Nicki Minaj Ties Beyonce for Most Top 10 Songs Among Women on Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart
Nicki Minaj's upcoming album may have run into a delay, but the rapper is still achieving feats on the Billboard charts. According to a May 25 report from Billboard, Minaj has tied Beyonce for the most top 10 songs among women on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart.
The achievement came after Nicki's "Chun-Li" jumped from No. 11 to No. 8, earning the rapper her 30th top 10 song on the chart. With Nicki and Bey both tied at 30, the artists are only one top 10 song behind rapper T.I. and two songs behind Usher.
Beyonce's husband, Jay-Z, sits at the No. 4 spot with 35 top 10 songs, while Chris Brown is at No. 3 with 48. The No. 2 and No. 1 spot will be a little harder for Nicki to reach, as Drake and Lil Wayne sit at one and two with 58 and 54 songs, respectively.
Nicki's first entry on the chart came way back on May 8, 2010, when her collaboration with Ludacris on "My Chick Bad" hit No. 2. Minaj quickly followed that up a few weeks later when Usher's "Lil Freak" reached No. 5. Since then, Nicki has seen songs such as "MotorSport," "Rake It Up," "Feeling Myself" and "Truffle Butter" all reach the top 10.
Minaj will look to follow up the success of "Chun-Li" with her next single but that may take some time as her forthcoming album, Queen, has been delayed until August. Originally set to release on June 15, Nicki broke the news on Instagram on Thursday (May 24).
"The album itself I think I want to put out on August 10," she told her fans on IG Live. "I want to put out my second single, which I'm really, really excited about, and I want to now start an official countdown."
While the rapper didn't reveal a reason for delaying the album, June will be a crowded month for hip-hop album releases with records from Kanye West, Nas, Kid Cudi and more all set to release.