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Pink Friday is the debut studio album by Trinidadian-American rapper 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

The release of Minaj's debut album was highly anticipated following numerous appearances on singles of other mainstream artists. The album was heavily promoted with a total of eight official singles including the international hits "Moment 4 Life", "Super Bass" and "Fly" as well as the Billboard Hot 100 hits "Your Love" and "Right Thru Me". The album was also supported by the Pink Friday promotional concert tour in October of 2010.

Pink Friday debuted at the second spot on the US Billboard 200 chart with 375,000 copies sold in its first week. It eventually reached number one, and spent a total of thirty-nine weeks on the chart. The album has sold five million copies in the United States as of November 2020.

Release and promotion[]

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.[1] On August 3, 2010 Minaj revealed on a channel for her fans that the albums name would be Pink Friday stating, โ€œTo 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!โ€[1] A deluxe edition of the album has also been confirmed.[2] Minaj released the artwork for her album cover on Friday, October 15, 2010.[3] 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."[4]

On June 17, 2010, promotional photos for the album were leaked online, depicting Minaj in a neon-orange wig dressed as a ninja.[5] On July 8, 2010, Minaj announced via Twitter that the album will be released on November 23, 2010.[6] It was later announced that the album got pushed up by one day to November 22, 2010.[7] 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.[8] Music videos for four additional tracks are planned: "Moment 4 Life" featuring Drake, "Save Me", "Fly" featuring Rihanna, and "Girls Fall Like Dominoes".[9] On January 5, 2011, Minaj booked Sanaa Hamri to direct the music video for "Fly" featuring Rihanna.[10] In March 2011, Minaj booked Sanaa Hamri to direct the video for "Super Bass".[11]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.[12]


"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.[13] "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.[14] "Right Thru Me" was released on September 24, 2010[15] and officially impacted urban radio on October 5, 2010.[16] A music video directed by Diane Martel, was released for the single on October 27, 2010.[17] "Moment 4 Life" which features Drake officially impacted Rhythmic radio on December 7, 2010[18] and was released on March 20, 2011.[19]

"Check It Out" was released as a joint single by and Minaj on September 3, 2010.[20] A music video for the song was directed by Rich Lee and released October 25, 2010.[21] "Roman's Revenge" featuring Eminem was released as a promotional single to iTunes on October 30, 2010.[22] "Fly" (with Rihanna) is also set to be a single.[23][24] A re-worked version of "Roman's Revenge" featuring Lil Wayne was released to the iTunes Store on January 19, 2011.[25] "Did It On'em" was sent to rhythmic radio on March 7, 2011 and "Super Bass" impacted radio on April 5, 2011.[26][27] "Super Bass" was released to iTunes in some markets on May 13, 2011.[28][29] 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.[30] The song's title is included as part of the title of a UK Deluxe edition of the album, Pink Friday (Super Bass Edition).[31] "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" was released in the UK on April 15, 2011.[32]


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.[33] 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.[33][34]

Date City Country Venue
North America
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[]

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.[35] The album debuted at number eight in Canada, number thirty in Ireland, and number thirty-four in the UK.[36][37][38] By its eighth week, the album had sold 989,000 copies in the United States.[39] As of January 5, 2011, Pink Friday has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.[40] 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.[41] 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.[42] 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.[43] The following week, the album climbed to a new peak of number 32.[44] 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.[45] 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.

Track listing[]

The official track listing as reported by MTV was revealed through the iTunes Store on October 30, 2010.

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "I'm the Best"  Onika Maraj
Daniel Johnson
Kane Beatz 3:37
2. "Roman's Revenge" (featuring Eminem)Onika Maraj
Marshall Mathers
Kasseem Dean
Swizz Beatz 4:38
3. "Did It On'em"  Onika Maraj
Shondrae Crawford
J. Ellington
Safaree Samuels
Mr. Bangladesh 4:38
4. "Right Thru Me"  Nicki Minaj
Drew Money
Stephen Hacker
Joe Satriani
Drew Money 3:56
5. "Fly" (featuring Rihanna)Nicki Minaj
J. R. Rotem
William Jordan
Clemm Rishad
J. R. Rotem
6. "Save Me"  Nicki Minaj
Pop Wansel
Oak Felder
Pop & Oak 3:05
7. "Moment 4 Life" (featuring Drake)Nicki Minaj
Nikhil Seetharam
T-Minus 4:39
8. "Check It Out" (featuring Minaj
Geoffrey Downes
Trevor Horn
Bruce Woolley
James Brown 4:11
9. "Blazin'" (featuring Kanye West)Nicki Minaj
Kanye West
Drew Money
Keith Forsey
Steve Schiff
Drew Money 5:02
10. "Here I Am"  Nicki Minaj
Kaseem Dean
J. Williams
Robbie Bronnimann
Swizz Beatz
John B*
11. "Dear Old Nicki"  Nicki Minaj
Kane Beatz
Kane Beatz 3:53
12. "Your Love"  Nicki Minaj
Pop Wansel
David Freeman
Joseph Hughes
Oak Felder
Pop & Oak 4:05
13. "Last Chance" (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)Nicki Minaj
Natasha Bedingfield
Drew Money
Drew Money 3:51

Deluxe edition[]

US deluxe edition bonus tracks[46]
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
14. "Super Bass"  Nicki Minaj
Kane Beatz
Ester Dean
Kane Beatz 3:20
15. "Blow Ya Mind"  Nicki Minaj
Safaree Samuels
Danny Boy Styles
Larry Nacht
BlackOut 3:41
16. "Muny"  Nicki Minaj
Pop Wansel
Oak Felder
Pop & Oak 3:47
10th Anniversary Complete Edition[50]
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
21. "Roman's Revenge" (featuring Lil Wayne)Nicki Minaj Lil Wayne Swizz Beatz, SmithSwizz Beatz 3:50

  • * indicates additional producer(s).

Samples and interpolations[]

Adapted from album booklet.[52]

  • "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.[53]

  • Chris Bellman โ€“ mastering
  • Joshua Berkman โ€“ A&R
  • Sandy Brummels โ€“ art direction
  • Noel Cadastre โ€“ assistant
  • Dwayne "Tha President" Carter โ€“ executive producer
  • Lyttleton "Cartwheel" Carter โ€“ assistant
  • Ariel Chobaz โ€“ engineer, mixing
  • Seandrae "Mr. Bangledesh" Crawford โ€“ producer
  • James Cruz โ€“ A&R, management
  • Diddy โ€“ management
  • DJ Ammo โ€“ synthesizer
  • Dylan Dresdow โ€“ mixing
  • Chris Gehringer โ€“ mastering
  • Kevin Hissink โ€“ electric guitar
  • John B. โ€“ keyboards, producer, programming
  • Padraic Kerin โ€“ engineer
  • Kenny Meiselas โ€“ legal counsel
  • Drew Money โ€“ producer
  • Charles Moniz โ€“ engineer
  • J. R. Rotem โ€“ arranger, mixing
  • Safaree "SB" Samuels โ€“ A&R, vocals
  • Ed Shapiro โ€“ legal counsel
  • Noah Shebib โ€“ engineer
  • Olivia Smith โ€“ package design
  • Shaz Sparks โ€“ vocals
  • Swizz Beatz โ€“ producer
  • T-Minus โ€“ producer
  • Pop Wansel โ€“ producer
  • โ€“ drum programming, engineer, producer, synthesizer
  • Bryan Williams โ€“ executive producer
  • Ronald Williams โ€“ executive producer
  • G.L. Wood โ€“ photography

Charts and Certifications[]


Chart (2010โ€“11) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[54] 71
Australian Top 40 Urban Albums Chart[55] 12
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[56] 81
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[56] 100
Canadian Albums Chart[36] 8
French Albums Chart[56] 116
German Newcomer Chart[57] 17
Irish Albums Chart[38] 25
South Korean Albums Chart[58] 110
New Zealand Albums Chart[59] 39
UK Albums Chart[60] 32
US Billboard 200[41] 1
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[61] 1
US Billboard Rap Albums[62] 1


Country Certifications
Australia Platinum
United States 3 x Platinum
United Kingdom Platinum[63]

Release history[]

List of release dates, showing country, record label, format, and catalog number
Region Date Format Label Catalog Edition
Germany[64] November 19, 2010 CD Universal Music, Cash Money Standard
Brazil[65][66] Digital download Standard
Canada[67][68] November 22, 2010 CD, digital download B001502102
France[69] Standard
United Kingdom[70] Universal Island, Cash Money
United States[48][71] Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown [[3]] Standard
New Zealand December 12, 2010 Universal Music, Cash Money
Japan[72] February 23, 2011 Universal Music Japan, Cash Money UICT-1060 (4988005644602)[73] Standard (Japan Edition)
United Kingdom March 11, 2011[51] Universal Island, Cash Money [[4]] Re-release
June 20, 2011[31] Deluxe (Super Bass Edition)[31]


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