Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
|Released||April 2, 2012 (album)|
October 8, 2012 (single)
|Genre||Synthpop, electronic dance|
|Label||Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Republic|
|Writer||Onika Maraj, Henry Walter, Lukasz Gottwald, Allan Grigg|
|Producer||Dr. Luke, Cirkut, Kool Kojak|
|Single release||October 8, 2012 (UK)|
October 23, 2012 (US)
November 9, 2012 (France)
|Video release||October 26, 2012|
|Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Deluxe Edition) track listing|
|"Va Va Voom" is track number 21.|
"Turn Me On"
|Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up track listing|
|"Va Va Voom" is track number 8.|
"Va Va Voom" is a song by Nicki Minaj from her second studio album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. The song is the third international single, and seventh single overall. It was written by Minaj, Henry Walter, Lukasz Gottwald, and Allan Grigg, and was produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut and Kool Kojak. It was released as a single in the UK on October 8, 2012. It officially impacted US Mainstream Radio on October 23, 2012. It was second most added song on Pop radio during the week of its radio release. A music video was filmed for the song in December 2011 and it premiered on E! News on October 26, 2012. "Va Va Voom" is also included on the official track listing of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up, Nicki Minaj's re-release album of her second studio album.
It was planned to be the lead single of her second studio album but was later replaced by the song "Starships", for unknown reasons. The song won a poll to be released as a single in the future, in May, but was replaced by "Pound the Alarm". The song has been certified Platinum in the US, Gold in Australia, and Silver in the UK.
"Va Va Voom" was planned to be released as the lead single of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on February 7, 2012, but the release date was delayed to February 14. Instead of it, "Starships" was released as the lead single, on February 14. The song leaked online, with the whole album, on March 29, 2012, and released officially with the album on April 2, 2012.
A poll was posted on Minaj's official website, on May 24, 2012, asking the fans to choose the next singles. The poll is divided into three categories. The third category asks the fans to choose between "Pound the Alarm", "Whip It", and "Va Va Voom". "Va Va Voom" had the most votes and won the poll, second was "Whip It", and third was "Pound the Alarm". "Va Va Voom" won against "Whip It" just for 118 votes.
On June 6, Minaj discuss with her fans about which song should be released as a single: "Va Va Voom" or "Pound the Alarm". She later confirmed that "Pound the Alarm will be released as a single, instead of "Va Va Voom." Nicki has revealed that she didn't know all the lyrics of the song until June 11.
"Va Va Voom" was finally released as the third international single, sixth single overall, on UK radio stations, on October 8. It was the second most added new song to Australian radios the week of September 24, but it still hasn't be released as a single in Australia. It was released as a single on US Mainstream Radio on October 23, 2012.
The cover artwork for the single was supposedly released sometime between December, 2011 and January, 2012. Many websites affirmed that that cover was the official one. The cover is a very simple artwork with resemblances of the previous singles covers ("Roman in Moscow" and "Stupid Hoe"). It has a purple background with the words "Nicki Minaj" and "Va.Va.Voom" written on the middle of it (with white and pink font colours, respectively). Minaj never confirmed officially the cover, neither her label, and, since "Va Va Voom" was never released as a single, the cover is unofficial. Since the announcement of "Va Va Voom" being released as a single, some relevant websites have showed the unofficial/unconfirmed cover artwork of the song but it still has not be confirmed by Minaj, neither her label.
A radio promotional CD single, released on 2012, features another cover artwork of the single. The CD is not available for sale in stores. It was released as an exclusive promotional CD single for radios or at special events. The cover artwork has a purple label at the top with the words "Nicki Minaj" written on it with white font and capitalized, and a pink background with the words "Va Va" and "Voom" in different lines with purple font. Although the promo CD was officially distributed under Universal Republic label, the cover artwork is not taken as the official cover of the single, due to the means in which was released.
"Va Va Voom" receive critical acclaim from music critics and fans. Kara Klenk from MTV wrote that it is the favorite track among fans. David Asante from That Grape Juice gave it a very positive review stating that it is the "best evidence" of Minaj not being a temporally pop artist. He said that "she fashions and molds it to her taste." The Lava Lizard called it "surprisingly delightful" and said that it "should have been the lead single" of the album. Mohammad Qazalbash from Asian Woman Magazine recommended the song and comment that "the track clearly deserves a live band and a slightly less over-dressed performance from Minaj." He also dismiss the song a little by calling it a "typical bubblegum pop/rap track" and a "very ‘Katy Perry’" song, but said that is his favourite track of all the album.
|Premiere||October 26, 2012|
|Filmed||December 21, 2011|
In December 2011, rumors spread about Minaj being shooting a new video for "Va Va Voom." This was later confirmed by multiple actors that tweet about the casting for the new video. The video begin its shooting on December 21, 2011. It was filmed in Los Angeles.
On October 6 2012, Minaj said on her twitter that she doesn't want to release the video but she guess that she will "have to put it out." She said she didn't like it. On October 25, Minaj said on her twitter that the video will premiere on E! News on October 26 at 7pm EST which it did. It premiered on VEVO on the next day at 7pm EST, and was directed by Hype Williams, filmed the same week as the video of "Stupid Hoe".
"Va Va Voom" was played as a interlude in the Pink Friday Tour. Minaj finally performed the song live in the Pink Friday: Reloaded Tour. She also performed the song live at Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with "Freedom", "High School", "I'm Legit", and "Roman in Moscow" on January 25, 2013.
- Recorded at: Conway Studios Los Angeles CA
- Mixed at: MixStar Studios, Virginia Beach, VA
- Writers: O. Maraj, L. Gottwald, A. Grigg, M. Martin, H. Walter
- Producers: Dr. Luke, KoOol Kojak and Cirkut
- Recorded by: Ariel Chobaz
- Recording Assistant: Jon Sher & Clint Gibbs
- Mixed by: Serban Ghenea
- Engineer for mix: John Hanes
- Mix Assistant: Tim Roberts and Phil Seaford
- Production Coordination by: Irene Richter and Katie Mitzell
- All Instruments and Programming by: Dr. Luke, KoOol Kojak and Cirkut
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||53|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||6|
|Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia)||1|
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||18|
|Czech Republic (IFPI)||32|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||30|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||34|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||20|
|Romania (Romanian Top 100)||52|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||47|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||20|
|UK R&B (Official Charts Company)||3|
|US Billboard Hot 100||22|
|US Pop Songs (Billboard)||13|
|US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)||3|
|Worldwide||April 2, 2012||CD, digital download (with album)|
|United Kingdom||October 8, 2012||Radio Release|
|United States||October 23, 2012||Mainstream Radio|
|France||November 9, 2012||Radio Release|
|Worldwide||November 19, 2012||CD, digital download (with album)|
"Va Va Voom"
[Verse 1: Nicki Minaj]