As Cardi B’s ‘WAP’ Enjoys New Controversy, Her ‘Up’ Single Quietly Sells 1M

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It’s up and it’s stuck – whether conservatives like it or not.

Cardi B’s newest single “UP” just hit platinum status, two days after her much-talked about performance at the 2021 Grammy Awards and just a little over one month since its release.

Meanwhile, critics are busy wagging their tongues about Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion’s “WAP” performance during Music’s Biggest Night, calling it a “glamorization of stripping and prostitution,” among other things. Conservative commentator Candace Owens called it a “corrosion,” but all of the talk just made Bardi more excited.

“Yaaaayyyyyyy WE MADE FOX NEWS GUYS !!!” Cardi wrote in response to Owens’ comments on Fox News with Tucker Carlson. “Wap wap wap!”

The momentum will hopefully lead into the Bronx native’s sophomore effort, as next month will make three years since the release of her debut, Invasion of Privacy. In February, she told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that she’s really trying to drop this year.

“I really wanted to put out an album last year, but I feel like I don’t have the right songs,” she said. “I recorded so many songs, I think I got like 50 songs recorded. If I’m not satisfied, I’m just not satisfied. I really want to put out an album this year and I feel like I have no choice now. Now, I feel like I’ve exceeded my limit of holdings. I just need to stop with the fear.”