Okay, so at this point, it’s safe to say that a lot of you out there were left feeling confused after VIBE’s latest cover girl Nicki Minaj performed at the 2012 Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Her performance, which has drawn the ire of the Catholic Church this week, was admittedly a little bit out there and a huge creative risk for her. For better or worse, it also completely overshadowed her new song, “Roman’s Holiday,” and failed to get people talking about it. All people wanted to talk about Monday morning was the show that Nicki put on—and what it meant about where she stands as an artist.
That being said, you might think that Nicki is in trouble right now. But, in less than a day, she managed to right the ship by releasing another new single called “Starships” yesterday. And it’s exactly what she needed right now. Produced by Red One, the pop-friendly song is destined to land at or near the top of the Billboard charts in the coming weeks. And it should get a lot of people out there excited for her new album, too.
We say that because we are excited for the album after hearing it. Why? Well, to help explain, we put together a list of the five reasons “Starships” has us looking forward to Roman Reloaded even more than before. Because Grammy performances and extracurricular activities aside, it all comes down to good music. And if this is a taste of what’s to come from Nicki’s album, then we’re ready to hear more.—Chris Yuscavage