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.

The Changing Face of Pop Music

It is undeniable to admit that pop music is changing with the times. Despite the genre being around since the 1950’s and having iconic artists such as Prince, Madonna, and the Beatles set the scene – newer artists in 2018 are rising in popularity and changing the face of pop music due to their energetic personalities and unique ways they’re approaching their music.

Pop music doesn’t have a defined music genre it follows. Instead, it’s a term that is used in reference to some of the most popular hits that are featured globally. It can range from country, rock, or even hip-hop/RNB. However, in today’s time, pop music is constantly changing, and the artists are the main reason why.

Artists

Since around 2010, rising pop artists have begun to develop more unique quirks and personalities to promote themselves and their music. To put it simply, to have music be considered pop music, artists had to start thinking out of the box to have people drawn into their music, no matter the genre.

One of the first modern-day artists, Nicki Minaj, incorporated this idea fully, which incidentally lead to her overall success of having 16 of her singles, and featured songs, appearing on Billboard’s top 50 lists on multiple occasions. However, her main reason of success, other than her music, is derived from her personal uniqueness. She was known for her overall colourful style and her unapologetic behaviour of not meeting the norms. Though, she has not been the only artist who have done this. If you can recall, Lady Gaga has been known to incorporate the same behaviour, even going as far as to call her fans “Little Monsters”. While these acts may be seen as unimportant, popular pop artists have been doing this for years – the only difference is that modern artists are pushing the boundaries of adding their own unique flair.

Now in 2018, it is almost impossible to find a pop artist that doesn’t have their own unique personality. For example, Taylor Swift is known as the sweet singer who music is based off on her personal life, while Cardi B is known as the unapologetic women from the Bronx who has risen to success because of her outgoing personality that is shown through her lyrics.

While pop music will always have it classic roots that were set by great artists in the 1950’s through the 1980’s, the new wave of pop artists are changing the history of pop in a favourable way. While still giving their respects to the iconic pop legends that helped set the foundation of the genre many decades ago.

Social Media

When pop music was becoming popularized in the 1950’s, artists did not have social media to help promote their music and gain their followings. However, in more recent years, social media platforms have been used by artists to connect with their fans while showing their upcoming music as well. Some of the more popular social media platforms: Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube – are used by artists of all ages and genres, and it’s been shown on multiple occasions that this advancement in technology has affected pop music on a large scale. These platforms have helped artists generate exposure to show who they truly are, which is a known factor in how they became such well-known pop artists in the first place.

As of 2018, the numbers show that pop music is constantly changing and shows no signs of slowing down in the upcoming years. While more artists are being their unique and authentic selves and using social media platforms to promote themselves and their music – pop music is bound to become a concept that everyone, no matter the genre they prefer, can appreciate globally.

Pop Music in the 1970’s and 1980’s

Pop music has been around since the 1950’s and is still going very strong today. There is no end in sight for pop music and let’s look at a couple of bigger decades when it comes to that music genre of the 1970’s and 1980’s and how they impacted the generations that lived and breathed the sounds and soul the artists infused into their lives.

The 1970s


There are various genres of pop music that emerged from the late 1960’s and when the 1970’s roiled around they seemed to get a little harder. There was the new power-pop, which was a blend of punk and harder rock and roll with pop and just a couple of groups that embodied that sound were the Cars and Cheap Trick. In the 1970’s came country pop as well where country artists wanted a more mainstream audience. Pop and melodies from pop music with a slower drawl of country music were popular in the decade just like they are now.

The biggest pop music of the 1970’s has to the emergence of the pop-rock sound with the likes of Queen, Elton John, and the Jackson 5 to name just a few. It was at this time Elton John was the king of the pop-rock sound and with his many hits in the decade, such as Bennie and the Jets and Rocket man, made him one of the biggest pop stars of all time. No matter what the genre of music was in the 1970’s it was blended with pop to make it more radio friendly. There was arena rock of the 70’s and Styx and Rush were big in that venue and big in the decade as well with their many arena pop hits that are still classics today.

The 1980s


Can you really think of 1980’s music and not think of pop? There were more synthesizers and electronic sounds in the music and dance pop was born. Some of the biggest artists of all time were HUGE in the 80’s such as Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna. In the 80’s you had to dance to pop and can you think of better music to dance to than the artists named? Techno came from this time as well with bands such as Depeche Mode using the sound and funk was also big later in the decade with Prince being at the forefront of that adding it to a pop sound.

Michael Jackson is the King of Pop and with good reason since his Thriller album is still the best-selling album of all time. The 80’s saw a resurgence of pop in a big way and many consider it the best pop decade of all time. The emergence of women in pop was also very prevalent in the decade with artists such as Madonna, Whitney Houston, and Cindi Lauper. Pop was so big in the 80’s that there was a ton of music out there to fill the genre, which is why there are so many one-hit wonders in the decade such as Take on Me from Ah Ha and Relax from Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

History of Coachella Music Festival

Music lovers around the world know of Coachella, as it now one of the biggest, if not the biggest, music festivals in the world. However, people may not be aware of the origins of it. Coachella is actually located in a desolate area in Indio, California, in the Colorado Desert. The festival is now over two weeks long and not only do the biggest music acts perform there, but tons of celebrities, as well as the throng of music lovers, that flock there every year.

Did Pearl Jam Help Create Coachella?

Coachella was the brainchild of Paul Tollett back in 1999, and the festival is organized by Goldenvoice. There are many different types of styles of music that can be seen at the desert festival from hip-hop to electronic music to punk rock and pop rock. There are also many artists that come to the festival to display their creations. While Tollet brought the current festival to being a huge event the origins may go back a few years earlier. In 1993 Pearl Jam played a concert at the Empire Polo Club, as they sought a venue that was not controlled by Ticketmaster and their very high processing fees, which they would profit for on every ticket sold. When the Pearl Jam concert was a rousing success, it showed that even in a far-off location if the music was good the people would come.

It is interesting that the first Coachella music festival in 1999 was just a few shorts months after the much-hyped 99 Woodstock festival, which was, pretty much a bust. The 1999 Coachella music festival only lasted two days, and while it was a moderate success, there was no festival the following year. However, in 2001 it returned, but it only lasted one day. However, with the great music and the crowds, the festival began to take shape. The following year in 2002 the two-day format returned, and in 2007 it was turned into a three-day event. The musicians want to come perform, and the fans wanted to see them. In 2012, the Coachella festival expanded to two weekends, and there are now identical lineups for three straight three-day weekends in the current format.

A New City

After the popularity of the Coachella increased, big time there was a lack of hotel accommodations, and because of this, the campgrounds in the area were the place that people stayed. Now Coachella is a type of pop-up city when it happens, and it is a three-week music party with the best performing artists on the planet today. The location just adds to the fervor of the festival being off the beaten path and ticket sales increase every single year even though ticket buyers do not know the lineup until near the festival. The popularity of the Coachella music festival just keeps getting bigger, and it looks to be here to stay. Pearl Jam may have sparked a great idea that no matter where good music is people will come.

Amber Mark will make You Want to Dance

There are many singers and musicians who have made their careers in West Village of New York on Cornelia Street. The street is legendary for the café’s and performances that have spawned generations of poets, jazz musicians, playwrights and singers. One of those singers, Amber Mark, saw her career kicked off at the Palma Italian Restaurant.

Home Town Girl – Big City Life

It is the godparents of Mark who own the Palma, and above it is where Mark lives and has since her days in high school. While visiting the restaurant, Mark appeared as so many of the hip generation do, in unconventional clothing many associate with the arts. On the way to chat, she introduces the may staff that are like family and the jokes that follow knowing she is to be interviewed.

As our conversion gets underway, she has chosen a room above the hustle and bustle of the restaurant. Mark explains that while in high school she chose to move and live with her godparents after the adopted her so as to allow her to go to a New York school. Prior to moving in with her godparents, she spent time travelling to with her mother, a painter who focuses on Tibetan Buddhism and makes no denial that her mother has had a large influence on her music. In 2013, her mother passed away, and it is the pain she felt, and the healing that is seen in the music of her debut album released last year.

While the subject matter of her album of one of dark places and emotion, she still shares other bits of her life in the songs that are found on her album. Her video shows her penchant for excessive drinking and influences of other artists such as Adel can be heard, more so in her sound that the art thanks to a musky voice. Yet, when she speaks in her music, it is clear she is like many and sings about things that are part of her culture. The quality behind her is she is not looking to be a vocal superstar, just a singer working through life’s journey through song.

Mark Writes Own Material

Early in Marks career, she turned to pen and paper preferring to write her own songs versus recording and singing those of others. While her latest album to be released includes a cover of “Love Is Stronger Than Pride” by Sade, the rest of the material is her own. She has an uncanny ability to portray the gentle side of love in her songs and incorporates different styles such as jazz, pop and R&B into her sound.

As we are wrapping up our chat, there is a steady stream of people walking by, many of whom look, smile and keep on moving. That is until Omar, her accountant walks by, and she stops him to give an introduction. Omar is proud of his friend and client and points out he has known her for ages and then says, “She will one day be famous”, and as we walk out to the busy Cornelia street, we stopped and that, he might just be right.

Kathy Griffin Unveils Impersonation of Kellyanne Conway

Kathy Griffin the female comedian that faced outrage over her posing with a headless Donald Trump returned to television on Comedy Central for the special, Make America Great-a-Thon on Tuesday night.

Griffin unveiled a comedic impersonation of Kellyanne Conway. She was introduced by Anthony Atamanuik, a Trump impersonator in a spoof to raise funds in a telethon-like skit. It went on to see Griffin doing an act on histories worse people. She then glided on stage wearing a costume that was indicative of the red Gucci coat word by Conway at Trump’s inauguration and claimed to have been consuming blood to remain young.

The Make America Great night also saw acts that included a Christian evangelical contortionist, a Republican congresswoman with the skill to swallow any and everything and an industrial worker who Trump paid to do whatever the man wanted.

First U.S Tour Announced by Griffin Since Photo

The show marked the first time Griffin has appeared since that famous photo stonewalled her career. The act got underway with Griffin, acting as Conway defending Madoff and his Ponzi scheme saying “Did Bernie Madoff’s investors go bankrupt? Yeah. But I find it interesting that the media used the words ‘pyramid scheme.” Griffin continued her antics and routine by adding,

“Frankly, that’s anti-Semitic, when you consider the terrible suffering of the Jewish people in Egypt at the time of the pharaoh. So this so-called ‘bankruptcy’ is also a moral one on your part, Wolf.” Griffin appeared to assume she was talking to CNN’s The Situation Room host, Wolf Blitzer.”

Griffin then went onto Jeffrey Dahmer joking that all people need food to survive and if the store is closed, why not head over to the bus stop. She joked that Dahmer was a foodie, called Charles Manson was a family man, and the O.J Simpson was a lady killer. When asked to defend Hilary, Griffin lambasted Atamanuik saying you offend my morals.

Griffin continued with her act entering into a feud with Mike Pence impersonator Peter Grosz that saw Atamanuik enjoying the comedic tired in which Griffin replied to Grosz, “Have I made you uncomfortable, being a woman who is not your wife?” Thereafter, Griffin joked to Atamanuik that he should blame a few victims but advised against talking about Robert Mueller, the investigator investigating the meddling of the 2016 election by Russia.

The show’s concept was to poke fun at the funding methods for The President Show’s for Trump to use to fund projects congress would not pay for such as the Mexico wall. The impressions from Griffin come as she announced her first tour since falling out of grace in the public’s eye. The news of her tour came with criticism but considering the current politic climate that criticism seems to be dying down as her tour nears.