Posts tagged "Nicki Minaj"

Nicki Minaj Talks ‘Forbes’ Claiming Iggy Azalea Runs Hip-Hop: “No Thank You”

Nicki Minaj has responded to a Forbes article published on May 19, initially titled “Hip Hop Is Run By a White, Blonde, Australian Woman.”

While Forbes even changed the headline due to social media backlash (“The author offers sincere apologies to anyone who was offended by it”), the article’s claims remained the same: Iggy Azalea‘s rise in the charts has been swift, while Minaj has been “oddly quiet for months.” In response, the “Pills N Potions” star actually cackled. “Okay. I’m reloaded,” she said on Power 105′s The Breakfast Club. More »

Nicki Minaj’s “Pills N Potions”: Listen

Welp, Nicki Minaj promised her new album The Pink Print wouldn’t have a “Starships” on it, and lead single “Pills N Potions” certainly isn’t that. But it turns out she was sort of misleading us about this all being a return to her “real” hip-hop roots. “Pills N Potions,” out today (May 21), isn’t a blast of sugary dance-pop, but the Dr. Luke-produced jam is completely 100% pop — it just happens to be a ballad.

“Pills” is a lovely, understated song, with Nicki projecting a vulnerability that’s been missing from her material, meaning it’s the exact opposite of the firebreathing raps she’s teased with this year. While she turns out two quick verses about coming to grips with naysayers, her singing voice does the legwork with the refrain “Pills and potions / We’re overdosing / I’m angry but I still love you.”

“Pills N Potions” doesn’t showcase a brilliant hook or jaw-dropping rhymes, but it does show Nicki can’t be pigeonholed, and at this point, that’s her greatest asset. Does she have another chart smash on her hands? Hear it below to find out. More »

Nicki Minaj Unveils “Pills N Potions” Single Artwork

Nicki Minaj is set to conquer the world with her long awaited album, The Pink Print, and last night while everyone was consumed by the Billboard Music Awards, she revealed the single artwork for lead single “Pills N Potions,” which will drop on Wednesday (May 21). For the image, she’s donning a pair of bunny ears (perhaps, combined with the title, suggesting an Alice In Wonderland theme?), but the fun look is a far cry from her Harajuku Barbie days.

The song will follow a string of killer rap tracks that Minaj has released this year, including “Chi-Raq” and “Yasss Bish” and if her interviews are to be believed, “Pills” and the rest of the album should continue down this hip-hop route. “I think I kind of had to start from scratch, almost reintroduce myself, again,” she said over the weekend. “I know people know me. I wanted to remind them of where I came from.”

Check out a larger version of the cover below. More »

Billboard Music Awards 2014: Nicki Minaj Almost Had A Wardrobe Malfunction

Nicki Minaj brought out the big guns on the Billboard Music Awards red carpet in Las Vegas tonight (May 18). The busty babe almost spilled out of her figure-hugging black dress. In fact, she had to stop for a moment and readjust her breasts in order to prevent a Janet Jackson Super Bowl moment. I’m sure the photographers weren’t complaining.

The rap diva, who promised to drop her new single this week during last night’s Powerhouse performance, looked absolutely stunning. Toning down the clown make-up and fright wigs has turned out to be a genius idea. Nicki is looking sexier and classier than ever. Expect to see a lot more of her over the next couple of weeks as promo for her third LP The Pink Print heats up. More »

Nicki Minaj’s Powerhouse Set: “Dropping My Single On Wednesday”

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Nicki Minaj invited Soulja Boy during Power 106′s Powerhouse show in Los Angeles, to perform their collaboration “Yasss Bish!!!” as it was released two weeks ago. When it wrapped, though, Minaj offered a correction — or as she said, “a little tiny remix” — to her lyrics. “I was saying, ‘Dropping my single in two weeks.’ Now I said, ‘Dropping my single on Wednesday / tell them bitches I’m their sensei.’”

For fans, that first line was crucial. By then, they already told Minaj that they had been counting down from when “Yasss Bish!!!” dropped, only to feel misled. More »

Nicki Minaj Brings Out The Big Guns For Her Myx Fusions Commercial: 12 Pics

Nicki Minaj is a busy woman. She’s putting the finishing touches on third LP The Pink Print and taking care of her business empire. The “Yasss Bish” femcee has been posting behind-the-scenes pics from her new Myx Fusions (an alcohol beverage) commercial and the 31-year-old is letting her killer curves do the talking.

The rap diva rocks a tiny skirt and bra (Gucci, if you please) in the eye-popping ad and struts her stuff on a sandy soundstage, surrounded by male models in sailor garb. She also shared some obligatory selfies, which showcase her gravity-defying assets. Yep, Nicki brings out the big guns yet again. Check out her sexy pics up top. More »

Nicki Minaj Reveals New Single Release Date In “Yasss Bish” Featuring Soulja Boy: Listen

Nicki Minaj, tell ‘em. In her new song “Yasss Bish,” she places a bid for the Los Angeles Clippers as Dr. Dre, Puff Daddy and Rick Ross did earlier this week. In between calls for a babysitter (see, her rap competition requires supervision), she praises Jada Pinkett-Smith: “Look up to Jada, I love her and Will.”

And as he did for Instagram (above), Soulja Boy grovels to Minaj at the hook. Yes, that’s him saying, “Yasss bish, yasss.”

To Minaj, Soulja Boy’s gracious hook predict how Barbs will soon praise her – for “Yasss Bish,” sure, but also for something even bigger. “Dropping my single in two weeks /The Pink Print album a movie,” she squeals, as if stoked to kick off her next album era. Say it with Soulja Boy, now — “Yasss bish, yasss” — and hear Minaj’s explosive new song below. More »

It Takes A Village: 10 Pop Hits That Took At Least 6 Writers To Cobble Together, From “Drunk In Love” To “Timber”

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Ahhh. Remember the good ol’ days when it only took one skilled tunesmith to write a hit single? Yeah — our minds don’t stretch back that far, either. In fact, if you have to travel in time, to “Somebody That I Used To Know” in 2012, to find the last single to top the Billboard Hot 100 with only one writer credited to it. (That would be Mr. Gotye himself, Wally de Backer.)

These days, it takes a small army to craft what we naive listeners would deem to be the simplest of songs. Remember Flo Rida‘s “Whistle”? You know — the chart-topping oral sex jam disguised as a radio-friendly, sing-song trifle for the whole family to purse their lips and blow to in the car? That one took no less than half-a-dozen writers to put together.

Below, we rounded up another 10 such pop smashes that required a team of musical geniuses — or at least Pitbull — to pen. Some may surprise you and even shatter the illusion of your favorite artists as unique jacks-of-all-trades, able to dash out catchy hits all by their lonesome.

Carry on to find out the wicked truth behind all the glitter, pop fanatics! More »

Whatcha Say: Avril Lavigne, Iggy Azalea And Katy Perry Got Our Readers Talking

Phew! Well, we somehow made it, Idolator readers: It’s Friday! And today alone was action packed in pop world, from Mariah‘s semi-surprise record drop announcement to Billboard, to J.Lo dishing us the dirt on her upcoming LP over breakfast to RiRi‘s drop dead gorgeous spread for Vogue Brazil. This week saw the pranky-heavy premiere of Katy Perry‘s “Birthday” video, the surprisingly controversial, undeniably WTF-heavy clip for Avril Lavigne‘s “Hello Kitty,” plus the release of two major records by two pop divas: KelisFood and Iggy Azalea‘s The New Classic, which is already set to make a mighty debut next week on the charts.

Speaking of Iggy and Kelis, we’re hooking you guys up with two very special contests: A giveaway of The New Classic AND a giveaway Food on vinyl — plus a Sonos wireless HiFi system. Make sure you enter ‘em now! PLUS, we’re hosting a special Twitter takeover (#SirensChat) with the “Sirens” diva herself Cher Lloyd on Tuesday. Please join us!

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »

Nicki Minaj Previews New Song By Twerking To It: Watch

Nicki Minaj previewed what appears to be a new song via Instagram late Wednesday night (April 23), posting two short videos of her twerking in pink pants to a slow jam featuring her chanting vocals. And while Minaj recently said “hell no” to the prospect of her forthcoming album The Pink Print containing a shameless pop cut like “Super Bass,” this new track sounds awfully Top 40-friendly.

(Also, it looks like she takes a daily vitamin! Gotta stay in peak condition when you’re posting all those sexy selfies.)

Meanwhile, Minaj continues to have her cake and eat it, too, which she’s better at than just about any star out there trying to play both sides (Miley included). She just told MTV that she is tired of being called a “female rapper.” “I do not see myself as a female rapper anymore, I’m sorry. I see myself as a rapper.” Preach.

Watch the prodigious twerk session with the new song below. More »