Britney Spears & Nicki Minaj

So they're a duo of sorts now, albeit an unlikely one: carnal producers' canvas Britney Spears (pictured) and extraterrestrial freakshow femcee Nicki Minaj. Pop has seen stranger bedfellows than this, but the thought of a combined spectacle dedicated to Spears's waning tabloid sleaze, Minaj's still-fresh schizo rhymes, and some weird hybrid of the two is almost too much to bear, a cornucopia of pulsating, irradiated puke. Think about it too hard and it winds up as a Saturday Night Live-esque exercise is one-upswomanship. What the two have in common, besides this tour: that caustic "Til The World Ends" remix, a subconscious jealousy of Lady Gaga, and a deep, almost aggressive sexlessness that's at odds with a large part of what's supposed to make them marketable. Celebrity's a complicated thing. (Photo by Randee St. Nicholas)
Wed., July 6, 7 p.m., 2011

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