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Nicki Minaj can add another plaque to her collection. The rapper’s sophomore effort, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded has been certified gold, selling a total of 508,000 units since its April release.

Minaj has been at the center of a musical firestorm, after she was dissed by Hot 97 radio personality, Peter Rosenberg,  just before she was scheduled to headline their Summer Jam show.

In a phone conversation with Funkmaster Flex earlier this week, Minaj defended her success. “I want you to listen to these statistics: my first album [Pink Friday] sold 375 ,000 copies in its first week. My second album [Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded] sold 350,000 copies worldwide, in first week,” she said in response to Flex’s Twitter quip that she was upset over low record sales. “My first album has gone on to sell 2.5 million records,‘Super Bass’ sold 4 million singles. My second album is at 900,000 worldwide, plus a 3 million-seller single. Now if you don’t know, call Universal [Records] and they’ll tell you that selling 3 million singles is the equivalent of selling 300,000 albums, so do the math. That’s 1.2 million on my second album. Even without the single, I’ve sold 3.5 million albums in two years.”

Minaj has promised to perform a free concert in New York to make up for the Summer Jam blunder, and will embark on her first headlining tour this summer.



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