Congratulations to Nicki Minaj who became the high charting female rapper in UK history this weekend after her new single “Starships” took the number 3 spot. More details below…

Wendy L.

Surpassing feats scored by Lil Kim, Eve and Missy Elliott (who either failed to chart as highly or failed to enter the Top Ten without the aid of a supporting act), ‘Ships’ success comes without the aid of a supporting video, or physical promo in the country.

Indeed, in what can only showcase the power of her fan base, the cut’s ascent comes as a result of intense fan support, support which saw her debut LP ‘Pink Friday‘ rise 94 spots in a single week back in January.

If this is any indicator as to how its follow up, ‘PF: Roman Reloaded’ ,will fare in the country, you can be sure this record will be one of many to come her way.

UPDATE: With Minaj being the first Femcee to hit #1 in Scotland, she has extended her lead with the above record, as Scottish sales are added to numbers used by the Official Charts Company.

Thus- despite the confusion that surrounds it- allows the record to stand, even though Neneh Cherry reached #3 with ‘Buffalo Stance‘ in 1988.