaser trailer was released for "Super Bass". Around Memorial Day weekend, it is expected that the previously recorded video for the track, "Fly", will be released.
"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. "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. "Moment 4 Life" which features Drake officially impacted Rhythmic radio on December 7, 2010 and was released on March 20, 2011.
"Check It Out" was released as a joint single by will.i.am and Minaj on September 3, 2010. A music video for the song was directed by Rich Lee and released October 25, 2010. "Roman's Revenge" featuring Eminem was released as a promotional single to iTunes on October 30, 2010. "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" was sent to rhythmic radio on March 7, 2011 and "Super Bass" impacted radio on April 5, 2011. "Super Bass" was released to iTunes in some markets on May 13, 2011. In its seventh week on the US Billboard Hot 100, the song has achieved number ten, making it Minaj's first top ten placement as a lead artist. The song's title is included as part of the title of a UK Deluxe edition of the album, Pink Friday (Super Bass Edition). "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" was released in the UK on April 15, 2011.
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. 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.
|October 22, 2010||Philadelphia||United States||Wells Fargo Center|
|October 23, 2010||Washington, DC||Star Night Club|
|October 24, 2010||Waterbury||Sin City|
|October 25, 2010||Boston||TD Garden|
|October 30, 2010||Port of Spain||Trinidad and Tobago||Hasely Crawford Stadium|
Commercial performance Edit
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. 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 Billboard 200, selling 45,000 copies in that week. As of November 2013, the album has sold more than 1,900,000 albums 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. The following week, the album climbed to a new peak of number 32. It has been certified Gold by the BPI as of April 1, 2011. On May 21, 2012, it was announced that Pink Friday went Gold in Australia. The album was also certified Gold in the Philippines in July 2012. Since then, Pink Friday has went Platinum in both the UK and Australia.
The official track listing as reported by MTV was revealed through the iTunes Store on October 30, 2010.
|1.||"I'm the Best"||Onika Maraj, Daniel Johnson||Kane Beatz||3:37|
|2.||"Roman's Revenge" (featuring Eminem)||Maraj, Kaseem Dean, Marshall Mathers, T. Smith||Swizz Beatz||4:38|
|3.||"Did It On'em"||Maraj, Seandrae Crawford, J. Ellington, S. Samuels||Bangladesh||3:32|
|4.||"Right Thru Me"||Maraj, Stephen Hacker, Andrew Theilk||Drew Money||3:56|
|5.||"Fly" (featuring Rihanna)||Maraj, Kevin Hissink, W. Jordan, Jonathan Rotem, C. Rishad||J. R. Rotem, Kevin Hissink*||3:32|
|6.||"Save Me"||Maraj, Warren Felder, Pop Wansel||Oak, Pop Wansel||3:05|
|7.||"Moment 4 Life" (featuring Drake)||Maraj, Aubrey Graham, Nikhil Seetharam, Tyler Williams||T-Minus||4:39|
|8.||"Check It Out" (featuring will.i.am)||Maraj, William Adams, Geoffrey Downes, Trevor Horn, Bruce Woolley||will.i.am||4:11|
|9.||"Blazin'" (featuring Kanye West)||Maraj, Kanye West, Theilk, K. Forsey, S. Schiff||Drew Money||5:02|
|10.||"Here I Am"||Maraj, K. Dean, J. Williams, Robbie Bronnimann||Swizz Beatz, John B*||2:55|
|11.||"Dear Old Nicki"||Maraj, Johnson||Kane Beatz||3:53|
|12.||"Your Love"||Maraj, David Freeman, Joseph Hughes, Wansel, Felder||Oak, Pop Wansel||4:05|
|13.||"Last Chance" (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)||Maraj, Natasha Bedingfield, Theilk||Drew Money||3:51|
Deluxe edition Edit
|US deluxe edition bonus tracks|
|14.||"Super Bass"||Maraj, Johnson, Ester Dean||Kane Beatz||3:20|
|15.||"Blow Ya Mind"||Hollemon, Mitchell, Maraj, S. Samuels, W. Thomas, D. Schofield, L. Nacht||BlackOut Movement||3:41|
|16.||"Muny"||Maraj, Wansel, Felder||Oak, Pop Wansel||3:47|
- * indicates additional producer(s).
Samples and interpolations Edit
Adapted from album booklet.
- "Right Thru Me" contains samples of "Always With Me, Always With You" by Joe Satriani.
- "Check It Out":
- embodies portions and samples of "Video Killed the Radio Star" by The Buggles.
- contains elements and samples of "Think (About It)" written by James Brown, performed by Lynn Collins.
- "Blazin" samples "Don't You (Forget About Me)" performed by Simple Minds.
- "Here I Am" samples "Red Sky" by John B and Shaz Sparks.
- "Your Love" samples "No More I Love You's" by Annie Lennox.
- "Girls Fall Like Dominoes":
- Contains samples from "Dominos" written by The Big Pink.
- Contains interpolations of "Trailar Load a Girls" written by Cleveland Browne, Greville Gordon and Whycliffe Johnson.
- Note: In Australia and New Zealand, the best buy deluxe edition was released as the standard edition with 18 tracks, "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" was released as a bonus track on the New Zealand deluxe edition.
The gallery below is a digital copy of the "Pink Friday" booklet.
Credits for Pink Friday adapted from Allmusic.
- 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
Charts and Certifications Edit
|Germany||November 19, 2010||CD||Universal Music, Cash Money||Standard|
|Canada||November 22, 2010||CD, digital download||B001502102|
|United Kingdom||Universal Island, Cash Money|
|United States||Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown||001502102||Standard|
|New Zealand||December 12, 2010||Universal Music, Cash Money|
|Japan||February 23, 2011||Universal Music Japan, Cash Money||UICT-1060 (4988005644602)||Standard (Japan Edition)|
|United Kingdom||March 11, 2011||Universal Island, Cash Money||00602527541846||Re-release|
|June 20, 2011||Deluxe (Super Bass Edition)|