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Two members of Nicki Minaj's road team have been stabbed in Philadelpia. The incident reportedly occurred in the early hours of Wednesday (18th February) morning.
A member of Nicki Minaj's road team has reportedly been killed in an altercation in Philadephia. The 'Anaconda' singer announced the news on Wednesday (18th February) via Instagram. Roadies De'Von Pickett and Eric Parker were reportedly involved in an argument which turned violent at a Philadelphia bar at approximately 2am on Wednesday morning. The argument, according to reports by NBC Philadelphia, spilled out on to the street where Pickett and Parker were stabbed by an unknown perpetrator. 29-year-old Pickett died of his injuries but 27-year-old Parker is expected to survive his injuries.
Two members of Nicki Minaj's road team have been stabbed following an altercation in Philadelphia.
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The female hip-hop star finally opened up about the nature of her relationship with the 27-year-old rapper Meek Mill.
Although Nicki Minaj only split with her rumoured boyfriend of 14 years Safaree Samuels earlier this year, many reports have claimed that the 32-year-old star has already moved on with Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill.
Minaj has been rumoured to be dating Meek Mill
The pair have further fuelled speculation that they are a couple after posting several snaps of themselves on Instagram looking very comfortable with one another, and the hip-hop duo were also seen together enjoying the NBA All-Star Weekend in NYC.
'If You're Reading This It's Too Late', surprise-released on iTunes on Thursday, is actually a tactic designed to free the rapper from a contractual obligation.
Canadian rap star Drake surprised the world by releasing his new album unannounced on Thursday. However, it has since been revealed that If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is a mixtape, rather than a proper studio album.
The reason for the confusion behind the new material is apparently so that Drake can fulfil a contractual obligation and free himself from Cash Money Records, according to XXL. Under copyright, the new record appears as his fourth studio album for Cash Money, thus bringing him to the end of his contract.
Drake's new mixtape was released online on Thursday
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The American rock group hit the top of the US charts with their sixth album 'American Beauty / American Psycho'.
Rockers Fall Out Boy have scored their third US Number 1 album, the latest Billboard 200 chart reveals. The group’s sixth studio album American Beauty / American Psycho shifted 218,000 units across all formats during the week ending January 25th, according to figures given by Nielsen SoundScan.
The new record knocked Meghan Trainor’s debut Title, which sold 86,000, down to Number 3, and fended off non-mover Taylor Swift at Number 2 with 119,000 units. It marks the first time since 2010 that a January sales month, typically a quiet time for major releases, has seen two albums debut at the top with sales of over 150,000.
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, who top the US Billboard charts this week
Continue reading: Fall Out Boy Score Third U.S. Number 1 Abum
The female rapper's ex-love recently opened up about why the pair's relationship came to an end after 14 years together.
Nicki Minaj reportedly split with her rumoured boyfriend of 14 years Safaree Samuels earlier this year, and although the duration of their relationship was kept very private, the pair are not holding their tongues now they are single.
Samuels recently broke his silence on his breakup with Minaj
After dealing with the very public breakup for the past several months, Samuels finally opened up about why he and the 32-year-old female rapper separated during an interview with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club radio show on Tuesday morning (Jan 13th).
Action, suspense, emotion - "My Time Again" has it all.
Love her or hate her, Nicki Minaj is pretty much a cultural icon in 2015, which really means one thing – MTV documentary. Second MTV documentary, in Minaj's case. That’s really the height of popularity on the music biz, right? So the My Time Again – a modern masterpiece in the making – is set to premiere on the-channel-formerly-known-as-music-television on Jan. 18, but viewers got a sneak preview ahead of time.
In times of crisis, you can count on Nicki to keep her cool.
Apparently it’ll be sort of a “how far she’s come” kind of deal, with lots of behind the scenes footage and a few candid moments thrown in for good measure. Apparently, Nicki herself is just getting to grips with the pressures of fame and fortune. In the trailer, the 32-year-old rapper says that "until you are in it [the spotlight], you really can't wrap your brain around it."
Hurricane Swift lasts into the new year, decimating all opposition and spending an eighth non-consecutive week atop the US charts.
Having recently been confirmed as the highest seller of 2014, Taylor Swift has begun the new year as she ended the last, with 1989 holding on to Number 1 in the US Billboard 200 for another week.
The 24 year old’s fifth album sold 172,000 physical copies in the sales week ending on January 4th, brought up to a total of 244,000 by individual song downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Taylor Swift's 1989 spends an eighth week on top of the US Billboard 200
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The 32-year-old rapper, the hip-hop genre and the producers behind the hit tracks were recently recently harshly criticised in an hour-long tirade by a former KKK wizard.
Nicki Minaj's latest studio album 'The Pinkprint' has widely received rave reviews since it was dropped on December 15th, as expected not everyone is going to be a fan, but a former Klu Klux Klan wizard recently went on a lengthy rant about why he hates her music, as well as all rappers.
Minaj and all of hip-hop was recently slammed by an ex-KKK wizard
During an addition of his online radio show, David Duke, the former KKK member, nearly spent one hour complaining about the hip-hop genre and the producers behind the hit tracks for promoting the "absolute filth, drugs and violence" of the this type of music.
The rap star's latest album 'The Pinkprint' exposes fans to her personal life, including her split with her longtime love Samual Safaree and having an abortion as a teenager.
Nicki Minaj's latest studio album 'The Pinkprint' has been receiving rave reviews since it was dropped on December 15th, and this may be because it gives fans unrestricted access into the rapper's personal life, including her split with her longtime love Samual Safaree and having an abortion as a teenager.
Minaj gets very personal with her new album 'The Pinkprint'
"One of my goals was to give people a glimpse into my personal life, because it's something I've kept very private," Minaj recently told Rolling Stone, referring to tracks such as 'All Things Go,' in which she raps about wishing her child could have grown up with her younger brother Micaiah.
For unknown reasons, the 32-year-old rapper went on a lengthy Twitter rant against her rumoured former flame Safaree Samuels on Saturday (Dec 20th).
Nicki Minaj reportedly split with her rumoured boyfriend of 14 years Safaree Samuels earlier this year, and although the duration of their relationship was kept very private, the pair have recently engaged in a very public argument.
Minaj slammed her rumoured ex Safaree Samuels in a lenghty Twitter rant
Minaj, whose third studio album 'The Pinkprint' was inspired by her personal life, took to Twitter on Saturday (Dec 20th) to blast Samuel for reasons still unknown.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Slams Ex-Love Safaree Samuel In Lengthy Twitter Rant
Madge was angry after Wednesday's online leak of 'Rebel Heart', but now she's pre-empting the leakers by making part of it available for immediate purchase.
Following her outbursts on Instagram earlier in the week, Madonna has decided to hit back against the leakers by releasing six tracks from her new album Rebel Heart.
The complete tracklisting from Madge’s thirteenth full-length record, which was not due to be released until March 2015, appeared online on Wednesday (17 December) in what she insisted were unfinished demo formats. The star’s publicist Liz Rosenberg made it clear that the decision had been taken in direct response to the leak, and, while the completed album’s release date remains the same, Madonna will be released more music online on February 9th.
Madonna responded to last week's leak by releasing six tracks from her forthcoming album Rebel Heart
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The hip-hop star was once again speaking about her desire to become a mother in the near future.
Nicki Minaj is without a doubt the most dominating female artist in the hip-hop genre, from ruling numerous music charts, to landing movie roles and even earning a judges spot on 'American Idol.' Although her career is far from over, the rapper has frequently spoke about wanting to start a family in recent months.
Minaj wants a "cute little fat baby"
This trend didn't stop when Minaj appeared on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' on Monday (Dec 15th) as she once again opened up about her desire to become a mother, but this will only happen when she reaches her goal to make $500 million.
Even though Lil Wayne and Birdman are still at odds, the 'Anaconda' rapper isn't too concerned about the record label and claims that "no matter what, we're a family."
As an artist signed to Cash Money Records, Nicki Minaj may have some insight into the drama between Lil Wayne and Brian "Birdman" Williams that surfaced earlier this month when Weezy publically criticised the record label for delaying the release of his latest studio album, 'Tha Carter V.'
Minaj isn't concerned about the ongoing drama between Lil Wayne and Birdman
Even though Birdman and the 32-year-old rapper are Minaj's bosses, and are executive producers on her third studio album 'The Pinkprint,' she recently admitted she isn't worried about the record label's internal tensions.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Addresses Tensions Within Cash Money Records
The hip-hop star will be playing seventeen shows across Europe in 2015, in support of her third studio album 'The Pinkprint.'
Just one week before the release of her highly anticipated third studio album 'The Pinkpirnt,' Nicki Minaj gives her fans something else to get excited about as she announces the dates for her forthcoming European tour.
Minaj has announced the dates for her 2015 European 'The Pinkprint' tour
The 2015 tour, in support of 'The Pinkprint,' will kick off on March 16, 2015, in Stockhom, Sweden, and will stop in places such as Brussels, Paris and London before wrapping things up on April 12 in Glasgow, U.K.
Continue reading: Nicki Mianj Announces 2015 'The Pinkprint' European Tour
Oh. My. God. Look at her... new album?
Ok, before you read this article, we have to agree on one thing: this is a no Nicki Minaj hate zone. That means that you have to read it with an open mind and hopefully appreciate the majesty that is Nicki Minaj’s hair, music, makeup... everything, really.
Minaj performed three songs in all: 'Bed Of Lies' with Skylar Grey and a medley of 'Only' and 'All Things Go'. Through the magic of the internet, you can now watch all of those online. Somewhere. Not here because, you know. Copyright is a thing. NME has clips of the whole thing, though. Don’t say we never did anything for you.
Um... excuse you?
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As well as rapping about losing a child, the hip-hop star recalls getting proposed and addresses several issues with close family members.
So far every single Nicki Minaj releases off her third studio album 'The Pinkprint,' out December 15th, is very personal to the rapper, which is a far cry from the brash, confident hip-hop artist her fans are accustomed to seeing.
Minaj gets very personal in 'All Things Go'
This theme doesn't change in Minaj's latest single 'All Things Go,' dropped on Wednesday (Dec 3rd), in which she raps about wishing her child could have grown up with her younger brother Micaiah.
The singer lets it all out in a recent interview
Jessie J is a woman in demand - courting American singers Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj in her latest song, Bang Bang, showcasing her new man, Luke James, at the American Music Awards and, now, giving a little bit of information (and cheek) in a new interview with GLAMOUR magazine.
Jessie J told GLAMOUR how she feels about love, life and her ambitions
In the magazine chat, fans of the British hitmaker can find out what makes Jessie tick and where she feels she is in her relatively new relationship.
Continue reading: Jessie J Reveals Her Ambitions And Her Thoughts About Love
The female hip-hop star raps about a bitter former lover who used her fame and fortune for himself in the fourth single off her upcoming new album, 'The Pinkprint'
Nicki Minaj is known for being a brash, confident hip-hop artist, who has never revealed much of her personal life, but this all changed when the rapper dropped 'Bed of Lies, her fourth single off her upcoming new album, 'The Pinkprint,' on Saturday night (Nov 15th).
Minaj gets very personal in 'Bed of Lies'
Minaj's newest song, featuring Skylar Grey, depicts a story of betrayal by one of the 31-year-old star's former lovers who used her fame and fortune for himself. "You could never make eye contact / Everything you got was based off of my contacts," she raps.
The rapper takes "full responsibility" for any offence caused by 'Only'.
Minaj has been criticised for her latest video, 'Only'
The video dropped over the weekend and features Nicki along with collaborators Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown in animated form. In the clip Nicki is depicted as a military leader, as lyrics from the song flash up on screen.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Apologises For Causing Offence With 'Only' Video
Brace yourselves, the EMAs are coming.
Calvin Harris fans, brace yourselves – the DJ/producer extraordinaire will not perform at the MTV European Music Awards tonight, because of his recent health scare. Thankfully, a lot of other people will definitely make an appearance, from Alicia Keys to One Direction and a whole host of boy and girl bands besides, including 5SOS and Fifth Harmony. Basically, the playlist of every 13-year-old girl in 2014.
Fifth Harmony, anyone?
But wait, there’s more! Nicki Minaj won’t just be hosting, she will also perform. Given how much Miss Minaj loves a bit of scandal, we can’t wait to see what she pulls off without the FCC breathing down her neck.
Continue reading: The EMAs Are Coming! And Nicki Minaj Has (Almost) Free Reign!
Are you ready for Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown all in one video?
Nicki has just released the video for 'Only'
The military themed, animated offering sees Nicki in charge of a full blown army, complete with soldiers, tanks and fighter planes, Amongst the images, some of the rap’s lyrics also flash up on screen, as Nicki sets the record straight on how she’s never slept with Drake or Chris Brown.
Jessie J has announced six dates for her January O2 tour.
Since Jessie J caused some serious buzz with her hit single 'Bang Bang' featuring US artists Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj earlier this year, it's only right that she pump up the hype in the UK with a six-date tour this Winter.
Jessie J tours the UK in January
The pop sensation landed her first ever US number one - and third UK number one - with the summer anthem 'Bang Bang'; a single which spectacularly propelled her back to the forefront of mainstream pop music and led the subsequent album 'Sweet Talker'. The record is her best-selling album in the US and marks her move to Republic Records, but the singer is still keen to maintain her UK fans and will entertain her native country with a week-long O2 tour in January 2015.
Continue reading: Jessie J Hits The Road For January 2015 UK Tour
The hip-hop star uses rap to deny she has ever slept with her fellow record label recording artists.
Since Nicki Minaj first emerged onto the music scene as a Cash Money Records artist, there has been speculation on her close relationship with two of her record label's fellow artists, Drake and Lil Wayne, but in the newly released song 'Only,' the female rapper finally sets the record straight.
Minaj denies rumours that claim she slept with Drake and Lil Wayne in her new single
Minaj's latest single, which was released Tuesday (Oct 28th) and is from her forthcoming studio album 'The Pinkprint,' immediately addresses the rumours that claim he has had sexual relations with the two hip-hop stars.
'Anaconda' hitmaker Nicki Minaj is single.
Nicki Minaj becomes one of the pop industry's most eligible bachelorettes as recent reports suggest she's split from her partner Safaree Samuels after a long, and rather low-profile, relationship. The 'Anaconda' singer's love-life has never been the subject of headlines and for most people it was a little uncertain whether or not she had a boyfriend.
Nicki Minaj is a single lady
Her ability to keep her personal life firmly out of the spotlight is remarkable to say the least, but it seems the media's finally got wind that she's going through a particularly tough break-up with her PA, 'hype man' and partner of 14 years.
The 31 year-old starlet recently gave a brief insight into her life before finding fame an fortune.
Nicki Minaj is without a doubt the most dominating female artist in the hip-hop genre, her career highlights include ruling numerous music charts, landing movie roles and even earning a judges spot on 'American Idol,' but prior to finding fame and fortune she was just like everybody else and had a sting of odd jobs.
Minaj was once a waitress at Red Lobster
Before becoming one of the most powerful females in all of music, Minaj had to find a way to pay the bills, and in a new interview for GQ's November issue the 31 year-old starlet recalled how she was once fired from waitressing at Red Lobster after she "followed a couple who had taken her pen into the parking lot and then flipped them the bird."
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Once the 31 year-old rapper has finished building her "empire," she wants to start her own family.
Nicki Minaj is without a doubt the most dominating female artist in the hip-hop genre, from ruling numerous music charts, to landing movie roles and even earning a judges spot on 'American Idol,' and although her career is far from over she frequently thinks about the prospect of starting a family.
Minaj wants a family once her career is finished
Minaj recently opened up about her personal life after the music business to L'Uomo Vogue's October issue, which she features on the front cover of, but also reflected on if she could walk away from the "empire" she has created.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Starting A Family After Music Career
The 'Anaconda' rapper will oversee proceedings in Glasgow, Scotland on November 9th.
Fresh off hitting the UK number one spot this past weekend, Nicki Minaj has been unveiled as the host for this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards. The ceremony, which will take place in Glasgow on November 9th, also marks the 20th anniversary of the awards.
Nicki Minaj will play host at this year's MTV EMA
The announcement was made by the rapper on Instagram, who posted a very regal image of herself sitting on a throne along with the caption, "So excited to announce that I will not only perform, but I have the honorable task of HOSTING this year's MTV European Music Awards!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! The show will shoot in GLASGOW, SCOTLAND for its 20th Anniversary ON NOVEMBER 9th!!!!” Previous hosts of the awards include Katy Perry, Heidi Klum and Selena Gomez.
Nicki Minaj's former New York high school has declined the singer's offer to speak to students. Although Minaj appeared hurt by the slight, there are a few very good reasons why the school chose to decline.
Nicki Minaj's old high school has reportedly declined the 'Anaconda' singer's offer to speak to students. Minaj had initially intended on divulging how she rose to fame and negotiated her way into the music business at her alma mater.
Nicki Minaj on the red carpet at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.
The duo performed he track together for the first time on Friday night in Paris.
Beyonce gave fans at her Paris concert an extra special treat on Friday night when rapper Nicki Minaj joined her on stage for a rendition of their duet ‘Flawless’. The performance marked the first time the pair had appeared on stage together, despite releasing the duet last month.
Nicki joined Beyonce on stage in Paris
Dressed in a patterned Versace leotard and a spiked headpiece, Queen Bey was joined on stage by the diminutive ‘Anaconda’ singer who sported a matched catsuit and high ponytail. The performance closed the Paris concert which was part of Beyonce’s ‘On the Run’ tour with husband Jay-Z.
Continue reading: Beyonce And Nicki Minaj Team Up For Flawless Performance In Paris
The ‘Anaconda’ singer says she just wanted to “pay it forward” to the school that changed her life.
Can you imagine Nicki Minaj leading your next school assembly? Well for students at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in New York, it could have happened. That’s if the rapper’s wasn’t turned away at the door when she arrived on Thursday (September 11th).
Did Nicki's old high school just want none of the 'Anaconda' singer?
Yes it seems Nicki’s old high school didn't exactly give their famous alumni the warm welcome she was expecting when she came back for a visit. The singer had hoped she could speak to current students at the performing arts school, but claims the principal turned her away.
Did Nicki Minaj deliberately unzip her dress at the VMAs on Sunday (24th August)?
Reports are suggesting Nicki Minaj ensured her dress was unzipped at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday 24th August. But was her near miss a deliberate publicity stunt or simply an unfortunate incident?
Nicki Minaj's LBD was certainly revealing even before it unzipped.
Continue reading: Did Nicki Minaj Stage Her VMA Performance Wardrobe Malfunction?
Nicki Minaj was certainly unlucky with her wardrobe at the MTV VMAs on Sunday (24th August) but the majority of the other guests managed to keep their clothes on! See the pictures from both the red carpet and press room at the MTV Video Music Awards 2014.
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were held at The Forum in California last night (Sunday 24th August). The great and the good from music industry turned out en masse to receive awards and celebrate their achievements over the past year.
Nicki Minaj's dress caused some problems during her performance.
Continue reading: MTV Video Music Awards 2014 - Check Out The Red Carpet Pics! [Pictures]
The stage manager in charge of Nicki Minaj's performance at the MTV VMAs 2014 has explained how Minaj had less than two minutes to change between her appearances, accounting for the widely discussed near miss wardrobe malfunction.
Nicki Minaj narrowly missed flashing a nipple whilst performing at the MTV Video Music Awards last night (24th August). The 31-year-old was on stage performing with Ariana Grande and Jessie J when her dress became undone and she was forced to complete her appearance clutching the top of her dress.
Nicki Minaj had problems with her revealing dress whilst performing at the 2014 VMAs.
Last year, Miley twearked while Robin Thicke smirked, but what have we got to look forward to tonight?
It’s that time of the year again, yes the MTV Video Music Awards will soon be upon us! The annual event is always one of the most outlandish celebrity affairs of the year and once again we’re early anticipating some juicy headlines tomorrow morning. So who will walk off with a moonman tonight and more importantly, who be this year’s Miley Cyrus?
Ariana will ensure the show opens with a bang, alongside Jessie J and Nicki Minaj
Opening the show is teen sensation of the moment, Ariana Grande who will be assisted by Jessie J and Nicki Minaj as she performs her hit ‘Bang Bang’. As Ariana’s career is still blossoming we’re not expecting a Miley moment from her this year, however we will be keeping our eyes on Ms Minaj. The ‘Anaconda’ singer has already had a spot of drama, after one of her backing dancers was bitten by a snake during rehearsals.
Iggy Azalea is the latest artist to suffer a mishap at a VMA-related performance
While the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) are clearly prestigious and a desirable addition to any artists’ award collection, it would seem that they are also more than a little hazardous - as Australian rapper Iggy Azalea found out on Friday (22 August) night. The Fancy hit-maker was performing a pre-MTV VMAs concert with Charlie XCX at the Avalon Theatre in Hollywood when she backed right off stage.
Ever the professional, Iggy Azalea didn't let a little stage slip stop her set
Fortunately, she appeared unharmed and, with the help of a security guard, she was put right back on top where she carried on with her set undeterred. Clearly in good spirits, despite her unscheduled fall, Azalea posted a video of her accident to her Instagram account with the hashtag #TheShowMustGoOn.
Continue reading: Iggy Azalea Struggles To Stay On Stage
It is unknown whether Nicki Minaj will still perform with the boa constrictor.
A backup dancer working on rehearsals for a performance of Nicki Minaj's new single 'Anaconda' has been bitten by a 6-foot snake on set. The dancer apparently startled the boa-constrictor on stage.
Nicki Minaj's dancer was bitten by a snake
According to TMZ.com, the dancer - whose name is unknown - is being treated at a local hospital in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles fire department confirmed that the snake was indeed a boa constrictor.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj's Backup Dancer Bitten By 6-Foot Boa Constrictor
Following last year's interesting performance involving Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke, the MTV Video Music Awards are going to be under the watchful eye of the Parent's Television Council.
The line-up for MTV's VMAs has been announced, and now it's time to take bets as to whether this year will serve as any less controversial than last year, following the infamous 'Miley-gate' incident. The performing artists include Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Sam Smith.
Nicky Minaj is to sing with Ariana Grande and Jessie J for the opeing act of the VMAs
Last year's MTV Video Music Awards sparked off some controversy due to Miley Cyrus' 'seductive' twerking on the then married Robin Thicke while wearing only her underwear and making provocative gestures with a giant foam finger. Then again, controversy is big money these days so if anything, the draw of this year's VMAs is seeing if they will top last year's antics.
Continue reading: The MTV Video Music Awards Line-Up Has Been Announced
British star will help perform the smash single 'Bang Bang' live for the first time.
Ariana Grande, the pop sensation of 2014, will be joined onstage by both Nicki Minaj and Jessie J on Sunday night at the VMAs. The British pop star will help Minaj and Grande perform their collaboration single ‘Bang Bang’ live for the first time.
2014 has been quite a year for Ariana Grande, and now she's set to open the VMAs
The trio will open the Video Music Awards on Sunday night (24th August). It’s been quite a year for Ariana Grande – performing for the President and the First Lady, being awarded Breakthrough Artist of the Year by the Music Business Association, her single with Iggy Azalea ‘Problem’ reaching Number 1 throughout the world – and this performance will underline her star status one more time.
Continue reading: Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj And Jessie J To Open VMAs
It's out! Finally the video for "Anaconda" exists. Let's talk about that.
“Oh my gosh, look at her butt” Nicki Minaj declares on Anaconda in the vein of that gift to humanity that is Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Baby Got Back. And we do. For the four minutes and forty-nine seconds of Anaconda, that’s basically all you can do.
Nicki Minaj is at the top of her game right now.
But the subtle message under all the twerking isn’t lost – the butt and the rest of the body belong solely to Miss Minaj and she calls all the shots. Which is a message we can all get behind, right? Also, she rocks Alexander McQueen and Balmain at various points in the video, which is a fashion choice we can totally get behind.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Video Is The Best Thing Of The Week
Music's newest sweetheart just can't stop producing brilliant tunes
At just 21-years-old, Ariana Grande is currently taking the music world by storm and doing so with style. Described as the ‘new Mariah Carey’ by some critics, this pint-sized popstar has cemented herself as music’s newest sweetheart through several popular tunes, a breakout artist award and an audience with The White House.
Ariana Grande has taken the music world by storm
So is Ariana the new Grand mistress of pop?
Continue reading: The Year Of Ariana Grande
We've heard 'Bang Bang,' but what are some of the other best pop songs with three artists?
The only thing better than one pop star on a song is three, right? How about a combination of Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj - ALL on one track? It's what we got with the newly released 'Bang Bang' single, and it's proving that songs like these need to be happen more often.
'Bang Bang' was released on July 29
Released this week, the single featuring Jessie, Nicki, and Ari is an easy frontrunner for "Song of the Summer," and hell, maybe even pop song of the year. It'll be included on Jessie J's upcoming album this fall, as well as in the deluxe edition of Grande's new record, My Everything, so 'Bang Bang' isn't going away anytime soon. But what makes it so great? A mix of all the unique qualities in the girls - Jessie's explosive vocals, Grande's sassy croon, and Minaj's signature fierce rap verse makes for a track that only gets better with every listen. Coupled with the glossy production of mastermind producer Max Martin, 'Bang Bang' simply can't not be a hit. It's even being touted as 'Lady Marmalade 2.0' - the juggernaut number one smash in 2004 that featured Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, and Pink. Arguably, 'Bang Bang' outshines that track in every way possible, and having three vs. four is just easier to listen to. With that said, which songs are the best triple threats in pop music over the past couple of years?
Continue reading: After 'Bang Bang,' What Are Some Of The Best Triple Threat Pop Songs?
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj release their joint single 'Bang, Bang,' and it's fantastic.
What happens when three of the biggest names in pop music all have albums coming out soon? You put them together to make a collaborative single, of course. Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande linked up to create their brand new single, 'Bang Bang,' and it sounds better than you'd ever expect.
'Bang Bang' will be included on Jessie J's upcoming album
'Bang Bang' is proof that just because it's almost August doesn't mean the title for "Song of the Summer" still isn't up for grabs. Produced by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, and Ilya Salmanzadeh - the crew behind Ariana Grande's 'Problem' - the track is an absolute smash that shows the best qualities of Jessie J, Grande, and Minaj. The song is going to serve as an album track off Jessie J's upcoming album set for release later this fall. After the disappointing sales numbers for her last record, Alive, Jessie J was in the studio hard at work earlier this year for album number three. Alive never even saw a U.S. release, so the fact that this may be her record's lead single could bode well for the record's chart potential in the future.
Continue reading: Jessie J, Ariana Grande, And Nicki Minaj Link Up For 'Bang Bang' Single
Can Grande and Jessie J's new single match the success of "Problem"?
Ariana Grande is checking off rap babes to collaborate with one by one. Grande is on Jessie J’s new single Bang Bang, along with Nicki Minaj. The single premiered on Monday, a day before it became available for purchase. The catchy summer tune is part of Jessie’s upcoming album – yet to receive a cover and a name – and will also be featured as a bonus track on the deluxe editions of Ariana's own upcoming record My Everything. So get ready to hear this song everywhere this summer. Not that anyone minds, of course.
Pop's new dream team?
Teasing the new album, Grande posted a short snippet on Instagram yesterday. For her own teaser, Nicki Minaj took a slightly different route. The rap queen posted a caricature of the three divas in leather gear, brandishing guns like a trio of kick-ass futuristic space warriors… or something. It looked cool, anyway.
Continue reading: Jessie J's New Single "Bang Bang" Is A Summer Playlist Staple
The hip-hop star shared another racy pic of her 'Anaconda' photo-shoot to deliver her fans the bad news.
Nicki Minaj managed to garner the attention of an undoubtedly enormous number of fans, mainly male, after unveiling some very revealing cover art for her new single 'Anaconda.' But for anyone interested in the actual song, they will have to wait a little longer.
Minaj will be releasing 'Anaconda' a week later
The 31 year-old star was scheduled to release her upcoming track this Monday (July 28th), but for an unknown reason the release date has been pushed back a full week. However, as an apology for anyone excited to hear 'Anaconda,' Minaj took to Instagram to post another photo from her racy photo-shoot, which features a rather small pink G-string.
Iggy Azalea is gracing August's cover of Cosmopolitan Australian but her perfect hour glass figure appears to have been slimmed down slightly. Is this a case of photoshopping? Cosmopolitan have denied it but who's to know?
Australian singer Iggy Azalea has been the focus of a photoshopping scandal after she appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan Australia. The star certainly didn't need slimming down and boasts a pair of toned, well muscled legs which certainly seem slimmer in her recent shoot with the magazine.
Has Iggy Azalea been slimmed down for the cover of Cosmo?
Wearing a pastel coloured playsuit in blues, pink, white and gold the 24-year-old singer posed with her hands on her hips. The singer was accessorised with a pair of large gold earrings, gold bracelets and a number of gold rings. Azalea wore her air in a high pony tail for the shoot. Although she looked fabulous, there did seem to be a little of her missing.
Continue reading: Was Iggy Azalea Slimmed Down By Cosmopolitan's Using Photoshop?
The 31 year-old rapper may have called out the Australian-born recording artist for not writing her own lyrics.
Has Nicki Minaj attempted to start a feud with fellow female rapper Iggy Azalea?
The 'Starships' singer seemed to diss the Australian-born recording artist during the BET Awards Sunday (July 29th).
Minaj walked to the stage at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater to be prized with her fifth consecutive win for Best Female Hip Hop Artist, beating Azalea whom was considered to be the fan favourite.
Continue reading: Did Nicki Minaj Try To Ignite A Feud With Iggy Azalea At BET Awards?
Did Nicki make a snide remark about Iggy not writing her own songs?
Nicki Minaj and her relationship with fellow rapper Iggy Azalea are the subject of speculation today after it emerged that Nicki made some offhand, and rather pointed remarks at last night's BET Awards. The 'Superbass' singer picked up the Best Female Hip Hop award at the event but seemed to detonate a pretty heavy diss during her acceptance speech.
The self-aggrandising rap singer wanted to set a few things straight during her speech and sai "What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it." Immediately, the room took Nicki's words as venom against Iggy Azalea, who is rumoured to use ghost writers.
As everyone laughed and looked shocked, Nicki immediately tried to retract what she said, "No, no, no shade. No, no, no shade." However, like it or not, the diss had been made.
Continue reading: Feud? Nicki Minaj Takes A Swipe At Iggy Azalea At BET Awards
The victim was in stable condition as of Sunday night.
BET Awards weekend started with a tragedy this year, when a guest at Meek Mill’s pre-awards party ended up in hospital with stab wounds. The incident took place on Saturday night, June 28, at Lure nightclub. Meek Mill was hosting a rousing pre-BET bash, when a fight broke out. The 20-something man was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital, but TMZ has obtained footage of him laying on the curb waiting for help while a friend yells at the police officers to hurry the ambulance.
Meek Mill himself was not directly involved in the brawl.
The man incurred two stab wounds in the stomach, but his condition is stable, the website also reports. The reason for the fight has not been uncovered so far. The man’s identity and that of his attacker are being withheld. The party was also attended by The Game, Lil Boosie, Mase and actress Kyla Pratt.
On the eve of the award show, BET has announced a performance by Lifetime Achievement honoree Lionel Richie.
It’s almost time for the BET awards and tonight’s show promises some memorable moments. Lionel Richie has been tapped to perform during the annual award show, as well as being this year’s Lifetime Achievement honoree. He joins this year’s lineup, which also includes stars like Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams, Nicki Minaj, John Legend and Drake.
Richie is being honored for over four decades of transformational music.
Currently in the fifth decade of his career, Richie’s list of achievements is quite impressive. He has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and won five Grammy awards. His music has changed the face of soul and R&B, but Richie frequently crosses genre lines to experiment with pop, soft rock and even country.
Continue reading: Lionel Richie Crowns The BET Awards 2014 Performers List
With gig after gig, Minaj is slowly making her name as a queen in the rap industry.
Nicki Minaj just gave her critics some more ammo with another (maybe?) Lil Kim tribute. Nipple pasties? What is this, the 1999 VMAs? Well, no. Nicki Minaj rocked the (admittedly really cool) outfit to Hot 97 FM’s Summer Jam 2014 at the Met Life Stadium.
See? It's a good look!
And let’s be clear here – for an outfit that features black and white hip hugging pants, and a shirt seemingly made of chainmail – the look works surprisingly well. This staff writer is definitely into it. And with Miley Cyrus having rocked the look back in 2013 and Miss Minaj giving it a spin now, we’re tempted to declare the comeback of the nipple pasty. You’ll have to consult the fashion blogs on that one though.
Continue reading: Forget The Nipple Pasties, How Was Nicki Minaj's Set At Summer Jam?
Nicki Minaj made $50,000 an hour for attending Mayweather's kids birthday party.
Good money, if you can get it huh? It turns out floyd mayweather Jr paid Nicki Minaj $50,000 to show her face at his daughter's 14th birthday party. According to sources who spoke with TMZ.com, the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet rented out the entire MGM ballroom in Las Vegas to celebrate Iyanna's birthday - and Nicki was the star guest.
Nicki Minah Was Paid $50,000 To Attend Mayweather's Daughter's Birthday
The superstar hip-hop star stayed for around an hour, hanging out with Iyanna and her friends and taking various snaps. And that was it. For $50,000. Still, it's mere pocket change to Floyd.
The 31 year-old star sheds light on the challenges female rapper's face, in a male-packed music industry.
Nicki Minaj is one of hip-hop's leading ladies, but in her own opinion it is quite astonishing she is at the forefront of the music genre.
The 31 year-old star has been doing press tours as of late to promote her newest single 'Pills N Potions," which is garnering a large amount of interest as it is much more heartfelt and melodic track, rather than her her usual synth pop/aggressive rap style.
But the change may be something Minaj was forced to do, she was recently interviewed by her hometown radio station, New York's 'The Breakfast Club Power 105.1, and described hip-hop as "not female friendly."
MAC cosmetics are launching a 'Maleficent' collection later this month, while they have just announced they will also release a 'The Simpsons' inspired range. Here's our top five MAC cosmetic collaborations.
There’s a reason why MAC is consistently considered the most current and coolest cosmetics manufacturer. They regularly produce the most coveted seasonal shades, as well as limited edition celebrity and themed collections. We can’t wait for the MAC Maleficent collection which is due to hit stores sometime this month, and equally exciting, news has come through that MAC will be launching a The Simpsons collection to celebrate the animated show’s 25th anniversary. As is with all MAC collections, the colour palette will be inspired by the theme, so we’re assuming a lot of yellow! Blue hair dye at the ready!
MAC cosmetics are launching a Simpsons-themed makeup collection
MAC have produced some fun and trendy collections in the past. Here are our five favourite MAC collections.
The 31 year-old music star could be transitioning into the acting world as she recently stated, "I am going on auditions and I'm trying to find the right role with the right director and the right writers."
Minaj must have enjoyed acting in the newly released comedy 'The Other Woman', opposite Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton.
The 31 year-old music star recently revealed she wants to continue acting and her recent experience on a film-set has given her an idea of what is to be expected.
"It gave me an idea as to what the world would be like being on a set and being on a trailer for hours. And now that I know it's something I can do, I think I want to expand a role eventually," Nicki told MTV News.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Wants To Continue Acting Following Role In 'The Other Woman'
While the story isn't particularly original, and the movie tends to drift over the top into broad slapstick, this comedy wins us over due to the camaraderie between the characters. Most refreshingly, this is a film about women teaming up rather than scratching each others' eyes out. So it continually catches us off guard in all the right ways.
In Manhattan, lawyer Carly (Cameron Diaz) has finally met the perfect man in Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). But just as their relationship is about to shift into something much more serious, she discovers that he has a wife, Kate (Leslie Mann), in the suburbs. Shocked, Carly and Kate realise that Mark is the person they should be angry at, so they team up to get even. When they discover that he has another mistress, Amber (Kate Upton), they recruit her to their plan as well. And then they find evidence that his business dealings are more than a little dodgy.
While the plot lends itself to a blackly comical approach, director Nick Cassavetes instead keeps everything silly and simplistic, letting the actresses overplay their scenes. Sometimes this results in something rather hilarious, but it also undermines any credibility the story might have. Mann and Coster-Waldau are the most guilty in this sense, chomping madly on the scenery. Instead, it's the way each character works together that brings the situations to life and keeps us laughing. Although a more confident approach to the material would have made the film much stronger.
Continue reading: The Other Woman Review
Kate Upton dazzled at the Dutch premiere, leaving Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz's flirtation in the past.
Who knew that a simple, playful grab of a friend's derriere could generate so much gossip! This is what Leslie Mann has been finding out after said incident at the London premiere of revenge comedy The Other Woman. No one else got a look in apart from the three, blonde leading ladies Mann, Kate Upton and Cameron Diaz - especially when Leslie decided to display her fondness for Cameron's leather-clad backside in front of the paparazzi.
Kate Upton [L] Decided To Make Herself Centre Of Attention After THAT Butt Grab.
Seems like the ever-demure Kate Upton had had enough of her co-stars' flirtation and decided to pull a few classic glamour tricks out of her back to sway the press attention back her way at last night's Dutch premiere of the girls' night giggler. Channelling Marilyn Monroe, the 21 year-old model and actress wore her hair in classic Hollywood curls with a simple yet sexy white Christian Siriano number and nude stilettos.
Hairstylist Terrence Davidson sues Nicki Minaj in quite possibly the first known intellectual property lawsuit over wigs.
The former hairstylist of Nicki Minaj filed a $30 million federal lawsuit against the entertainer. According to reports Minaj has repeatedly stolen his ideas without compensating him for his efforts.
Nicki Minaj Is Currently Being Sued By Former Hairstylist
Davidson alleged in his lawsuit that he started working for Minaj at the beginning of 2010. He worked as the wig maker for most of her public appearances including her 2010 MTV Video Music Awards preshow. The hairstylist apparently feels that he helped create her image and want to be compensated accordingly.
Continue reading: Nicki Minaj Sued By Former Hairstylist For Stealing Wig Ideas
Nicki Minaj was accused of disrespecting an African-American icon.
Nicki Minaj Has Apologized For The Malcolm X Cover Art
Minaj was roundly criticized on the social media for what was perceived as disrespecting an icon. Malcolm X was assassinated 49 years ago this month at age 39.
Continue reading: X-Rated: Nicki Minaj Forced To Apologize Over Malcolm X Cover Art
The talent show gets real after last season's plummeting ratings.
American Idol is now back and focussing on the only thing that really matters on the talent show: the contestants. The last season of the singing talent contest saw ratings in freefall as viewers bored with judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey's bickering turned elsewhere, giving Idol its lowest ever ratings.
The Judges & Ryan Seacrest: New Season Means Back To Business.
As Idol's viewing figures plummeted, rival show The Voice loomed nearby ready to dominate. Of course, the producers and even judges themselves weren't blind to what was happening therefore decided to give the panel and format a revamp in time for the current season 13.
Continue reading: American Idol Returns With Revamped Panel And New Attitude: Recap
Rumour has it, this year's finale will be held in the Big Apple for the first time.
American Idol's 13th season could be held in New York City, if there's any truth to the rumours currently flying around. The upcoming new season of the singing talent contest is preparing for launch but has beefed up its usual format and streamlined its panel of judges.
Season 12's Contestants Before They Were Whittled Away.
Apparently, plans are in place to have the final contestants battle it out on stage at the city's prestigious Madison Square Gardens in front of a giant arena audience of 8,000, according to THR. De-camping from L.A to NYC would represent a major move for the show, which has seen a decline in ratings to rival show The Voice in recent years.
One woman thinks she's on a roll with the first serious boyfriend she's had in months; he's handsome, successful, rich. as well as a total liar. When he ventures off to his home in Connecticut to investigate a 'burst pipe', the woman goes round later to surprise him - only to find that the house is also occupied by his wife. In a bid to talk things over, the wife visits Woman A at her apartment and, before you know it, the girls are at a bar downing shots and generally being best pals. However, things get even more complicated when they discover their man is also seeing yet another woman - a gorgeous busty blonde - and the three cheated women decide to plot revenge. With the wife slipping female hormones into his morning beverages and all three women discovering his fraudulent business secrets, this man is about to realise that having mistresses is a very bad idea.
'The Other Woman' is a new comedy from director Nick Cassavetes ('The Notebook', 'Alpha Dog', 'My Sister's Keeper') which has been written by Melissa Stack ('Tependris Rising') in her full-length film debut. It is the live action film debut of Nicki Minaj (who previously voiced Steffie in 'Ice Age: Continental Drift') and it is set to hit the UK on April 23rd 2014.
The actress directed some scorn at celebs who share slutty selfies.
In the wake of Kim Kardashian's now-infamous booty pic that whipped the internet into a crazed frenzy of retweets, compliments, disdain and arousal, actress Rashida Jones has emerged as the most talked-about Twitter celeb after she tweeted some incendiary opinions.
Rashida Jones Is Scornful Of Celebs Who Deliberately Act In A Provocative Manner Online.
The Parks and Recreations star decided she was fed up with being swamped with images from fellow female celebrities that left little to the imagination in order to notch up the 'likes.' "This week's celeb news takeaway: she who comes closest to showing the actual inside of her vagina is most popular. #stopactinglikewhores," tweeted the 37 year-old.
Continue reading: Rashida Jones Ignites Twitter Debate With "Whores" Slamming Tweets
Rashida Jones reminded female celebrities of their position as role models and suggested they may be showing far too much skin on media outlets.
Rashida Jones wants female celebrities to stop showing off too much skin. The 37-year-old actor reflected, via Twitter, on the issues surrounding famous females showing off their bodies in the public forum.
Rashida Jones wants famous females to "stop acting like whores."
Jones' comments come only days after Kim Kardashian took a revealing photograph and posted it on Instagram. Plenty of other female celebrities have also appeared in revealing pictures including Nicki Minaj, who appears wearing little clothing more often than not. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus appeared completely naked in her recent 'Wrecking Ball' video.
The crooner has chosen to take up the last remaining judging spot on Fox's hit reality show
Harry Connick Jr. will be pitching up next to Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming season of the ever-popular American Idol, as the singer has been confirmed as the third and final artist to sit in the judge's seat next season. Having served as a mentor on the show on multiple occasions, the singer will finally ascend to the judge's table for the show's 13th season, The Hollywood Reporter first revealed.
Harry Connick Jr. may possibly last more than one season as a judge
On Friday (30 August) it was confirmed that the crooner had signed a deal to become the latest judge on the show as producers apparently wanted a lack of female presence on the show following the friction and drama that followed last season's bickering judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. The friction between the two reflected particularly badly in the show's key demographic; older women, something that the addition of Connick will hopefully strengthen this time around.
Continue reading: Harry Connick Jr. Picked As Third 'American Idol' Judge
The third 'American Idol' judge has been announced. Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel for season 13 of the reality show.
Dr. Luke will be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez on the judging panel of American Idol. Dr. Luke a.k.a. Lukas Gottwald is the third judge to be announced with another yet to be agreed upon. E! first reported the news.
Dr Luke (L) with Katy Perry and Max Martin (R) with their ASCAP Awards in 2012.
Gottwald is a songwriter and producer who is responsible for the likes of Kelly Clarkson's 'Since U Been Gone'; Kesha's 'Tik Tok' and Katy Perry's 'California Gurls'. As Urban and Lopez are involved in the performance side of the music industry, Gottwald is likely to provide an interesting perspective when judging the televised singing competition.
Sophia Grace Browlee has landed a role in Into the Woods. She will play the role of Little Red Riding Hood and will star opposite Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and Anna Kendrick.
Sophia Grace Brownlee has been cast in Into the Woods. She has landed the role of Little Red Riding Hood, in the film which is due to be released in 2014.
Rosie McCelland (L) and Sophie Grace Brownlee (R) at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards, held at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Brownlee first came to public attention after appearing on a YouTube video covering Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass'. The 2011 video went viral of Brownlee, and her cousin Rosie McClelland, went viral and the two girls have since appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show. They have appeared on the talk show on multiple occasions as they have gained the approval of the crowd.
Rapper Busta Rhymes claims to have watched DJ Khaled's MTV proposal to Nicki Minaj 30 times to see if "he was joking."
It's a good job internet hype detective Busta Rhymes is around to sift through the trolls and tell us who's for real in the big ol' plastic world of celebrity. The rapper claims to have watched the clip of DJ Khaled's proposal to 'Super Bass' singer Nicki Minaj via MTV at least 30 times to ascertain whether the rapper and DJ's public display of admiration was bonafide or pack-o-lies.
Busta Rhymes: Doing Us Journo's Job For Us.
The clip broadcast last Thursday (25th July) shows the record producer and radio personality Khaled addressed the 30 year-old, multi-personality rapper (famed for her gigantic booty) directly: "Nicki Minaj, I'm at MTV, I'm going to be honest with you; I love you. I like you, I want you, I want you to be mine," asking "Nicki Minaj, will you marry me?" as he produced a 10-carat diamond ring that has been valued at $500K.
Nicki Minaj is asked for her hand in marriage on MTV by diamond ring toting DJ Khaled.
The 'Take It to the Head' singer pulled out a 10 carat diamond ring in a video on MTV News after a prolonged speech on why he was interested in marrying the curvy 'Starships' hitmaker.
"Nicki Minaj, I'm at MTV, I'm going to be honest with you; I love you. I like you, I want you, I want you to be mine," he began, and explained that he couldn't tell her to her face because he heard she was busy. He also mentioned that he wanted to tell her during the filming of his 'Take It To The Head' video in which she featured alongside Chris Brown, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne.
Continue reading: Will Nicki Minaj Accept DJ Khaled's Public Proposal?
Kris Kross Rapper Chris Kelly died of a drug overdose, Atlanta medical officials announced yesterday (1st July).
Chris Kelly, former member of 90's Hip-Hop duo Kris Kross, died on May 1st. It has been confirmed by Atlanta medical officials that the cause of death was a drug overdose.
Chris Smith and Chris Kelly 'Kris Kross' at the 20th Annual American Music Awards in 1992.
According to a police report filed shortly after the rapper's death his mother called emergency services when her son, complaining of nausea, collapsed. Paramedics found Kelly unresponsive when they reached his Atlanta family home. He was declared dead upon arrival at Atlanta Medical Center.
The BET Awards were held on Sunday (30th June) in L.A. The Awards first held in 2001 are to celebrate minorities in the entertainment business. Winners this year were: Charlie Wilson, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Douglas and Drake.
The Bet Awards were held on Sunday (30th June) in L.A. The Awards first held in 2001 are to celebrate minorities in the entertainment business. Winners this year were: Charlie Wilson, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Douglas and Drake.
Jamie Foxx recieved the Award for Best Actor.
The BET categories include Best R&B/Pop artist; Hip-Hop artist; sportsman and sportswoman; music video; viewer's choice; movie; gospel and international act.
The BET awards were held last night (30th June) in L.A. Amongst the winners were Jamie Foxx, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Drake and Charlie Wilson.
Charlie Wilson, pictured at the BET Awards Press Conference, won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Awards were first held in 2001 with the intention of celebrating minorities in the Arts. The Awards this year were hosted by comedian Chris Tucker. Will Smith, Samuel L.Jackson, Queen Latifah and Jamie Foxx have all hosted the Award ceremony in the past.
Continue reading: BET Awards 2013: Who Were The Winners?
Fox finally ripped the bandage and called time on Minaj and Carey's Idol presence.
The Great American Idol eviction continues at full speed with Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey being the latest two to get the boot. Nobody is entirely shocked by the news though, as this seemed to be looming over the judges’ heads. With the last season, which ended with Candice Glover being crowned as the winner pulled in the lowest viewing figures of any American Idol year – with just 14.2 million people tuning in to watch the finale – it was clear something was amiss. Apparently the (truly impressive) level of conflict and drama that Minaj and Carey brought to the format, wasn’t enough to get the audience to pay attention. Rumors of firings and a complete restructuring of the judging panel have also been rampant ever since the show’s disappointing finale. It was only a matter of time.
Both Nicki and Mariah announced the news if their respective departures over Twitter and Fox released statements regarding both decisions, which, considering the circumstances, was the very least they could do.
"Mariah Carey is a true global icon - one of the most accomplished artists on the planet - and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the 'American Idol' contestants this season," Fox said, via Reuters.
Keith Urban may be on his way out of American Idol.
Keith Urban says he is still awaiting his fate on American Idol and remains in the dark of producer's plans for the new season. Urban has been a popular and inoffensive judge on the show for season twelve, though industry sources suggest Fox are planning a complete overhaul of the show for season thirteen.
"I have no official information of anything. I'm pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around," Urban told the Associated Press, "I don't know anything more about what's happening next season. It was like this before I signed on . . . so it's not unusual for the Idol folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together." Last week, E! News reported that Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Urban would be replaced by Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and possibly Aiken. American Idol producers were left red-faced midway through season twelve after it emerged they had tried to replace Mariah with previous judge Jennifer Lopez following dwindling viewer ratings. Carey's legal team blocked any such thing from happening.
We assume Urban wouldn't be too fussed should Idol bosses want to take the show in a different direction. His new album Fuse will hit shelves on September 10, 2013 and he'll head out on a huge tour in mid-July. Oh, and he's married to Nicole Kidman. So...
Former 'American Idol' finalist Jennifer Hudson is rumoured to be on the judging panel for season 13.
Jennifer Hudson is reportedly in talks about becoming a judge on the 13th season of 'American Idol'; the same show on which she became a finalist in season 3.
The 'Dreamgirls' star and Grammy winning pop star has had previous experience in talent show judging, having become Kelly Rowland's guest mentor during the Judges Houses stage of the UK show 'The X Factor'. Now she could be set to revisit the beginnings of her own career though, this time, on the other side of the table according to a source in TheWrap. She made an appearance on the show recently for the finale and is allegedly now in talks with the producers. 'She got the offer and her reps are currently negotiating with [production company] Fremantle', said the source, adding, 'The show's producers feel they've lost their core audience. And they want to bring back former contestants in order to tell their core audience, 'We love you.' They know they've made some major mistakes over the past few seasons and they want to make it right with their fans.'
Continue reading: Jennifer Hudson To Judge On The Show That Launched Her Career?
The heiress teams up with Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and co.
Paris Hilton looks to have her career path mapped out for the next few years, as the heiress is apparently in talks with Cash Money, the gratuitous record label/franchise run by Lil Wayne. The heiress told Showbiz 411 that she is lining up a move into the chain that includes Drake and Nicki Minaj as well as Weezy.
Following her stand-out role in the video for 'Tapout', the track from the Birdman, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Future and Mack Maine collective Rich Gang, it seems as though Wayne's keen business acumen has made sure her talents didn't go unnoticed. Paris has also been spotted partying with the Cash Money crew on a number of occasions, even inviting Wayne to her recent birthday bash.
Paris Hilton is going to be back making music!
Continue reading: Is Paris Hilton About To Sign Up With Lil Wayne's Cash Money Crew?
Taylor Swift, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj among star arrivals at the 2013 Billboard Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The 2013 Billboard Music Awards looked to be one of the most celeb-filled events of the year with some of the music industry's biggest stars making their glamorous arrivals.
'22' singer Taylor Swift clutched eight accolades to her chest as she posed on the red carpet having won Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album for 'Red', Top Country Song with 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', Top Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Digital Songs Artist and Top Country Artist. Carly Rae Jepsen was another young female star to land a prize winning Top Digital Song and Top Pop Song for her massive 2012 hit 'Call Me Maybe'. Queen of Pop Madonna scooped up three well deserved awards including Top Dance Album for 'MDNA', Top Dance Artist and Top Touring Artist after her controversial 'MDNA' tour which landed her amidst a handful of lawsuits. There was no sign of letting up on the controversial front either as she donned hotpants, suspenders and fishnets at the Billboard event. Top Streaming Artist, Top Rap Artist and Top Rap Album with 'Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded' went to Nicki Minaj while Top EDM Artist was none other than David Guetta who brought his wife Cathy Guetta along with him to the awards show.
Star used humor to help overcome school issues
Nicki Minaj might be a larger-than-life extroverted pop star these days, but she’s had to overcome some seriously self-esteem damaging battles to get there. The singer was looking typically outrageous on the cover of Teen Vogue this week, but the accompanying interview saw the current American Idol judge open up about getting bullied at school.
“Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I'd have to face the task of making new friends,' she told the magazine of the circumstances that led to it. “I dreaded it. I had butterflies in my stomach each time: Are people going to like or hate me? Will they talk about me?”
Bullying came her way to the extent that her older brother sometimes had to get involved: “I encountered jealous girls a lot—it wasn't like I had nice clothes, so they couldn't be envious of that, but they were like, "You shouldn't be that confident,"' she said. “Sometimes, if I felt like there was a physical threat, I would call my older brother and say, ‘Can you meet me after school because I don't know what might happen?’” Minaj would stand her ground though, “Sometimes there'd be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn't going to be pushed around. What it came down to is that the bullies wanted me to bow down to them. And I just wouldn't.” She also found humor helped her get through the troubles “I was a jokester. I let everything roll off my back,' she said. “I always felt like I had other things going in my life outside of school, like church and extracurriculars—I was even on the softball team.”
Continue reading: 'I Was Bullied At School': Nicki Minaj Opens Up In Frank Interview
After Jackson bowed out, Nicki Minaj sort of commented on the possible firings.
The Inquisition has commenced at Fox’s American Idol and Randy Jackson, the only remaining original judge will be the first to go. To be fair, Jackson is leaving on his own accord, or at least the head honchos at Idol are letting him make it seem so. Earlier this week he announced his graceful exit: “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol’ I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” he said.
“I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry,” said Jackson, who has been on the show since its inception in 2002. The bets are now being placed on who will be next. It’s no secret that ratings have been lower than ever this season (New York Daily News reports a 25% drop since last season). It’s also a widely known fact that should the changes continue, the judging panel to be the first to go. Nicki Minaj addressed the commotion on Ryan Seacrest’s show this Thursday, saying: “That’s a million-dollar question. I have to say this all the time, but I want people to know it’s genuinely from my heart. I love the people on ‘Idol.’ I genuinely do. If I had to do this all over again, I would have done ‘Idol.’ Because it’s fun, it’s laughs.” In might be, but not for very much longer.
The original judge was the first to go.
The singer recently explained the concept behind her new song and the accompanying video.
Fresh off the highly talked about Met ball earlier this week, Alicia Keys jetted off to Vegas to film the music video for her new single Tears Always Win. The track is the latest release of Girl on Fire and it tells the story of a woman, coping with a difficult breakup, which affects all other aspects of her life. Keys discussed the song and the video in depth with MTV, saying: "It's a girl and her working two jobs and she's got all these things going on. But the whole time, she's totally distracted because she's only thinking about how she feels [about her ex], almost at the point [where] you're thinking about the person, but you're also thinking about, kind of, your loneliness and how you feel. How're you gonna get through it? The video is totally beautiful, really unexpected. It has some Vegas pieces in it. I think the way it goes on, it really brings a relevance to the words and you'll really feel it. I'm loving it."
It doesn’t seem like a happy ending for the song’s protagonist, but at least, if Keys is right, we will get to enjoy some beautiful visuals. The Vegas setting should certainly offer plenty of those for the Tears Always Win video. But it will mainly focus on the character’s inner turmoil, said the singer/songwriter. "So, Tears Always Win is really about a relationship that's over and you're remembering all the times that it was there," she said. "You're remembering all the ways they filled your space and now that it's not there. You're telling yourself you don't need them, but you're missing them and you're crying about it."
Alicia Keys, pictured here at the 55th annual Grammys.
Continue reading: Alicia Keys Talks "Tears Always Win" And Nicki Minaj Collaboration
American Idol bosses are planning a complete overhaul of the show, including getting rid of all four judges
Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson are all set to be thrown off the American Idol judging panel in a complete remodelling of the singing competition by FOX. The network has seen viewer ratings over the current season drop to 25% lower than last years overall figures.
This years stats are even further from the wonder years of the Simon Cowell-era, but rather than concede that they are flogging a dead horse FOX are steadfast in their loyalty to the show as they look to compete with NBC's The Voice as well as The X Factor, which is also shown on FOX. The Warp broke the news of the plans to ship out this seasons newly installed panel and although the show is struggling, admitted it is still popular and the network's drastic plan could work in their favour.
Mariah Carey might not be coming back next season
Continue reading: FOX Plans Complete Overhaul Of American Idol Judging Panel
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