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Onika Tanya Maraj (born December 8, 1982 in Trinidad and Tobago but now lives in New York City, New York, United States), better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-American, rapper and singer-songwriter signed to a joint venture between Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment and Universal Motown. After releasing several mixtapes and building substantial buzz online her debut album, Pink Friday, was released on November 22, 2010. In October 2010, Minaj became the first female rapper to have seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Pink Friday’s lead buzz track, Massive Attack,Cheap Jerseys free shipping features singer-rapper Sean Garrett and was released on April 13th 2010, peaking at #19 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers Songs chart. Your Love, the album’s second single, was released on June 1st following a premature leak. The song peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on the Rap Songs chart, thus becoming Minaj’s most successful single release to date.

Minaj has been creating mixtape tracks since 2004, and appeared in XXL magazine. In 2008 she won the Female Artist of the Year award at the Underground Music Awards.

Starships” is a song by Trinidadian recording artist and songwriter Nicki Minaj, released as the lead single of her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). It was written by Minaj herself, along with Nadir Khayat, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub and Wayne Hector, while production was handled by RedOne, Yacoub and Falk. With the success of her previous studio album Pink Friday, Minaj along with Brian “Birdman” Williams announced to Billboard that Minaj was aiming for a first quarter release in 2012. With this, “Starships” would have been released as the lead single. However, before this, Minaj released promotional singles from the album first. It was then announced that her song “Va Va Voom” would be released as the lead single, and just as the release date was near, it was scrapped in favor of “Starships“.

Musically, “Starships” is recognized as a “multi-genre” song. The song is influenced by 90′s eurodance music, where it features multiple genres of electropop, dance-pop, pop rock, rap and R&B. The song contains a brief sample of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star as written by Jane Taylor. Lyrically, the song talks about having fun, being carefree and partying. It does managed to talk about sequences of love as well.

Starships” received generally favorable reviews from music critics, along with negative remarks, with many critics complimenting the songs composition and found it catchy. Critics also found the song’s production solid, however critics believed the song was unoriginal and didn’t find Minaj’s path towards pop music satisfying. However, commercially, the song is recognized as Minaj’s most successful charting single to date, peaking at number one in countries including Beligum (both Wallonia and Flanders), France, Germany, Hungary, Norway and the United Kingdom. The song has also peaked inside the top ten in more than 25 countries worldwide. The song also remains her most certified single to date. The song also made US Billboard history, spending a total of 21 consecutive weeks in the US Top Ten.

Minaj has performed the song live in a number of appearances, and is expected to be included in her upcoming world tour Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour. The corresponding music video was shot Oahu Island, Hawaii. Directed by Anthony Mandler, the song features Nicki on a beach in a bikini, and near the end of the video, it shows her and a “party-esque” dancing to the song and performing. The music video was critically acclaimed from music critics, many praising the kaleidoscope effects in the video and the fun, carefree style. However, some critics noticed its postponed release, because the video for her single “Beez in the Trap” was released before “Starships” was. With all the success, the song has also sparked controversy surrounding a pulled live performance.


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