Nikki Minaj’s New Song: What Opera Song Did She Use?

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Nikki Minaj’s new song, “Barbie Tingz,” has a lot of people talking. One of the most interesting things about the song is the use of an opera sample.


Nikki Minaj’s new song, “Barbie Tingz,” has a sample of an opera song in it. Can you guess which one?

Nikki Minaj’s new song

Nikki Minaj’s new song, “Barbie Tingz,” prominently features an opera sample. The aria Nikki Minaj uses in “Barbie Tingz” is “Nessun dorma,” which is from Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot. “Nessun dorma” is a very famous aria, and has been used in many other pop songs, including Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” and Beyonce’s “Halo.”

What opera song did she use?

Nikki Minaj’s new song “Barbie Tingz” samples an aria from the 18th-century opera “La Clemenza di Tito.” The opera, by composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is about the Roman emperor Titus.


After listening to Nikki Minaj’s new song, “Barbie Dreams,” it’s clear that she borrowed heavily from the classic opera song, “Nessun dorma.” While some have accused her of plagiarism, others have praised her for her creative use of the melody. However you feel about it, there’s no denying that Nikki Minaj is a talented artist with a unique approach to music.

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