Track Review: Nicki Minaj, 'Starships'

80 Billboard Rating

NICKI MINAJ
"Starships" (3:30)
Producers: RedOne, Carl Falk
Writers: various
Publishers: various
Cash Money/Young Money

February was a roller coaster for Nicki Minaj: From performing alongside Madonna and M.I.A. at the Super Bowl to debuting new song "Roman Holiday" at the Grammy Awards, Minaj proves she's not slowing down anytime soon with the release of latest single "Starships." Arriving on Valentine's Day and produced by RedOne (Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez), "Starships" is a departure in sound for the Young Money rapper. The track begins with a sunny guitar riff that channels the shimmery singles of Katy Perry before launching into a club-ready chorus complete with Euro-pop rhythms. It's Minaj's most radio-friendly single to date, leaving her chanting the anthem: "Starships were meant to fly/Hands up and touch the sky/Can't stop 'cause we're so high/Let's do this one more time."

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