|Studio album by Nicki Minaj|
|Released||December 15, 2014|
|Genre||Hip-Hop, R&B, Rap, Pop|
|Length|| 66:50 (standard)
|Label||Young Money, Cash Money, Universal|
|Format||Digital download, CD|
|Producer||Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Polow Da Don, Da Internz, JMIKE, Alex da Kid, Kane Beatz, TODAY, Breyan Isaac,|
|Nicki Minaj chronology|
|Singles from The Pinkprint|
The Pinkprint is the third studio album by Nicki Minaj. The album was released on December 15, 2014. The buzz single, "Lookin Ass" was released on February 12, and two street singles were released: "Chi-Raq" featuring Lil Herb on April 7, and "Yasss Bish" featuring Soulja Boy on May 3. The lead single, "Pills N Potions" was released on May 21. The second single, "Anaconda" was released on August 4. The third single, "Only", featuring Lil Wayne, Drake, and Chris Brown, was released on October 28. The fourth single, "Bed of Lies", featuring Skylar Grey, was released on November 16. The first promo single, "All Things Go", was released as the first and only promo single on December 3 as an Instant Gratification track if you preordered the album. "Truffle Butter", "The Night Is Still Young" and "Trini Dem Girls" were released as the fifth, sixth and seventh singles, respectively.
The album has been certified Gold in the US by RIAA selling over 600K albums. In Billboard numbers, the album has pushed over 1 million units in the US including digital sales and streaming. It has also been certified Gold in Brazil & Sweden, and Silver in the UK.
Minaj firstly mentioned her third studio album in December 2012, when she nicknamed it "The Pinkprint" but later, in April 2013 at an interview with MTV News, she regretted it because she wanted to start a "new era." On May 28, 2013 in an interview with Peter Rosenberg, she said that she was going to "feed the core hip-hop fan" with her next project, and her desire to get back to her essence, returning to the place where she was before her debut album.
Minaj yield more information about the album in September in various interviews where she reiterated her intention of not "rushing things up" because she wanted the album to be "perfect," and that she begun writing that month. On November 3 in an interview at the Power 105.1 Powerhouse, she said she was not "putting a limit" to the album, and was unsure of how many songs she wanted to record which was something new for her. She also said that she wouldn't forget the pop fans, and that everyone will love the album for the "feel good sounds and lyrics".
On January 14, 2014, Minaj revealed that her favorite song has the initials "GP". In addition to this, she said that she already had a name for the album. Minaj called her album "The Pink Print" on February 14 at an interview with Angie Martinez of Hot 97 and she has been calling the album like that since then. She also mentioned that it won't have a release date until is finished; she said she will "see how it goes." On April 22, at the premiere of her acting-debut film The Other Woman, Minaj carried out multiple interviews where she disclosed information respecting her third album. At an interview with MTV News, she said that she will "just do what her heart tells her to do" and that she is not mandatorily trying to do hip-hop tracks, she's just doing it. With Access Hollywood, she confirmed that the album will be "very personal", which her new natural look reflect that.
In an interview with MTV on February 28, 2013, Minaj told them that she would start recording the new album when she'll finish shooting her single "High School": "I'm about to shoot another single off The Re-Up. And then [I'll] start working on that follow-up album. I'll be doing it here in L.A. while I'm shooting 'Idol,'", said Minaj. However on the American Idol season 12 finale, on May 16, Minaj confirmed that she will start recording her third album in July. During the summer, Minaj was in New York City meeting with producers for the album, in addition to planning and observing for inspiration where she did not write any material. She begun writing the album as of September. In November 2013, she locked down in the studio for two more months to really focus on the project. Recording last for roughly another year, with Ariana Grande putting her vocals on Get On Your Knees 2 weeks before release.
The musical style will be something she has never done before with a blend of her debut album, Pink Friday, and her reissue album, The Re-Up. Lyrically speaking, she wants "to get back to her essence" before her debut, she wants to go back to her "hip-hop roots." Additionally, Minaj mentioned that she, as soon as she started composing, has just been writing hip-hop songs.
Minaj said that she has a lot "to talk about" in the tracks: she has "experienced so much in the last year-and-a-half" that she will explore other themes which she did not do in her features songs. The album as a whole will be "very personal" (an explanation of her "journey" since 2012) and more "girly-er".
On October 31, 2014, Nicki announced on Twitter that she would release the album cover on Monday morning (November 3) with the specific time to be revealed that Sunday night. However, on November 2 that Sunday night, she decided to release the cover a few hours early. She posted the deluxe cover on Instagram, and said the standard cover would come at a later date. The standard cover, the same as the deluxe but with a black background instead of white, was revealed in December on all the websites where the album was sold.
The covers were designed by DONDA, Kanye West's creative team: Joe Perez (art director and designer), Jenna Marsh (shot/photographed), and Bryan Rivera (cover titling).
The Pinkprint debuted #19 on the Australian Album Charts, at #22 on the UK Albums Chart, and #25 on the New Zealand Albums Chart, with a later peak of #21 on the latter chart. The album debuted at #2 on the US Billboard 200 chart with 244,000 units (198,000 in album sales and 46,000 in streaming/track sales units), and was streamed 16.8 million times in its first week. It was the 2nd highest first week sales by a female artist in 2014, as well as the 2nd highest first week sales by a rap artist. As of April 2015, the album has been certified Gold, selling 631,000 copies in the US (over 1,040,000 in overall units), and has been streamed over 200 million times. It has sold 709,000 copies worldwide. It was also certified Gold in Brazil & Sweden with 20K units sold in both places. It has also been certified Silver in the UK with 60K units sold.
Release and promotion
The album will be released on December 15, 2014. Nicki Minaj posted the official track listing of "The Pinkprint" on Instagram on the 2nd of December.
"Lookin Ass" was released as a buzz single for the album on February 12, 2014. A music video was released the same day, and was shot on January 31, 2014, at Twentynine Palms, California code named "Back to Red". On April 7, she released a street single on Soundcloud called "Chi-Raq". On May 3, she released a 2nd street single called "Yasss Bish".
During one of her lines in "Yasss Bish", she hinted at the lead single being released within two weeks (around May 17), and she said that it will be released on Wednesday May 21. She confirmed the name of the song to be "Pills N Potions" on May 18. It was released on May 21. The music video was shot on May 13-14, and premiered on June 10. The second single, "Anaconda", was released on August 4. The music video was shot on July 21-22, and premiered on August 20. The third single, "Only", was released on October 28. The music video was shot for the song on November 2-3.
The fourth single, "Bed of Lies" was released on November 16. It was suppose to be sent to Pop radio on January 13, 2015. but was cancelled. The fifth single, "Truffle Butter", was released for digital download on January 23, 2015, and impacted Pop radio on March 3. The sixth single, "The Night Is Still Young" became a UK single on April 12, 2015, and impacted US Pop radio on April 28.
Nicki has stated numerous times that a tour would soon follow the release of the album. She said she hopes to start touring early 2015. In a Twitter Q&A on July 2, 2014, a Barb asked if she was going to start touring in Summer 2015 and she replied, "Sooner". She later revealed she would start touring overseas before coming to the US during the Summer. The European leg will start in March 2015 with the US following in the summer.
The name for the tour is called The Pinkprint Tour.
The Pinkprint Movie
On November 7, 2014, Republic Records (Nicki's label) confirmed on their website that The Pinkprint would include a downloadable short film with the iTunes digital copy. The 20-minute love story was to be told via the music and video clips, bringing everything into one cohesive vision. However, it was initially released on December 19 on her Youtube channel since she could not send it to iTunes in time. However it was later uploaded to her VEVO account and available to purchase on iTunes on January 18, 2015 and January 21, 2015, respectively. It was cut to 16 minutes, using the songs "All Things Go", "The Crying Game", "I Lied", and "Grand Piano".
Nicki confirmed that there might be a continuation of the film.
|1.||"All Things Go"||Onika Maraj • Matthew Samuels • Ester Dean • Anderson Hernandez • Allen Ritter||Boi-1da • Vinlyz • Ritter (co.)||4:53|
|2.||"I Lied"||Maraj • Michael Williams • M. Bell • Dean||Mike Will Made It • Skooly (co.)||5:04|
|3.||"The Crying Game"||Maraj • Jessie Ware • Andrew Wansel • Warren Felder • Steven Mostyn||Wansel • Felder||4:25|
|4.||"Get on Your Knees" (featuring Ariana Grande)||Maraj • Katy Perry • Chloe Angelides • Lukasz Gottwald • Sarah Hudson • Jacob Kasher Kindlin • Henry Walter||Dr. Luke • Cirkut||3:36|
|5.||"Feeling Myself" (featuring Beyoncé)||Maraj • Beyoncé Knowles • Solana Rowe • Chauncey Hollis||Hit-Boy • Beyoncé (co.)||3:57|
|6.||"Only" (featuring Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown)||Maraj • Aubrey Graham • Dwayne Carter • Jeremy Coleman • Gottwald • Theron Thomas • Timothy Thomas • Walter||Dr. Luke • Cirkut • JMIKE||5:12|
|7.||"Want Some More"||Maraj • Jeremih Felton • Xavier Dotson • Christian Ward • Leland Wayne||Zaytoven • Hitmaka • Metro Boomin • Nicki Minaj (co.)||3:49|
|8.||"Four Door Aventador"||Maraj • Asabe Ighile • Parker Ighile||Parker||3:02|
|9.||"Favorite" (featuring Jeremih)||Maraj • Robert Williams • Felton • Darhyl Camper, Jr. • Rob Holladay • Ward||Darhyl "Hey DJ" Camper, Jr. • Minaj (co.) • Holladay (co.)||4:02|
|10.||"Buy a Heart" (featuring Meek Mill)||Maraj • Williams • Ward • Armond Redmen||Arch Tha Boss • Hitmaka||4:15|
|11.||"Trini Dem Girls" (featuring Lunchmoney Lewis)||Maraj • Coleman • Gottwald • Hindlin • Gamal Lewis • Theron Thomas • Alexander Castillo Vasquez • Walter||Dr. Luke • Cirkut • A.C. • JMIKE||3:14|
|12.||"Anaconda"||Maraj • Jamal Jones • Jonathan Solone-Myvett • Ernest Clark • Marcos Palacios • Anthony Ray||Polow da Don • Anonymous • Da Internz (co.)||4:20|
|13.||"The Night Is Still Young"||Maraj • Dean • Gottwald • Theron Thomas • Walter||Dr. Luke • Cirkut||3:47|
|14.||"Pills N Potions"||Maraj • Dean • Gottwald • Walter||Dr. Luke • Cirkut||4:27|
|15.||"Bed of Lies" (featuring Skylar Grey)||Maraj • Holly Hafermann • Daniel Johnson • Coleman • Breyan Stanley Isaac • Vinay Vyas • Justin Davey • Alexander Grant||Kane Beatz • JMIKE • Alex da Kid (co.) • Isaac (co.) • T.O.D.A.Y. (co.)||4:29|
|16.||"Grand Piano"||Maraj • Johnson • Dean • William Adams • Keith Harris • Peter Lord||will.i.am • Harris • Kane Beatz • Minaj (co.) • T.O.D.A.Y. (co.) • The Mad Violinist (co.)||4:19|
Nicki did a 2015 calendar with 12 photos (one for each month). A smaller version of the calendar was included in the Best Buy exclusive edition, and a bigger size version was available to purchase on her website.
Nicki said the calendar was actually made for "the dudes locked away".
|Chart (2014)|| Peak|
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||19|
|Canadian Albums (Billboard)||6|
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||32|
|French Albums (SNEP)||70|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||69|
|Irish Albums (IRMA)||31|
|New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)||25|
|Russian Albums (Russian Music Charts)||8|
|Scottish Albums (Scottish Albums Charts)||27|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||39|
|UK Albums Chart (OCC)||22|
|US Billboard 200||2|
|US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)||1|
|US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)||1|