Pink Friday finally arrived on Monday, and Nicki Minaj has been making the rounds to promote her debut project. The Lil Wayne protégé appeared on BET’s “106 & Park” yesterday, and today, she’s traipsing all over New York. First, she’ll make an in-store appearance at the Times Square MAC store before stopping by radio stations Power 105 and Z100. MTV News will be tailing the Harajuku Barbie all day. Check back for updates and live reports on the action as Team Minaj runs the city.
10:15 p.m. The reps inside the store have to curtail the line outside, because too many Barbs and Kens were waiting. Nicki is gonna stick around as long as she can. She’s due as a surprise guest later in the night at another artist’s show.
9:58 p.m. The crying has begun. As Pink Friday blasts through the Best Buy speakers, fans are getting their chance tp speak to Nicki. A lot of thanks yous, you speak for me, and I love yous.
9:54 p.m. Ran into the “My Time Now” crew shooting Nicki’s MTV documentary. They’re filming all night. Capturing this moment until the moment of release.
9:50 p.m. It’s Barbie time! Nicki is making her way through the bowels of Best Buy to pop up inside for her album signing. She’s in a great mood.
9:39 p.m. So many pink wigs on these girls waiting to meet Nicki. The Barbies are out front of Best Buy in full effect. They’re chanting Pink Friday and holding up signs.
9:18 p.m. Loading up by the car loads. Nicki swapped out the short dress and fur for a more colorful outfit. We’re hearing the line outside of Best Buy is longer than the wait for Detox.
9:00 p.m. Nicki’s Maybach has a lot of admirers. While we’re waiting out here for Miss Pink Friday, passerbys are snapping flicks of her car. Stunting like her (Puff) Daddy!
8:15 p.m.: Barbie’s back! Almost. Nicki Minaj’s MayBach is in front of her hotel and her security team is out front waiting. Few moments until we’re off to the Best Buy in-store signing.
5:00 p.m.: Thanks for checking into our “Nicki Watch,” she’s currently on break and getting ready for tonight’s festivities at Best Buy and beyond. Check back in at 8:00PM.
1:46 p.m.: Queens is definitely in the building. After Nicki’s interview with DJ Envy, DJ Clue arrived and he wanted to get in some time with the Harajuku Barbie. Now, she’s sticking around a bit longer to talk to the Question Mark Man.
1:21 p.m: Envy asked Nicki a good question about her starting out in South Jamaica, Queens rapping on mixtapes and appearing in street DVDs. But New York didn’t show her the love at first, “including me,” the Power 105 jock revealed. Nicki replied that as a New Yorker herself, she knows how the city doesn’t bandwagon hop, so she had to prove that she could do it. “It made me hungrier,” she said.
1:15 p.m.: Minaj is chopping it up with DJ Evny and she has her crew with her. She told him she doesn’t get to see her friends as much as she liked. So they’re rolling along with her for the day.
1:00 p.m.: Nicki’s silver Maybach just pulled up to the radio station. She’s about to talk to Power 105’s DJ Envy. Lot of excitement around her team, they said the day is just getting started!
12:31 p.m.: Team Minaj is en route to Power 105 for her next interview. We’re in a three-car entourage with Nicki’s vehicle, a chauffeured Maybach, leading the way.
11:57 a.m.: Nicki has wrapped her interviews and walked over to the front of the store to wave to her fans. They’ve stuck around to cheer her on. “I’ll see you all over at Best Buy,” she said, referring to her in-store later in Union Square.
11:34 a.m.: Nicki is doing a series of TV interviews, talking up her Pink Friday project and her upcoming documentary “My Time Now,” which is set to premiere this Sunday on MTV at 10 p.m.
11:19 a.m.: Fans are starting to pound against the glass store front chanting “Let her out” and singing “Right Thru Me.”
11:16 a.m.: Nicki wrapped her interview inside the MAC store. She’s going to take pictures with some of the products. Before the cameras started snapping, though, her fans cheers and called out her name. Nicki looked up at them outside and smiled wide.
11:13 a.m.: It’s hard to hear inside. Fans slipped past the barricade outside and are pressed up against the glass store front. Team Minaj is on point, security is trying to make adjustments and D-Roc (Biggie’s best friend) is keeping an eye on the lady of the moment.
11:10 a.m.: Fans outside are still screaming while inside Nicki has ditched her jacket and prepares for an interview sporting a tiny brown and black dress and studded heals.
11:08 a.m.: The cheers and shrieks signal the word. Barbie is here! She paused to shake a few hands and walked inside. Her blond bob has teal, purple, pink, green, and orange tips. She’s looking great in her floor-length white fur coat.
11:02 a.m.: The doors of the store are open and ready to receive Nicki. Fans have their phones out to snap pics of her as she walks in. Inside, “Right Thru Me” is playing and the MAC staff is straight as an eyeliner stick in a row to applaud her entrance.
10:36 a.m.: One of Nicki’s managers, James Cruz, just entered the building. That’s a sure sign the Barbie will be here soon. He even has a pink dress shirt on in honor of his client’s release.
10:33 a.m.: Nicki’s Pink Friday is on loop inside as fans and photos anxiously await her arrival. The MAC employees enthusiastically note that it’s the explicit version playing. Outside, police have arrived to help with the swelling crowd, which has grown to include bystanders across the street, standing in the middle of Times Square.
9:58 a.m.: Fan are gathered outside of the MAC store, where photographers are camped out and the buzz is building. Commuters and tourists are passing by, asking who everyone is waiting for. A lot of questions about if Justin Beiber is inside — no, it’s Barbie, bitches!