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Nicki Minaj delays single release, teases controversial cover

Nicki Minaj delays single release, teases controversial cover

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj took to Instagram Sunday to announce her new her single "Anaconda" would be delayed until next week.
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Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea address their alleged feud

Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea address their alleged feud

NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj says she didn't mean to outright diss Iggy Azalea at the BET Awards, and Azalea claims she's "unbothered" anyway.
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Nicki Minaj reveals she was recently near death in BET Awards acceptance speech

Nicki Minaj reveals she was recently near death in BET Awards acceptance speech

LOS ANGELES, June 30 (UPI) --2014 BET Awards: Nicki Minaj said she was recently "saying [her] prayers to die" during her acceptance speech for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist.
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Nicki Minaj unveils new video for 'Pills N Potions'

Nicki Minaj unveils new video for 'Pills N Potions'

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj has released the official video for "Pills N Potions," the first single of her upcoming studio album, "The Pink Print."
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Iggy Azalea rails against 'Internet kids,' online bullies

Iggy Azalea rails against 'Internet kids,' online bullies

LOS ANGELES, June 2 (UPI) --Iggy Azalea took to Twitter Monday to criticize online bullies and media critics.
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Nicki Minaj dons revealing cut-out dress at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Nicki Minaj dons revealing cut-out dress at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

LAS VEGAS, May 19 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj arrived to Sunday night's 2014 Billboard Music Awards in a risque black cut-out dress by Alexander McQueen.
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Nicki Minaj announces release of next single

Nicki Minaj announces release of next single

LAS VEGAS, May 19 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj said her next single, "Pills and Potions," is set to be released Monday.
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Nicki Minaj reveals next single's release date in lyrics of 'Yasss Bish!!'

Nicki Minaj reveals next single's release date in lyrics of 'Yasss Bish!!'

LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj says next single from "The Pink Print" would be released in two weeks in lyrics on "Yasss Bish!!"
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Nicki Minaj discusses her new look, upcoming album 'The Pink Print'

Nicki Minaj discusses her new look, upcoming album 'The Pink Print'

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj discussed her new look and upcoming album "The Pink Print" in an interview on Monday.
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Nicki Minaj stuns fans with natural look at 2014 MTV Movie Awards

Nicki Minaj stuns fans with natural look at 2014 MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj stunned fans with her natural, toned-down look Sunday at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
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Nicki Minaj's mom Carol debuts her own single

Nicki Minaj's mom Carol debuts her own single

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj's mom Carol Maraj has debuted her own single, "God's Been Good."
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Justin Bieber will collaborate with YMCMB on new music

Justin Bieber will collaborate with YMCMB on new music

April 2 (UPI) -- Justin Bieber will collaborate with the Young Money Cash Money Billionaires team on new music.
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Hollywood beautician allegedly hired hitman to take out rival

Hollywood beautician allegedly hired hitman to take out rival

March 14 (UPI) -- Celebrity beautician Dawn DaLuise allegedly wanted to take out a hit on Gabriel Suarez because she thought he was cyber-stalking her.
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Nicki Minaj posts no-makeup, topless photos on Instagram

Nicki Minaj posts no-makeup, topless photos on Instagram

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj took part in the recent no-makeup trend on Wednesday when she posted several photos of herself topless and makeup-free on Instagram.
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Malcolm X's daughter slams Nicki Minaj over single promo

Malcolm X's daughter slams Nicki Minaj over single promo

NEW YORK, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Singer Nicki Minaj has apologized for using an image of U.S. civil rights-era icon Malcolm X to promote her new single, "Lookin [expletives]."
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Rap singer Nicki Minaj appears backstage at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 5, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (pronounced ), is a Trinidadian hip hop and R&B recording artist and songwriter. She first saw fame when she signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment and then later Cash Money Records. She has successfully released her first debut album, which charted at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown. In Minaj's early career, she released three mixtapes, Playtime Is Over, Sucka Free, and Beam Me Up Scotty. Minaj was discovered by fellow American rapper Lil Wayne and, after the three mixtapes, Minaj signed a deal with Young Money Entertainment. After signing the deal, Minaj began working on her debut album, titled Pink Friday, which charted at number-two on the US Billboard 200, kept off the top spot by Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Minaj became the first artist ever to have seven songs within the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her second single, "Your Love", reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. Minaj became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List One month after the release of Pink Friday, Minaj's album gained a Platinum certification in the United States. Minaj is known for collaborating with numerous artists and guest raps on many popular singles.

Minaj was born in 1984 in Saint James, (a suburb of Trinidad and Tobago's capital city Port of Spain). She celebrated her 26th birthday (December 8, 2010) on December 9, 2010. Her parents were of Indian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestry and she lived in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago with her grandmother until age five, because her parents were looking for a place to live in the Queens borough of New York City at the time. Her mother would occasionally visit, and one day, when Minaj was five, her mother picked her up to move to Queens. According to Minaj, her father drank alcohol, took drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire.

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