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Best of 2012: The year in lyrics, from Taylor Swift to Carly Rae


Music makes the people come together — but lyrics might be even more powerful as unification tools. Think about it: Whether you’re a rap fiend or a hater of all things hip hop, you have to admire a guy who figures out a way to rhyme “narcissist” with “lobster bisque.” See below to find out what we’ve dubbed 2012’s top five lyrics, which artists warbled 2012’s worst five lyrics, and which lyric won the dubious honor of being the year’s best AND worst at the same time. (Hint: Think “Call Me Maybe.”)


Steven Tyler apologizes to Nicki Minaj for 'cornfield' comment, which almost certainly wasn't racist

Not only is Nicki Minaj starting trouble with the American Idol judges sitting next to her, but she has also started beef with people who are no longer with the show.

Last week, Aerosmith frontman, former Idol judge, and scarf industry propper-upper Tyler gave Minaj—and the rest of her Idol cohorts—what for during a conversation with MTV News. “I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel, [and] it shouldn’t be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called camaraderie,” he said.

“They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that’s trying to birth itself. It needs to be birthed, not judged by ‘entertainment’ factors, it needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the ‘it’ factor. Not the ‘it’ factor because they can fight. The f— is that all about?”

Tyler took particular umbrage with Minaj’s approach, saying, “These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they’re in New York City, they’re scared to death; you’re not going to get the best. If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying.”

Obviously, Tyler was continuing his “Midwest” riff when bringing up the idea of a “cornfield.” But Minaj didn’t see it that way: READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj already blaming Walmart, Target for low 'Pink Friday' sales [UPDATED]

While speaking to New York’s Power 105.1, Nicki Minaj presented the public with a preemptive explanation as to why her latest offering — Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, released Nov. 19 — is suffering sales-wise. The official first-week tally for the album (which is a rerelease of her last album, plus eight new songs) won’t be in for a couple more days, but early indications of low sales have already put Minaj on the defensive.

“It is hard to get the album because the stores basically said that the last few re-releases they had put out did not do well and they didn’t want to take a chance,” Minaj told the radio station. “So, Target and Walmart is not selling the album. Target is actually my biggest retailer — they’ve always been my biggest retailer. They’ve sold the most Nicki Minaj albums ever, so, thank you, Target. But I wish you could’ve sold this one.”

She then moved on to discuss Best Buy, which she says “only took limited [quantities] because they’re like, ‘Oh, we don’t know, we want to play it safe.'”

“So it’s very difficult and it kind of sets you up to fail,” she added, explaining that a number of her fans “have been driving hours — literally hours! — to get one CD. But it is what it is, and I appreciate the support, and I’m excited about the music.”


Nicki Minaj stays subdued for 'Freedom' video: Watch it here

Nicki Minaj’s laboriously titled Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up hits streets today, and to celebrate, the lady’s got a little video treat for us.

The clip for her new single “Freedom” — one of her re-release’s new songs — is as relaxed as the her performance of it at the AMAs last Sunday. The video plods along in black and white while a mostly stationary Minaj sings at the camera in a variety of outfits. Things do eventually get colorful toward the end, though, but not much more interesting.

Check it out in the video below:


American Music Awards: See the winners list here!

America proved its Bieber Fever was strong: The teen singer dominated the American Music Awards on Sunday night.

Bieber’s wins included the show’s top award, artist of the year. The singer’s mom joined him onstage as he collected the top award. He looked to his mom: “I wanted to thank you for always believing in me.”

He said it’s “hard growing up with everyone watching me” and asked that people continue to believe in him.

The 18-year-old also won favorite pop/rock album for Believe, and male artist.

He performed two songs at the award show, one stripped and another upbeat with Nicki Minaj. As Bieber won his second award, he was kissed on the neck by Jenny McCarthy, who presented the award.

Here is a full list of the winners:  READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj to Barbara Walters: 'Am I not good enough for you to get my side, because I'm a little black girl that raps?'


Nicki Minaj’s  E! special My Truth is certainly presenting one version of events. That’s the funny thing about truth, though: everyone’s is different.

In the second of her three-night special last night (which you can watch in full), Minaj gave her story about what is going on between herself, Mariah Carey and Barbara Walters. It all started a few months ago, when Carey told Walters that Minaj had threatened her. At the time, Carey, via Walters, said that she heard Minaj say, “If I had a gun, I would shoot the b***h,” referring to Carey. Walters then repeated on The View.

But in the new special, Minaj said that after Carey leveled the gun charge, Walters simply reported it and didn’t ask Minaj’s team for comment. “Am I not good enough for you [Walters] to get my side, because I’m a little black girl that raps?” she said, talking to her entourage. “Because if I was J. Lo, you would’ve called J. Lo’s camp. But are we not good enough for you Barbara?…I’m only good enough for you to tell people I’m ‘unpredictable,’ when you don’t f—–g know me?” READ FULL STORY

MTV's Europe Music Awards results: Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift win big

North America, eff yeah! U.S. citizens and Canadians dominated MTV’s Europe Music Awards in Frankfurt last night, snagging awards in 11 out of 16 total categories. Newly single canuck Justin Bieber and native Pennsylvanian Taylor Swift had especially good nights, bringing home three globe-topped statuettes apiece. And as a bonus, the late Whitney Houston was honored with this year’s Global Icon award; previous winners include Bon Jovi and Queen. Check out a full list of winners below:

Biggest Fans: One Direction

Best Female: Taylor Swift

Best Song: Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”

Best Male: Justin Bieber


Nicki Minaj releases new song 'Freedom': Hear it here

Let’s flash back to two years ago, back when everybody thought listening to Far East Movement was a good idea.

Back then, Nicki Minaj was merely a buzzed-about rapper from New York at the center of a bidding war ultimately won by Lil Wayne. Minaj was hailed as a revolutionary, the woman to elevate female MCs to the next level and introduce the next great wave of hip-hop.

And that sort of happened; while Minaj’s debut album Pink Friday was spotty, it still contained some truly stunning moments of prowess that seemed to deliver on the promise of her greatness. In the meantime, she stole just about every song she guested on (most especially Kanye West’s “Monster”) and continuously added to her army of “Barbies.”

But that was then. Over time, the wheels came off somewhere, and Minaj became the sort of star who allows an embarrassing E! reality series to be made about her, takes a job sparring with Mariah Carey on American Idol, and weighs down the re-release of her already pop-bloated second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded with middle-of-the-road R&B tweets like “Freedom,” which you can hear below.


Nicki Minaj has a video for 'Come on a Cone': Watch it here

How cold is Nicki Minaj’s ice? According to her standout Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded track “Come on a Cone,” she’s basically Frosty the Snow-woman.

After proving her sub-zero bona fides in a number of projects, including Ice Age: Continental Drift and the icy beats on her latest album (not to mention her supposedly chilly behavior toward fellow Idol judge Mariah Carey), we’re more than willing to except that Ms. Minaj’s “ice is so cold, it should come on a cone.”

As for the video itself, however? The best we can offer is a lukewarm “eh”… The track is one of the more engrossing selections from the rap half of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, but the song’s DIY-lite clip (which includes a number of Idol shout-outs) is pretty much phone in.

Check it out in the player below and let us know what you think:


Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj coordinate a pool party for 'Beauty and the Beat': Watch the 'stolen' video here

Hey, remember that time everyone was worried about Justin Bieber’s stolen laptop and camera? Turns out, it was just one giant psych — so you’re off the hook, Tacoma-area thieves!

The stolen-gear claims made by Bieber and his label were all part of a coordinated publicity stunt designed to pique your interest in the video for “Beauty and the Beat,” his Believe collaboration with Nicki Minaj.

“On October of 2012 three hours of personal footage was stolen from musician Justin Bieber,” the video hosted on Bieber’s official Vevo account reads. “The following footage was illegally uploaded by an anonymous blogger.”

In fact, the clip features DIY-style scenes of a massive waterpark party, complete with beer pong, babes, and, of course, Ms. Minaj, the sudden queen of dubiously leaked videos.

Take a look at the fake found footage for yourself in the “Beauty and the Beat” below:


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