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Mariah Keeps It Classy In ‘Almost Home’ Video While Nicki Minaj Gets Trashy In ‘Freaks’ Clip

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Mariah Carey in "Almost Home" video. (Vevo)

Have rival “American Idol” judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj sparked a new competition this week? They have released new music videos a day apart. On Friday, Mariah premiered her music video for “Almost Home,” a power ballad for the soundtrack for the Disney film Oz: The Great And Powerful. A day earlier, Nicki and French Montana released the clip for their collaboration, “Freaks.”

In Mariah’s “Almost Home” visual, the “We Belong Together” singer adopts an elegant classy look, dressed in a sleeveless, floor-length black gown for her performance shots that are spliced with clips from the film starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, and Michelle Williams.

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Nicki Minaj in French Montana's "Freaks" video. (Vevo)

For “Freaks,” Nicki displays one of her more explicit looks, exposing her pasties-covered breasts (think Lil Kim at the 1999 VMAs) in French Montana’s raunchy short. Nicki dresses the part, as she rhymes boastful lyrics about meeting a guy and taking him home to “kill him with it” over the reggae track that samples Chake Demus & Pliers’ “Murder She Wrote."

While Mariah and Nicki both have a history of wearing revealing outfits, it’s unclear what prompted the “Super Bass” rapper to take on her most risqué look yet. Was Nicki’s move intended to appease her hip-hop fans that think she abandoned her roots with pop hits like “Starships” and gig judging a mainstream singing competition?

And does Mariah simply play it safe for Disney, or does the straight-laced “Almost Home” video also serve to remind everyone that she is the consummate pop diva, with enough global appeal to earn the distinction as the best-selling-female artist of all time with more than 200 million records sales worldwide?

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