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Nicki Minaj Meeting With New Management

Range Media Partners is in talks to manage the superstar, sources say.

Nicki Minaj is meeting with potential managers. The frontrunner is Melissa Ruderman at Range Media Partners, according to sources close to the situation.

Although multiple sources say the deal has been done for months — the superstar rapper’s rep refutes this. “Nicki is currently in discussions with management companies and has not yet partnered with anyone,” they told Billboard in a statement.


Ruderman also told Billboard in a statement, “I have not partnered with Nicki Minaj.”

As of last spring, Minaj was self-managing after a short stint working with Wassim “Sal” Slaiby’s SALXCO — with whom she announced she was working in September 2021. From 2019 to 2021, Minaj was working with Irving Azoff at Full Stop Management, and then before that was repped by Gee Roberson and Cortez Bryant at Blueprint/Maverick Management.

Ruderman joined Range Media Partners as a partner in the music division at the top of 2021. She is no stranger to working with superstars, having a yearslong partnership with Mariah Carey, including previously at Roc Nation (their relationship spans back to 2005, when Ruderman handled Carey’s day-to-day under veteran manager Benny Medina).

Range Media launched in September 2020 by former Entertainment One chief strategy officer Peter Micelli and a coalition of former CAA, WME and UTA agents. By July 2021, the company formed Range Music, a record label under the Range Media umbrella and a partnership with Capitol Music Group and Virgin Music & Artist Label Services.

Range clients include Jack Harlow, Justin Tranter, Cordae, Midland and many more.

As for Minaj, her solo catalog has logged 11.9 billion on-demand official U.S. streams, according to Luminate. Her albums have earned a combined 14.1 million equivalent album units, selling a combined total of 3.9 million copies across four full lengths.

Minaj has scored two No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. On the Hot 100, she has three No. 1s: “Trollz,” “Kiss Me More,” and most recently “Super Freaky Girl.”

UPDATE: This article was updated Jan. 10 at 5:06 p.m. EST to include a statement from Minaj’s label rep. The article was updated Jan. 10 at 6:40 p.m. EST to include a comment from Ruderman.