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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

Madonna to appear in live Facebook chat with Jimmy Fallon to promote album release

Madonna will kick off the release of MDNA by sitting down with Jimmy Fallon for a livestream chat on Facebook on Saturday, March 24, at 6 p.m. EST.

The interview will take place before a live audience and will feature Madonna sharing sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes snippets of rehearsals for her upcoming tour. The news of the interview was confirmed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and both Fallon and Madge will be sharing posts on Facebook in advance of the interview.

MDNA is scheduled to be released Monday, March 26, through Interscope Records. Lead single “Give Me All Your Luvin’” hit number one on Billboard’s Dance/Club chart and marked Madonna’s 41st number one dance hit in her career.

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Lana Del Rey drops sexy, cologne-y new video for 'Blue Jeans': Watch it here

What’s your favorite perfume commercial? Ours used to be the magical “Someday by Justin Bieber,” but now it’s probably this new clip for “Blue Jeans” by Lana Del Rey.

Oh, what’s that? It’s a music video featuring the same tattooed model from the singer’s “Born to Die” music video? Our bad. We were a little confused because, you know, Del Rey already had a music video for the song. (And seriously: Blue Jeans is also a real fragrance.)

Either way, the new one’s fun, too: more polished, less colorful, all Lana. Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments:

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Beyonce books first post-birth concerts in Atlantic City

Just three months after the birth of Blue Ivy, Beyoncé is ready to get back to the business of being a pop star.

It was announced today that the star will be part of the grand opening of the Revel Resorts in Atlantic City, playing a trio of shows over Memorial Day weekend that will represent her first time onstage since she and husband Jay-Z welcomed their first-born back on January 7.

The shows are May 25-27, and tickets go on sale April 6.

Parenthood has not kept Jigga down, either — he’s played two high-profile shows since adding a new member of his family: One a historic concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, the other just last week at the annual South By Southwest Festival.

The last time Beyoncé performed a full concert was in August of last year during a run at New York’s Roseland Ballroom, just before she officially announced her pregnancy at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.

These Atlantic City shows should answer a lot of questions: Has motherhood changed her voice? Does she still look great in all those shimmery dresses? Will she team up with Sleigh Bells to run through “Irreplaceable”? And what’s on Blue Ivy’s list of rider demands? (Our guesses: No, yes, highly unlikely, and hand-strained organic pears.)

Read more:
Blue Ivy Carter makes her photo debut. Commence your freak-out now.
Jay-Z and Beyonce both reportedly working on new music
Jay-Z burns through SXSW set, requires police escort to get there — see his performance

Get ready for Katy Perry in 3-D, 'Part of Me' in theaters this summer

Get your 3-D glasses ready, Katy Perry fans. The pop star is bringing blue wigs and whipped-cream bras to a theater near you. The singer is teaming up with Paramount to make the leap to the big screen with 3-D documentary-style film on her life on and off screen. We can only assume it will be a hybrid of her recent California Dream world tour, life on the road, and snippets of her personal life.

The “Teenage Dream” singer tweeted: “Finally, my movie coming out with Paramount this summer! It’s called Katy Perry: Part of Me Presented In 3D! #KP3D.’ READ FULL STORY

Rihanna feuding with Chris Brown's girlfriend? Let's examine the evidence

Is she a good Twitter girl gone bad? Rihanna has taken to the 140-character site to offer up a steamy image of herself on Wednesday — in which she strikes a strategically covered-up topless pose with the message, “Where have you been all my life?!”

The post has sent already-wagging tongues into overdrive, wondering if this is just another part of her alleged feud with Chris Brown’s current girlfriend, model Karreuche Tran.

Last week, the songstress tweeted a feasibly harmless but potentially offensive picture of a packet of rice cakes dressed up in hoop earrings and shades with the caption, “Ima make you my b****.” Rihanna’s followers made the obvious link to Tran, who is half-Vietnamese.

Then, when one of Rihanna’s followed asked her to save him some rice cakes, she responded with, “Kinda DRY.” Was it all a thinly veiled dig? Maybe. Maybe not.

On her “Birthday Cake (Remix)” single with Chris Brown, she does sing, “Come and get it / Sweeter than a rice cake / Cake worth sipping.” And anyone who has ever eaten a rice cake knows that yes, they can be dry.

While we were busy decoding Rihanna’s twitpic game, Karreuche retaliated with Nicki Minaj lyrics on her Facebook. “I win you loose!!! [sic] *nicki voice* I mean I got him, you got pictures of him” with a friend posting adding, “I’m Angelina, you Jennifer. C’mon, you see where Brad at.” Jab? Again, maybe. Maybe not.

Karreuche tweeted that she doesn’t even have a Facebook page, but that retreat didn’t seem to phase Rihanna, who fire back song lyrics from Minaj’s rival, Lil Kim: “I’m a leader, yall on some followin s—, comin in dis game on some modeling s—!”

Is this a full-on feud? It’s all still a mystery. Either way, it’s clear these two won’t be trading friendship bracelets and braiding each others’ hair anytime soon.

What do you think? Is this a war of words or is just some silly social-media back-and-forth?

Read more:
Rihanna and Chris Brown release simultaneous remixes, guest on each others’ new tracks 

The-Dream says Rihanna asked to collaborate with Chris Brown  

Miranda Lambert tells Chris Brown to ‘take notes’ during ‘Gunpowder and Lead’ performance 

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