“Starships” is a song by American singer-songwriter and rapper Nicki Minaj, taken from her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. It was released on February 14, 2012 by Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic as the lead single from the album. The song was written by Minaj, Nadir Khayat, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and Wayne Hector, and was produced by RedOne, Yacoub, and Falk. “Starships” received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented its production, though found it generic and criticized Minaj’s transition towards pop music. The song is Minaj’s most successful single to date, peaking inside the top five in over fifteen countries. It remains her most certified single to date, and has become one of the best-selling singles of all time. The song also made US Billboard history, debuting in the US top ten and then spending a total of 21 consecutive weeks in the top ten.