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LL Cool J, Chris Brown & More Backstage At The 54th Annual GRAMMY Gifting Lounge (Video)

February 17th, 2012 8:15am EST
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Before the big awards show took place Sunday night, we hit the official backstage gifting lounge at the GRAMMYs to check out all the cool gear that the stars get hooked up with. We saw everything from interesting PEPSI concoctions (coffee and cola, we do not recommend) to delicate truffles prepared by the same chef who treated the yummy treats to guests of the royal wedding—oh yeah, we’re quite classy. We watched artists like Skyler Grey, Chris Brown, LL Cool J, Wiz Khalifa and Nicki Minaj try on some sweet shades at the Solstice Sunglass Boutique and even saw stars receive a 24-karat gold ...
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2012 Grammy Awards Fashion: Some Wore Colors While Most Wore Black On A Bittersweet Evening

February 13th, 2012 12:54pm EST
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The 2012 Grammy Awards will forever be remembered for one reason: the event took place the night after the music industry lost one of their biggest stars in an untimely fashion: Whitney Houston.

Despite the somber undertones of host LL Cool J's opening prayer for the late singer and a rousing performance of her hit song "I Will Always Love You" by Jennifer Hudson; the night was about the music and the attitude that the show must go on.

As always with award shows, the night is also about the fashion. While many stars wore black - perhaps in honor of the late Houston - many stars let the c...
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Amber Rose Will Marry Wiz Khalifa When 'Things Calm Down'

January 27th, 2012 8:54am EST
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Kanye West's ex Amber Rose is all set on settling down with rapper Wiz Khalifa - once the busy couple can find time to be together for longer than a few days.

The model-turned-singer insists the hitmaker is the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with but they live such separate lives at the moment that just finding time to be together is a challenge.

Rose tells Billboard.com, "We are very much in love and we're really, really busy. He is in L.A. working on his album. I'm in New York working on my album. We travel a lot, separately. We do want to get married and will get married, ...
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Amber Rose Makes Musical Debut With Single 'Fame' (Listen)

January 11th, 2012 3:00pm EST
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Kanye West's model ex-girlfriend Amber Rose debuted her first single, "Fame," which features Rose's current boyfriend, Wiz Khalifa, online on Tuesday.

The new track "represents the ups and downs of fame" - something she experienced firsthand while dating West.

But it's new boyfriend Khalifa who encouraged her to move forward with her music career.

"I made the entire song and then sent it to him, he was overseas on tour at the time,' she tells MTV.com's RapFix. "He thought the track was dope and I asked him if he would be on it, he said definitely."

Amber hopes her fans will love the new...
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Wiz Khalifa Sued By Songwriter

January 5th, 2012 8:28am EST
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Rapper Wiz Khalifa is facing legal action from a songwriter who has accused the star of plagiarism.

Max Gregory Warren, from Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit in the state last Friday alleging Khalifa based hit track Black and Yellow on one of his songs.

In the legal papers, Warren claims the 2010 chart hit was copied from a song he wrote in 2007 called Pink N Yellow.

He is suing for fraud and deceit, copyright infringement, civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment, and is seeking more than $2 million in damages, according to Allhiphop.com.
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Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters And Bruno Mars Dominate 54th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations

December 1st, 2011 8:24am EST
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Kanye West, Adele, Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars will be the ones to watch at the 54th annual Grammy Awards after each landing a slew of top nominations.

The Stronger rapper leads the way with seven nods - his star-studded collaboration All of the Lights is up for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song, while he also earns a nod in the latter category for his Jay-Z duet Otis. The hip-hop stars' Watch The Throne album will also go head-to-head with West's solo disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for Best Rap Album.

Adele is in the running for six honors and her critically-acclaimed project...
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T.I. Makes His Return At BET Hip-Hop Awards

October 2nd, 2011 5:00pm EDT
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Newly-freed rapper T.I. made his post-prison return to the stage at the BET Hip-Hop awards on Saturday night.

The hip-hop star was recently released from jail to a halfway house after serving a 10-month sentence for a probation violation, and was made a free man on Thursday.

T.I. made his return to the spotlight official by making a surprise appearance at the glitzy prizegiving in Atlanta, Georgia, taking to the stage with Young Jeezy, who opened the show.

The star then performed solo, while later in the ceremony, DMX, who was freed from prison in July, also made his return by performing...
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Lil Wayne Lands 18 Nominations For BET Hip Hop Awards

September 8th, 2011 3:35pm EDT
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Rap superstar Lil Wayne looks set to dominate the 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards after landing 18 nominations.

The Lollipop hitmaker is enjoying a great week after selling almost one million copies of his new release Tha Carter IV to top the U.S. album charts on Wednesday, and now he's leading the way at the annual music ceremony.

He will go up against Jay-Z and Kanye West for the titles of Best Live Performer, Hustler of the Year and Lyricist of the Year, for which he will also face competition from his protegee Nicki Minaj.

His song 6 Foot 7 Foot is up for Track of the Year and Best Club Bang...
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Rapper Big Sean In Court For Sexual Assault Charges

September 7th, 2011 3:38pm EDT
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Kanye West's rap protégé Big Sean is facing trial over charges of sexual assault stemming from an arrest last month.

The hip-hop star, real name Sean Anderson, was taken into custody with companion Willie Hansbro over an encounter with a female fan following a concert with Wiz Khalifa in Lewiston, New York.

The two men, who were freed on $500 bail, are accused of forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment and sexual abuse.

They appeared in court in Niagara County Court on Tuesday, when the judge issued a gag order on the case because the alleged victim is just 17, according to AllHipHop....
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Big Sean Arrested On Sexual Assault Charges

August 7th, 2011 9:14am EDT
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Rapper Big Sean has been arrested and charged over allegations a woman was sexually assaulted during his show in New York on Thursday night.

The hip-hop star, real name Sean Anderson, was detained by cops after performing with Wiz Khalifa at Artpark in Lewiston.

The 23-year-old protégé of Kanye West has been charged with misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment and sex abuse, while another man, Willie Hansbro, faces the same charges.

They were both subsequently released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in Niagara County Court on September 6th.

Big Sean's lawy...
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Amber Rose Proclaims Her Love For Wiz Khalifa With Tattoo

July 13th, 2011 8:58am EDT
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Model Amber Rose has permanently declared her love for rapper boyfriend Wiz Khalifa by having his name tattooed on her finger.

The curvaceous beauty, who previously romanced Kanye West, has been dating the Black and Yellow hit-maker, real name Cameron Thomaz, since last year.

She recently marked their union with a tattoo, and she's shown off the inking of the word 'Cam' on her Twitter.com page.

Alongside the picture, she writes, "I want his name tatted (sic) on me a million times. He's a dream come true... He's my Angel."
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Spears & Gaga Lead Major Mid-2011 Music Poll

July 7th, 2011 11:15pm EDT
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Britney Spears and Lady Gaga are the biggest stars of the year so far, according to a new online music fan poll.

Billboard bosses asked readers to vote for their most valuable performers, comebacks, singles, videos and albums of the first six months of 2011 - and the two pop superstars both featured in the top three of most major categories.

Spears and Gaga were declared the top candidate in a combined seven categories once the hundreds of thousands of votes were tabulated last week.

Spears' "Femme Fatale" was named the Favorite Billboard 200 Number One album, while her single "Hold It A...
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Amber Rose Rants Over Nude Photos Leak

July 1st, 2011 9:49am EDT
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Kanye West's former lover Amber Rose has lashed out at a former assistant who allegedly leaked sexually explicit snaps of the star online, costing the model a lucrative job.

Graphic pictures of a naked Rose were posted on the internet earlier this week, and the star has now taken to her Twitter.com page to address the leak. Rose claims a former aide, who she fired, was behind the release of the photos, and insists she and her boyfriend, rapper Wiz Khalifa, knew about the impending leak for several months.

She has now blasted the "evil" move by her former confidant in a series of online ...
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Chris Brown Dominates The 2011 BET Awards - See All Winners & Photos

June 27th, 2011 8:19am EDT
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R&B star Chris Brown sealed his career comeback by picking up four trophies at the BET Awards on Sunday.

The Kiss Kiss hit-maker's career was in ruins after he was convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Rihanna during a heated fight in 2009, but Brown proved the controversy is firmly behind him at the 2011 BET Awards prize giving in Los Angeles.

He won best Male R&B Artist, Viewers' choice, Collaboration for Look At Me Now with Lil Wayne, which also won him the Video of the Year. Brown's former lover was also a winner at the ceremony - Rihanna was named best Female R&B artist.

Kany...
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Amber Rose Fuming Over 'Untrue' Vibe Magazine Interview

May 31st, 2011 10:45am EDT
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Kanye West's ex-girlfriend Amber Rose has lashed out at editors of a magazine she recently sat down for an interview with, insisting the story they printed is "untrue and ridiculous."

In the chat with Vibe magazine, Rose seemingly opened up about her relationship with the rapper, which ended last year, and insisted she needed to continue modeling after their split.

She said, "What am I supposed to do? Crawl up in a corner and die 'cause I'm not with Kanye anymore? Am I supposed to go back to the strip club and not take these opportunities that I have? I don't have rich parents, and it's...
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Police Search For Wiz Khalifa Concert Witnesses

April 14th, 2011 8:28am EDT
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Police are hunting for witnesses after a woman sustained head injuries at a Wiz Khalifa concert in New Hampshire.

The unnamed female fan was found unconscious behind the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham, New Hampshire following the rapper's performance there last Friday. She was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for head injuries.

The woman is believed to have fallen off a wall during the hip-hop star's show. Cops are investigating the incident and are appealing for any potential witnesses to come forward.

Deputy Police Chief Paul Dean says, "At this time we don't know w...
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Snoop Dogg To Star In 'High School'

March 22nd, 2011 8:39am EDT
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Snoop Dogg has confirmed he's signed up to star in a new "stoner movie" with his pal Wiz Khalifa.

The rapper, who has made a number of big screen appearances over the years, became close friends with hip-hop newcomer Khalifa while they were working on a track together, and they made plans to team up for a movie.

Snoop Dogg has now revealed they are set to begin filming a comedy called High School which he describes as a "stoner movie, a little something for the stoners."

He tells Billboard, "He called me to be on a remix. From the remix we became close friends and spent time together....
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Check out 17-Year-Old Cris Cab's 'My Life'

March 2nd, 2011 1:00am EST
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At the ripe age of 17, pop-newcomer and Miami native Cris Cab has turned some serious industry eyes his way, most recently putting a bouncy acoustic spin on the Wiz Khalifa hit "Black and Yellow." Evoking notes of pop and soul, influenced by reggae and classic rock, Cris Cab's style is a melting pot of groove and storytelling tunes. He is independently working on an album slated for a 2011 release and tentative touring with a full live band throughout the US.

Cris just released his new video for "My Life," which has a heavy pop/reggae sound to it. Check it out below...

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Kanye West Headlining Coachella 2011

January 20th, 2011 9:35am EST
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Listen up music lovers! The Coachella 2011 line-up has officially been revealed and Starpulse is giving you a first look! Headlining this year's 3-day festival will be none other than Mr. Kanye West himself, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire and The Strokes. Other bands set to perform in the modern-day-woodstock include Mumford & Sons, Neon Trees, Jimmy Eat World, Cee Lo Green and many, many more. The festival will take place in sunny Indio, CA on April 15th-17th and will host some of the hottest industry parties of the year. We can't wait to see which celebrities attend and what juicy gossip come...
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