Nicki Minaj

Jay Z’s Streaming Service, Tidal, Arrives in a Wave of Turquoise

The streaming service Tidal is re-launching today in honor of Jay Z’s recently accepted $56 million bid on Aspiro, the Swedish company… Read More

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7 Musicians Who Should Guest Star on ‘Empire’ Season 2

Along with the addictive soap-opera storylines and the utter perfection that is Cookie Lyon, Empire is a great show because it never stops surprising us with its lineup of guest stars — many of whom are very famous musicians. Last night’s finale brought Patti LaBelle and Snoop Dogg (along with Rita Ora), topping off a season where Mary J. Blige, Courtney Love, and Gladys Knight also made appearances. Now that Empire is the biggest hit of the 2014-15 TV season, it should have access to just about any name on the Billboard charts for Season 2. With that in mind, here are a few ambitious suggestions. … Read More

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Why Does Madonna’s ‘Rebel Heart’ Sound Like Every Pop Star She’s Influenced?

Madonna has been everything. Madonna is the reason female pop stars are able to be multifaceted, evolutionary, sexy-and-smart, vulnerable-and-empowering creatures instead of fembots programmed to either be contagiously happy or soul-stirringly sad for the sake of easy entertainment. Without her, the world would have a different idea of the entire modern concept of what a female pop star is/can be/should be. Sure, someone else with a big attitude and an even bigger nerve might have come along at the right time, but it’s hard to imagine just anyone becoming such a permanent visionary in our musical landscape as Madonna — particularly in a way that, for the most part, has retained relevance. … Read More

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Music’s Most Pointless “Catfights”

Earlier this week, in her new Rolling Stone cover story, Madonna said something that resonated with women everywhere: “We live in a world where people like to pit women against each other. And this is why I love the idea of embracing other females who are doing what I’m doing.”

This is especially true if you’re a female performer of a certain status. Even Madonna atoned for her feud with Lady Gaga, telling RS, “The only time I ever criticized Lady Gaga was when I felt like she blatantly ripped off one of my songs [‘Express Yourself’/’Born This Way’]. It’s got nothing to do with ‘she’s taking my crown’ or ‘she’s in some space of mine.’” … Read More

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Here’s the Footage From Nicki Minaj’s High School Theater Days You Didn’t Know You’d Always Been Waiting For

Hardcore, Minajesty-scented, Myx-drunk Nicki Minaj fans are probably fully aware of her theater concentration in at New York’s Fiorello H. LaGuardia High… Read More

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Life Imitates Art (and Vice Versa) in Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint Movie’

Nicki Minaj continued her big promotional push behind The Pinkprint on Friday, when she released a 16-minute film paired with three of the album’s most revealing songs, “The Crying Game,” “I Lied,” and “Grand Piano.” At times, The Pinkprint Movie looked more like a subtle Range Rover ad than a music video — get that McConaughey money, Onika — while at others it played like a quiet sex scene in which neither of the actors felt comfortable removing their clothes. Overall, the film was largely tasteful and a bit bland, despite the dramatic struggle at the core of The Pinkprint Movie. Like The Pinkprint album, the trio of linked videos portrays the slow-motion implosion of (and infidelity surrounding) an on-and-off relationship. … Read More

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The 25 Best Song Lyrics of 2014

More end-of-year lists! Never enough end-of-year lists! But seriously, end-of-year list-making season does provide an opportunity to revisit the best aspects of the year gone by, and one of our favorites to make here at Flavorwire is this one: the year’s best lyrics. It’s been a year in which, let’s be honest, a whole lot of terrible things have happened in the US and around the world — which, if nothing else, means there’s been plenty of subject matter to address directly, or to inspire more oblique takes on the world in which we live. Here are our 25 favorites. … Read More

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Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ Is Her Very Own ‘808s & Heartbreak’

The final song on the deluxe — but not the deluxe iTunes or Target — version of The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj’s third album, tells you everything you need to know about the Queens-bred rapper’s mental state at this point in time. Onika steps up to the plate and swings like she has nothing to prove but everything on the line: “You bitches can’t get my spot ’til I’m raising some children.” “Not that I don’t have good vision, but I don’t see competition/ They want me to come and help them, but I am not a magician.” “Don’t make me expose you, bitch, I’m busy.” With a title like “Win Again,” it would be easy to mistake this for your standard Nicki brag track, not unlike “I Am Your Leader” or “Grindin.” But by the end of the song, she’s out for blood with far less of it running through her flow. “I won,” Minaj coos in her most defeated-by-love pop-singer voice, “Kill-kill everything in my way.” Her brain is well trained, but her heart sounds tired. Yours would be too after writing an album like The Pinkprint. … Read More

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