Megatron (song)

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"Megatron"
Nicki Minaj - Megatron.png
Single by Nicki Minaj
ReleasedJune 21, 2019 (2019-06-21)
Format
Length3:11
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"BAPS"
(2019)
"Megatron"
(2019)
Music video
"Megatron" on YouTube

"Megatron" (stylized in all caps) is a song by American rapper Nicki Minaj, released on June 21, 2019, along with its accompanying music video.[1] It is Minaj's first release as a lead artist in 2019, following some guest appearances in other artists' songs and a social media hiatus.

Background and release[edit]

"Megatron" is Minaj's first solo single released in 2019.[2] She had previously appeared as a featured artist earlier in the year on Avril Lavigne's "Dumb Blonde", Chris Brown's "Wobble Up" with G-Eazy,[3] and Trina's single "BAPS".[4]

Music and lyrics[edit]

"Megatron" was co-written by Minaj, Brittany "Chi" Coney, Denisia "Blu Jones" Andrews, Haldane Wayne Browne, and Andrew "Pop" Wansel, with additional production by Nova Wav and co-production by Minaj herself.[5] The song contains a sample from "Heads High" by Mr. Vegas.[6]

Promotion[edit]

The song was first teased by Minaj on June 12, 2019, when the rapper posted the word "MEGATRON" to her social media accounts.[7] One day after, Minaj uploaded a series of pictures from the music video's set, announcing the song's release date and an episode of her own Beats 1 show, Queen Radio, for the same day.[8] A teaser for the music video was posted on June 19.[1] Model Blac Chyna showed support to the song's visuals by posing in pictures with similar backgrounds to Minaj's teasers, leading to speculation she would feature in the music video, rumors Minaj quickly shut down.[9] One day prior to the record's release, the rapper posted a video with her boyfriend, Kenneth Petty, and continued to tease the song.[10]

Music video[edit]

On June 19, Minaj released the first teaser for the music video.[1] On June 21, the music video was officially premiered on the rapper's YouTube channel.[11][12] The music video has since received over 40 million views.

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, "Megatron" debuted at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. In its second week the song fell 72 spots to number 92 becoming the seventh biggest drop on the chart.[citation needed]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[5]

  • Nicki Minaj – vocals, songwriting, co-production
  • Pop Wansel – songwriting, production, programming
  • Brittany "Chi" Coney – songwriting
  • Denisia "Blu June" Andrews – songwriting
  • Haldane Wayne Browne – songwriting
  • Nova Wav – additional production, programming
  • Aubry "Big Juice" Delaine – record engineering
  • Jacob Richards – mixing engineering
  • Jaycen Joshua – mixing

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 89
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 25
Greece International Digital (IFPI Greece)[15] 53
Hungary (Single Top 40)[16] 9
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 56
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[18] 10
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[19] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 20
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[22] 11
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[23] 30
US Rolling Stone 100[24] 14

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label(s) Ref.
United States June 21, 2019 [25]
July 2, 2019 Rhythmic contemporary [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Nicki Minaj Previews New Single 'Megatron'". Rap-Up. June 19, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Lamarre, Carl (June 13, 2019). "Nicki Minaj Announces 'Megatron' Release Date & Return of Queen Radio". Billboard. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Strauss, Matthew (June 21, 2019). "Watch Nicki Minaj's Video for New Song 'MEGATRON'". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  4. ^ Burks, Tosten (June 19, 2019). "Trina - "BAPS" (ft. Nicki Minaj): Streama". Spin. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "MEGATRON / Nicki Minaj". Tidal. June 21, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  6. ^ Saponara, Michael (June 21, 2019). "Nicki Minaj Returns With 'Megatron': Watch the Video". Billboard. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  7. ^ Saponara, Michael (June 12, 2019). "Nicki Minaj Returns With Cryptic 'Megatron' Tweet". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Lamarre, Carl (June 13, 2019). "Nicki Minaj Announces 'Megatron' Release Date & Return of Queen Radio". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Nicki Minaj Shoots Down Rumors Blac Chyna Is Part of Her 'Megatron' Video". Hiphopwired.com. June 18, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019.
  10. ^ Robidoux, Brandy (June 20, 2019). "Nicki Minaj's BF, Kenneth Petty, Grabs Her Chest & She Calls Him Her 'Husband' In Sexy New Video". Hollywood Life. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  11. ^ Matthew, Strauss (June 21, 2019). "Watch Nicki Minaj's Video for New Song "MEGATRON"". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  12. ^ Murphy, Helen (June 23, 2019). "She's Back! Nicki Minaj Releases Sexy New Video for Song 'Megatron'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #531". auspOp. June 29, 2019. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Greece Official IFPI Charts Digital Singles Chart: 27/2019". IFPI Charts. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Nicki Minaj". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  18. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 1, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  21. ^ "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  22. ^ "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  23. ^ "Nicki Minaj Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved July 16, 2019.
  24. ^ "Top 100 Songs". Rolling Stone. July 2, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  25. ^ "Megatron".
  26. ^ "Top 40 Rhythmic Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 2, 2019.