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Nicki Minaj Becomes 1st Female Rapper With 1 Billion Views

SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS - Keisha Wray Article

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Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” video was record breaking ever since it was uploaded to youtube on August 19, 2014. Directed by Colin Tilley, when Nicki Minaj first shared the music video at midnight, it reached 19.6 million views with 24 hours. It was then the most watched video ever on the platform.

The music video has reached another milestone. Confirmed by the music news platform Chart Data, the video for “Anaconda” surpassed 1 billion views on YouTube Saturday (April 3). This has made Nicki the first female rapper to hit the accolade. The New York rapper now has six music videos with more than a billion views, joining Katy Perry and Rihanna as the only female artists that have achieved such a feat.

Nicki Minaj, at the time of its released believed the song was sexual empowerment, especially for voluptuous women. “I wanted to reinstate something,” Minaj told ABC News. “Because of the shift in pop culture, even hip hop men are really glorifying the less curvy body.

“I wanted to say, ‘Hey ladies, you’re beautiful,’” Minaj added. “Hopefully, this changes things and maybe it won’t change things, but I love it.”

Check out the video below one more time:

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