Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
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By Raisa Bruner
August 10, 2018

Nicki Minaj takes aim at the throne with Queen, her long-anticipated latest album, which was surprise-released ahead of schedule on Friday. Plus: Mitski offers up a tender, nostalgic ballad in Two Slow Dancers; Cher covers ABBA as only Cher can; Sia, Diplo and Labrinth’s latest collaborative experiment as the supergroup trio LSD leads to the warm-weather tune “Thunderclouds;” and Elle King returns with the rousing new single “Shame.”

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