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:: It was previously announced the upcoming albums from Young Money labelmates Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj would be delayed. At the time, the “Anaconda” diva was the only one to have a set date for The Pinkprint (it’s now December 15). But now, her rap counterpart has an official release. Lil Wayne was supposed to drop Tha Carter V on Tuesday (October 28), but it will be coming on December 9 as a two-part record. [Rap-Up]
:: Live Nation and Founders Entertainment plan to give NYC its first-ever country music festival. Set for June 26-28 at Randall’s Island, the event will feature artists like Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and Brad Paisley. [Billboard]
:: The Rolling Stones are the type of legendary rock band who cannot be touched. Which is why they have the power to sell a $5,000 coffee-table book. Titled The Rolling Stones, it will be a 500-plus-page deluxe edition book. If you’re crazy enough to buy it, it’s due in December. Or, you can just buy the standard version for $150. [Spin]
:: A$AP Rocky and his model girlfriend Chanel Iman have reportedly called it quits. The former couple were only dating for a year and cited busy travel schedules as the cause for the split. [Billboard]
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To be fair, it wasn’t going to be easy for Nicki Minaj to trump her rump-shaking smash “Anaconda.” The hype for a follow-up to her Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampling hit was already at a fever pitch — but did she deliver with a worthy follow-up? Well.
The return-to-roots rap track “Only,” the third single off of the newly pushed-back The Pinkprint — certainly has its fair share of scandal-heavy lyrics worth talking about, as well as a simple, menacing beat courtesy of Dr. Luke. Was it enough to sway the critics — or the Twittersphere? Check out all the reviews, as well as some choice tweets, after the jump. More »
Nicki Minaj seems to be having an awesome year — she ditched the colorful wigs for a more age-appropriate and glamorous look; collaborated with Jessie J, Usher and Beyonce; her inescapable “Anaconda” single was recently certified Platinum; she’s hosting the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards and she was planning her third LP release for The Pinkprint.
The album was previously set to drop on November 24 (the same day as Iggy Azalea‘s Reclassified re-release, FYI), but now the project has been pushed back along with labelmate Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter V. But unlike Weezy’s record (who knows when that will arrive), Minaj’s The Pinkprint has a new release date — December 14. More »
After taking over the charts with her massive, booty-loving single “Anaconda,” Nicki Minaj is back with a follow-up song — “Only.” It finds the rapper going back to her roots, and actually rapping. The opening line immediately tears down any rumors about her and the Young Money crew: “I never f*cked Wayne, I never f*cked Drake/ All my life man f*ck sake/ If I did I would menage with ‘em and let them eat my ass like a cupcake.” Well then!
The rapper continues to talk a lot of smack on the tune, while Chris Brown rushes in with the confident hook. Lil Wayne and Drake also provide explicit verses. It is all laid over a simple but menacing beat with pin-drop sound effects, courtesy of producer Dr. Luke.
“Only” is the third single off Nicki Minaj’s forthcoming third studio LP, The Pinkprint — which has been pushed back to a December 15 release date. Take a listen after the jump. More »
David Guetta‘s new album is called Listen, it’s due November 24 and features every second vocalist with a record deal. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration but the line-up reads like Nothing But The Beat on steroids. The French DJ reunites with “Titanium” collaborator Sia on two tracks (“Bang My Head” and “The Whisperer”) and hits up “Turn Me On” femcee Nicki Minaj for “Hey Mama”.
The rest of the featured artists are fresh and seemingly out of the box. There are soul singers (John Legend and Emeli Sande), rockers (MAGIC! and The Script), rising EDM divas (Elliphant and Bebe Rexha) and quirky singer/songwriters (Jaymes Young and Birdy). It’s a pretty exciting assembly of talent. Check out the full tracklist after the jump. More »
It’s time for our quarterly round-up of raunchy pop diva pics! And, as usual, the leading ladies of music did not disappoint. In further proof that 2014 is the year of the nude, it was almost an embarrassment of the riches with everyone from 19-year-old newcomer Niykee Heaton to 56-year-old pop legend Madonna losing their clothes in the name of self expression/free publicity.
The usual candidates are all represented. Outtakes from Rihanna‘s iconic Lui magazine shoot surfaced online and got everyone clicking, while Miley Cyrus‘ Instagram account remains a valid alternative to PornHub. Honorable mentions go to Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea for proving that rap divas do it better. Peruse the (semi-NSFW) gallery up top. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Nicki Minaj will feature Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown in a new song titled “Only,” out October 28. Minaj’s current single, “Anaconda,” is now No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. [Instagram]
:: Speaking of the “Anaconda” star – in a viral video, a woman who had her wisdom teeth removed wakes up, upset that she looks nothing like Nicki: “I just wanted to have her butt. And her face. I paid a lot of money, and I’m still white!” [Complex]
:: Rihanna celebrated the launch of her latest fragrance, Rogue Man, at the Macy’s in Atlanta’s Lenox Square. More than 300 fans flooded the store and purchased the men’s fragrance. [E!]
:: Lady Gaga brought a $23 million mansion in Malibu, complete with a stable, a saltwater pool with spa, a bocce ball court and a two-lane bowling alley. [Los Angeles Times]
:: Diplo is reportedly expecting his second child with ex-girlfriend Kathryn Lockhart. The producer-DJ has been linked to Katy Perry since April. [New York Daily News]
:: How much can Taylor Swift have in common with experimental techno pioneer Aphex Twin? See for yourself with Aphex Swift, a fan-made mash-up album complete with an explanation (“APHEX TWIN IS AS BIG A ROMANTIC CORNBALL AS TAYLOR SWIFT”). [Stereogum]
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Rihanna‘s eighth album may arrive next month, if a leaked photo is to be believed.
Here’s the story: DJ Envy, co-host of Power 105′s The Breakfast Club, found what appears to be an official document from Rihanna’s label RocNation, detailing her new album. The title? Lost Files. The release date? November 25. The standard edition would feature 14 songs and appearances by Nicki Minaj, Drake, Big Sean and Eminem.
Other artists have talked about their involvement in Rihanna’s eighth album, the follow-up to 2012′s Unapologetic. DJ Mustard was the first to do so, back in January. As of late, though, the release still appeared to be a work in progress. Rihanna reunited with songwriter Ester Dean in the studio. Meanwhile, Charli XCX said that she was writing for the enduring pop star, too.
The most promising sign that the leaked photo is authentic is its mention of “Barz,” featuring Minaj. Last spring on social media, Rihanna teased the woeful lyrics: “Your silver tongue is full of lies, with tricks and thrills and Bambi eyes.” And after a thorough investigation, the Navy concluded that either The Pink Print star or Keri Hilson was involved.
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This year has been very good to Nicki Minaj: her inescapable “Anaconda” single is certified Platinum, she was blessed to share the stage with Beyonce for their “***Flawless” remix and she was spotted hanging out with the Queen of Pop herself — Madonna. Now the rapper is gearing up to host and perform at the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.
A new promo clip for the ceremony has arrived, and it’s a glimpse into the future. Set one day after the EMAs, the video shows Minaj’s global domination. There are E-Minajs (emojis inspired by the rapper), her own late-night show, hamburgers shaped like her infamous bum and even money with her face on it!
Along with Minaj, Calvin Harris, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Ed Sheeran and Kiesza are all set to perform. The show will set to air on November 9, live from the SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland. View the entire nominations list for the 2014 MTV EMAs here. More »
Nicki Minaj poses next to pastel-colored poodles in her glamorous GQ shoot but that’s not the most outrageous thing you’ll in the photos. Instead, the eye is immediately drawn to the femcee’s barely-there top, which appears to be a marvel of modern engineering. The 31-year-old spoke to the magazine about her upcoming LP The Pink Print and meme-spawning “Anaconda” video.
After making the seemingly disingenuous claim that there’s no sexual innuendo in the song or video (“it’s just cheeky, like a funny story… all it says is, ‘my anaconda don’t’”), Nicki sheds some light on the feminist statement she was trying to make with “Anaconda”. “That was important for us to show in the kitchen scene, because it’s always about the female taking back the power,” she says in reference to the clip’s banana-chopping moment. See another pic from her stunning GQ shoot after the jump. More »