Would Nicki Minaj Suit Britney’s “Pretty Girls” Better?

May 8, 2015 By Jordan Miller

Here’s a rant about “Pretty Girls.”

Would Nicki Minaj Suit Britney's "Pretty Girls" Better?

Would a collaboration between Britney and Nicki Minaj suit “Pretty Girls” better than Iggy?

That’s what a few industry experts at Billboard believe, claiming Iggy’s verse is predictable and safe whereas Nicki Minaj could provide an exciting and wild element. Sure, the two already collaborated together on the “Till The World Ends” remix, but Minaj has since further solidified her place in music and ultimately would reach a larger audience. Minaj has made an impact with the general public, seeing success as a ratchet Barb in her videos to her classy role as a judge next to Mariah Carey on American Idol. Azalea has a lot to prove, especially after the backlash from rescheduling her tour due to production-related I-S-S-ues. What’s more puzzling is we’re questioning whether Iggy or Nicki would suit “Pretty Girls” better, but let’s think for a moment what we’re implying. Which artist will take a Britney Spears song further on the charts and is Britney Spears’ career in a state where she needs a feature to reach that coveted number one status?

It wasn’t too long ago a song the pop princess would rocket to the top of the charts without typical promotion, but has the loss of spontaneity trickled passed her fanbase and to the masses damaged her brand so much it’s irreparable? Is Britney’s manufactured public persona too unrelatable now to pull at Joe Schmo’s heartstrings, and therefore detaches any desire to want to see her commercially succeed (A.K.A. spend money buying her music)? The real question to me is: does Britney need a feature from Nicki Minaj or Iggy Azalea or Miley Cyrus or Giorgio Moroder or anyone for that matter? Or can she live up to filling the big shoes she created herself more than 16 years ago.

Check out Billboard’s recent podcast about the song, noting its similarities (up for debate) to Charli XCX’s “Fancy.”

“Pretty Girls” peaked on iTunes at number two behind Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” before dropping to its current place at number seven. Perhaps the music video out next will give the song that needed boost to claim her familiar spot at the top then stay there after her Billboard Music Awards performance with Iggy.

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