If you notice your computer or smartphone running hot recently, it may be because the internet is currently on fire after the release of “Bang Bang,” an en fuego team-up between Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and British pop star Jessie J. Written and produced by much of the creative team behind Grande’s “Problem,” including Swedish pop warlock Max Martin, “Bang Bang” is a floor-shaking pileup of soulful horn stabs and detuned kick drums. It sounds like the hyperactive love child of Amy Winehouse and DJ Mustard with a three-way battle between the vocalists to see who can go the hardest. It’s tempting to call the contest for Nicki just on general principle—bonus points for her “Queen Nicki dominant, prominent” line—but Grande’s performance, which feels like she’s determined to jump through your headphones and physically tackle your eardrums, offers some serious competition. READ FULL STORY
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In the starkly arty clip for her piano-and-drums power ballad “Pills N Potions,” the color palette is black and white, the textiles are cotton-y (or yeti), and even silent guest Game’s got a tasteful starter beard to complement Minaj’s liquid-metal tears and bunny ears.
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As Brad Paisley and LL Cool J know all too well, everybody makes a bad call sometimes.
Nicki Minaj first came under fire yesterday for her incendiary, expletive-littered new track “Lookin Ass N—-,” but it was the song’s cover art that really set people off. The image (above) features a famous photograph of civil-rights icon Malcolm X wielding an AK-47 and looking worried,with the track’s already-divisive title slapped on — and that set everybody off.
After inciting multiple Change.org petitions and widespread criticism, Minaj issued a lengthy apology — attached to an Instragram photo of her wielding a gun.
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Even though they no longer share a judges’ table on American Idol, that doesn’t mean Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey can’t still go head to head.
Yesterday, both ladies unveiled brand new videos. Minaj pulled back the curtain on the clip for her new single “Lookin Ass N—a,” which puts her in the middle of the desert in stark black and white and gives her a machine gun (until the end, when she gets a second machine gun). It’s not especially subtle, but it does get her point across. Give it a watch below: READ FULL STORY
There are many ways Busta Rhymes tries to get our attention in the new “Twerk It” video — wearing his best leather-daddy get-up, randomly morphing into Spider-Man baddy Venom, bringing in Pharrell Williams and DJ Khaled — but it’s all for naught, because the show clearly belongs to Nicki Minaj.
The song is called “Twerk It,” after all. Check it out below:
New video round-up: Pink finds 'True Love' with Lily Allen, Ciara and Nicki Minaj drop it low on 'I'm Out'
A good rule for children at the pool is “always swim with a buddy.” Replace the word “swim” with “booty pop” and “violently cut carrots,” and you have the new videos from Ciara feat. Nicki Minaj and Pink feat. Lily Allen, respectively.
Pink’s “True Love” finds the singer cavorting about with husband Carey Hart and daughter Willow. There are also some flashy psychedelic colors, footage of her trapeze act from her last tour, and track collaborator Lily Allen whipping up a smoothie full of rage (and fiber!). Check out the flashy clip below.
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Who won video of the year again?
The BET Awards were barely about the actual awards as wild performances stole the night. They also didn’t present the top honor Sunday.
Janelle Monae ended the three and a half hour-plus event with a top notch performance of “Q.U.E.E.N.” alongside Erykah Badu, who brought a white poodle onstage. It was just one of the night’s best performances, which also featured stolen moments from a seductive Ciara, a slick Miguel, a random — but welcomed — reggae set and a playful Justin Timberlake with an even more playful Charlie Wilson.
Timberlake took a backseat to the soul singer, joining Wilson onstage for a medley of his solo and Gap Band hits.
Stevie Wonder, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Snoop Dogg and India.Arie were also part of the tribute to 60-year-old Wilson, who earned the lifetime achievement award.
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Remember Ciara? It’s cool if you don’t. Though she had a ridiculous opening run when she first came on, unleashing killer singles “Goodies” and “1,2 Step” in the back half of 2004. She’s run into diminishing returns since then, but her new single could be a game-changer.
“I’m Out” is the second single from her upcoming fifth album, Ciara, and it’s exactly the type of electro-kissed swaggering sass factory that makes for a great summer jam. (You know, the sort of songs Beyoncé used to make). And though Nicki Minaj can be poisonous on her guest spots, she puts in her best appearance in months on “I’m Out.” Considering how irresistible Ciara’s previous single “Body Party” has been, this could be the renaissance that she has been looking for since her debut.
Go ahead and give it a spin below. It’s huge, and it could only get bigger from here. READ FULL STORY
Justin Bieber emerged from a spaceship. The Band Perry banged on big drums. Bruno Mars performed in a Saturday Night Fever suit. Chris Brown fought some ninjas. Our host, Tracy Morgan, challenged Psy to a “Gangnam Style” dance-off. Oh, and some people got some awards. Taylor Swift dominated this year’s Billboard Music Awards, which were broadcast on ABC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday night. She claimed eight statues, including Billboard artist of the year and top Billboard 200 album for Red. But she was kind enough to let Justin Bieber, One Direction, Gotye, and Rihanna have a few trophies as well. A full list of winners follows below.
Billboard artist of the year
Top female artist
Top male artist
Now that we’ve seen the DONDA-designed album art for Lil Wayne’s upcoming I Am Not a Human II, it’s time to check out the tracklist.
The official Young Money site has posted the album’s 15-song list, and, unsurprisingly, there are lots of guests on the record (due out March 26).
Among the non-Weezy names are old pals like Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, and, of course, Big Sean on “My Homies Still.” But there are also some lesser-known up-and-comers, including YMCMB’s Gudda Gudda, Detail, and Boo (formerly of the rap duo Boo & Gotti).
And those aren’t the only guests, either. Check out the full I Am Not a Human II tracklist below:
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