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Nic’s Top 11 Music Videos of 2014

In: Music, Nic

This list is definitely a fine line between artistic integrity, videos that were influential to pop culture,  and things that just made me happy despite popular consensus. But covering and considering all those bases, here we go. Agree or disagree, here were some great visuals to great songs this year that made it 2014 for me, and maybe you, but mostly me.

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Nicki Minaj Debuts Short Film For The Pinkprint

In: Donovan, Music

It’s being dubbed as a short film, but realistically, The Pinkprint Movie is pretty much three music videos carefully crafted to tell the story of an unraveling relationship. Reportedly, Nicki Minaj was inspired by her breakup with longtime boyfriend of 12 years, Safaree Samuels.

The highly-stylized visual is divided into three chapters, named after a track off Minaj’s new album The Pinkprint- “The Crying Game,” “I Lied” and “Grand Piano.” Francesco Carrozzini directed the “I Lied” segment while Taylor Cohen helmed the other two chapters.

I know the Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I appreciate the 32-year-old femcee showing off a more vulnerable intimate side. Definitely a far cry from her booty-popping twerk porn, “Anaconda.” If you have 16 minutes to spare, check out the mini movie below.

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To say Madonna wasn’t happy when over half of the demos from her forthcoming album leaked online would be a huge understatement. Fans were curious to see what her next step would be. As an early Christmas gift, the 56-year-old diva has just released six songs from her new studio album, officially titled, Rebel Heart.

“I was hoping to release my new single “Living For Love” on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the incomplete tracks that are circulating. Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift,” commented Madonna.

Living For Love,” the lead cut, along with “Devil Pray,” “Ghosttown,” “Unapologetic Bitch,” “Illuminati” and “Bitch I’m Madonna” featuring Nicki Minaj are currently available for purchase now via pre-order at iTunes and other music outlets. Additional music will be released on Feb. 9th. The full album of Rebel Heart on Interscope Records is scheduled to be released the first week in March 2015. Check out the finished produced tracks below and weigh in afterward.

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The music biz is taking the fashion industry by storm. On the heels of Madonna and Calvin Harris being named the faces of Versace and Emporio Armani respectively, comes Nicki Minaj as the new spokesperson for Roberto Cavalli. The 32-year-old rapper takes over for Rita Ora who served as the brand’s last ambassador.

Minaj is flawless serving up high class eleganza in the ad campaign. It’s a good look on her. Photographer Francesco Carrozzini snaps Nicki showing off the label’s gorgeous line of floaty summer dresses that every drag queen would kill for. Check out more images from the campaign below.

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Billboard Ranks Nicki Minaj’s Top 20 Songs Ever

In: Donovan, Music

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.

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Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint In Stores Now

In: Donovan, Music

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.

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Nicki Minaj Debuts ‘Only’ Music Video

In: Donovan, Music

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.

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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.

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