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Nicki Minaj Drops ‘The Night Is Still Young’ Video

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Nicki Minaj is on fire this week. After premiering “Hey Mama” and “Feeling Myself clips,” the 32-year-old drops yet another video. Once again, it’s exclusively only playing on Tidal.

Like “fetch,” it’s probably never going to happen but bless her heart for being loyal to Jay-Z. Allowing it only to play on the streaming site instead of Vevo has gotta impact Nicki’s bottom line. I’m sure she’s not getting nearly as many views on Tidal, resulting in lower ad revenue. In addition, I’m pretty sure those views aren’t factored into Billboard’s algorithm for their charts. For someone who once held Vevo’s record for most viewed clip in a 24-hour period, I’m surprised Nicki debuted both clips on Tidal this week. She would’ve been wise to upload at least one on Vevo.

The Night Is Still Young” clip is a colorful romp directed by Hannah Lux Davis. If you liked Minaj’s Pink Friday era, you’ll love this pop anthem. Taking a page from Gwen Stefani’s book, Nicki surrounds herself with a quartet of Japanese Harujuku-like dancers for the visual. Check it out below.

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I really loathe that saying but there’s not better way to describe Nicki Minaj and Beyonce. They’re effin’ flawless in their new video, “Feeling Myself,” which premiered on Tidal. It’s by far the best to thing to come from Jay-Z’s streaming service since it launched.

Nicki and Bey make everything they do look so glamorous. Whether it’s eating cheeseburgers, playing with water guns, lounging around a messy bathroom, these ladies can make the mundane look epic and music video worthy. They filmed the entire thing while attending this year’s Coachella Music Festival. Queen B apparently can’t just enjoy any downtime without filming a video. Not that I’m complaining though. Check out their latest collabo below.

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It appears David Guetta and Nicki Minaj’s latest collaboration is proving as successful as their previous offering, “Turn Me On.” “Hey Mama” is just on the cusp of breaking into the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. With the release of the accompanying music video and performance at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, the EDM track should cross the threshold this week.

Guetta and Minaj head to the desert for a Burning Man meets Mad Max-themed visual. Should a Beyond The Thunderdome remake ever happen, I nominate Nicki to step into Tina Turner’s fierce warrior wardrobe. Check out the surprisingly entertaining clip below where Minaj appears as a hologram.

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Heading into the 2015 Billboard Music Awards telecast, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea’s first performance of “Pretty Girls” was without a doubt the performance everyone was looking most forward to. About two hours in, the duo did themselves proud. It wasn’t at all a trainwreck, and in fact, both ladies looked sensational. Britney, IMHO, hasn’t looked this great and comfortable on stage in years. Well done.

Mariah Carey also made a notable appearance as well. She hit the Billboard stage for the first time in 17 years. Perhaps she’s still recuperating from bronchitis, but Mimi wasn’t at her vocal best. Every note felt so laborious as opposed to the ease she belted out those notes years ago.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson absolutely slayed her vocals during her “Invincible” performance as did Tori Kelly and Nick Jonas on “Nobody Love” and “Jealous” respectively.

Speaking of Jonas, he was in fine form tonight. Dude looked beyond sexy. Charlie Puth and Empire‘s Jussie Smollett also smoldered on stage during their respective performances. Check out all the videos below.

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It’s clear that Adam Levine or someone in Maroon 5 loves hip-hop. During their current V era, the band has enlisted rappers J. Cole and Big Sean to add some urban swagger on “Animals” and “Maps” respectively. They’ve done it once again for their latest single.

This time around though, some female power was enlisted for the official remix of “Sugar.” Nicki Minaj delivers some rhymes about her favorite candy and fashion designers on the new version which features an updated and bouncier beat.

I like Minaj, but her presence isn’t necessary. The catchy track is fine on its own. Give the remix a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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With “The Art of Letting Go” debuting just the other day, naturally Mariah Carey is on the promotion train pimping out her new single. I’m sure the last thing she wants to talk about is her badly-reviewed one season stint as American Idol judge. However, that’s not the case for Angie Martinez who interviewed Carey for Hot 97. I think it’s time for people to heed Mariah’s track and let it go.

When asked about the FOX singing competition, Carey tries to avoid it at first but then dishes some tea and throws a bit of shade. She reveals she hated going to work, how she felt duped by producers and calling someone Satan. Clearly, she’s talking about Keith Urban ;) Check out the interview snippet below.

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Whoa. Ciara and Nicki Minaj look incredible in Ciara’s new music video for “I’m Out“, which also features Minaj. Ciara sings, “Ladies this your song, so as soon as this come on you should get out on the floor and get your sexy on.” In the video,these two ladies do just that.

The song is about the end of a relationship, embracing your new found freedom & independence, and making your ex-jealous in the process. “You gonna miss me when I’m gone… I’m out,” sings Ciara. Both ladies wear white leather jumpsuits in the video and look freaking hot. This video made me love the song even more than I already did. In one of the last scenes in the video, Ciara tosses her cell phone into a flute of champagne after she gets a call from “Old News.” Love it.

Check out the Ciara’s “I’m Out” music video below and let me know what you think!

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Ciara Debuts Nicki Minaj Collaboration “I’m Out”

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After breaking into Billboard Hot 100’s Top 40 with “Body Party” for the first time since 2009’s “Love Sex Magic,” Ciara is hoping her new single will follow in its footsteps. Just like the lead cut which featured her boyfriend Future, “I’m Out” is another collaboration from her upcoming self-titled fifth studio album. This time it’s with Nicki Minaj. The two previously joined forces on Minaj’s “I’m Legit.” With these two ladies involved, obviously the track is all about girl power.

“Ladies, it’s your song / So as soon as this come on / You should get out on the floor / Gon’ and get your sexy on / If you know that you better / Then the new girl that he on / Go ‘head and tell him now / “You gon’ miss me when I’m gone”

Personally, I like it. The juxtaposition of Ciara’s sultry delivery and Minaj’s aggressive swagger really works well together. It’s definitely one of Cici’s better tracks in years and could be the game-changer she’s been looking for. Definitely has the potential to become a summer jam. Take a listen below and let me know what you think afterward.

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