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Nicki Minaj Makes History As She Earns Second Diamond Single With Bang Bang

Nicki Minaj has earned her second diamond single with “Bang Bang,” the 2014 single featuring Jessie J and Ariana Grande. The RIAA has confirmed that the single — which initially went gold (sales of 500,000 units) in October 2014, three months after its initial release — was certified diamond as of Thursday (May 23).

Nicki Minaj

A single-going diamond means that it has sold 10 million units, with a “unit” being either one digital download or 150 on-demand audio or video streams.

“Bang Bang” is Minaj’s second song to achieve such a certification. 2011’s “Super Bass,” which initially went gold in November of that year, was certified diamond on March 29, 2024.

The only female rapper to have more diamond singles than the Young Money First Lady is Cardi B. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper achieved her third diamond single with the Bad Bunny-assisted “I Like It” back in December 2021.

Speaking of “Super Bass,” Nicki’s ex, Safaree Samuels, recently shared that he was embarrassed by his cameo in the smash hit video. Taking to X (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday (May 21), the reality star reminisced and laughed at his dance moves featured in the visual.

“Yo what the hell was I doing in that super bass video,” he wrote with laughing emojis. “yo I am really a crazy a&& ni%%%a I don’t give a sh*% bout nothing [laughing emojis]”

Nicki Minaj

The song may have been on Safaree’s mind, as an AI version of “Super Bass” began circulating online earlier in the week, which Nicki was quick to condemn.

In a since-deleted post on X that went viral on Saturday (May 18), the “Starships” rapper quote-tweeted an AI-generated version of the Pink Friday hit reworked into a 1970s-themed disco tune.

“I hate yall so bad for this,” she wrote, though it wasn’t clear if she was being sarcastic or she seriously hated the production. Nicki Minaj previously made it clear that she is not at all a fan of AI-generated art.

Nicki Minaj

Last month, she joined Q-Tip, Chuck D, and other artists to support a campaign that aims to protect musicians from having their creations jacked by artificial intelligence.

An open letter published by the Artists’ Rights Alliance seeks to push back against the use of said technology within the music industry as tech companies like YouTube have been experimenting with it via music-making tools.

It reads, in part: “We must protect against the predatory use of AI to steal artists’ voices and likenesses.”

Source – HipHopDx

In Other News – Aleix Espargaro takes pole in his final Catalunya MotoGP

Spaniard Aleix Espargaro will start from pole in what will be his final Catalunya MotoGP on Sunday after posting the fastest time on his Aprilia in qualifying.

Aleix Espargaro

The 34-year-old Spaniard – who hails from Catalonia – announced on Thursday he will retire at the end of the season. But that decision has taken none of the edge off his competitiveness as he claimed the sixth pole of his career on Saturday. Read more