Bang Bang is a song by English singer-songwriter Jessie J, American singer Ariana Grande and American rapper Nicki Minaj. The song was released on July 29, 2014 through Lava Records and Republic Records, the label that houses all three artists, and serves as a joint single. The song is the lead single from Jessie Js upcoming third studio album and will also be featured on Ariana Grandes second studio album My Everything as a track on the deluxe edition of the album, set to be released August 25, 2014. Although set to be released on 29 July, the song was leaked a few hours earlier before its scheduled premiere.
Upon release, the song was critically acclaimed by music critics; who praised its soulful production and enticing vocals.
On July 9, 2014, Jessie J uploaded a 15-second snippet of the song on her Instagram profile. On July 23, 2014, another snippet of the song was uploaded to an Instagram profile, this time by the rapper Nicki Minaj. On July 27, Ariana Grande uploaded the third and final snippet on her Instagram account. Although scheduled to premiere on July 29th, the song was reportedly leaked a few hours before its release causing the songs release to be rushed.
Bang Bang is an up-tempo soulful song, that features a clap-heavy production, built over big bouncy beats and horn blasts.
Both critics and audiences praised the song. Carolyn Menyes from Music Times called the song [a] Hit of Summer 2014 and thought that [the] song is is going straight to the top of the charts. Zach Frydenlund from Complex praised Jessie Js and Arianas vocals in the song but concentrated more on Nickis catchy verse stating that its Nicki who really steals the show with her verse. Jason Lipshutz from Billboard responded positively to the song saying that the song itself [is] composed of piercing vocals courtesy of two contemporary crooners, as well as rapid-fire spitting from the hottest female MC on the planet, Bang Bang rests tidily upon the Ariana Grande assertion. Vultures Lindsey Weber thought the song was no Lady Marmalade but praised it saying its catchy enough to make a splash.
Chris Martins from Spin, stated theat the song is powerful, and credits Minaj for the songs noteworthy energy. Its What makes the track so big? Well, um, ask Nicki Minaj. He goes on to further praise Minajs performance on the song, affirming that The Anaconda-taming MC rips a few mics on the loud and proud pop-soul song.
On July 29, 2014 Jessie J performed an acoustic version of the song on the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.
Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban were named as two of the four judges on American Idols 12th season. (September 16, 2012)
Nicki Minaj had a wardrobe malfunction, slipping out of her top while performing on ABCs Good Morning America the morning of August 5, 2011.
The event appeared on the east code feed despite a five second delay.
Cher Lloyd said was inspired by rapper Nicki Minaj, whom she said changed pop music, adding that No one was doing what she was doing, and then she came in and it was kind of one of those things where people were like, Whoa! She just changed pop music. And she did! Theres no denying it.
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