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February 2012
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Nicki Minaj Deserves Best New Artist, Ludacris Says

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Nicki Minaj was mentioned in this video above.

Ludacris knows how good it feels to win a Grammy.

The Atlanta-based rapper has three in his collection, and he’s hoping his eighth studio album, Ludaversal, brings him a few more. No release date has been set, but it’s expected sometime this year.

Luda won his first Grammy for his collaboration with Usher for 2004’s contagious single “Yeah.”

“Man, it was a great feeling. I’m happy to be working with Usher again on the Ludaversal album so we can come back and win yet another Grammy,” Luda told MTV News on Thursday. “My best Grammy experience was winning Best Rap Album for Release Therapy (which was released in 2006). I worked hard on that album specifically to win a Grammy, and I accomplished my goal. So no words can explain how great that felt. But we’re coming right back at ’em soon.”

His pick for Sunday night is clear: He wants to see Nicki Minaj to win Best New Artist. He worked with the MC on 2010’s “My Chick Bad,” off his Battle of the Sexes album.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Nicki Minaj. I love her. I’m glad I got a chance to work with her. I’m extremely proud of her,” he said. “She’s just scratching the surface of what she’s capable of. So Nicki: keep doing your thing, girl.”

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February 2012
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Madonna & Nicki Minaj Bowl Over Billboard’s Social 50 Chart

Madonna’s flurry of media activity last week sparks her re-entry at No. 8 on Billboard’s Social 50 chart, her highest rank ever on the year-old tally. Her video for “Give Me All Your Luvin'” premiered Feb. 3 on YouTube, while she performed at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 5. For the tracking week, she earned a 479% increase in YouTube fans and a 685% leap in YouTube views.

The Social 50 chart’s rankings are determined by activity monitored on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and iLike, using a formula that blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with weekly artist page views and weekly song plays.

Madonna’s re-entry is even more compelling because she doesn’t have an official Twitter account — the only act on the chart without one.

The diva’s Super Bowl halftime partner, Nicki Minaj (who is also featured on her “Give Me All Your Luvin'” single), jumps 10-3 on the Social tally this week. She too is experiencing a Bowl-related gain, but also still reeling from her current hit with David Guetta, “Turn Me On.” During the tracking week, Minaj saw a 27% jump in Facebook fans and a 10% charge in Twitter followers. Guetta also has a good week on the Social tally, as he rises to a new high of No. 4 (up four slots).

As for the rest of the top 10 this week, Adele holds at No. 1, Katy Perry is up a position to No. 2 and Justin Bieber falls back one to No. 5. Shakira moves 2-6, Rihanna shifts 5-7 and Michael Jackson is steady at No. 9. Closing out the top 10 is LMFAO, who descends four to No. 10.

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June 2011
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Sweepstakes: SunnyD Drink Up & Download

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June 2011
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Lil’ Wayne Speaks on Nicki Minaj & Drake in XXL Magazine

Lil Wayne’s upcoming album ‘Tha Carter IV’ may very well be his last. In his cover story for the July/August 2011 issue of XXL magazine, Lil Wayne hints that he may retire while he’s still on top:

I’m bowing out still on top, I’ma make y’all want me when I retire. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Nooo!’ I ain’t leaving out this b*tch when y’all be like, ‘Yeah, it’s about time, dawg.’ Carter IV might be my last one. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘F*ck!’ Yeah, n*gga, I’m gone.

Wayne also revealed that his forthcoming album is all about how interesting Dwayne Michael Carter is and what the future holds for his artists Drake and Nicki Minaj.

What is good about me is that I’m an interesting muthaf–ka. I’m Dwayne Michael Carter period! Whether I’m a rapper or not, I’m interesting. And that’s what my album’s gonna be about: me and how interesting I am.

I expect to eat, and eat well. I expect [Drake] to be a lot more successful than he has ever been. I mean, this guy’s a superstar. He is the definition. That’s what I told y’all before he was: ‘That’s the definition of a superstar.’ And like Nicki, he’s only breaking ice. He has yet to be who he’s going to be. I’m banking on them.

June 2011
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Nicki Minaj talks Britney Spears, Wardrobe Malfunctions & More

When Nicki Minaj emerged from a glowing teleporter center stage at Staples Center on Monday night, to the opening hums of her ferocious track “Roman’s Revenge,” she showed her latest ambition: to be a stadium-packing touring act.

It’s the only explanation as to why the rapper, who is hip-hop’s reigning it girl, would return a second time in as many months after supporting Lil Wayne on his I Am Still Music tour. For fans who saw that quick set in April, it was apparent she was moving herself into the arena touring landscape where female rappers haven’t been a presence in recent years.

Her music ranges from hardcore to pop friendly, so it’s not surprising that her second trek in a year shows her supporting pop royalty Britney Spears on her Femme Fatale tour. Spears was the main dish, of course, but there was a moment at Staples when Minaj ruled the stage with razor-sharp bangs and body-hugging attire on full display.

While she played the true team player role while on the road with Wayne (he likes to bring out his Young Money family during his set), with Spears, she proved to be a serious live player with elaborate staging, a theatrical story line, choreography and costume changes.

Pop & Hiss caught up with Minaj ahead of her stop in Anaheim on Friday for a conversation about the tour so far, wardrobe malfunctions and why she isn’t 100% comfortable onstage.

I wanted the direction to feel like a few girls from another planet. One of them just happens to be “the chosen one.” They embark on a journey to go to a few different cities and search for this person named Nemesis. I wanted it to be really theatrical and fun. And I just wanted to make the audience feel like they were spying on our world.

Lil Wayne and Britney Spears have very different fanbases, and your music sort of treads the line between both. What did you think about jumping on Spears’ tour?

Well, initially, what I thought was I hope this audience will appreciate what I do. What I first dealt with was a bit of the unknown. Is this something that Britney’s crowd will even enjoy? But it all went away the first night. I stood in the transporter, that big prop that we have on the stage, and I could not believe the crowd reaction before they even saw me. It was very emotional for me. I was so shocked. I thought, OK, on the Wayne tour, this is my audience, everyone that knows Wayne, they know Nicki Minaj. When I heard those screams, it was one of the best feelings in the world. It changed overnight. I’m pleasantly surprised with the people coming out on this show; they generally are coming out not to critique, but to have fun. The hip-hop community tends to be more critical. On this stage, I felt a little bit more free.

Wayne’s tour wrapped about a month ago. What type of time did you have to prep for this tour, which is a completely different show for you?

I’m going to be honest: I haven’t even done a dress rehearsal for this tour yet. I know most people wouldn’t come out and say that, but we’ve been really, really pulling this off by the skin of my teeth because like you said, I had just come off a tour, and right after the tour we had to prep for a lot of other things. We really didn’t have a lot of prep time, and then of course I’m not the headlining act so I didn’t get time on the stage, I didn’t get time for my lighting and my cues. We really have been pulling it off.

I wanted more time to nurture the show and get it to the point where I was ready to see it, but unfortunately tick, tick, tick, it was time to go up. So just being honest, I really don’t think the show is where I want it to be as far as preparation. People don’t notice, you’ll never know, but I’m having all these wardrobe malfunctions. [During Monday’s performance] my dress broke, I couldn’t walk down the aisle on “Fly,” for the fight scene my holster didn’t come off in time — it was a lot of craziness backstage. I really can’t wait for people to see this show after we start to feel comfortable. These three shows have been our dress rehearsals. We’re definitely not in our comfort zone yet.

That didn’t come across at all onstage, so that’s surprising to hear. You squeezed a lot of songs into your set, which was impressive. Is getting the rehearsal time something that’s going to change since the tour is moving so quick, and you’re in Anaheim on Friday?

What we’ve been doing, honestly, is every time we have a show we book rehearsal on our personal time. We’ll book rehearsal at the dance studio that’s in that city, or at the hotel that’s in that city so that we can be running it. But I’m really glad that you see that [about the setlist]. That was one of the big decisions that I made. I was like, I want to squeeze in as many songs as possible because I want people to have a variety. Like on the Wayne tour I had certain songs that I did… but on this one, my way of thinking was I’d rather do more songs so people can hear their favorites somewhere in the middle of that, instead of just a few songs and people are like, ‘Ugh… I didn’t hear any of the ones I do love.’ I wanted to make it a people-pleaser type of show.

People are anticipating your solo tour. What are you going to take from both the Wayne and Britney tours that you can incorporate into your solo headlining tour, which is set to kick off next year?

Let me just say I’m going to take from Britney and Wayne, because they’re both veterans. Being completely honest I’ve learned so much from them, in terms of production. Britney’s production is so amazing. When I sat out there the first night to watch it, I felt like I was a kid at an amusement park. It was so much, the lights, the content and the props. Whereas Wayne, he teaches me how to command a crowd. His comfort level and how he makes people feel like he’s their best friend when he’s onstage. He has that command. If you can put both of those two things into a show, you can really do an amazing show — that’s my goal. Am I gonna be able to do these humongous venues within the next year? Probably not. But am I gonna put on an amazing show and give everyone something that’s gonna be well worth what they paid? Absolutely yes.


June 2011
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Google’s “50 Most Popular Women on the Web” Names Nicki Minaj

Last year’s edition of the 50 Most Popular Women on the Web (According to Google) blew up on the internet. It was one of those hotly debated lists that drove people nuts. Of course, most lists and rankings invite commentary and criticism because of their subjectivity, but there’s no questioning our tried and true formula for crowning the Queen of the Internet. So, who takes the top spot in THIS year’s survey? Who are the surprising newcomers? Who dropped off the cyber-face of the planet?

#5 Nicki Minaj – 296,000,000 Results

(2010 Ranks: Unranked) Nicki jumped all the way to #7 having not been on the list at all last year. That’s what happens, though, when you become the first artist ever to have seven songs on the Billboard Top 100.

June 2011
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Update: Leaked Mary J. Blige “Feel Inside” Not Official

Update: A source close to Mary J. Blige’s camp has informed that “Feel Inside” is not a true Mary J. Blige and Nicki Minaj collaboration. The song that leaked online late last night is a studio mashup of two completely different in-progress tracks the divas are working on separately. The source confirmed that Mary and Nicki are indeed working on a song together this just ain’t it.

Last night (June 21), a song allegedly off Mary J. Blige’s tenth album, “My Life 2: The Journey Continues” surfaced on the ‘net. “Feel Inside,” featuring Nicki Minaj, showcases both women fed up with their current relationships.

“Feel Inside” opens with Nicki Minaj warning her beau to step it up, “But peace of my mind is what I don’t got/ You make a girl hit up the dope spot/White line, it’s a thin line/Prenup, been signed/ So quit playing, bench time”

The Queen B follows, singing from her weary heart, “Waisting so much time disagreeing/ See I’m to the point where I don’t know what I believe in… I’m feeling really bad, feeling kind of low, think it’s time to go.”

Mary J. Blige borrows inspiration from the Wu-Tang Clan, sampling their hit, “Triumph.”


June 2011
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Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” Breaks Records This Week

Love her or hate her, Nicki Minaj is on fire!

Since hopping on track after track, as a featured guest starting in 2009, the Young Money recording artist has been on a roll, propelling herself to superstar status as a musician.

Nicki has broke a few records too. This week, the official music video for her latest single, “Super Bass,” was viewed over 1 million times on the Music Choice channel, Video On Demand service offered to cable subscribers.

According to Rentrak (an audience measurement company), Minaj’s video garnered a record-setting 1,436,807 page views in just one week. The strong numbers made “Super Bass” the best one-week performance of a video on the VOD channel since its launch in 2004.

(Watch the video for “Super Bass” right here )

But, it doesn’t stop there.

Minaj’s videos hold three of the five slots on the channel’s one-week viewing records list — “Right Thru Me” received 1,278,807 million views in a week; and “Your Love” snagged 1,062,915 views in seven days back in August of 2010.

The other two vids were Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” its one-week total topping 1.2 million; and and Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop,” which landed at #4 with 1,180,360 views for the week ending April, 13, 2008.

Crazy, three of their top five was from the female rapper.

Late last year, when Pink Friday was released, the album earned the second-best sales week for a female hip-hop act ever, behind Lauryn Hill and her solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998.

In May, she broke Billboard’s record for the most consecutive weeks spent in the Top 10 by a female rap album on the Billboard 200 album chart.


June 2011
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Nicki Minaj Earns Her 1st Billboard Top 10 with “Super Bass”

Nicki Minaj’s latest single “Super Bass” has landed her in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the very first time as a lead artist.

If you could not get the infectious “Super Bass” tune out of your head lately, it was because it has been playing on the radio waves almost as frequently as other Billobard top 10 Lady Gaga, The Black Eye Peas, and Katy Perry hits. Up from last weeks 11th spot, the “Pink Friday” track reached the #10 slot after 7 weeks on the Hot 100.

Having her very own spot on the mainstream charts is a huge milestone for Young Money’s first lady, who rose to fame by adding her unique, quirky verses to the tracks of artists like Mariah Carey, Usher, Ludacris, and Trey Songz. According to Billboard, her Songz feature “Bottoms Up” peaked at number 6 on the Hot 100, and was the first time the Harajuku Barbie ever appeared on the top 10.

Her first Billboard accomplishment was in 2010 when “Your Love” reached #1 on the Rap charts, making the Queens native the first female solo rapper to reach that spot since Missy Elliot in 2002. Her Drake collaboration “Moment 4 Life” has also topped the Rap charts.

As previously reported and confirmed by Nicki, Taylor Swift made “Super Bass” popular after a clip of her performing the lyrics hit the net. Since then, Nicki Minaj, 26, has released a video for the single, and performed it on the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.


June 2011
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dance central 2 to feature nicki minaj’s “massive attack”

Dance Central 2 will feature simultaneous multiplayer, according to Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference. Simultaneous multiplayer was one of the features that was really missing from Dance Central, so fans of the Kinect dancing game should be thrilled. In Dance Central 2’s Perform It mode you’ll be able to play together or head to head with friends. The new multiplayer will also allow drop in/drop out functionality so the party never has to stop.

You will also be able to transfer your entire library of songs from Dance Central to Dance Central 2, which makes the sequel feature the largest library ever for a dancing video game. Dance Central 2 will also feature voice recognition, a campaign mode, new venues, dance crews, and a renovated Break It Down mode. Some of the songs from Dance Central 2’s new soundtrack were also unveiled. You’ll find the full list after the break.

Rihanna – “Rude Boy”
Nicki Minaj – “Massive Attack”
Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It”
La Roux – “Bulletproof”
Far East Movement – “Like a G6”
B.o.B featuring Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ on You”
Bananarama – “Venus”
Usher – “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”

Dance Central 2 will be coming out exclusively for the Xbox 360. We’ll have more Dance Central 2 details during our extensive E3 coverage.