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Disco Queen Donna Summer endured even after the era faded

Like the King of Pop or the Queen of Soul, Donna Summer was bestowed a title fitting of musical royalty — the Queen of Disco.

Yet unlike Michael Jackson or Aretha Franklin, it was a designation she wasn’t comfortable embracing.

“I grew up on rock ‘n’ roll,” Summer once said when explaining her reluctance to claim the title. READ FULL STORY

'VH1 Divas' will tribute Whitney Houston: Who should participate?

EW has confirmed the recent news that VH1 is planning a tribute to Whitney Houston to air as a part of its long-running Diva series. The special will tape in Los Angeles in December, with her longtime musical director Ricky Minor serving as executive producer. Whitney’s family — and her label at Sony — have given their blessing for the special to move forward.

Since the taping is several months away, no artists have yet to be confirmed. But that’s where we fans of Whitney can come into play, mostly by answering the question: Who is best to fete Whitney at a Divas tribute? Let’s look at the most likely suspects that might turn up:

+ JENNIFER HUDSON: She’s an obvious choice, seeing as how she already paid tribute to Houston earlier this year at the Grammys, when she flawlessly sang “I Will Always Love You.” But in the spirit of mixing things up — and Hudson maybe not wanting to overshadow what she did for Houston at the Grammys — she could also opt not to participate and let someone step into the spotlight.

+ THE DIVAS PAST: Any number of former participants would be welcome additions to a Houston tribute, as Houston herself showed up on the special in 1999 (singing “Ain’t No Way” with Mary J. Blige and “I’m Every Woman” with Chaka Kahn), 2002 (helping Mary J. Blige out with “Rainy Dayz”), and 2003 (“Something in Common/My Love is Your Love” with ex-husband Bobby Brown and “I Was Made to Love Her” in a Stevie Wonder tribute). Divas, despite their competitive nature, do tend to run together. Others Divas alums who could potential show up include Mariah Carey (who also sang “When You Believe” with Houston), Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Cher, Tina Turner, Beyoncé, Adele, and Kelly Clarkson.

+ BOBBY BROWN: There’s little chance Houston’s ex-husband and New Edition singer won’t be there. The big question is: Will he perform? And if so, what will he perform?

+ STEVIE WONDER: Houston sang the mid-tempo duet “We Didn’t Know” (from her 1990 album I’m Your Baby Tonight) with the legend and also paid tribute to him at the 2003 Divas concert, so it’s pretty much a lock that he’ll be there to fete her in some way.

+ DIONNE WARWICK: She’s Houston’s cousin — and a legendary singer herself. Seems only natural that, if she’s up for it emotionally, she’d be there.

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Album Sales: Carrie Underwood rules supreme, Norah Jones takes the second-place spot

Carrie Underwood blew away the competition on the Billboard 200 this week, scoring her third straight number one album with her fourth release, Blown Away, and moving 267,000 copies.

Other Top 10 newcomers included Norah Jones, with her Danger Mouse-produced Little Broken Hearts, B.O.B., Marilyn Manson, and the first-ever soundtrack from NBC’s Smash.

Check out the full Top 10 below: READ FULL STORY

The Wanted are sort of sorry about Christina Aguilera, now talking about Britney Spears

Sorry, but: Oops, they did it again!

(Again, so sorry.) After calling Voice popster Christina Aguilera “a total bitch” in a radio interview last week and semi-apologizing for it, the British boy band the Wanted are now gossiping about Britney Spears behind her back — literally.

The group showed up on New York’s Fresh 102.7 this morning to talk about their experiences with Spears, whom they opened for in Manchester last fall.

“We signed a confidentiality thing that we should never say anything about what happened, but let’s tell it anyway,” said the Wanted’s Tom Parker, the same dude who lobbed the B word at Xtina. READ FULL STORY

Rihanna gets tribal in 'Where Have You Been' video: Watch it here

Rihanna: Armed again!

After making a splash with her numerous limbs in last week’s “Princess of China” clip, RiRi returns today with a similarly arm-y new video for the Talk That Talk banger “Where Have You Been.”

In it, Rihanna takes a Beyoncé-ish approach by anchoring exotic, variously costumed dance numbers. Themes range from tribal bonfire to that unfortunate rave scene in The Matrix Reloaded, but our favorite part comes at the 3:30 mark, when Rihanna’s inner Hindu goddess comes out once again.

Check it all out in the video below, and let us know what you think down in the comments:

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Nicki Minaj hits the beach for 'Starships' video: Watch here

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It’s entirely possible that Nicki Minaj’s “Starships,” the RedOne-produced single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, will be the anthem of the summer –so it makes sense that Minaj has worked up a beach-centric video for th etrack.

In typical Minaj fashion, “Starships” is full of bright colors, fast cuts, and lots of spastic movement meant to mirror her rap flow (which, it should be noted, is largely absent from this particular song). Perhaps the biggest headline-grabber is the fact that Minaj spends the bulk of the clip writhing around in the sand in a skimpy bikini. Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Album sales: Nicki Minaj scores big debut, Madonna posts record drop

The chart road divided this week for two of the three participants in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. On the one side, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded easily grabbed the top spot on the latest Billboard album chart, moving 253,000 copies in an extremely respectable opening week. It’s her first debut at number one, though her 2010 debut Pink Friday did find the upper plateau several months after its release thanks to the late surge of “Super Bass” in early 2011.

The success of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is easy to see, as Minaj went on a media blitz that included a free surprise concert in Times Square and the continued success of the single “Starships” (which currently sits at number five on the Billboard Hot 100).

That’s all good news for Minaj, whose album has been met with mixed critical reactions but seems to be capitalizing on its everything to everyone approach. The outlooks is less rosy for Madonna, whose latest album MDNA posted the single biggest second week sales decrease for a number one debut since SoundScan started tracking official sales in 1991. READ FULL STORY

Madonna and Britney flirt on Twitter: 'Come on stage and kiss me again'

Here’s something that’ll make you feel ancient: It’s been nearly nine years since Madonna kissed Britney Spears at the VMAs. Nine years! If it were a person, that kiss would be in third grade. It’s older than YouTube and Facebook and Suri Cruise!

But I digress. Apparently, Madge and Brit-Brit both have fond memories of the Smooch Heard ‘Round the World. The two pop icons engaged in some harmless flirting on Twitter yesterday after Britney congratulated Madonna on her new album, saying, “every single song is incredible.” (EW’s Melissa Maerz doesn’t totally agree.)

Madonna’s first @-reply was swift and cheeky. “please come on stage and kiss me again,” she wrote. “I miss you!!” READ FULL STORY

Rihanna talks Chris Brown, future babies in new interview

Warning: This post was produced while listening to Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” remix on repeat — “and it’s not even my birthday”!

So, Rihanna. What’s up with her?

Last we checked, she was raising her hand to play the lead role in a Whitney Houston biopic, tweeting potentially offensive digs at her ex-boyf’s new girl, and, um, starring in Peter Berg’s Battleship. (You know you’ve got a crazy lifestyle when showing up in an multimillion-dollar boardgame-turned-movie is the least interesting thing you’ve got going on.)

And now the “We Found Love” singer has something new for us: an Elle cover (out April 17) and her thoughts on men, babies, and man-baby Chris Brown.

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Guns N' Roses have 'no real plans' for Rock Hall induction, so here are seven possible scenarios

While in Austin for the premiere of the film Sunset Strip, former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum said that though all seven of the to-be-inducted band members are going to be present at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on April 14, the band members themselves are unsure if they will be playing any music.

“After we get a little bit of food in us, hopefully someone will get up and want to play, but I don’t know,” Sorum told Billboard. “I’m not the guy to ask. I just hope it works out.”

Of course, Axl Rose has been long estranged (PUN!) from most of the other six Gunners being let into the Hall. Use Your Illusion-era keyboardist Dizzy Reed still plays in the current incarnation of the band, and both Izzy Stradlin and Duff McKagan have been on stages with Axl this century, but Slash, Sorum, and original drummer Steven Adler have had limited contact with Mr. Rose.

As Sorum notes, it would be pretty strange if a band as dysfunctional as Guns N’ Roses actually had a plan, and it’s true that literally anything could happen once everybody gets in the same room, has a few cocktails, and feels inspired by bald jester Paul Shaffer. Here are some of the most likely (not really) scenarios.

1) Axl gives the same speech Fiona Apple gave at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. Night ends awkwardly for everyone. READ FULL STORY

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