Nicki Minaj poses next to pastel-colored poodles in her glamorous GQ shoot but that’s not the most outrageous thing you’ll in the photos. Instead, the eye is immediately drawn to the femcee’s barely-there top, which appears to be a marvel of modern engineering. The 31-year-old spoke to the magazine about her upcoming LP The Pink Print and meme-spawning “Anaconda” video.
After making the seemingly disingenuous claim that there’s no sexual innuendo in the song or video (“it’s just cheeky, like a funny story… all it says is, ‘my anaconda don’t’”), Nicki sheds some light on the feminist statement she was trying to make with “Anaconda”. “That was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it’s always about the female taking back the power,” she says in reference to the clip’s banana-chopping moment. See another pic from her stunning GQ shoot after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj, often referred to as the E. E. Cummings of our generation , is finally getting the serious-face slam poetry session she deserves.
While the “Anaconda” diva has been serving up her A$$-tastic, Sir Mix-A-Lot sampling smash in our face with iconic visuals and live performances, YouTube’s MartiansBrain has just gone ahead and given us a version of the Harajuku Barbie’s latest banger that ought to provoke deep awe and wonderment.
Never before has the phrase “he toss my salad like his name Romaine” resonated so strongly. Listen to the full spoken word version of “Anaconda” after the jump. More »
Sure, 2014 hasn’t exactly been the biggest year for pop diva record releases, no doubt because of the deluge of albums that dropped last year, from the likes of Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga — just about everyone, really!
Not that there’s a complete shortage this year, however: In fact, there are a bunch of releases that we can’t wait to hear. What are some of the most anticipated records on our radar right now?
It’s down to “Shake It Off” songstress Taylor Swift‘s 1989, “Anaconda” diva Nicki Minaj‘s The Pink Print, “Crazy Stupid Love” pop princess Cheryl‘s Only Human and “London Queen” Charli XCX‘s highly anticipated Sucker. But we want to know: Which one are you most excited to hear? Vote for the record of your choice after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj went topless for “Pills N Potions” before conquering YouTube with her ass-tastic “Anaconda” video. When you throw her raunchy Instagram antics into the mix, it’s fair to say the rap diva spent a considerable chunk of 2014 (semi-)naked. That makes her chic L’Uomo Vogue spread something of a surprise. Sure, the 31-year-old shows plenty of cleavage but her famous curves are largely hidden by a series of fashionable suits.
The femcee also shows a different, more vulnerable side in the accompanying interview. For starters, Nicki reveals she had a panic attack after performing “***Flawless” in Paris with Beyonce. “I was flying in a private jet, tired from the performance and the jetlag, but instead of sleeping, I worried about all of the deadlines waiting for me in Los Angeles,” she admits. “I got really scared – I had a sort of panic attack”.
However, the frightening experience did have one positive side-effect. “Seeing Beyonce with her daughter and husband was so tender,” Nicki says. “It showed me that it is possible to be an animal on stage and a caring mother at the same time.” Peruse the hitmaker’s stylish L’Uomo Vogue shoot above. More »
After the surprise appearance that had stans in a tizzy, Beyonce has officially released the live video of her and Nicki Minaj‘s epic performance of the “***Flawless” remix. Taken from the singer’s On The Run HBO special with hubby Jay Z, the video shows the two showing off their sexy moves and flawless ass-ets (seriously, have you seen their booties?).
During the beginning of the performance, Minaj seems a little nervous around King Bey’s presence. But once the bass kicks in, the duo amps up the energy and keeps the audience jumping. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Drake broke The Beatles‘ record for the number of singles to be featured on the Hot 100. His remix of ILoveMakonnen‘s “Tuesday” became Drake’s 72nd song to enter the chart, besting the Beatles at 71. (Glee still has the most entries of all time with 207.) [MTV]
:: Speaking of Drake, he also “hosted” his own, rap-oriented version of the Grammys, #HoodGrammys, on Instagram. ILoveMakonnen‘s “Tuesday” was named Best Latin Club Anthem, natch. [The FADER]
:: Ariana Grande revealed snapshots from her “Love Me Harder” video shoot. She and featured artist The Weeknd appear in all black and in what looks to be a dark cellar – hmm! [Ryan Seacrest]
:: Nicki Minaj covers the latest issue of L’Uomo Vogue, the men’s version of Vogue Italia. Fittingly, she appears in menswear-inspired ensembles. [The FADER]
:: Lady Gaga revealed in a recent Reddit AMA that in high school, she was in a classic rock band and was inspired by Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant‘s vocals. “Im [sic] certain that side of my musicianship will seep through the pores of music in the future,” she says. [Reddit]
Find out below what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Nicki Minaj‘s booty anthem “Anaconda” is already cheeky – both literally and figuratively (did you see the NSFW video?). But who would’ve thought the rapper’s song could be transformed into a honky-tonk romp?
Postmodern Jukebox, a band known for their fun takes on famous pop tunes, stripped Minaj’s single from its hip-hop roots and placed their own bluegrass spin on it – and it’s actually pretty good!
Lead singer Robyn Adele Anderson dons pigtails and denim overalls as she casually sings the nonsensical lyrics, while the banjo player and a Chihuahua (what?) get down in the background. The catchy cover will definitely make you want to dust off your cowboy boots and head to the nearest hoedown. More »
With the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards about a month away, more exciting information about the show is being revealed! Along with Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran have been added to the performance roster for the big night. The show is set to air on November 9, live from the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland.
Grande and Sheeran are nominated for six and two categories, respectively – including Best Song for the “Problem” singer and Best Male for the British crooner. Minaj will be doing double-duty for the night, as she’ll also be hosting the award show. Ed Sheeran was so excited about the news, that he was actually the first to break the news via Facebook. More »
Jessie J‘s career had just about flatlined until she hooked up with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj on “Bang Bang”. The track is a monster hit — it reached a new peak of number three on the Billboard Hot 100 this week — and has everyone excited for the Brit’s third LP Sweet Talker. So why is she systematically editing out her collaborators?
The 26-year-old dropped a rap-free edit of the smash a couple of weeks ago — bye, Nicki! — and today (September 30) a solo version arrived online. It’s always fascinating to hear different versions of a good song and Jessie easily carries “Bang Bang” on her own. The verses sound a little clumsy but her vocal runs are on point. As usual. Check it out for yourself after the jump. More »
SUPER IMPORTANT NEWS: The other night Nicki Minaj posted two photos on Instagram where she was supposedly aiming at showing her bobbed wig and makeup to her followers. Of course, the real focus was on Nicki’s ample bosom, which was on full display thanks to the black, barely-there bra she was wearing. Because after all, this is what pop stars do in 2014.
Click “more” below to see both pics the demure “Anaconda” rapstress sprung on her fans. More »