Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” Becomes Best-Selling Song By A Female Rapper

Nicki Minaj has added another historic accolade to her impressive résumé. The Recording Industry Association of America certified the New York City-raised rap superstar’s “Super Bass” as 12x-platinum on Friday (March 29).

“Super Bass” is now the most-certified song by a female rapper in history. The single off Minaj’s 2010 debut studio LP, Pink Friday, surpassed Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow” (11x-platinum) and “I Like It” (11x-platinum).

In addition, Nicki Minaj earned a platinum plaque for her 2023 album Pink Friday 2 this week. The Pink Friday 2 track “Red Ruby da Sleeze” also received platinum certification from the RIAA.

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Nicki Minaj scored her first solo Top 10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Super Bass.” The record peaked at No. 3 in August 2011 and became the longest-charting song of Minaj’s career (39 weeks).

The song’s Sanaa Hamri-directed music video won Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. Nicki Minaj’s visuals have surpassed 1 billion YouTube views since its premiere on the platform.

Post Malone and Swae Lee’s “Sunflower” currently holds the record for the most-certified song of all time (20x-platinum). The Recording Industry Association of America certified Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below as the best-selling rap album.