Nicki Minaj has a receipt for those of you questioning whether her The Pinkprint album sold over three million copies worldwide or not. Earlier this week, Minaj posted this image congratulating herself for selling 3.3 million copies of the record, a number some believe she inflated.
#1YearOfThePinkprint this album is now TRIPLE platinum worldwide (3.3 Million), even though we have to wait for a March court date to be credited for tracks & streams. Some artists removed their work off Spotify and other services of that nature, but for the ones who did not, we have to be patient for justice in our industry & it finally looks like it’s coming. This judgement, when passed, will work retroactively so that we can receive our plaques, etc for all of the free music given away on these services. On Spotify alone, the sales of this album is 1.4 Million worldwide. The music business doesn’t really seem designed to reward our culture with the sales & accolades we deserve, as we don’t normally cater to middle America, but I’m so happy that some amazing ppl have been fighting for us. To my fans, thank you for your support. Nothing made me happier than seeing your faces this year on #ThePinkprintTOUR ~ Thank you for this Grammy nominated album. 😘😘😘😘😘😘😘 To all the artists out there working hard on your music and feeling discouraged, I feel your pain & completely understand your frustration. Don’t let anything stop the love you have for your passion. 💕💕💕💕💕 #ThePinkprint
After folks began questioning if those numbers were legit, Minaj took to Twitter to share evidence from her distributor, Universal.
I didn’t know I had to post this. I thought I made it clear but ppl can’t read these days. This is from UNIVERSAL 😊 pic.twitter.com/Wma19mqDRF
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) December 16, 2015
The rapper maintains that the 3.3 million in sales are just a fraction of what the album should be credited with if the industry were to include streams. Minaj claims that her album was streamed nearly half a billion times in the months since its release, and number that checks out if you look at numbers provided by Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music.