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Not to be confused with Marilyn Monroe (actress).
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Nicki Minaj
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Released April 2, 2012
Format Digital download
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:16
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Ross Golan, Jonathan Rotem
Producer J. R. Rotem
Dreamlab (co-producer)
Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded track listing
"Marilyn Monroe" is track number 15.
Previous track
"Beautiful Sinner"
Next track
"Young Forever"

"Marilyn Monroe" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her sophomore studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. It was written by Minaj, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Ross Golan, and Jonathan Rotem, and it was produced by J. R. Rotem, and Dreamlab (co-producer). The song leaked on to the Internet prior to the album's release on February 6, 2012, six days prior to "Young Forever". It was supposed to serve as a single, but its release was canceled.

The song was inspired by Marilyn Monroe, who is a major inspiration of Minaj. The song peaked at #4 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, and #19 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs. It was used in The Nicki Minaj Collection commercial for Kmart.


The song leaked on the Internet on February 6, 2012[1]. Minaj talked about the song in an interview with Ryan Seacrest:

"It came about from J.R. Rotem. On the first album, I did "Fly" with Rihanna, and he produced that as well. He hit me up and he said, "I have a song that I think only an icon can sing". I was like, "Oh J.R., shut up!" We laughed a little bit on iChat. He sent it, and I fell in love with the song. It spoke to me as a woman. I'm very infatuated with Marilyn Monroe. I had a moment with that song where I was like, "Oh my God, every woman in this world needs to hear that". No, we're not perfect. Sometimes, we think, "What's wrong with us?" We spend so much time criticizing ourselves. I needed to hear that, "I'm not perfect, but I'm worth it". It resonated with me. I felt like the world needed to hear it."
Nicki MinajOn Air with Ryan Seacrest, February 14, 2012.

In April, with the arrive of her album, many fans ask her if she will make "Marilyn Monroe" a single and Minaj had said yes.[2][3]

A poll was posted on Minaj's official website, on May 24, 2012, asking the fans to choose the next singles. The poll is divided into three categories. The first category asks the fans to choose between "Marilyn Monroe", "Fire Burns", "Young Forever", and "Gun Shot". "Marilyn Monroe" won the pole with the most votes (an outstanding differences of 55.9% of the votes).[4]The sSecond was "Young Forever", third was "Fire Burns", and "Gun Shot" was last.

In an interview, Nicki was asked if "Marilyn Monroe" would eventually be a single and she said that "it has to be" and that "It will be," which confirmed the single release of the song. "We wanted to do it now, but then UK radio started playing 'Va Va Voom'", Nicki continued, "we're definitely going to have 'Marilyn Monroe' top of the year, and we're going to spend quality time on the video. We're going to take care of that one."[5]

The song was used in her The Nicki Minaj Collection commercial for her debut clothing line with K-Mart.


The song was confirmed to be the next UK single with a release date of December 17.[6] It was later scrapped as a single just as Va Va Voom was at the beginning of 2012.

Music Video

Nicki confirmed on Twitter that Marilyn Monroe would eventually be a single and will have a music video.[7][8] However, since the single release of the song was canceled, the song will not have a music video.

Live Performances

The song was included on her Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour.

Cross References



  • Recorded at: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA, and Beluga Heights Studio, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mixed at: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA


  • Writers: O. Maraj, D. James, L. Haywood, R. Golan, J. Rotem
  • Producers: J.R. Rotem
  • Co producers: Dreamlab
  • Recorded by: Ariel Chobaz & Gelly Kusuma
  • Recording Assistant: Jon Sher
  • Mixed by: Ariel Chobaz
  • Mix Assistant: Jon Sher
  • Vocal production by: Nicholas Cooper

The credits for "Marilyn Monroe" are adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.[9]


Chart (2012) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard) 4
US R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs (Billboard) 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 121



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