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Nicki Minaj Argues Streaming Should Count Toward Album Sales.
Nicki Minaj celebrated the one-year anniversary of The Pinkprint on Instagram Wednesday by drawing attention to how music sales are measured in a streaming-dominated industry.The “Anaconda” singer took to Instagram Wednesday to share her latest present, which she most likely received from Meek Mill, but there was a slight problem with his latest gift—it didn’t fit!
Despite selling less than a million copies worldwide, Minaj told fans that The Pinkprint is now “triple platinum worldwide,” though those sales won’t be reflected in her total until “a March court date” decides whether to retroactively count streaming totals and other digital download numbers toward platinum plaques. In the photo, the “Anaconda” singer leaves little to the imagination as she snaps a pic in front of the mirror in the white underwear with her shirt up. Nicki’s Twitter was taken over by excited followers on Tuesday (15Dec15), as they celebrated one year of her popular album. “#1YearOfThePinkprint ~ My beloved fans just reminded me that Dec 15th is the anniversary of my 3rd album,” she wrote to them on Instagram. “I don’t know how u guys always keep track of these things for me but I appreciate u more than you will ever understand. The couple sparked engagement rumors last week when Mill gifted Minaj a huge diamond sparkler for her birthday, which she chose to wear on her engagement finger. “[Our relationship] is definitely real, but it ain’t really time to get married yet,” Mill told The Fader. “We’re still learning each other, feeling each other out.” They now include TEAs – track equivalent albums, à la carte song purchases that are bundled into LP sales, like when downloads of Wiz Khalifa’s Hot 100-topping “See You Again” singlehandedly propelled the Furious 7 soundtrack to Number One on the Billboard 200 – as well as SEAs, streaming equivalent albums. “On Spotify alone, the sales of this album is 1.4 Million worldwide,” Minaj said of Pinkprint.
To all the artists & media who supported as well, thank you. (sic)” The star also retweeted several messages from her admirers, recalling the first time they heard the record, with many saying the songs made them cry. Recently she was quizzed about the beef between her boyfriend Meek Mill and friend Drake, with the New York Times Magazine asking if she enjoyed the drama. “That’s the typical thing that women do. Love u,” she wrote next to a photo that flaunted the ring, which is a cushion-cut diamond that’s set within a halo of smaller diamonds, all complete with a diamond band.
People are so bitter.” 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. Engagement rumors between began swirling back in April when Minaj revealed a 15-carat yellow heart modified brilliant cut diamond mounted in platinum with a double halo of white pavé diamonds. Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again.
News that the duo is in fact engaged, telling us at the time, “Both Meek and Nicki have been spending amazing quality time together lately and have gotten extremely close these past few months. To put down a woman for something that men do, as if they’re children and I’m responsible, has nothing to do with you asking stupid questions, because you know that’s not just a stupid question. But he did show an utter commitment to the show’s silliness, and when coupled with his innate charm as a performer, led some of the night’s best sketches. That commitment was once again on display tonight, but the material by and large felt half-formed, which stranded both host and crew for a majority of the night.
Hemsworth rarely connected live onstage tonight, but he unsurprisingly did very well in this action-movie parody. “I don’t have time to bleed!” is the type of clichéd dialogue that exists in most subpar action films, and this is a sketch that teases out that notion to its logical (albeit extreme) end. It’s never not impressive how quickly SNL can throw something together with this level of complexity and production value. (The physical continuity of Hemworth’s deterioration alone is impressive.) Sasheer Zamata matches Hemsworth beat for beat as his concerned partner, serving as audience proxy for his overly-macho attitude.
As someone still somewhat struggling to make herself known to SNL audience, it’s great to see her in a lead sketch role like this. “Time To Bleed” all but announces its endpoint up front, but its execution makes the ride enjoyable. But this week, rather than focus on that President’s foibles, it’s all about Bush’s contrast to the current Republican feel and just how well he favorably compares to them, even for his harshest critics.
What ensues isn’t a sketch so much as a stand-up routine, and it’s one based not only on current politics but the audience’s relationship to this actor and his place in SNL history. Either SNL realizes that having Donald Trump as a host damaged its reputation, or the show is simply having its cake and eating it with its current criticism of him. Some might view that as hypocritical or “too little, too late.” I’m not going to pretend I know the mindset that drove the material tonight, especially the Michael Che/Colin Jost back-and-forth about whether or not Trump actually believes the things he says. Jones’ confusion over its lack of Golden Globes nominations highlighted one of the side effects of what many call the era of Peak TV: She only knows Breaking Bad as a show she can stream online, and has no association to its existence on AMC (or, apparently, even the existence of AMC).
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