Watch: Nicki Minaj's new "Starships" video, in which she turns into a sexy alien
Later scenes in the music video seemingly pick up where her previous hip-pop hit "Super Bass" left off, as her alien look quickly evolves into a tribal goddess one. With colors inverted, it's like watching "Super Bass" meets Britney Spears' "Til The World Ends" set atop a volcano. When paired with the volcanic explosions, those disjointed space-rave dance-breaks in "Starships" suddenly click.
And for a song -- and career, for that matter -- that now makes sense to legions of Nicki fans who had been scratching their head by the choice of single, when Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded has so many strong if not stronger tracks, we can say this: Beam her up, Scotty; her work here, at least for "Starships" anyway, is done.
What's Her Name: Just when you thought you couldn't get enough of Rihanna in movies -- her acting debut, "Battleship," is released in two weeks - it was announced by The Sun today that Rihanna has just landed a new role as the villain in the sixth installment of The Fast And The Furious. Whether this is a good or bad move when considering the singer's career, we're not sure. However, it's leading us to wonder: How does RiRi have so much time on her hands?
Follow Backbeat on Twitter: @westword_music