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Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
Features Chris Brown
Released March 27, 2012 (radio)
April 2, 2012 (album)
Format Digital download, promotional CD single
Genre Downtempo, pop, R&B
Length 4:25
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic
Writer Onika Maraj, Warren Felder, Andrew Wansel, Ester Dean[1]
Producer Oak, Pop
Single information
Single release March 27, 2012
Video release May 16, 2012
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"Right by My Side" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her sophomore studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, which features guest vocals from Chris Brown. It serves as the second single from the album, and first urban single. It was written by Minaj, Warren Felder, Andrew Wansel, and Ester Dean, and was produced by Oak, and Pop. Minaj tweeted a link to the song on March 20, 2012, instead of a proper release. It was officially released as the second single at U.S. Rhythmic and Urban radio on March 27, 2012. A music video was filmed for the song on April 28 to April 29, and premiered on May 16, 2012 at 6:56 pm EST on BET, FUSE, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, and mtvU.

The single didn't match the success of "Starships", however became a US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit, charting within in the top 40.


The song leaked into the Internet on March 20, 2012. Nicki tweeted a link to listen the song on the same day.[2]

Minaj talked about the song with Ryan Seacrest, on April 5[3], saying:

"Toward the end of the album I wanted something more melodic that I could give to urban radio and that pop radio could enjoy as well. I actually had the beats for like 3 months just sitting in my computer and then I said, 'You know what? This sounds like a summer, R&B classic joint' and I just could not hear anyone else on it but Chris Brown. So I reached out to Ester Dean and I said, 'Could you write something for Chris Brown?’ Because she's amazing with writing and especially for his voice, she has a great skill to write for his tone and she sent it, i fell in love with it, you know cause everybody has had a relationship like this song is talking about, [so] i went in and i wrote my rap, cause I'm rapping and singing in the song, and when we put it all together and let people hear it, everybody was like, this is a hit, release this asap."
Nicki MinajOn Air with Ryan Seacrest, April 5, 2012.



The single does not have an official cover due to it being only a radio single. It does however have a promotional single cover. The cover was featured on the promotional CD single of the song which was released at a special event for promotional purposes for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.[4] The promotional CD was the only label-authorized/distributed physical singles for the song. The cover is made using the same photo as the album cover.

Music Video

Music Video Information
Nicki_Minaj_-_Right_By_My_Side_(Explicit)_ft._Chris_Brown Premiere May 16, 2012
Filmed April 28-29, 2012
Director Benny Boom
Production co London Alley Ent.
Exec. producer Luga Podesta
Length 4:43
Source Video Static: Nicki Minaj "Right by My Side"


The image uploaded by Minaj created a lot of speculation.

A fan asked Minaj, on April 5, what will be the next video to be shoot which she asked "Right by My Side."[5] More fans asked when the video will be shoot and she just give hints that it will be filmed on April. The video started shooting on April 28[6] and ended on April 29.[7] Two days before the video premiere, Nicki upload a still of her video.[8] The image shows she hugging Chris Brown.

The video premiered on May 16 on BET, FUSE, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, and mtvU, at 6:56 pm EST and was uploaded at Vevo at 7:00 pm.[9] The video was directed by Benny Boom. Minaj commented that the video is her favorite video of all the video that she has shoot on her career.[10]


Live performance

Minaj performed "Right by My Side" live for the first time on April 3, 2012 on 106 & Park, along with "Beez in the Trap", "Roman Reloaded", "HOV Lane", "I Am Your Leader", "Champion", and "Fire Burns". She made a surprise performance of the song at the Nokia Lumia 900 launch event in Times Square on April 6, 2012, along with "Starships" and "Super Bass". Nicki also performed this song on The Today Show, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, as a mashup with Starships, and at Wango Tango. It was also performed by Minaj on her Pink Friday Tour.



  • Recorded at: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mixed at: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA


  • Writers: O Maraj, A. Wansel, W. Felder, E. Dean, J. Roberts, R. Colson
  • Producers: PopWansel and Oakwud
  • Co producers: Flippa123 and JProof
  • Recorded by: Trevor Muzzy & Ariel Chobaz
  • Recording Assistant: Jon Sher
  • Mixed by: Ariel Chobaz
  • Mix Assistant: Jon Sher
  • Production Coordination by: Donnie Meadows & Tanisha Broadwater

The credits for "Right by My Side" are adapted from the liner notes of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.[11]


Chart (2012) Peak
France (SNEP) 122
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 70
US Billboard Hot 100 51
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 21

Release history

Region Date Format
United States March 27, 2012 Rhythmic[13] and Urban radio[14]
Worldwide April 2, 2012 CD, digital download (with album)



  1. || Ester Dean: 'Right by My Side' was written about Chris Brown and Rihanna
  2. Twitter: LISTEN HERE!!! #RightByMySide ft. Chris Brown Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  4. Nicki Minaj ft Chris Brown Right By My Side promo CD single Universal Republic Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  5. Twitter: Right by my side > RT @Down_SouthBarb: @NICKIMINAJ What's the next video that will be shot? #NickiNewAlbum Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  6. Twitter: Shooting it tomorrow!!! :) ----> RT @imExplictedHD: @NICKIMINAJ Is there a possiblity aVideo for right by my side !!!! Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  7. Twitter: And the 'right by my side' video shoot has come to an end... :) Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  8. Twitter: Right by my side - #RBMSvideo Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  9. Twitter: The #RightByMySideVideo premieres tomorrow, May 16th on BET, FUSE, MTV Jams, MTV Hits, and mtvU, @ 6:56pm EST! Vevo @ 7pm Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  10. Twitter: What I just shot 4 RightByMySide 4 sure > RT @SineadMaraj_LK: @NICKIMINAJ #tellmeNicki wat has been ur fav video thruout ur career? Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  11. Digital booklet of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
  12. Wikipedia: Right by My Side#Charts Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  13. FMQB: Radio rhythmic release Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  14. R&R: Urban releases week of March 27, 2012 Retrieved September 27, 2012.

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