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Bops Of The Week: Nicki Minaj, Troye Sivan, Aretha Franklin

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Bops Of The Week is our weekly charts featuring our top ten favorite songs from the previous week – new and old. They are ranked based on our taste, the buzz they are creating, and the reception from fans on social media.

Our second week of Bops Of The Week is here. This week features some classics, new bops, chart-topping bops, and everything in between. This list reflects the week of Aug. 6 to 12. Let’s gooooo!


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1. ‘In My Feelings’ – Drake

Back at number one in our little chart is Drake. Like I said last week, I’m not a huge fan … like at all. However ever since the video for ‘In My Feelings’ came out, I have been listening to this song multiple times in one day. So, here it is again.


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2. ‘Barbie Dreams’ – Nicki Minaj

I’m not going to lie when I say I hated Nicki Minaj’s singles ‘Chun Li’ and ‘Barbie Tingz’ when they came out earlier this summer. I was so disappointed with this rap queen (no pun intended; she really is). It left me not looking forward to Queen – which dropped last weekend. And, I think it is her second best album to date. (Sorry, I love The Pinkprint)

‘Barbie Dreams’ is one of the highlights from her fourth studio album. It has a strong beat and classic hip-hop lines calling out everyone such as ‘Somebody go and make sure Karrueche okay though, I heard she think I’m trynagive the coochie to Quavo‘ and ‘Drake worth a hundred milli, he always buyin’ me shit / But I don’t know if the pussy wet or if he cryin’ and shit.’ Whoaaa. Love it.


3. ‘Applause’ – Lady Gaga

MY queen could not be left out of the top three. Gaga is turning Vegas upside down as she formally announced her residency in Sin City. She is performing TWO different shows (QUEEN) at the Park Theater at MGM called Enigma and Jazz & Piano. Additionally, she is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly with Bradley Cooper promoting their upcoming movie A Star Is Born. She’s on top of the world.

With all this buzz and the fact that this hit single came out this month five years ago, it was only appropriate to have ‘Applause’ up here. This is one of my 5 favorite Gaga songs – alongside ‘Bad Romance,’ ‘Dance In The Dark,’ ‘Perfect Illusion,’ and ‘The Cure.’ It came out Aug. 12, 2013, and it is one of her biggest bop.


4. ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’ – Cher

Cher is releasing an ABBA tribute album and it’s hard to contain myself. The first track we get to hear from the legendary singer covering the legendary group is ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’ and it is fantastic. I can’t wait to listen to the rest of the album when it drops on Sept. 28! AHHH


5. ‘I Like It’ – Cardi B, J Balvin, Bad Bunny

Like I said on last week’s edition of Bops Of The Week, it is ideal to have someone as hot as Cardi B is right now on a song. And, Latin superstars J Balvin and Bad Bunny are seeing the effects of this as ‘I Like It’ climbs up the charts and makes it into our second list ever. It’s so infectious. I love it.

Being Latino, it makes me proud to see three of the biggest superstars in the world have that in their blood and make it happen.


6. ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ – Ariana Grande

It is Sweetener week! Ariana is dropping her new album this week and I am anxious to hear it. I’ve had many mixed emotions over the singles as I mentioned last week. Plus, I was kind of disgusted at the way Ariana had been treating her fans on social media last week. But the fact that ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ came from this era gives me hope. I’m looking forward to this album. It is going to end up being a very important one in her career.


7. ‘FEFE’ – 6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj

It’s kind of unfortunate that when 6ix9ine is having the biggest hit of his life, he is ruining everything with his pedophile ways. Alongside Nicki Minaj, he has managed to produce a song that is as catchy as any in the game right now.

Too bad he is facing trial in October for exploitation of a minor in a sexual performance and could face three years in prison. Gross.

The song is good, though.


8. ‘Phantom of the Dancefloor’ – Kiesza ft. Philippe Sly

Oh My God. This is my favorite song from the new releases of last week. Kiesza goes hard with this dance anthem. The exchanging of styles between the ever-so-catchy chorus and Philippe Sly’s rumbling verses is exquisite. I really think this is an amazing song. And, the video is incredible.


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9. ‘Animal’ – Troye Sivan

In a little over two weeks, Troye Sivan will put out to the world his second studio album Bloom. To give us one last tease, he released a song called ‘Animal’ last week – an ode to how to behave in bed. It’s quite passionate.


10. ‘Ain’t No Way’ – Aretha Franklin

Ain’t no way that she can leave us soon. The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin, is very sick. She is in hospice care surrounded by family. I’ve been thinking about how impactful her music has been and listening to all her hits. She is truly one of a kind. ‘Ain’t No Way’ was written by her younger sister and did quite well on the R&B charts. I continue to send good thoughts and prayers to her family.

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