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Fly High With Nicki Minaj’s “Starships”

In: Music, Tyrell

Keep the new Nicki Minaj tracks coming! I remember last year how Nicki was just breaking into the scene with her quirky raps and split-personality. Now, you can’t go two steps without seeing her face or hearing her name. Now, in anticipation of her upcoming release, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, songs have been hitting the net fast and furious.

First, Marilyn Monroe leaked giving us a more introspective look at the rapper singing about the dark and shaded side of the famed blonde bombshell. Then, we heard Young Forever the same day she performed the new track Roman Holiday at the Grammy’s. Now, Minaj is ready to make our feet move with a new dance track she created with RedOne.

Starships is quite the departure from Nicki’s rap and R&B roots and pulls a little bit of influence from her David Guetta collaboration. Don’t get me wrong, the song definitely contains Minaj’s signature quirky raps in the verses but the pre-chorus and hook itself play into what’s hot in pop music right now. What makes me go dumb is that dance break. Say what?! You’ll have to hear it for yourself. Give it a listen below.

Listen to Nicki Minaj’s “Starships” after the jump.

Last night, the 54th Annual Grammy Awards took over the Staples Centre in downtown Los Angeles for a true celebration of the past year’s greatest music. With a night full of performances and unlikely collaborations, it was hard for them to fit in all the awards. Thankfully, they handed out a majority of them prior to the show only leaving ten for the actual live show.

The evening was kicked started by a performance from Bruce Springstein who proved he was still The Boss. Afterwards, the evening’s host, LL Cool J took the stage to warm the crowd. He immediately addressed the dark cloud hanging over the awards ceremony tonight – the death of Whitney Houston. LL lead the Staples Centre in a quick prayer for the fallen icon and her family before getting the show underway.

Right away, the evening’s second performer Bruno Mars brought the energy back to the arena with his amazing performance of “Runaway” – one of my favorite songs from his album. Paying some serious homage to James Brown and other motown soul artists, Bruno brought the party and had the entire crowd on their feet. Read more Grammy highlights, watch my favorite performances and find out who won the night’s big awards below.

Recap, performance videos and winners after the jump.

Nicki Minaj’s “Young Forever” Leaks

In: Music, Tyrell

Last night, Nicki Minaj debuted her new song “Roman’s Holiday” on the Grammy stage. But hours before, another song of hers hit the internet which will appear on her upcoming Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The R&B ballad titled “Young Forever” once again shows off Nicki’s vocal chops not unlike her previous leaked track, Marilyn Monroe.

Frozen in time
Always be mine
Baby boy, you’ll be young forever

It’s unfortunate that we’ll have to wait a little while longer to hear Nicki’s new tracks on the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which was originally intended to be released on Valentine’s Day. Give a listen to the new track below and tell us what you think in the comments section.

Listen to Nicki’s new track “Young Forever” after the juimp.

Everyone’s talking about Madonna’s performance last night at the Super Bowl. I for one loved it. Aside from some of the megamix of some of her old songs, she played her lead single from MDNA, “Give Me All Your Luvin“.

The performance version of the song was a remix with party-rockers, RedFoo and SkyBlu of LMFAO. Now we’ve got the full version of the song here for you. She’s a smart lady for always collaborating with artists who are big in the current music scene, don’t you think?

This version will be a bonus track on her upcoming album and still features Nicki Minaj, but the bird flipping M.I.A. is just that… missing in action this time around. Give it a listen below and let us know what you think!

Listen to the remix after the jump…

After SO much anticipation, the Super Bowl happened and Madonna‘s Half Time show did not disappoint at all! TOUCHDOWN! Sure, there may have been some (or a lot of) lip synching and maybe even a little stumble at one point, but overall it was incredible. In my own mind, she sent a very clear message to all who have compared her to Gaga: “Do you know who I am? I am the Queen of Pop. I run this mother.” Literally, I had chills.

Madonna is a brilliant business woman in how she is able to evolve her music and her career, utilizing the people that are current to her advantage (Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee-Lo Green, and LMFAO). It reminds me of when she peformed with Britney, Christina and Missy at the MTV Music Awards. It was incredible and she certainly has once again raised the bar for future performers. What she did with the lights, the marching band, and the choreography was bang on.

One of my favorite parts was “Like A Prayer,” making me reflect on how Madonna has continued to push the boundaries of pop music in her career and who has long been such a gay icon… and now here she is at 53 years-old having the time of her life. That’s when the chills really kicked in. Watch the performance (again) below.

Watch after the jump…

Marilyn Monroe is definitely the flavor of the month. From a feature film, to several artists singing about her, she has seemed to become LA’s latest fad. Recently, Jessie and the Toy Boys and a song leak about Marilyn Monroe and now, Nicki Minaj has a new track circulating on the web.

Titled Marilyn Monroe, Nicki takes a much more introspective look into her own life and career than we are used to hearing from the quirky rapper, mainly because she doesn’t rap at all- she practically sings the entire track. It’s still unknown if this track will appear on Nicki’s upcoming Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded but if so, it’s a step in a great and exciting direction. Listen to the newly leaked track below.

Listen to Minaj’s “Marilyn Monroe” after the jump.

American Idol 11: St. Louis Auditions

In: Adam, TV Shows

THE AUDITIONS ARE FINALLY OVER!! Well, after this final review that is. Typically, the loyal viewers of Idol fall into two groups: those who like the try outs and those who prefer to jump on the wagon once the messes have been sorted. I have always been one to like finding the stars early, before the producers, stylists and makeup men and ladies take hold and change everything about them. So, as we hit the final audition city of St. Louis, I have high hopes that maybe SOMEthing worth a snuff will show up.

A pretty established city for talent and performers who do well enough in past seasons, I’m slightly optimistic going into this but considering the awfulness of the last 6 cities (save for Galveston), that optimism is VERY limited. So, let’s take a deep breath, take a few shots of whatever says at least 80 proof and dive into this the final night of what might go down as the lamest series of auds ever recorded.

Click through to read the rest of my review and see the bigger and badder clips

If you watched “American Idol” last night, you saw a 90-second preview of Madonna’s upcoming music video for “Give Me All Your Luvin’“. If not, then you can catch the full version right here. How is it? Simply put, it is fantastic and has the potential of being one of Madonna’s better visuals. It’s her just having fun and no pretension in sight. The second the preview ended, I wanted more. That side-walking camera angle was brilliant. Thankfully, the full-length clip has now been released.

Firstly, Madonna looks absolutely amazing. The singer may be 53-years-old, but she doesn’t look a day over 40. Talk about the magic of good lighting. When I first heard the song, I wasn’t going crazy over it like so many people. That said, video has made me fall in love with the track. That speaks volumes on exactly how Madge has masterfully used the music video medium to define her career. Definitely one of the pioneers.

For their parts, both Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. look great as well. The latter usually looks unpolished, but she’s got it going on here. Props to both of them for showing respect to Madge by staying back and just cheering her on.

Watch the FULL VERSION of the music video after the jump

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