10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Nicki Minaj

10 Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About Nicki Minaj

Without a doubt, Nicki Minaj is one of the largest female rap stars in the world. With this kind of popularity though comes an unveiling of a lot of her personal life. Think what you will of her music, however her story is one riddled with a lot of pain, sorrow, but also triumph. Below is an assortment of info that you might not know about her and those tiny details.

  1. Nicki’s birthplace – Born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago, she was raised by her grandmother before moving to New York at the age of five.
  2. Her desire to kill her father – Her father was both abusive and addicted to drugs. Often times he would sell furniture specifically for drug money. There was also a time where he tried to kill Nicki’s mother through setting the house on fire.
  3. The single tattoo – Believe it or not, Nicki only has one tattoo on her body. It is located on her arm with the words “God is always with you” written in Chinese. She was 16 and regrets the decision of having it.
  4. Nicki Minaj is the first solo female artist that has seven singles on a US Hot 100 Chart at the same time – The other entires on include songs like Ludacris’ ‘My Chick Bad,’ Trey Songz’ ‘Bottomos Up,’ and more.
  5. She didn’t enjoy recording ‘Pink Friday’ – In an interview with Vibe in 2012, Nicki stated she wanted to prove on ‘Pink Friday’ that a female rapper could make a great album without the need to talk about their p**sy in it.
  6. Her experience in guest features – Guest features in songs helped Nicki get back on her feet after ‘Pink Friday’, however Nicki also has had guest features in the past, appearing in songs like Kanye’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ and others.
  7. She’s got a longtime boyfriend – His name is Safaree “SB” Samuels and he plays the roles of assistant, hype man, and her best friend.
  8. The song ‘Super Bass’ – What really helped Nicki explode was the fact her song ‘Super Bass’ was covered by so many people. From among them there was Taylor Swift as well as Selena Gomez.
  9. She actually hates her stage name – Nicki Minaj is her stage name, but she hates it. How she got that name stemmed from the first production deal she signed. The man wanted the name Minaj for her, but she fought against it hard. She eventually was persuaded, no doubt after a slight compromise, and now is stuck with the stage name Nicki Minaj.
  10. Young Life – Since Nicki was raised in a pretty bad household, it’s not too surprising that Nicki escaped to her room several times. When she was younger she had an alter ego named “Cookie” who she used to escape her fighting parents. She also read a lot of books when she was younger. With stories of big houses filled with nice stuff, she deeply wished that could be her family.

Conclusion

Nicki has led an interesting life. Sad, yes, however it’s all paid off quite well in where she is at right now in life. What sort of facts surprised you the most? Let’s hear your thoughts below!

4 Best Pop Songs of 2017

4 Best Pop Songs of 2017

Although we are halfway into 2018 and there’s been certainly some amazing music that has come out, we shouldn’t immediately dismiss songs from last year. There were a lot of catchy tunes that caught our attention so let’s walk down memory lane to a not so distant past and point out some quality tunes.

Cardi B – “Bodak Yellow”

Cardi B

Let’s start off with a song that has done some incredible stuff. Not only did Cardi B’s song top the pop charts last year, it knocked down the Queen of Pop from that comfortable position. Not only that, but it’s been almost 20 years since a female rapper managed to nab a number one song since Lauryn Hill’s work in 1998.

It makes sense though that this song made it to the top. Cardi B has amassed a lot of fans on Instagram from her personality and her overall tonne that’s taken in this song. Not bad for a first time female rapper.

Dua Lipa – “New Rules”

4 Best Pop Songs of 2017

This singer came out of the blue last year with launching her debut and making impressive sales along with scoring tours with both Coldplay and Bruno Mars. These days, her popularity is so massive that the singer is embarking on her own tour. The reason she’s pulled this off and more is primarily from this song that is both mournful but oddly upbeat as well. The timing of this song though was perfect as it came around the time where not many people felt there wasn’t much to be happy about. Pay attention to the lyrics as there’s plenty of valuable life lessons in there.

NERD ft. Rihanna – “Lemon”

NERD ft. Rihanna

You know those songs that when you hear the opening notes, you want to play this on repeat? Right? Yeah this song is one of those ones. With lines that we can connect with and that killer beat that hits you like you’re in the middle of some dizzyingly lit club, no wonder this song is a good song and you’ll hear it all over the place.

Carly Rae Jepsen – “Cut to the Feeling”

Carly Rae Jepsen

Literally pop music at the purest form. The album Carly Rae Jepsen released, Emotion, was THE album that stars like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have strived to make and are still trying to make. Overall the songs are smart and are almost pulled from some bubblegum lab if it wasn’t stuffed to the brim with great tastes. One song that caught our attention from the album is “Cut to the Feeling” which gives off some serious 80’s vibes and makes you want to dance like you just don’t care. Take a listen to this album and just let Jepsen take you to a magical world where there are no problems at all.

Conclusion

As you can tell, there were many great songs that have come out last year that are well worth looking into. Just because there were certainly some low points in pop music from big hits like Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and others, this low point has brought some amazing stars up into the limelight and release some great songs. Definitely check them out.

10 Crazy And Weird Facts About Taylor Swift

10 Crazy And Weird Facts About Taylor Swift

Born in December 13, 1989, Taylor Swift is still  young and has made quite an impact on the world with her work and talent. Even now she is still rocking it with her music and even on stage performances.

Below are but a few other facts that you might now know about Taylor Swift. See which ones are new to you!

  1. Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was named after the great James Taylor by her parents Scott Kingsley Swift and Andrea Gardner (Finlay) Swift. Clearly her parents thought music would play a big role in her life and they weren’t wrong.
  2. Despite having been recorded many times for music videos, Swift is actually quite paranoid of being recorded without her knowledge. In a 2014 Rolling Stone interview she revealed this particular quirk of hers stating “The janitor who’s being paid by TMZ could record me. This is gonna sound like I’m a crazy person – but we don’t even know…”
  3. Swift was only 12 years old when she wrote her first ever song, “Lucky You”. After a computer repairman visit, she learned from the man how to play thee guitar chords. From there, she began learning and playing the guitar, piano, banjo, ukulele, and the electric guitar.
  4. Swift transferred schools during her freshman and sophomore years. She transferred schools for the explicit purpose of being homeschooled which was ideal for her due to her hectic tour schedule.
  5. A lot of fans know Swift for her vocal chops, however Swift actually has been seen in television as well as has some movie credits to her name too.
  6. Swift has received over 600 nominations as a singer while actually receiving more than a third of those awards. Some of her prestigious awards include several Grammy, Billboard Music, and American Music Awards.
  7. By 2014, Taylor Swift was at the point of distancing herself from her country music roots and delving more into pop music. In an interview in Rolling Stone, she stated that she stopped going to country music award shows as well as avoid promoting any of her albums on any kind of country radio stations.
  8. Swift is an exemplary writer. To this date, more than half of her songs were written by her and only her. Several of these written pieces have earned her many awards as well such as “Our Song”. Other popular songs that Taylor Swift wrote include “Bad Blood,” and “Back to December.” For “Our Song” specifically it was first written for a high school talent show she was going to attend but was later used as a song that appeared in her debut album.
  9. Remember that Swift appeared in television and movies right? Well one of her appearances was actually in the movie Hannah Montana which sprang from the TV series of the same name. Swift made her appearance there due to her obsession with Disney.
  10. Even though Swift has an estimated net worth of over $200 million, she still goes out of her way to spread good fortune to great causes. Routinely, Swift provides funding for the Taylor Swift Education Center situated in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame.

Israel Is Big Winner for Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Israel Is Big Winner for Eurovision Song Contest 2018

On its 63rd edition, the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was held in Portugal for the first time, in Altice Arena, Lisbon. Eurovision, the longest running yearly music competition on television in the world, is known for its widely diversified musical styles – often a mix of traditional elements and contemporary trends.

There were a total of 26 countries who participated during the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in the Grand Final round.  Prior to the Grand Finals, there were two semi-finals that were held on May 8th and 10th. There were 17 nations who got eliminated from the two semi-finals rounds.

This year’s Eurovision competition took place on May 12 and was hosted by RTP or Radio e Televisao de Portugal. Meanwhile, American viewers got a glimpse of the anticipated final show down via LogoTV. More than 10,000 crowds have gathered to witness the live performances of the representatives from the competing countries inside the arena. Netta from Israel went home triumphant marking Israel’s fourth time to win in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Here is the list of the top 5 performance entries for this year’s Eurovision Contest:

First Place:

Netta Barzilai from Israel, Song Entry: Toy

The song ‘Toy’ was written by Stav Beger and Doron Medalie. Israel’s win this year is the country’s fourth, having won in previous years – 1978, 1979 and then on 1998. It garnered a total of 529 points the 212 points coming the jury’s score and 317 points via the televoting system.

Second Place:

Eleni Foureira from Cyprus, Song Entry: Fuego

Fuego which translates as fire in English is written by Alex Papaconstantinou together with Andrez Wrethov, Didrick, Geraldo Sandell, and Viktor Svensson. Although the song entry was just second to Israel’s entry, it was so far the best position for Cyprus in the contest. It garnered an average of 436 points.

Third Place:

Cesar Sampson from Austria, Song Entry: Nobody but You

‘Nobody But You’ is Austria’s song representation and is written by Boris Milanov, Sebastian Arman, and Joacim Persson. The song got 342 points and was actually the jury’s vote but fell short by ranking only at number 13 in terms of televote.

Fourth Place:

Michael Schulte from Germany, Song Entry: You Let Me Walk Alone

Germany’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, ‘You Let Me Walk Alone’ was written by Michael Schulte himself along with Thomas Stengaard, Nina Muller and Nisse Ingwersen. It earned a total of 340 points and was released on February 20, 2018.

Fifth Place:

Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro from Italy, Song Entry: Non mi avete fatto niente

‘Non mi avete fatto niente’ which translates in English as “You haven’t done anything to me” is an Italian song written by the duo Fabrizio Moro and Ermal Meta. The song has represented Italy in this year’s Eurovision contest and got 308 points in the final scoring.

The Eurovision Song Contest for 2019 is slated to be hosted by the Israeli Broadcasting network, KAN and is expected to offer the global audience with yet another mesmerizing and sundry performances.