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Music News Wrap-Up: Chris Brown Calls It Quits, Nicki Minaj's Ego Ends A Friendship + More

August 9th, 2013 3:44pm EDT
Chris Brown
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! Would you believe I watched that video for the first time this week? Yeah, I’m really late. But you don’t have to be late on what’s going on in Hip Hop and R&B this week! Here’s what you may have missed while obsessing over what Kanye West’s VMA rant may be like this year, if we’re lucky.

Chris Brown calls it quits?

Chris Brown has had enough. The singer who turned himself in at a California jail earlier this week to be booked then released within an hour, is hinting that he will probably retire after the release of his next album. “I’m tired...
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Nicki Minaj Treats Fans To A Topless Photo On Instagram

August 8th, 2013 10:59pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj left little to the imagination on Wednesday when she posted a topless photo of herself to her Instagram page.

The 30-year-old singer's hair was strategically placed to keep the snapshot rated PG. She captioned the photo with just a 'fist' icon.

Nicki also posted some selfies earlier in the week while wearing a very colorful Alexander McQueen dress that resembled a stained glass window. The singer showed off her sexy curves in a side-profile shot with the message, "Do it like this," and a few others, simply captioned with the hashtag "#aLexanderMcQueen".

Last month hip hop sta...
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Nicki Minaj: DJ Khaled's Proposal Was A PR Stunt

July 30th, 2013 11:05pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has revealed the intentions behind DJ Khaled's public proposal.

DJ Khaled proposed to Minaj on MTV via video, saying "I want to be honest with you. I love you. I like you. I want you to be mine. The only reason I'm not telling you this face to face is because I know that you're busy...

"You need a man like me in your life that's gonna take care of you and respect you. You gotta take your time and think about it, I understand... but I know I have to be here today to let you know how serious I am and about how serious this is to me. I want to let your fans know, my fans know, my...
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Solange Knowles Attends Rally, Beyonce Has Moment Of Silence Following Trayvon Martin Case Verdict

July 15th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Beyonce
Sisters Solange and Beyonce Knowles made their reactions public when the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case was revealed.

George Zimmerman was acquitted of second degree murder and manslaughter charges Saturday after over a dozen hours of deliberation. The trial grabbed the national spotlight, at times eclipsing the 2012 Presidential Election.

Several African American stars responded to the verdict on social networks, such as Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. Beyonce took time during her concert Saturday to say, "I'd like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon" before pausing for several moments....
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Pop Topper Of The Week: Ciara - 'I'm Out' (feat. Nicki Minaj)

July 11th, 2013 8:15pm EDT
Ciara
The R&B songstress hailing from Atlanta, Georgia is back again slamming us with her fifth album since her debut back in 2004. I am talking about none other than the “Goodies” singer, herself! Ciara has seen many ups and downs in her career, but her newest song “I’m Out feat. Nicki Minaj” is definitely rising fast! “Ladies it’s your song” are the lyrics that start of this club-banger and for all the rest of the ladies out there, I’ve named “I’m Out” as this week’s Pop Topper of the Week!

No, Ciara doesn’t go at this song alone. She and her new bestie, Nicki Minaj, have teamed up again (what...
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Nicki Minaj: 'Men Want To Be Pet Like A Dog'

July 9th, 2013 7:07pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has some odd relationship advice that she will gladly share - even if she won't reveal who she is in a relationship with.

Marie Claire conducted an interview with Minaj by having her millions of social media fans suggest questions.  She currently has 16.7 million followers on Twitter.

She told her fans, "Men are kids at heart. They want to be nourished and pet like a dog," but, "Don’t chase any man. Put your school first. Men love independent women."

However, when asked "who is your secret man?" by a fan, Nicki says, "Barbz (that's her name for female fans), I officially hate...
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Rumor Patrol: Justin Bieber's Bodyguard Picks His Girls, 'American Idol' Exodus, More

June 2nd, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Justin Bieber
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Justin Bieber's Bodyguard Is His Wingman: Does Justin Bieber employ his bodyguard to pick up chicks for him at nightclubs? Word is Justin keeps a low profile while visiting 21+ clubs (he's 19), and has his older bodyguard scope out chicks to invite to his private tables.

Verdict: True. That's what we are hearing from RumorFix, who reports Bieber is able to get into several hot nightclubs despite being ...
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No Surprise: Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey Confirm They're Leaving 'American Idol'

May 31st, 2013 12:00pm EDT
Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey
After just one season, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are leaving their judging roles on "American Idol." The hip hop star announced her departure on Twitter, writing: "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!"

Carey plans on embarking on a world tour on the back of her latest hit, "#Beautiful." She re-tweeted a message from  her publicists that read, "W/ global success of "#Beautiful" (#1 in 30+ countries so far) Mariah Carey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol."

Earlier this month, Randy Jac...
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'American Idol' Ratings At An All-Time Low As Producers Consider Big Changes

May 17th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
American Idol
Despite a grab for ratings by playing up a feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, viewers have refused to tune in to American Idol's finale performances this season.

The new judges - Carey, Minaj, and Keith Urban - are probably on their way out along with veteran Randy Jackson after a mere 11.57 million American viewers tuned in to watch the 12th season finalists duel it out.

Compared to the 11th season, the show has lost over 2 million viewers. The rating last year was a 4.2, compared to Wednesday's 2.9 score.

One of the reasons for the drop in ratings may be the strength of Candice...
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'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: Complete Recap of Candice Glover's Win

May 17th, 2013 10:11am EDT
Candice Glover is the Season 12 winner
This is it. This is the last one.

For years, I’ve been recapping the cultural touchstone that is the finale of ‘American Idol’ with the classic mega-diary treatment: A blow-by-blow recap of everything that went down on TV’s biggest night.

At least it used to be. Once Upon a Time only the Oscars and Super Bowl drew more viewers than this night, but the last couple year it’s viewership has slowly degraded to the point where one of this season’s results shows got beat out in the ratings by a repeat of ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

That’s enough to prove that the ‘Idol’ finale just isn’t anywhere c...
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Celebrity Twitter Roundup : Met Gala Madness, Belieber Fever In Dubai, Snoopification And More!

May 11th, 2013 10:37am EDT
Beyonce at the 2013 Met Gala
Welcome to this week's Twitter Roundup! Lot's of exciting tweets from this week's Met Gala as well as a bunch of other wild stuff that happened throughout the course of the week.

Starting out with the Met Gala 'PUNK : Chaos to Couture' Tweets :

.@brooklyndecker @rhw #met twitter.com/KateUpton/stat…

— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) May 7, 2013

Met Gala....@hilariabaldwin twitter.com/ABFalecbaldwin…

— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) May 7, 2013

Thanks! So many amazing looks! “@stepmomoirs: Best dressed @ the Met Gala -- @elizabethbanks twitter.com/Stepmomoirs/st…”

— Elizabeth Ban...
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Insider Claims All Four 'American Idol' Judges May Be Getting The Boot

May 9th, 2013 11:15am EDT
American Idol
Rumors are circulating that there will be a major shake up on "American Idol" next season. Are judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban all on the chopping block?

With only three contestants left on this season's singing competition, Mariah has been taking her role very seriously. However, it's most likely that she won't be returning. Her bland judging style hasn't made a very good impression on network execs or fans.

A FOX source told E! there will definitely be no Mariah when the show returns next year. A few weeks ago it was even suggested that Jennifer Lopez was...
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'American Idol' Recap: Signs Of Life From The Final Three

May 9th, 2013 8:21am EDT
Angie Miller performs on AMERICAN IDOL
It seems the theme of the past few weeks has been that of three “D’s”: Depressing, Dreary and Dull.

For weeks on end, the three remaining girls chose ballads for each performance. Dreadfully boring ballads that did little to entertain or really enhance their voices in any way. Just sad bits of beauty that are great for singers to mess around, but don’t show anything artistically about the type of singer the contestant could be or what they would record.

All the song choices serve is vanity as they’ve allowed each contestant to do as much vocal gymnastics as possible without having to worr...
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Nicki Minaj Debuts New Kmart Fashions

May 8th, 2013 4:12pm EDT
This hat
Nicki Minaj revealed a few of the new creations that will be featured in her Kmart fashion line on her Twitter page Tuesday, giving fans a preview of what's to come.

The singer landed a deal with the department store to launch her own line of clothing and accessories in January, and shared photos of some of the designs with fans, looking for some feedback.

"Barbz (fans), go to http://shopyourway.com/nicki and give ur (your) feedback on everything I've posted," she wrote.

The singer and American Idol judge is currently working on adding new designs for men as well.

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Nicki Minaj Plans Showdown With Critic Billy Bush

May 7th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Nicki Minaj and Billy Bush
Nicki Minaj has another rival: Access Hollywood anchorman Billy Bush.

Bush took Minaj to task last week after he claims she was rude and dismissive towards him at a red carpet event after Bush asked about Minaj's Twitter attack on fellow American Idol judge Mariah Carey.

Bush said, "I've just about had it with her... She's so rude and so indignant." 

Minaj responded back via Twitter, "The audacity of you to call me nasty with your one-sided journalism. That's what you ppl do." 

On Monday, Bush said on air, "The tweet ended by calling me a not-so-nice four-letter word, starting with a 'C...
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Katy Perry, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus & More Rock Punk-Themed Met Costume Gala - See Tons Of Pics!

May 7th, 2013 9:35am EDT
Katy Perry
It was a who's who of celebrities at the "PUNK: Chaos to Couture" Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan in New York City on Monday night.

Some stars took the word "costume" very literally, dressing up like punks, teasing their hair, and laying the make-up on heavy. Other celebs opted for more traditional ball gowns.

Katy Perry, above, was the queen of the night, wearing a heavily jeweled dress featuring the Virgin Mary on it.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell explained the punk theme: "Punk's signature mixing of references was fueled by artistic developm...
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Rumor Patrol: Kanye Reveals Baby Due Date, Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer Lied, More

May 5th, 2013 1:07pm EDT
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Kanye West Reveals Album Date… Or Child's Due Date: Kanye West hasn't been active on Twitter since November, but he just posted two words to his millions of followers: "June Eighteen." So did he just reveal the date his new album is dropping, or did he let slip the date his child with Kim Kardashian is due?

Verdict: Leaning Album. Let's look at the facts: Kanye will be on Saturday Night Live May 18 to ...
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Nicki Minaj Continues Feud With Mariah Carey, Calls Her 'Bitter' And 'Insecure'

May 3rd, 2013 1:01pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey's ongoing feud has continued as the "Super Bass" singer took Wednesday night's American Idol spat online afterward.

The two judges made snippy comments to each other over their career success during performances from the show's final four contestants, and Minaj continued to attack Carey on her Twitter page.

"Shes (sic) sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game," she wrote in a post to blogger Perez Hilton. "Yep, a black female rapper.

"What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy a**) is asking why a woman SO successful at her a...
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Nicki Minaj Gets Steamy With Lil Wayne In 'High School' Video

April 4th, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj heats things up with Lil Wayne in her latest video "High School," off her second album, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up."

Shot in a gorgeous Los Angeles mansion, the video features Nicki in a few barely there outfits, like a yellow one-piece swimsuit and a white lace corset.

The American Idol judge debuted the new clip on MTV Tuesday, and she sat down with MTV Overdrive host Christina Garibaldi to discuss the new clip and her career.

Nicki feels that she's put in a lot of hard work in her career, and she says that Hip Hop is a male-dominated industry and she hasn't got...
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'American Idol' Producer Nigel Lythgoe Wants Nicki Minaj Back For Another Season

April 2nd, 2013 2:07pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe says he wants Nicki Minaj back at the judge's table - and is unsure how Justin Bieber would benefit the show.

In an impromptu chat with a TMZ cameraman, Nigel said, "By me, [Nicki Minaj] certainly will be [returning]." Minaj has had to fight off criticism from fans, eliminated contestants, and even fellow judge Mariah Carey. 

Minaj had previously threatened to leave the show when complaining that her favorite contestant was on the chopping block. She also said she has been a "spectacular" judge. She told US Weekly, "My best and worst Idol moments? I do...
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Nicki Minaj Tells Slighted 'American Idol' Contestant To 'Be Gracious'

April 1st, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj has gotten into a feud with one of the eliminated contestants on American Idol for not using her judge's save to keep him on the show.

Devin Valez and his group's rendition of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," was met with disgust by Minaj. "I’m gonna act like I didn’t see that or hear it," Minaj said before ordering them off the stage. Velez was later eliminated.

"When she went crazy — when she was like 'get off the stage, blah blah blah' ...  it's just like 'Whoa, Miss Minaj, I need you to calm down please,'" Velez told Billboard.com. "She could have been upset...
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Nicki Minaj Tells The Guys To 'Get Off The Stage' As 'American Idol' Tackles Motown

March 28th, 2013 7:17pm EDT
American Idol
This week on “American Idol” the eight remaining singers perform the songs of not just Motown but of the Motor City Detroit. Joining Jimmy Iovine to mentor the singers is the Grammy Award winning legend Smokey Robinson who gave the Idols a master class in Motown and then joined Jimmy in the studio.

Along with the eight solo performances, the Idols will join together for some group acts.

Candice got the night started with the Marvin Gaye hit “I Heard it Through the Gapevine” in a performance the judges called 'really good', 'great', 'in control', and 'fantastic.'

Kree and Janelle joined f...
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'American Idol' Recap: A Lot Of Stalling On Motown Night With Top 8

March 28th, 2013 11:04am EDT
Janelle Arthur on AMERICAN IDOL
There’s one thing very certain about this season so far. It’s not that a girl is going to win. It’s not that the competition is stacked in the female’s favor. It’s not that this is the worst season for talent since the Jordin Sparks year. It’s none of that. No, the biggest certainty this year is that Mariah Carey is the worst judge on this show since Ellen.

It’s not that what she says is wrong. It’s that she doesn’t say anything. The hardest part about writing this column this season is trying to pick a sound byte out of Mariah’s insipid ramblings. She just never comments on the contestant...
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Nicki Minaj Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction On Set Of Latest Video, 'High School'

March 21st, 2013 8:01pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj tweeted a few photos of herself in a very revealing one-piece swimsuit from the set of her new video last week, and now a full behind-the-scenes video from the set of "High School" has been released.

The two-and-a-half minute clip features the singer having a wardrobe malfunction and falling out -- literally -- of her fluorescent green one-piece while in a jacuzzi, but not seeming to care much about it as she casually dips under and puts her parts away.

"This jacuzzi is fun!" She exclaims, inviting everyone to join her. "Get in, crew, get in!"

Fans hoping to get a glimps of N...
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'American Idol' Recap: The Girls Dominate Again On Beatles Night

March 21st, 2013 12:52pm EDT
Amber Holcomb
There’s a lot to be excited about based on last night’s ‘American Idol’ and it doesn’t have anything to do with the members of the final nine.

Why would we care about them when we get to see a brand new song by Carly Rae Jepsen in just a short two months time? We even get to help her write the lyrics. And if her entire album (yes, there is one) is any indication of the types of songs this Canadian pixie likes to record, then aspiring lyricists should mention the previous evening and their desire to either kiss or hold hands with a potential lover. It’s all set.

Sadly, that news couldn’t b...
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Nicki Minaj Launches New Special Edition Pink Friday Fragrance

March 20th, 2013 11:30am EDT
Nicki Minaj
Building upon the initial success of her debut fragrance, Pink Friday, megastar Nicki Minaj will launch a new fragrance, Pink Friday NICKI MINAJ Special Edition this April – just in time for spring!

Pink Friday NICKI MINAJ Special Edition is a potion of luscious fruits and berries wrapped with lighthearted florals and a sultry blend of caramelized pear and sheer musk. The tempting top notes of grapefruit, juicy apple and white raspberry playfully intertwine with refreshing floral notes of water lily, honeysuckle and star jasmine petals.

“My fascination with changing my look is a way to ex...
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Rumor Patrol: Jennifer Aniston's Wedding, Justin Bieber V. Lindsay Lohan, More

March 17th, 2013 12:07pm EDT
Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Jennifer Aniston's Wedding: Jen is getting married in Hawaii... or in Pennsylvania at her Grandmother's House. Jen is purposely waiting for Angelina Jolie to announce her wedding date so she can have hers on the same day.

Verdict: All False. As with any celebrity wedding, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux' nuptials are a big focus in the tabloids. Jennifer's rep told RumorFix she isn't getting marrie...
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'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch, Jr. Exits + Power Rankings

March 15th, 2013 11:49am EDT
'American Idol' Recap: Curtis Finch, Jr. Exits
One week in and the producers’ definitely got their wish.

This season it’s very apparent that the creators of ‘Idol’ and all concerned behind the scenes are desperate to get off the Cute Guy With Guitar treadmill and finally get a female back to the top of ‘Idol’ mountain for the first time since Jordin Sparks beat that beat box guy so many years ago.

The producers only had one real problem in their quest for a winner without a Y Chromone: Curtis Finch, Jr. – the best male singer by far. His smooth soul voice and slick stage presence may have been enough to spoil the ladies’ party, and th...
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Nicki Minaj Threatens To Quit 'American Idol'

March 15th, 2013 9:28am EDT
Nicki Minaj got a little emotional when her favorite act on 'American Idol' was sent home on March 14.

The 29 year old "Starships" singer/rapper, who is currently on the judging panel of season 12 of 'American Idol' alongside Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey, was shocked and angered when her favorite contestant, Curtis Finch Jr, was eliminated from the show.

"I definitely think Curtis should not be in the bottom two. I mean, I love Devin [Velez] but I think that Curtis, if you look at every one of his performances, I mean - come on, America, are you kidding me?" Nicki  complain...
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Nicki Minaj Feels 'Naked' Without Her Pink Lipstick In New Make-Under For ELLE Magazine

March 14th, 2013 9:32pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj shows her sexy curves in the April issue of ELLE magazine, showing off her more natural side with very little makeup and none of her crazy wigs.

The American Idol judge, who was 15-minutes late for a live show Wednesday night, says she felt "naked" for the shoot.

"When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I'm so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it's hard," she says. "I feel that it's become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol' crazy lashes- you know, nothing – I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a rea...
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