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Usher And Nicki Minaj Reunite On Pharrell-Produced “She Came To Give It To You”: Listen

Usher & Nicki Came To Give It To You
One freak is never enough.

It’s been just under four years now since “Good Kisser” crooner Usher and “Pills N Potions” rapstress Nicki Minaj teamed up for their sexy collabo, “Lil Freak.” But the powerhouse performers are teaming up once again for a brand new cut from Usher’s upcoming LP.

This time around, the whole thing’s been helmed by producer du jour Pharrell — and yes, it’s all funked up.

Listen to the radio premiere of “She Came To Give It To You” via Rap-Up after the jump. More »

Justin Bieber, Usher, Carly Rae Jepsen & Ed Sheeran Attended Scooter Braun’s Wedding: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Scooter Braun, manager of Justin Bieber, PSY and The Wanted (RIP), was married over the weekend in Canada. His wedding was attended by Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ed Sheeran, Tom Hanks, Asher Roth and Usher, among others. The important thing: “Call Me Maybe” was performed. [Rap-Up.com]

:: Speaking of Usher, he’s set to debut a new song today (July 8) titled “She Came To Give It To You,” and it features Nicki Minaj and Pharrell Williams. [PopJustice]

:: Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal, stating, “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.” [The Hollywood Reporter]

:: Grammy winning producer William Orbit has defended Britney Spears‘ vocals. [Pink Is The New Blog]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »

Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran And More Perform At 2014 Philly 4th Of July Jam: Watch

We Overdosin'
Philadelphia hip-hop band The Roots know how to jam with just about anyone, at The Tonight Show and otherwise. For their annual free concert, the Philly 4th of July Jam, they worked as the house band for top pop acts like Nicki Minaj, Aloe Blacc, Jennifer Hudson and closer Ed Sheeran.

Following the #1 debut of his new album x, Sheeran performed “Sing” as well as his 2011 breakout hit “The A Team.” An hour prior, Minaj was forced to pause her set after a brief scuffle broke out and an officer was tackled. She had kicked it all off with pop hits like “Super Bass” and current single “Pills N Potions,” though based on reports, the majority of the 4th of July Jam spectators had flocked to Philadelphia to see the Pink Print star specifically. More »

Iggy Azalea Finally Responds To Nicki Minaj’s BET Awards Shade: “I’m Unbothered”

Iggy Azalea has responded to Nicki Minaj‘s BET Awards shade and subsequent Twitter clarification with a lengthy Instagram post. “I have to say the general explosion of pettiness online is hard to ignore,” the Aussie femcee begins. “If I had won the BET Award that would’ve been great but it wasn’t my year & I don’t mind — so you shouldn’t either.”

“Generally speaking I’m unbothered by anything that ‘happened’ at the BET Awards and just feel worn out by everyone trying to make me have wars with people all the time,” she continued. “I hate to see everyone exhausting themselves on my behalf over things that I’m still not 100% sure even exist & don’t matter.” That’s how you quash a beef. See Iggy’s full post after the jump. More »

Nicki Minaj Denies Iggy Azalea Shade In Twitter Rant, Drags Her Rival Even Harder

Nicki Minaj threw thick shade at Iggy Azalea in her smug acceptance speech for Best Female Rapper at the BET Awards on Sunday (June 29). “What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” she said between giggles. It was a fairly obvious dig at her Aussie rival, who is mentored by T.I. but also extremely offensive to the other nominees.

After a social media backlash, the 31-year-old jumped on Twitter this morning (July 2) to deny any shade-throwing. “The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different,” Nicki began. “I believe we’re smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do.” So she’s basically still insinuating that Iggy doesn’t write her own bars. “I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation.”

But the femcee didn’t stop there. “It’s the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy [Elliott],” she continued. “I know she’s a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more.” This is the shadiest explanation of all time. If Nicki has proof Iggy Azalea is a fraud then please share it. If not, she should issue a sincere apology because this just makes her look jealous. After all, “Fancy” is spending its sixth week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Pills N Potions” is nowhere to be seen in the top 30. Find her tweets after the jump. More »

2014 BET Awards: Beyoncé, Jay Z & Iggy Azalea Perform, Nicki Shades + Full List Of Winners

The 2014 BET Awards
Awards! Live performances! Shade! Last night’s 2014 BET Awards brought the action once again this year.

It was an especially big night for Beyoncé fans last night — but then again, when isn’t it a time for celebration as a Beyhive member? Queen Bey led the pack by winning not one, but three awards of the night including the “Fandemonium” Award, followed by a sexy surprise (pre-taped) performance of “Partition” with Jay Z live from Miami’s On The Run Tour (which we attended!) to close out the show.

Other major performances of the night included Nicki Minaj‘s trippy-as-hell performance of “Chi-Raq” into “Pills N Potions” (there was a giant mushroom in the middle of the stage!), Usher‘s career-spanning hit medley — from “Nice And Slow” to “Good Kisser,” Chris Brown‘s return to the stage for the first time since jail with a choreography-filled performance of “Loyal” alongside Lil Wayne, Tyga and Travis Barker (?!), Iggy Azalea and T.I.‘s “No Mediocre” and Pharrell‘s cheerleader-filled #BaeUniversity opening of “Come Get It Bae” (hey, where’s Gwen?), which led into a killer mash-up with none other than Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott‘s classic, “Pass That Dutch.” “The Empress!” Pharrell dubbed Missy before welcoming her to the stage. Watch some of the night’s biggest performances, then check out the full list of winners below. More »

Girls Take It Off: 16 Sexy Pics Of Pop Divas Baring Almost All In 2014 (Q2)

The second quarter of 2014 delivered a veritable onslaught of sexy pics from our favorite pop divas. Leading the charge was the holy queen of unnecessary nudity Rihanna. She posed topless (and bottomless) for French men’s magazine Lui and then posted the pics on Instagram, which led to her account being temporarily deleted. She never reactivated it and we’re still in mourning.

Seasoned attention-seekers Rita Ora and Miley Cyrus got in on the act, losing their clothes for multiple photo shoots, but they were put in their place by pop veteran Madonna. Her nipples took pride of place in Italian Vogue and she proved that there’s no age limit for shameless publicity stunts. Bless her heart. While not as rowdy as the previously-mentioned divas, good girls Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato posted bikini pics, while pop legend Mariah Carey wore a pearl necklace (let’s not go there) and little else for sleazy snapper Terry Richardson. See all the sexy pop star antics up top. More »

Trey Songz’s ‘Trigga’: Stream The Full Album Featuring Justin Bieber And Nicki Minaj

Trey Songz has claimed (convincingly) that he invented sex. In his new album Trigga, now streaming ahead of its July 1 release, the young R&B crooner’s behavior tends to be just as bold. He and Juicy J pal up in the Mike WiLL Made It-produced “Late Night” to lay down one-night-stand terms as explicitly as possible. Following 2010′s “Bottoms Up,” he reunites with Nicki Minaj – a last-minute feature – in “Touchin’, Lovin’,” for a woozy pop-R&B number that inspires them to lay down an important ground rule for bedroom behavior – in the words of the Pink Print star, “Real n—-s let real b—–s come first.” And he and Justin Bieber fantasize of a Miami vacation in his “Foreign” remix, complete with a short and succinct list of priorities: F—, drink, sleep.

Songz would repeat that sentiment later on, just as he features not one, but two version of “Foreign” in the album’s standard edition – moves that seems a bit excessive. But the somewhat long wait for the tender “SmartPhones,” dubious title and all, is worth it. There he imagines being caught cheating, and as he attempts to figure out how to beg for an apology, his anguished voice coasts into a falsetto with little to no effort. For all the times he’s sing-rapping and being blunt in Trigga, it’s stunning to hear him meander and sigh of being speechless.

Stream Trigga below. More »

Nicki Minaj & Drake Plot ‘Pink Print’ Collaboration

Nicki Minaj revealed that she and Drake will hit the studio soon for a new collaboration, to appear in her forthcoming album The Pink Print. “I’m a massive fan of him too, that’s my baby,” she said to Capital Xtra. “I hope and pray we’ll have [a collaboration] on there. I think that we’ll definitely have one on there. We’re supposed to meet up this week to get some stuff crack-a-lacking in the studio.”

Last month, Drake sent Minaj two songs to consider for The Pink Print – exciting news, considering the longtime chemistry between them. When the Young Money labelmates were still rising artists, they made headlines when they tweeted of getting married. Drake would later play Prince Charming in Minaj’s Cinderella story “Moment for Life,” though their best collaboration may be Take Care‘s “Make Me Proud.” Plus, just days after Drake sent her new songs, Minaj confessed to I-D that he was her ideal man. “One day I will run away with Drake and get married, but right now it’s just a fantasy,” she said.

Hear Minaj talk Drake, plus more unexpected Pink Print collaborators (including Game, who plays her love interest in “Pills N Potions”) after the jump. More »

Dr. Luke Teases Nicki Minaj & Juicy J Collaboration

Super-producer Dr. Luke excited fans when he hinted of a Nicki Minaj and Juicy J collaboration – one that’s got him feeling giddy, actually. “Thank you for the verse !!!!!!” he said to Minaj on Twitter, before he referenced a line that she spit: “#MeNickiMIGotTooManyWins.” (Only time will tell if she actually spits that as a hashtag – I hope not.)

Dr. Luke produced Minaj’s debut Pink Print single, “Pills N Potions.” Along with Mike WiLL Made-It, he’s also a featured producer in Juicy J’s next album; while recorded immediately after 2013′s hedonistic Stay Trippy, The Hustle Continues will focus on business rather than pleasure. “The album is going to be me at a CEO level, achieving in the game, a legend in the game,” Juicy J has said, adding, “For anybody that wants to be in the music business, there are gonna be some pointers on how to survive.”

Minaj and Juicy J last collaborated on Wale‘s “Clappers,” released last year. (Legendary line: “Shout out to that cellulite.” Nicki just gets it.) But with Dr. Luke at the soundboard, there’s no telling what’s in store. Remember, he also produced Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse” — a song that not even police can resist. See cops lip-sync to the Prism hit below. More »