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

"Doing nothing will shock them even more," the singer says of her changes to her appearance.

By Annie Martin
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Nicki Minaj discusses her new look, upcoming album 'The Pink Print'
Cast member Nicki Minaj attends the premiere of the motion picture romantic comedy "The Other Woman" at the Regency Village Theatre in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on April 21, 2014 Storyline: After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly (Cameron Diaz) soon meets the wife he's been cheating on, she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. And when yet another affair is discovered, all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on the three-timing SOB. UPI/Jim Ruymen | License Photo

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj discussed her new look and upcoming album The Pink Print in an interview on Monday.

The 31-year-old singer wore makeup in natural tones and a simple black dress for her appearance on MTV News. Once known for her outlandish demeanor, costumes and hair, Minaj has introduced a decidedly toned down attitude and appearance in recent months.

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"It's not a makeover, it's coming full circle," the star says of her changes. "I went so far to the other side that there's only one place to go from there. You can either continue doing costumes or you can just say, 'Hey, guess what?' This will shock them even more. Doing nothing will shock them even more.'"

Minaj says she has significant changes planned for her upcoming album as well. She plans to release her third studio album, The Pink Print, later this year, and many of the songs will return to her rap roots.

"The tracks on Pink Print are back to my hip-hop roots," the singer says. "And I don't think it's something that I'm necessarily trying to do... I'm just gonna do what my heart tells me to do."

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When asked if the new album will include songs similar to past hits "Starships" and "Super Bass," Minaj responds with an emphatic "Hell no."

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