Nicki Minaj Wiki
Nicki Minaj Wiki
Fly cover.png
Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday
Features Rihanna
Released November 19, 2010 (album)
August 30, 2011 (radio)
Format Digital download
Genre R&B
Length 3:32
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown
Writer Nicki Minaj
J. R. Rotem
William Jordan
Clemm Rishad
Producer J.R. Rotem
Single information
Single release August 30, 2011
Video release August 28, 2011
←Last single
"Till the World Ends (The Femme Fatale Remix)"
Next single→
"Y.U. Mad"
Pink Friday track listing
"Fly" is track number 5.
Previous track
"Right Thru Me"
Next track
"Save Me"

"Fly" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her debut album Pink Friday, and was released as the eighth and final single from the album. The song features guest vocals by Barbadian singer Rihanna. It was released as a single on August 30, 2011, and has since been certified Platinum in Australia and the United States and Silver in the UK.

Pink Friday Diaries

In Nicki Minaj's iTunes Ping, Nicki began a "Pink Friday Diaries" initiative wherein she gave her own insight on the conception, development, and meaning of a selection of songs on her upcoming album; her entry on "Fly" is as follows:

FLY is one of my absolute faves. I wanted to work with Rihanna for a long time. I'm very pround of her accomplishments; especially since she was born on an island like me :). This song is a female empowerment song. But then again, its not specific to just women. It speaks about flying, soaring high... in the face of every single solitary adversity that comes your way. I speak about how the media has attempted to box me in and how that has made me feel suffocated. After years of being dragged thru the mud, I've mustered up the courage to re-define myself. I believe that I represent an entire generation. My fans have become my family; and together we have become a movement. Get ready for it. We came to win.
Nicki MinajiTunes Ping "Pink Friday Diaries," November 12, 2010

Music video

The video was shot on January 7, 2011 and directed by Sanaa Hamri. The full music video premiered on and Minaj's VEVO channel after the preview on VMAs Pre-Show on August 28, 2011.


J.R Rotem - The Making of Nicki Minaj's "Fly"


Nicki Minaj - Fly ft. Rihanna

Stills gallery

Chart performance

Chart (2010–12) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 18
Australia (ARIA Urban) 4
Brazil (Billboard Hot 100 Airplay) 5
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 24
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 55
New Zealand (RIANZ) 13
Ireland (IRMA) 14
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 12
UK R&B (Official Charts Company) 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 16
US Billboard Hot 100 19
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 50
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 20
US Pop Songs (Billboard) 16
US Rap Songs (Billboard) 9
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard) 40


Pink Friday logo.png