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Billboard Ranks Nicki Minaj’s Top 20 Songs Ever

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In honor of her third studio album, The Pinkprint, hitting stores this week, Billboard magazine decided to rank Nicki Minaj’s Top 20 hits of her career. You’re probably thinking to yourself, does she even have that many songs from her two previous LPs?

You’re right, she doesn’t but the publication also counts all her numerous featured guest spots. When you factor that in, Minaj has plenty to choose from. The 32-year-old femcee is a hustler.

“Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least,” according to Billboard.

Care to make any predictions on which songs off Nicki’s catalog topped the list? The top two spots don’t surprise me but from there, I was caught off guard, especially with “Moment 4 Life,” “Pound The Alarm” and “Anaconda” ranking lower than I thought. Check out the countdown below and weigh in afterward.

check out the list after the jump

Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint In Stores Now

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Nicki Minaj drops her third studio album, The Pinkprint, in stores today. After venturing with Europop fare like “Starships” and “Pound The Alarm” on her previous LP, the 32-year-old femcee returns to her raw hip-hop roots.

Early reviews are raving about Minaj’s surprisingly introspective work, with some calling it the best of her career. Wise move on Nicki’s part to grab everyone’s attention with the butt anthem, “Anaconda,” to lure them in with her more personal tracks.

The Pinkprint which was inspired by Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, features some big hitters including Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Jeremih, Drake, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill and Skylar Grey. She previously told Complex that her hopes for the album is to inspire female rappers one day to be able to pattern themselves with what she’s done, much like what Jay-Z did for male rappers with The Blueprint.

“I have no idea what he was doing before The Blueprint dropped. It’s not that literal. People keep asking me about Jay’s The Blueprint and they think I’m doing something like that. I made reference to The Blueprint because Jay is the biggest rapper of our time. The name of the album was inspired by Jay but not the body of work. I do think that it’s going to create new rules, though, in [the way] that [The Blueprint did].”

While I enjoyed her pop hits like “Pound The Alarm,” I really feelin’ her new tracks. Be sure to check out Nicki’s new album. It’s quite fantastic. Check out the music videos released thus far off the album below.

check out more vids from the new album after the jump

Nicki Minaj Debuts ‘Only’ Music Video

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To coincide with the European and Australian release of The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj premieres the official music video for “Only.” Minaj enlists a trio of hip-hop artists for the Dr. Luke-produced track. Drake, Lil’ Wayne and Chris Brown all make cameos, but I would’ve rather had more scenes of that buff stud shown in the first few seconds of the visual. Holy woofness!!!

Nicki keeps it relatively simple and avoids anything too controversial for the video. She wears revealing black outfits, mesmerizing Drake and Wayne with her curves while her army of tough-looking females put random men in their place.

Only” has so far only peaked at #27 on the Hot 100. Maybe this clip can help bolster its chart performance. Be sure to buy The Pinkprint when it hits stores next week in North America.

If you haven’t heard her collabos with Beyonce, Ariana Grande and Jessie Ware, be sure that you do. They’re dope. Check out Nicki’s latest clip below.

watch after the jump

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Uh, oh!!! Nicki Minaj has sprung a major leak. Ahead of it’s December 15 release, several tracks off the 32-year-old femcee’s The Pinkprint have surfaced online.

Minaj reunites with Beyonce on the girl power anthem, “Feeling Myself.” The two previously collaborated on “***Flawless” remix. The rapper also calls upon Ariana Grande again, this time the “Bang Bang” duo get graphic for the sensational “Get On Your Knees.” Equally as amazing is her duet with the underrated Jessie Ware on “The Crying Game.”

If the rest of the album is anything like this trio of awesomeness, I can’t wait to purchase Nicki’s third studio album on Tuesday. Check them all out below before they get pulled.

check them out after the jump

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At the halfway point of the year, Katy Perry led the pack with the most played music video of 2014. As of November 30, 2014 Katy-patra’s “Dark Horse” clip has been eclipsed. Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX with their Clueless homage passed Perry to take the year end title.

According to VEVO, the “Fancy” clip pulled in more than 380 million views, 140 million of which were in the US alone. The Aussie femcee also makes another appearance on the Top 10 list thanks to her collaboration with Ariana Grande on “Problem.” Overall, the ladies dominated the list by taking the top seven slots. The highest charting man was Rich Gang with “Lifestyle.” Props to Sam Smith for making the cut with his relatively simple clip for his sensational ballad “Stay With Me.”

Check out how Taylor Swift’s shaking, Meghan Trainor and Nicki Minaj butt anthologies fared on the chart below.

check out all the clips after the jump

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The 2014 American Music Awards were handed out Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles with Pitbull presiding over the ceremonies once again. Heading into the evening, Iggy Azalea led the pack with six AMA nominations. One Direction, however, ended up being the night’s big winner, taking home three awards- Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Midnight Memories.

Unlike the VMAs though, Azalea didn’t go home empty-handed this time. The Aussie femcee won two categories. Taylor Swift also got in on the action by earning the event’s most prestigious honor. The legendary Diana Ross presented the “Blank Space” singer with the first-ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence!

Katy Perry and Sam Smith took home honors for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist respectively. Check out all the winners below.

In between all the acceptance speeches, there was a whopping 18 performances crammed into the three-hour telecast. There was something for everyone with artists ranging from teen dreams 5 Seconds of Summer to R&B veteran Mary J. Blige. My favorites of the night were Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea and Jessie J reuniting with Nicki Minaj and Grande.

On the flip side, I took bathroom breaks during Selena Gomez, Magic! and Fergie‘s set. Was it me, or did the Duchess move awkwardly slow and look a tad stiff? No disrespect but she looked like Iggy’s grandmother on stage. Check out the performances below.

winners and performances after the jump

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The last time David Guetta and Nicki Minaj teamed up together, the club smash “Turn Me On” was born. It was one of my favorite cuts off Nothing but the Beat along with “Titanium” and “Without You.”

The dynamic duo of Guetta and Minaj are back together and this time enlisted Afrojack and Ester Dean on production and Bebe Rexha for the hook on “Hey Mama.” The track is off Guetta’s forthcoming Listen LP being released on November 24.

Hey Mama” is another EDM song destined to be a hit for them. With that being said, it’s vastly different from their previous collaboration. Bonus points for steering away from “Turn Me On 2.0.” It’s not easy to catch lightning in a bottle twice using the same formula. Wisely, it’s more pop oriented with Minaj flaunting her Caribbean roots on the island-tinged gem.

Nicki’s rhymes are also a change of pace with her exploring her domestic side and not being her usual aggressive self. She’s all about her man and catering to his needs. Is the femcee longing to be a Stepford wife? Give “Hey Mama” a listen below and check out Minaj’s new side.

listen to the track after the jump

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Since it’s release over the weekend, Nicki Minaj’s “Only” lyric video has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism. The Anti-Defamation League immediately commented on the clip’s imagery, comparing it to that of Nazi propaganda. “Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third Reich propaganda and constitutes a new low for pop culture’s exploitation of Nazi symbolism,” the organization explained.

“This video is insensitive to Holocaust survivors and a trivialization of the history of that era,” they continued. “The abuse of Nazi imagery is deeply disturbing and offensive to Jews and all those who can recall the sacrifices Americans and many others had to make as a result of Hitler’s Nazi juggernaut.”

Up until now, the 31-year-old femcee has remained silent. Earlier this morning, she sent a series of Tweets talking about the inspiration and concept of the clip, along with issuing an apology.

“The artist who made the lyric video for “Only” was influenced by a cartoon on Cartoon Network called “Metalocalypse” & Sin City. Both the producer, & person in charge of over seeing the lyric video (one of my best friends & videographer: A. Loucas), happen to be Jewish. I didn’t come up w/the concept, but I’m very sorry & take full responsibility if it has offended anyone. I’d never condone Nazism in my art.” – Nicki Minaj via Twitter

The video’s director, Jeff Osborne, doesn’t feel the same way and isn’t remorseful for his work. “First, I’m not apologizing for my work,” he told MySpace, “nor will I dodge the immediate questions. The flags, armbands, and gas mask (and perhaps my use of symmetry?) are all representative of Nazism.” Read the full statement below.

read the director’s statement and watch the lyric vid after the jump

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