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Hell ya. Just. Hell ya.

I realized when Nicki Minaj first came out that it was split 50/50. People that got it, and people that didn’t. And for the longest time I didn’t get it. I’m the first to admit I climbed Mt. Minaj a little later than most, but that’s because I was seeing her in the wrong light. I mean sure, I still dance around my living room to Superbass even now (it’s just a SOLID song), but IMHO, Nicki really shines when she does GHETTO, cause she gets ghetto so good.

Do I love Roman Reloaded? Most of it yup. It’s a creative album, and what I’m loving is that she’s giving us these gems that aren’t going to get ANY radio or mainstream video play. There’s really no reason she should be doing this except to stay true to who she is. Does that mean Starships is a sell-out?  Maybe, but everybody does it, and good on her for seeing that she might have a couple different fan bases.

Beez In The Trap is technically her fourth release from the album, and gets the grungiest of all to date, makes you wanna bounce slow and get dirty. Not to mention, the song is accompanied by a video that’s not as epileptic as Stupid Hoe, but just as hypnotic. The girl’s also never lackin’ steez with some neon hair, some leopard suit, and as always, some Nicki ass. Winner winner chicken dinner. Gotta say, I think this guy 2 Chainz is the real downfall of the song. I find his voice a little unnerving. I WAS happy however, to hear him say “outtie 5000″ though (uhm ‘Reality Bites’ anyone?)!

Even after all this raving, I can still understand why someone wouldn’t like her. I get it. It’s not for everyone. But I’ll take this little ditty over J-Lo’s new abomination any day.

Watch the video after the jump…

What goes up, must come down. And down it did. After scoring her eighth No. 1 album of her career, Madonna is setting a Billboard record she never wanted. According to “MDNA” will post the biggest second week drop in Billboard history. In its debut week, Madge sold 359,000 copies of “MDNA” out of the gate and this week it moved a paltry 46,000 units. That figure represents a whopping 88% decline. OUCH. This gives the term “top heavy” a whole new meaning and I’m not talking about the “Material Girl’s” boobs either.

In what was considered a savvy move, Madonna included her album in conjunction with concert ticket sales. Those units moved were included in her first week sales total thereby inflating her actual numbers. Since her concert is mostly sold out, those “special” promotional albums are no longer boosting “MDNA“. This week’s totals are a telling barometer on the interest of “MDNA”, which is apparently very little. Typically, albums depreciate in the 40-50% range like Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee” album. He landed in the runner-up slot just behind Madonna and this week experienced a 47% decline with 110,000 albums sold.

Madonna’s huge decline shouldn’t come as a surprise since hardly any promotion was done by Madge herself. To boot, the album hasn’t produced a hit single yet or had any tracks receive substantial radio play. “Give Me All Your Luvin‘” definitely didn’t do the trick. We should hardly feel bad for the 53-year-old singer. Even if her album sells squat next week, she’ll be laughing all the way to the bank thanks to her overpriced concert tickets.

see what Nicki Minaj sold this week after the jump

Last week Entertainment Weekly gave us a sneak peek at it’s music issue. Naturally, Adele graced the cover where the publication names the “30 Greatest Artists Right Now“. With the British Songbird selling millions of copies of her second album “21″ (what sophomore slump???) and her domination at this year’s Grammys, Adele is not only the perfect choice for the cover but also as their No. 1 musician right now. Her success is nothing short of remarkable given that she wasn’t able to promote it for months due to surgery. She truly is changing the face of music today. Everyone’s trying to find and sign the next Adele.

Ranking the “30 Greatest Artists” of the moment is a dicey situation and is certainly going out on a limb. You’re bound to piss some people off with omissions and how low their favorite artist ranks on the list, if they make the cut. For instance, Lady Gaga and Beyonce barely make the list and don’t even crack the Top 20. At least they made it. I’m sure my Seattle friends and Patrick will be annoyed that their beloved Britney Spears was snubbed from the list.

Even a bigger omission, IMHO, is Madonna. Sure, she’s prehistoric but she did just clock in her eighth No. 1 album last week. Even equally fellow geriatric Bruce Springsteen ranked on the list. Why the Madonna hate??? That being said, I’m happy that a few non marquee names made the cut- Azealia Banks, fun. and Gotye all got some loving. See who else made’s Top 30 below.

see if your favorite artist made the list and what place after the jump

If Starships are meant to fly than Nicki Minaj is about to go sky high with her latest album out today. “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” boasts a handful of hit makers from RedOne and Dr. Luke to track collaborations with Drake, Nas and Lil Wayne.

Nicki got us all talking when she performed Roman Holiday at this year’s Grammy’s. The controversial performance would only be a taste of what the album offers. With fun and quirky tracks like Stupid Hoe and Roman Reloaded, come juxtaposed fun and dance floor tracks like Starships and Pound The Alarm. The album is eclectic enough to appreciate both her rap and dance music fans alike. Plus, the deluxe edition contains three more brand new tracks for our listening pleasure.

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is available on iTunes or wherever you buy music.

“Pound The Alarm” With Nick Minaj

In: Music, Tyrell

On Tuesday, April 3, Nicki Minaj will release her new set of tunes upon the world in Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. I personally cannot wait as I was a huge fan of her previous release. And, with the tracks I have heard so far, I think this album is going to be just as good (if not better) than the last. The album leaked online before it’s official release (as albums usually do these days) but it’s given us a chance to hear a few of the tracks before we buy.

One song that I can’t get enough of is Pound The Alarm which was produced by hit-man RedOne. If you remember, he is also responsible for Starships along with three other tracks on the album (which are pretty rad). If Nicki wants to keep her radio heat going, I think this newest track could be a potential single for the rapper. The beat and hook are really catchy and great for summer. There is no denying that Nicki Minaj is loving digging her heels into the world of dance music.

Give a listen to Pound The Alarm and a few other tracks from the deluxe version of the album that Dr. Luke produced. I have to admit, his efforts weren’t as powerhouse as I expected considering the tracks he made for Katy and Britney in the past years. But, you be the judge. Have a Roman Reloaded listening party below.

Listen to “Pound The Alarm” and other tracks after the jump.

Well, this week has been BETTER. I’m going to assume this was Nigel Lythgoe’s annual purchasing of black market baby organs to keep his skeletor body alive and therefore someone else took over and decided to give us a theme week of: “Idols singing their idols” which allowed for actual contemporary and recognizable tunes. On top of that, we even get to see the tremendously huge (in the platinum sales kind of way) Nicki Minaj perform “Starships” and of course the typical previous Idol failures attempting to bump their sales with Season 10′s winner Scotty McCreery singing “Water Tower Town“. Maybe you’ll actually try a live performance this time mr. parade lip sync disaster??

Last night was a good one for fans of actual talent on this show as Vote for the Worst favourite DeAndre YouMakeMeSick BOMBED his 100% falsetto version of an Eric Benet song and how-is-he-still-here Heejun Huh came across as mediocre at best. Further, true talent Elise Testone blasted the damn hell out of an impossible rock ballad and got the full support of the judges which only perfectly sets up this show to fall on its ass if the voters didn’t support her and we once again see her in the bottom. It’s cruel to hope for someone to fail, but this girl cannot win with America’s voting system on this show and so I’m hoping she stands as a lightning rod of disgust from viewers with brains and ears everywhere who will watch her get kicked off for not being peppy, young or cookie cutter enough to make the Idol cut. Ranting aside, Seacrest has been promising a “shocker” tonight so let’s get to those results and see how Nicki did tonight!

Click through to see my review of the night and see who gets sent home

Nicki Minaj Is “Complex” In New Photo Shoot

In: Donovan, Music

If you weren’t a fan of Complex Magazine’s cover featuring Justin Bieber all bruised up and bloody, maybe this one is more up your alley. As part of the publication’s 10th anniversary, they’ve released an alternate cover with Nicki Minaj resembling a hip-hop Halle Berry from the X-Men movies. Seriously, the female MC looks like Storm all ready to whoop up some thunder and lightning.

Along with the dizzying photos snapped by photographer Christian Anwander inside the commemorative issue, the “Super Bass” singer sits down for a revealing interview. The 29-year-old artist discusses her future goals which includes selling 5 million copies of her upcoming album (Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded hits stores April 3) and being married and having a family by 2022. One of the more interesting revelations include a breakdown she experienced backstage at the 2011 American Music Awards. Check out a few photos and select quotes from the April/May issue below.

check out more photos after the jump

Last night, if the Oscars weren’t for you, then you had a chance to switch over to TNT to catch the 2012 NBA All-Star Game which took place this year in Orlando, FL. The best from the East and the best from the West team up against each other and battle it out in on of the funnest exhibition games of the NBA season. Just like the Super Bowl, the NBA All-Star game has a halftime show. This year, Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown and Nayer took the stage. But, before the ball was tipped off, before any fouls were called, the one and only Nicki Minaj helped intro the two teams.

Kicking off her performance set with Moment for Life, Nicki showed off a purple wig and a gigantic ring pronouncing Queen. During the first song, Nicki gave a shout out to her boy Weezy aka Lil Wayne. Next, the rapper transitioned into her jam with David Guetta, Turn Me On followed by the introduction of the West.

To kick off the second half, Nicki made her debut performance of Starships. Aside from her awful lime green wig, it was great to see this new song already on its feet. That dance break in the chorus is seriously insane. I absolutely love it. After the introduction of the East, Nicki changed wigs once again donning her signature pink curly bob to perform her hit Super Bass. Check out the performances below.

Check out both of Nicki Minaj’s performances after the jump.

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