Song of the Day #3,003: ‘Side To Side’ – Ariana Grande (feat. Nicki Minaj)

ariana_grande_side_to_sideThe latest video from Ariana Grande’s solid album Dangerous Woman features both Nicki Minaj and the world’s sexiest spin class.

Somehow, despite a lot of effort, Grande herself remains relatively unsexy. Maybe that’s due to her hamster-like size, or the lingering memory of her more innocent Nickelodeon days. But she dresses provocatively and surrounds herself with full-grown adult women and gives it her best shot.

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Song of the Day #2,507: ‘Hey Mama’ – David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Afrojack

david_guetta_nicki_minajIn Billboard’s ninth spot is Ed Sheeran with ‘Thinking Out Loud,’ the only ballad in the top ten. Good song.

Rounding out the top ten is David Guetta with ‘Hey Mama,’ featuring Nicki Minaj. This is basically a Nicki Minaj song in the same way ‘Uptown Funk’ is a Bruno Mars song, but the DJs get top billing because the songs appear on their albums. It’s all about the singles these days, anyway.

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Song of the Day #2,437: ‘Truffle Butter’ – Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil Wayne

nicki_minajWrapping up a rather depressing two weeks of Billboard tracks — how many boring, offensive or boring and offensive songs can be popular at once? — we land at #14 and a new track from Nicki Minaj.

In the 13th spot was Meghan Trainor with ‘Lips Are Movin’,’ which sounds like the freaking Beatles compared to most of this dreck.

I have high hopes for Minaj, though, even if I’m unimpressed with Drake and Lil Wayne, her collaborators on this track. Minaj is always interesting, if nothing else.

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Song of the Day #2,270: ‘Flawless (Remix)’ – Beyoncé feat. Nicki Minaj

beyonce_minajBeyoncé’s surprise self-titled album came out nearly a year ago, but it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

This week, Queen Bey released a video of her Paris performance of album track ‘Flawless’ with rapper Nicki Minaj.

The remix itself was released in August, but given that every song on the album has an accompanying video, it’s only fitting that this one should, too.

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Song of the Day #2,243: ‘Bang Bang’ – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

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Billboard’s #8 spot belongs to Sia and ‘Chandelier,’ still one of my favorite hit songs of the year so far. And the ninth spot gives us repeat appearances by two artists — Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.

‘Bang Bang’ is their collaboration with British singer Jessie J (of ‘Price Tag’ fame), who gets top billing here (the song will appear on her upcoming album).

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Song of the Day #2,239: ‘Anaconda’ – Nicki Minaj

nicki_minaj_anacondaIt’s time for another visit to the Billboard Hot 100 to see what the kids are listening to these days. I’ve enjoyed these trips into unfamiliar territory, both for the boost to my pop culture literacy and the occasional discovery of a worthwhile tune.

At #1 right now is Taylor Swift’s new single, ‘Shake It Off.’ The song is one of her worst, but obviously that’s not limiting its sales potential.

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Song of the Day #1,261: ‘Super Anthem’ – Nicki Minaj & LMFAO (mash-up)

Next week I will start counting down my top ten songs of 2011, focusing not necessarily on hot singles or songs that captured the zeitgeist this year but simply the songs that affected me the most for one reason or another.

First, though, I will spend a week on several odds and ends that didn’t make the countdown but made my musical year brighter each in their own way.

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