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September 23, 2020   |   Ithaca, NY

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Review: Singles for the week of 2/7

“Yikes”

Nicki Minaj

Released Feb. 7

Young Money/Cash Money Records

Remember when Minaj said she was quitting music? Well, thank God that wasn’t true. “Yikes” solidifies Minaj’s excellence in the rap genre, namely through her lyrics.

 

“all the way over”

sad alex 

Released Feb. 7

Red Bull Records Inc.

This song is classic, conventional electric-pop, but “all the way over” is captivating anyway. The song’s sound is relaxed, and it’s just catchy enough to enjoy on a second or third listen. 

 

“Birthday”

Anne-Marie

Released Feb. 7

Major Toms / Asylum Records UK

“It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to” is becoming an old trope to write songs about — yet that’s the basis for “Birthday,” Anne-Marie’s bland single. She’s another year older, but this song won’t age well with her. 

 

“Intentions”

Justin Bieber

Released Feb. 7

Def Jam Recordings

Bieber writes another song about his wife, Hailey Baldwin. Though this song is more vibrant than Bieber’s last single, “Yummy,” that is not really saying much for songs both defined by repetitive lyrics and basic back beats.

Arleigh Rodgers can be reached at arodgers@ithaca.edu or via Twitter: @arleighrodgers