Slowly but surely, Nicki Minaj has opened up on her now-ex boyfriend Safaree Samuels. She joked with Rap Radar founder Elliott Wilson in his Inside the Actors Studio-style interview series, CRWN, about how they moved from Queens, N.Y., to Atlanta together so that she can pursue a rap career: “I was so madly in love with him.” Pause. “As a friend.” Yet as she showed to Power 105 host Angie Martinez, Minaj is still trying to heal from their recent break-up. After all, they dated for over a decade. “I tell my girlfriends, my best friends, sometimes I still want to tell him stuff and get his opinion, because –” the rapper said, before she had to fight back tears.
Now, though, Minaj is actually seen crying in her new short film The Pinkprint Movie. To the most emotional songs from her just-released third album (“All Things Go,” “The Crying Game” featuring Jessie Ware, “I Lied” and “Grand Piano”), the 16-minute clip shows Minaj torn between leaving and staying with a flame, played by model Willy Monfret, and being rescued from a car crash by another man, played by Boris Kodjoe. It’s beautifully shot but also tough to watch, because Minaj has never been this vulnerable before. Watch The Pinkprint Movie up top, then see her recent, lengthy interviews with Wilson and Martinez below. More »
Welp, we’re almost there Idolator readers: It’s nearly the end of 2014! But of course, our favorite pop acts aren’t giving us even a moment to rest.
This week saw the debut of both Charli XCX‘s Sucker and Nicki Minaj‘s The Pinkprint, two of the year’s most anticipated pop releases. But there weren’t just anticipated pop releases! Unfortunately, a whole album’s worth of demos from Madonna‘s forthcoming record spilled out onto the Internet. Eep!
And, of course, we’re winding down the year by taking a look back through the best releases of 2014 here at Idolator, including our 20 Best Singles of ’14, the Best EPs of ’14 and the results of our Readers’ Poll for the Top 10 Albums of 2014. Did your faves get selected?
As always, you guys had plenty say. Check out some of the week’s best and worst comments after the jump. Have a good weekend! More »
That Taylor Swift juggernaut shows no sign of slowing down. According to chart predictions, 1989 should return to number one on the Billboard 200 next week — increasing its run to six non-consecutive weeks. (J.Cole‘s 2014 Forest Hills Drive briefly knocked it from the top spot with a massive opening bow). Pentatonix‘s mega-selling That’s Christmas To Me EP is predicted to fill the runner’s up slot. That means Nicki Minaj‘s much-hyped The Pinkprint will have to settle for a top five debut.
The femcee’s third album is expected to sell 160,000 copies in its first week of sale. (That doesn’t include streaming and individual downloads, which now count towards the chart). It’s healthy total, but easily the lowest of Nicki’s career. Pink Friday debuted with a whopping 375,000 copies in 2010, while Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded shifted 253,000 copies in 2012. Given the rap diva’s non-stop promotion and high-profile collaborators, you can’t help but think she will be disappointed by The Pinkprint‘s numbers. More »
Nicki Minaj is obviously a dope rapper, but can she go head to head with some NBA greats? Yesterday (December 18), she stopped by TNT’s Inside the NBA as part of her promotional tour for her latest album — The Pinkprint. The show’s hosts Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Grant Hill showed off their hilarious rap skills in a cypher with the diva. The end result is pretty entertaining!
The rapper’s third LP The Pinkprint includes tracks like the Meek Mill-assisted “Big Daddy,” her “Feelin’ Myself” collaboration with Beyonce, “The Crying Game” featuring Jessie Ware, All Things Go,” “Only” and more. Watch the cypher after the jump! More »
As part of the promotional run for her new LP The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj stopped by Bravo TV’s Watch What Happens Live to chat with host Andy Cohen! The rapper was full of energy on the late night show, where she opted to plead the fifth when Cohen asked, “Who has the biggest dick in the music industry?” She also discussed her experience working with Beyonce on the new record and even took a shot with Real Housewives Of Atlanta‘s Phaedra Parks!
Along with her appearance on Bravo, Minaj also guested at NYC’s Hot 97 radio station where they hosted a special VIP lounge event. The night was supposed to be a sit-down interview with DJ Ebro, but the rapper took it upon herself to hop on the couch and give the audience some eye-opening twerk action — “Anaconda”-style. It’s quite mesmerizing!
Watch the interviews and Minaj’s ***Flawless twerking after the jump! More »
In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Nicki Minaj has selected Beyonce-featuring jam “Feelin’ Myself” as the next single from The Pinkprint. “Radio has really gravitated to their own songs, like I’m guessing ‘Feelin’ Myself’ is the next urban song,” the rap diva told Hot 97. “They picked it on their own.” It’s an absolute no-brainer given the success of their previous collaboration, “***Flawless,” on urban radio and the song’s popularity on iTunes.
In fact, “Feelin’ Myself” is currently best-selling track from The Pinkprint — even ahead of the femcee’s official new single “Only.” (You know, the one with the racist Nazi lyric video?) Speaking of that banger, Nicki was asked which of those collaborators — Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown — she would like to fuck, marry and kill. Onika played it cute and let the listeners decide, but wasn’t particularly vocal when the crowd voted for Breezy’s death! Listen to the interview after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj has many personas: Boss Ass Bitch, Roman, Nicki Lewinsky, Ratchet Barb — the list goes on and on! But now, the rapper is trying her hand at modeling, and the results are utterly ***flawless. Minaj is the star of Roberto Cavalli’s Spring/Summer 2015 ad campaign, shot by famed photographer (and Lana Del Rey‘s boyfriend) Francesco Carrozzini.
The “Only” diva flaunts her best poses for the shoot, as she dons flowing summer dresses, bright bodycons and some serious shades. The ad campaign highlights just how pretty Minaj is, and also displays her more woman-like side. The editorial photos come straight after the release of her third LP The Pinkprint, which dropped on December 15. More »
Nicki Minaj‘s anaconda definitely don’t want none of her old yearbook photo’s buns, hun.
The Pinkprint pop-rap diva is kicking the promotional duties into full swing this week with the release of her third LP. Last night, Minaj came to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to chat with the host about her new record.
Together, they discussed the massive success of “Anaconda” and the video’s 300 million YouTube views. (“Between us, it’s 100 million right there!” Jimmy joked, pointing to The Roots.) But the Pinkprint chatter didn’t last for long. Jimmy busted out a screenshot of an Instagram that Beyoncé posted, which included a yearbook photo of Mizz Minaj, who was visibly embarrassed. But fear not! Jimmy busted out his own (hilarious) yearbook photos. Stars: They’re just like us! More »
Nicki Minaj is continuing the promotional run for her new LP The Pinkprint, and her latest stop is on the Today show! The rapper stopped by the NYC studios this morning (December 16) to perform “Bed Of Lies” alongside Skylar Grey.
Minaj also stayed for a brief interview, where she discussed her hilarious impersonations of Beyonce and Kim Kardashian on Saturday Night Live, why she chose to be more personable for this album era and her new perfume called “Onika” (which she gave Madonna to try).
The rapper’s third LP The Pinkprint includes tracks like the Meek Mill-assisted “Big Daddy,” her “Feelin’ Myself” collaboration with Beyonce, “The Crying Game” featuring Jessie Ware, All Things Go,” “Only” and more. Watch the performance up top, and catch Minaj’s interview after the jump! More »
Nicki Minaj has been exciting many a “Anaconda” worldwide ever since her debut, but now the rapstress is baring her ass-ets more than ever before! As seen throughout 2014, sex is selling like hotcakes (have you seen K. Michelle‘s recent album promotion?). But for Minaj, she has decided to give fans more than a peek of her boobs and booty for every month of the week.
Her 2015 calendar finds the “Only” diva showing off her curvaceous frame in a naughty firefighter get-up, workout gear, bikinis and more. There is even a scandalous shot of the rapper’s nude body in what seems to be a tub of milk — how kinky! More »