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With the rise of Iggy Azalea, her troubled stint as an American Idol judge (though personally I thought she was brilliant) and a gap of 2 years since her last top 10 hit, it looked like Nicki Minaj’s career was fading. That was until she came back with a bang… Bang Bang to be precise! And it was followed a week later with Anaconda, a solo smash hit and one of the biggest “water cooler moments” of 2014. Nicki is one of my favourite pop stars, so I’m glad to see her back on track. I love her crazy, hyperactive songs the best, but she does thoughtful and personal surprisingly well, too. Bed of Lies, her new collaboration with Skylar Grey, is a great example of Nicki showing her softer side.