Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj have fun on infectious ‘Bang Bang’

To launch her as-yet-untitled third album, Jessie J has joined forces with Mini-Mariah Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj to record “Bang Bang,” an infectious up-tempo track that has the glossy stamp of mega-producer Max Martin. Featuring a clap-heavy production replete with big bouncy beats and funky horn blasts, the song has an instant likeability that demands repeat listens.

Vocal duties are equally divided between Jessie J and Grande, while Minaj serves up her usual sass and confidence via a rap verse in the song’s latter half. The collaboration recalls the all-star ensemble of Christina Aguilera, Mýa, P!nk and Lil’ Kim on the “Lady Marmalade” remake, which hit Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001. But, unlike the “Marmalade” team, the ladies of “Bang” actually come across as genuinely fond and supportive of each other and it’s evident in the carefree vibe of the song. You can sense that these women aren’t trying to outdo or outshine one another, just here to have fun and blow your mind, as the song says.

Expect this track to linger near or at the top of the charts for a while.

Rating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

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