Marilyn Monroe (song)
|Song by Nicki Minaj from the album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded|
|Label||Young Money, Cash Money, Republic|
|Writer||Onika Maraj, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Ross Golan, Jonathan Rotem|
|Producer||J. R. Rotem, Dreamlab|
"Marilyn Monroe" is a song by Trinidadian-American recording artist Nicki Minaj from her second studio album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (2012). The song was written by Minaj, Daniel James, Leah Haywood, Ross Golan and J. R. Rotem, while production was handled by J. R. Rotem and Dreamlab. Musically, "Marilyn Monroe" is an introspective mid-tempo pop and R&B ballad that contains an upbeat piano, synth beats, and features influences of bubblegum pop. Lyrically, the song alludes to oneself questioning the status of their relationship. The song makes frequent references to pop culture icon Marilyn Monroe, with many of her quotes woven into the song.
"Marilyn Monroe" was generally well received by music critics, with some noting it's crossover potential, while others felt like the song was too similar to other artists. The song has received comparisons to the 2011 singles "Disaster" by JoJo and "Stuttering" by Fefe Dobson, as well as Minaj's own 2010 single "Your Love" from her debut album Pink Friday. Due to high digital sales from the album, "Marilyn Monroe" charted at number 121 on the UK Singles Chart.
Following the success of Minaj's debut album, Pink Friday, Cash Money co-CEO, Brian "Birdman" Williams announced to Billboard that Minaj was aiming for a first quarter release in 2012. In November 2011, Minaj announced on Twitter that the album would be released on February 14, 2012, though it was later delayed to April 3, 2012. The album focuses on Roman Zolanski, one of Minaj's alter egos that was first featured on Pink Friday.
On May 24, 2012, a poll was posted on Minaj's official website asking fans to choose the next single(s). The poll was divided into three categories: The first category asked fans to choose between "Marilyn Monroe", "Fire Burns", "Young Forever", and "Gunshot". "Marilyn Monroe" had the most votes and won the poll; "Young Forever" came in second, "Fire Burns" came in third, and "Gun Shot" came in fourth. When asked whether "Marilyn Monroe" would become a single during an interview with The Guardian, Minaj replied: "It has to be. It will be. We wanted to do it now, but then UK radio started playing 'Va Va Voom'. We're definitely going to have 'Marilyn Monroe' top of , and we're going to spend quality time on the video. We're going to take care of that one." Although as of May 2013, no announcement regarding the song has been made.
"Marilyn Monroe" is an introspective mid-tempo pop and R&B ballad that contains an upbeat piano, synth beats, and features influences of bubblegum pop. Musically, the song is written in the key of E minor with a moderate pop tempo of 84 beats per minute. It follows the chord progression Em−C2 (no 3)−G−D, and Minaj's vocals span two octaves from G3 to D5. Celebrity Marilyn Monroe is mentioned numerous times throughout the song, including the famous quote "I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
Critical reception 
"Marilyn Monroe" received mostly positive reviews. Andrew Hampp of Billboard gave the song a positive review, but felt the song was too similar to the JoJo song "Disaster", adding that "Of the three mid-tempo pop cuts on the album, 'Marilyn Monroe' stands the best chance of pop crossover." Andy Gill of The Independent called it one of the most impressive songs on the pop half of the album and also encouraged fans to download it. BBC's Al Fox gave the song a positive review, praising "Young Forever" and "Marilyn Monroe" for displaying the same "tender vulnerabilities" of Minaj's breakthrough anthem "Your Love", saying that it is "a necessary and successful respite in an album so boastful". Slant Magazine negativey compared "Marilyn Monroe" to the works of teen-pop star Demi Lovato.
Live performances 
Chart performance 
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||121|
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