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Releasing "Pink Friday" over the 2011 holiday shopping season
When her debut album was finally released over 2010 holiday shopping season, Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, earning significant airplay for singles "Your Love," "Right Through Me" and "Did It On'em." Greeted by generally positive reviews, it eventually topped the charts and earned platinum status.