*Onika, Onika let down your hair! Nicki Minaj reveals her natural hair.
Known for her bold, wacky, pink, and rainbow wigs the self-titled Barbie is flaunting her real hair, in a sleek high ponytail on her Instagram page.
*Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” album may have gone platinum, but its follow up – an expanded version titled “Pink Friday Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up,” released Nov. 19 – hasn’t gotten off to as good of a start, and she’s putting the blame on three of the nation’s biggest retailer for making the CD difficult to purchase.
“It is hard to get the album because the stores basically said that the last few re-releases they had put out did not do well and they didn’t want to take a chance,” she said in an appearance on New York radio station Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club. “So, Target and Walmart is not selling the album. Target is actually my biggest retailer — they’ve always been my biggest retailer. They’ve sold the most Nicki Minaj albums ever, so, thank you, Target. But I wish you could’ve sold this one.”
Minaj also faults Best Buy, claiming the retailer “only took limited [quantities] because they’re like ‘Oh we don’t know, we want to play it safe,’ so it’s very difficult and it kind of sets you up to fail,” she said, adding that some of her fans “have been driving hours, literally hours, to get one CD. But it is what it is, and I appreciate the support, and I’m excited about the music.”
“Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” which hit stores April 2, was certified platinum after selling more than 1 million units in the U.S. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 253,000 units in its first week.
The “Re-Up” includes eight new songs — including “The Boys,” “Va Va Voom” and “Freedom” — along with a DVD featuring the album’s music videos and 90 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage.
Watch her interview with Power 105.1 below.
*Singer-songwriter Ester Dean, a member of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, says there’s a reason why she was picked to play a lesbian college student and lone African American recruited into an all-women’s a cappella group in the film “Pitch Perfect.”
“I fit the character, like super-urban,” said the straight actress during interviews for the movie, which is currently in theaters. But it wasn’t just her street attitude that wooed producers.
“I just have to say, I can look butch sometimes,” she continued. “I really appreciate that because it got me the part. I now appreciate my manly shoulders.”
Before becoming a member of The Bellas in “Pitch Perfect,” Dean, 26, has quietly been in beast mode in the music industry, either writing or co-writing hit records for the likes of Katy Perry, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Monica, Keri Hilson, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Trey Songz, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and even “American Idol’s” country-singing champ Scotty McCreery.
While working on her own album, Dean co-wrote “Super Bass” for Nicki Minaj’s debut album “Pink Friday.” The year before, she put her rich sandpaper vocals on a single of her own, “Drop It Low” feat. Chris Brown. The track peaked at number 38 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, becoming her first US Top 40 single, and her self-titled debut album is finally set to follow later this year on Interscope Records.
With all of this talent, one would think that Dean was deep into the musical theater scene at her Omaha, Nebraska high school. But that was not the case.
“It was a ghetto school, nobody cared,” she cracked in her response below. [Warning: Strong Language.]
*Billboard has chosen Nicki Minaj as its rising star of 2011.
The artist will receive her honor at Billboard’s “Women in Music” event on Dec. 2 in New York City, reports the AP.
Minaj said Wednesday she was “deeply honored to be recognized by Billboard.” She said she and her fans have come a “mighty long way” but are not close to where “God will take us.”
The rapper and singer has emerged as one of music’s most popular entertainers since releasing her debut album “Pink Friday” late last year. Her hits include “Super Bass” and “Moment 4 Life.” She’ll have one of her biggest fans on hand as well: Taylor Swift is also being honored as the woman of the year.
*Nicki Minaj has announced that she will put out new music under her gay male alter-ego “Roman Zolanski.”
In a blog post that has since been removed, the rapper said she plans to “address the nation” in several new songs as the invented character, who was introduced to fans on “Roman’s Revenge,” the track co-written by Eminem that opens her debut album “Pink Friday.” [Listen below.]
“Roman will be in rare form this time. you know why? cuz he no longer gives a f**k,” Minaj wrote on her blog. “He realized that his core matters the most. everyone else will figure it the f**k out. he can no longer be censored. that’s not lewinsky on a$$. its roman. he has 2 more weeks in boarding school. we’re going to pick him up now. when he lands, he will address the nation in the form of music. he will also announce the date. *salutes the nation* love u always. (sic)”
Nicki also hinted in the post that she will announce new music on the one-year anniversary of “Pink Friday,” which was released on Nov. 19 2010.
Minaj has been working on tracks in Los Angeles with producer Kane Beatz, who recently said of their sessions: “It’s crazy. We got one [track] so far. She just started, so she’s really picking her music and picking the songs. She’s real selective. She’ll pick all the beats before she even starts writing, so right now, we’re just getting music together, and it’s going crazy right now.”
Kane produced “Super Bass,” “Dear Old Nicki” and “I’m the Best” on “Pink Friday.”
*Move over Serena Williams. Nicki Minaj has also scored her own nail polish line with cosmetics company OPI.
The limited-edition collection of six colors are inspired by the star’s songs on her debut album “Pink Friday.”
The line includes Pink Friday (a creamy bubblegum hue), Metallic 4 Life (a charcoal sparkle), Super Bass Shatter (a purple, graffiti art-inspired topcoat effect), Save Me (a silver-rainbow glitter), Fly (an electric aqua) and Did It On ‘Em (a fluorescent lime).
“OPI is so excited to work with Nicki in releasing these six new nail lacquers,” Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director, said in a statement. “Nicki has taken the hip-hop world by storm, but her music is only part of the equation. She’s also become a fashion inspiration, noted for her daring costumes and hair color both on and off the stage.”
The polishes will be released in January 2012 at JC Penny, Ulta and other select retailers for $8.50 each.
OPI is the second beauty partnership for Minaj: the 28-year-old joined forces with makeup giant MAC Cosmetics in 2010 on a limited-edition Barbie-pink lipstick that ran in conjunction with the release of “Pink Friday.”