Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande have teamed up yet again to give us a sultry new single, "Bed." Listen above on YouTube.
With a soft bassline, airy beats, and a melodic chorus, "Bed" is the kind of sexually empowering pop tune the duo is known for producing, similar in structure and style to "Side to Side" and "Get on Your Knees." Minaj spits bold verses with lyrics like, "I could make all your dreams come true / Wanna fall through, then you better come through," while Grande shows off her smooth, soaring vocals in the chorus: "Got a bed, wit' your name on it."
Minaj and Grande have great chemistry as a duo — their voices and styles complement each other, and they often display their friendship on social media. The song's cover art, pictured below, shows them in a hot tub together, and Grande recently posted an Instagram photo of them in their bathing suits, writing, "did u know the nicki minaj lyric 'big titties big butt too' was actually written about ariana grande ?" Additionally, Minaj wrote in a Tweet:
Let me tell u smthn, Ari did it & sent it RIGHT back. Added all these beautiful harmonies & runs. Never over does it. Just ALWAYS gets it right. I fell in love. I called her screaming. OMG.
Minaj's upcoming album, Queen, became available as a pre-order this morning, revealing a preview of the tracklist that features previously released singles "Bed," "Rich Sex," and "Chun-Li." The soft pop sound of "Bed" contrasts greatly with "Rich Sex," a collaboration with Lil Wayne released two days ago, which is notably less melodic and more rap-centric with harsher beats and lyrics. Though, Minaj does make a reference to Lil Wayne in "Bed"'s first verse: "Waiting for you on some thousand-dollar sheets / I got Carter III on repeat."
Minaj teased this line in a Tweet a day before the song came out, writing:
I’m giving a stack to the 1st person I see successfully guess the next line of
Thousand dollar sheets, waitin for you on some thousand dollar sheets.
I got _____ on repeat.
It appears that none of her followers, however, were able to guess the correct line, which means they will actually have to start saving up to buy tickets for Minaj's upcoming NICKIHNDRXX tour — which she is co-headlining with Future — starting in September.
While all we have so far is the audio for "Bed," Minaj and Grande both posted a preview for its music video today, showing the two of them in the pictured hot tub, swimming and laughing together in the soapy water.
Queen is due out August 10. Grande also has an upcoming album, Sweetener, expected to premiere some time in August 2018. The album will feature yet another Minaj / Grande collaboration, "The Light is Coming," which Grande teased last month at a performance in Los Angeles. Grande also recently got engaged to SNL star Pete Davidson, Tweeting on the day their engagement was announced: “got a bed w your name on it.”