Girls Fall Like Dominoes

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"Girls Fall Like Dominoes"
Single by Nicki Minaj
from the album Pink Friday (UK Super Bass Edition)/(US iTunes Store Version)/(UK iTunes Store Version)
Released April 11, 2011
Format Digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Hip hop, R&B
Length 3:44 (album version)
3:22 (radio edit)
Label Young Money, Cash Money
Writer(s) O. Maraj, J. R. Rotem, Robbie Furze, Millo Cordell, Cleveland Browne, Greville Gordon, Wycliffe Johnson
Producer(s) J. R. Rotem
Nicki Minaj singles chronology
"Super Bass"
(2011)
"Girls Fall Like Dominoes"
(2011)
"Where Them Girls At"
(2011)

"Girls Fall Like Dominoes" is a song by American rapper Nicki Minaj. It serves as the sixth single[1] from Minaj's debut album Pink Friday (2010). The chorus is sampled from "Dominos", a 2009 single by British indie rock band The Big Pink. "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" was originally released as an iTunes Store bonus track on Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday; however it was released later included on all editions of the album in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2011. The single was released on April 11, 2011 in Australia. It was released on April 15, 2011 as the fourth UK single after "Moment 4 Life".

The song was written by Nicki Minaj herself, J. R. Rotem, Robbie Furze, Millo Cordell, Cleveland Browne, Greville Gordon and Wycliffe Johnson, and was produced by J. R. Rotem. The song also contains interpolations of "Trailar Load a Girls". The song contains a strong feminist side to it, as Minaj implies that she can take fans away from other rappers, she also names divas. After the release of the track, it debuted at number thirty-two, in the United Kingdom. The song gained positive reviews from critics; with one describing the song as having a "youthful glean" and another saying that "fellas should be warned". Minaj has stated that she would like to feature all the people she mentioned in the song, in the music video. It's unknown if the video is being made, but on Nicki Minaj's Twitter she said,"two questions: what divas did I mention in girls fall like dominoes, and who should be in the video?".

Background and composition[edit]

"Girls Fall Like Dominoes was released as an iTunes Store bonus track during the release of Pink Friday.[2] The song was later included on the album's official track listing during the UK re-release of the album.[3]

Produced by J.R. Rotem, "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" has been described as a "jubilant, poppy song."[2] Lyrically, Minaj raps about how she is hot enough to steal the fans of other male rappers, in this case Lil Wayne and Drake.[2] Minaj name checks other people in the entertainment industry Including:

As Rotem creates characteristically colossal chords, Minaj discusses her love for women.[5] Rotem's production on the song has been described as diabolically catchy and synth-drenched.[6]

"Girls Fall Like Dominoes" samples "Dominos" from British band The Big Pink.[7] Dan Martin of NME stated that Minaj improved the classic song in a "masterclass" way.[7] Stripping away the unnecessary verses and leering sexism of the original song and adding disco breakbeats and stoppy-starty vocal effects, Minaj sends a powerful message to females.[7]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviews for the song were generally positive. With a three and a half out of five star-rating, DJBooth stated that the song is exactly what one would expect from a Minaj and Rotem collaboration and that fellas should be warned.[5] Dan Martin of UK popular music magazine New Musical Express placed "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" at number two on a list of "10 Tracks You Have To Hear", adding that Minaj upgrades the original classic that is sampled in the song.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Girls Falls like Dominoes" first charted on the UK Singles Charts at number 54, and in the UK Urban chart at 12. In its second week it appeared at numbers 32 and 8, becoming Minaj's third UK Top 40 single, and second Top 10 UK Urban song. A week later, the single charted at number 24. The song debuted at number ten on the UK R&B Chart, marking her fourth top 30 urban single.[8] The single gained a new peak on the UK R&B Chart, peaking at number eight. The single also debuted at number 50 on the Irish Singles Charts, peaking at 28, her third top 40 single in that country. Girls Fall Like Dominoes also charted in Scotland, charting at 27,[9] making it her second top 30 single in that country also.

Track listing[edit]

UK Digital single[10]
  1. "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" (Radio Edit) – 3:22
  2. "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" (Distance Remix) – 3:50

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[11] 99
Australia Urban (ARIA)[12] 30
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 28
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 13
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 24
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[17] 8

Radio and release history[edit]

Country Date Type
Australia April 11, 2011 Digital download[18][19]
New Zealand
United Kingdom April 13, 2011 Radio airplay (BBC Radio 1)[20]
April 15, 2011 Digital download[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Running time: (2008-10-16). "NMETV Latest Music Videos and Clips". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Listen To Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday’ Bonus Tracks "Wave Ya Hands" & "Girls Fall Like Dominoes" | Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on". Idolator.com. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Pink Friday by Nicki Minaj - Download Pink Friday on iTunes". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Nicki Minaj - Girls Fall Like Dominoes | New Hip Hop Music & All The New Rap Songs 2011". HipHop DX. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  5. ^ a b Contributed by richard Listen to More: Club, Pop, Northeast. "Nicki Minaj - Girls Fall Like Dominoes - Listen Now". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  6. ^ Contributed by richard Listen to More: Club, Pop, Northeast. "Nicki Minaj - Girls Fall Like Dominoes - Listen Now". Djbooth.net. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  7. ^ a b c d "NME Track Reviews - 10 Tracks You Have To Hear (11/04/11)". Nme.Com. 2011-04-11. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  8. ^ "Singles Top 40 from the Official UK Charts Company". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  9. ^ "2011-04-23 Top 40 Scottish Singles Archive". Official Charts. 2011-04-23. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  10. ^ "Girls Fall Like Dominoes [Explicit]". iTunes. 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  11. ^ "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 6 June 2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Top 40 Urban Albums & Singles Chart – 30/5/2011". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on May 30, 2011. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 29, 2011.
  14. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Nicki Minaj – Girls Fall Like Dominoes". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart" UK R&B Chart.
  18. ^ "Girl Fall Like Dominoes - Single by Nicki Minaj". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Girls Fall Like Dominoes - Single by Nicki Minaj". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Radio 1 - Playlist". BBC. 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  21. ^ "Girl Fall Like Dominoes - Single by Nicki Minaj". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved September 25, 2013.