Posts By Nick Minichino

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Britney Spears: Femme Fatale Forever

Britney Spears Femme Fatale GMA

Femme Fatale, the seventh studio album from Britney Spears, hits stores today, and the (generally positive) reviews are in, quick to pre-emptively defend Spears against pop haters. “For years, critics have dismissed her as a cipher with a wisp of a voice,” Jody Rosen writes in his four (of five) star review for Rolling Stone before dismantling that strawman in his praise. In the Los Angeles Times, Carl Wilson suggests that “Spears is free to rise above persona games altogether,” while at the same time remaining “dumbfoundingly adept at withholding straight answers about her own feelings or identity.”

In other words, she’s a pop icon – ??maybe the last one standing! Spears’s persona-of-no-persona is hard to be critical about, because there’s no there there. But in the New York Times, Jon Caramanica comes closest:

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Nicki Minaj Gives Lil Wayne a “Lap Dance”

Nicki Minaj fans have been buzzing about a particular segment of her set supporting Lil Wayne on the “I Am Still Music Tour” since it kicked off less than two weeks ago in Providence, RI: an interlude in which a male fan is brought onstage and, as her verse from Sean Kingston’s “Letting Go (Dutty Love)” plays, given a “lap dance” of sorts by Ms. Young Money. Minaj claims, in introducing the segment, that this is her way of responding to fans who say she gives too much love to her Barbies and not enough to her male fans. (Clearly the type and nature of that love is gender-distinct.)

On Sunday night at the Nassau Coliseum, the setpiece played out in the usual fashion, with one crucial difference: the “lucky fan” was none other than Lil Wayne himself.

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