Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer-songwriter and television personality. She was born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago. When she was five (or seven) years old, she moved to the New York City borough of Queens. Minaj trained as an actress before she released three mixtapes between 2007 and 2009 and signed to Young Money Entertainment.
Minaj’s debut studio album, Pink Friday (2010), peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) a month after its release. She became the first female solo artist to have seven singles on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her seventh single, “Super Bass” has been certified quadruple-platinum by the RIAA, and has sold more than four million copies, becoming one of the best-selling singles in the United States. Minaj’s second album, Pink Friday Roman Reloaded (2012), topped charts internationally, also spawning the top 10 singles “Starships” and “Pound the Alarm”. The album became one of the best-selling albums of 2012, according to the Nielsen SoundScan, selling one million copies worldwide,as well as “Starships” becoming one of the best-selling singles of that year.