Nicki Minaj ‘Anaconda’ Single Artwork Inspired by Madonna: NSFW Cover Just ‘Stood Out’ for New ‘The Pinkprint’ Track

Nicki Minaj sent the world into a tizzy late last month by releasing some pretty scandalous, sexy and definitely NSFW cover art for her new sizzling The Pinkprint single “Anaconda.” Featuring her big booty in full force with nothing but a G-string thong, sports bra and some Air Jordans on, Minaj is now speaking out on the controversial cover… and of course it was inspired by Madonna.

In an interview with Ryan Seacrest yesterday (Aug. 4), Minaj spoke about the cover art, noting that is was a callback to the beginning of her career. She called out the legendary Madonna for being one pop megastar that never shied away from being a little scandalous and unapologetically herself.

“[My manager Gee] was thinking that it may be too over the top, and I said, ‘Well you know, in the beginning of my career, I did pictures like that, I did photo shoots like that,’ and I didn’t want to lose that sense of who I am,” Minaj said. “I feel like one of the people I look up to the most was Madonna, and she’s never stopped pushing the envelope. She’s never stopped taking risks, and I don’t ever want to stop doing that either.”

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Madonna and Lady Gaga face off over headline act at Berlin anniversary

THE fall of the Berlin Wall represented former enemies uniting as one.


But for pop rivals Madonna and Lady Gaga it apparently means the exact opposite.

The divas are going to war, again, over a headline slot to mark the 25th anniversary of the historic date in the German capital on November 9.

We hear both ladies are gunning for the gig, which is rumoured to be attended by Hollywood heavyweights such as Steven Spielberg, 67, Brad Pitt, 50, and Angelina Jolie.

But neither is willing to play as a supporting act to the other, meaning organisers of the festivities may have to choose between them.

A German mole told us: “Madonna and Gaga are equally desperate for the honour of performing. They both like to think of themselves as very political, and will also have new albums to promote by then. It could reignite their long-running feud as the date draws nearer because neither are used to being told no.

“However it’s highly likely organisers would choose the Queen of Pop over Gaga, if push came to shove.”

It’s no secret there’s no love lost between Her Madgesty, 55, and Mother Monster, 28, seen left walking her dog in NYC.

Madonna labelled the young pretender “reductive” in 2012 amid accusations that Gaga’s song Born This Way ripped off her own 80s classic Express Yourself.

But maybe they could use this opportunity to tears down their walls, duet and make up.

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Katy Perry & Madonna’s Friendship Should Help the “Dark Horse” Singer Immensely

In addition to being singers who kissed girls and liked it, it appears that Katy Perry and Madonna have far more in common than anyone realized. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 29-year-old pop star discussed the benefits of therapy and her plans for motherhood, while quickly dismissing any conversation about her failed marriage to Russell Brand. Besides, there are much more interesting subjects to cover, like the fact that Perry counts Madonna as one of her friends.

Madonna released her first album a year before Perry was even born, so Madge probably has a ton of useful advice for a singer who likely hopes to follow in the veteran performer’s musical footsteps. Who knows exactly what specific words of wisdom Madonna may have offered Perry thus far, but judging by the “Dark Horse” singer’s description of how the friendship formed, Madonna’s all about trust.

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Madonna And Miley, It’s Happening

They’ve got our “Rebel Heart” beating super fast.

We’ve already seen Madonna and Miley Cyrus scooting boots on Miley’s “Unplugged” special. Now it looks like they might have hooked up again for a song from Madonna’s upcoming album.

In the latest teaser for the project, Madonna posted some lyrics on Tuesday for a song that might be titled “Rebel Heart” and in the post she tagged both Miley and another rumored collaborator, Cyrus-affilated songwriter MoZella. (Those tags appeared to have been removed at press time.)


The caption of the image is “Wash all over me………. #rebelheart.”

Miley seemed to confirm the collabo with her own Instragram post with an @madonna caption and an image of her wearing a vintage Madge t-shirt.


Earlier this month, Madonna teased another song, “Messiah,” and she is reportedly working with Diplo, songwriter Toby Gad, S1, singer Natalia Kills and Cherrytree Records chairman Martin Kierszenbaum on the folk-up to 2012′s MDNA.

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