The summer of 2016 saw the release of Nicki Maxaj’s second studio album, Bitch, and a slew of other female-led pop stars were also on the radar.
That summer, she and her new band, the Chasers, released their first full-length, Bikini Booty.
A full album would be a departure from her previous releases, but the Chases were still confident enough in their sound to go full-on bikinis.
Maxaj, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, described her new music as “bikini-ish.”
The group’s sophomore album, Pink and Black, was released in March 2017, and the following month Maxaj and her partner, rapper Macklemore, released a video for their hit song “Pink and Black,” a dance-pop song featuring Minaj, Lil Wayne, and more.
The video was a hit, and in February 2018, Maxaj appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” with Macklemoore and her band, “the Chasers.”
As a result, Maxegas Bikini Banger, the group’s fifth studio album and its first in 20 years, was the fastest-selling debut album of the groups career.
“Pink is a lot like Bitch,” Maxaj told Billboard in May.
“I think that I’m kind of in a little bit of a bubble.
I’m still in my teenage phase, and it’s hard for me to find myself.”
But it wasn’t just the pop world that was welcoming Maxaj to the big time.
The “Bitch” video was met with critical acclaim, and after a few singles like “Slimy,” “Wanna Get It,” and “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” it was clear that Maxaj was on to something.
But the real boost came when the Chaser’s song “My Big Fat Body” became the first single to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in three years.
That chart feathered for five weeks.
It wasn’t until the next year that Maxjagames “My Body” hit No, 2, and was the highest-charting track of all time.
“My body” had been released a few weeks earlier and was one of the first songs Maxaj had released in her first year of chart dominance.
The song quickly became a top-selling song in her native Canada, as well as the country’s largest radio station.
It also earned Maxaj a spot on the Hot 100’s Top R&os Artist for the second time.
Her next record, Banger Up, hit No.
“It’s a little more than a little,” Maxjaj told Rolling Stone.
“It’s definitely a little too much.
I think it’s really a little crazy.”
“Pink” was a bold move for Maxaj.
For years, she’d been the only Canadian pop star to be on the radio.
“You can’t put the band on radio because you can’t have that kind of a huge pop song,” she said.
“They’re not radio hits, but it’s a big hit.”
Maxaj has also made a concerted effort to cultivate her Canadian fanbase.
She is now a permanent resident of the country, which has made her an international celebrity.
“If you see me in the streets in Canada, I’m a celebrity,” Maxagams fans often tell her.
“And it’s kind of crazy to me that we have so many fans in Canada.
So I guess it’s like a huge secret.
I just have to try and make sure I’m the face of Canada, so they know that I exist.”
While Maxajs fans have grown to appreciate her for her efforts to reach out to her fans in the country of her birth, she says that she’s also learned from the struggles that others have had to go through.
“That was definitely a thing I had to struggle with,” she says.
“Because you can tell how it’s going to go from day one, and people aren’t really accepting, and there’s always going to be the backlash.
And so it’s been really hard for people to accept you for what you are, and what you can do.”
“My big fat body” became a pop sensation when it hit No., 2, in May, 2017, at the height of Maxaj s biggest singles.
“A lot of people in Canada would love to see you as a celebrity, because you’re so famous,” Maxas dad, Bob, told The Canadian Press in 2017.
“But it’s not the right thing to do, because they want a celebrity.
And they don’t have to be a celebrity to be able to get to the fans.
So there’s not a lot of support.
You have to have a lot more money, or there