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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

This week in Twitter: Justin Bieber taunts non-babymama, Nicki Minaj says goodbye

Twitter is a remarkable technology — allowing us to keep up with the made-up thoughts of a hologram and reduce all art to pithy put-downs and puns. It also provides access to the pyches of some of the biggest starts on the planet—including Justin Bieber, who had a weird little run with his smartphone on Sunday.

In the midst of what he referred to as a “Random Twitter Hour,” Bieber wrote, “Dear mariah yeeter…we have never met…so from the heart i just wanted to say…” with a link to this odd audio clip from the Borat movie.

Yeater is, of course, the woman who accused Bieber of impregnating her somewhere in the bowels of L.A.’s Staples Center after a concert. The paternity suit was withdrawn after Bieber took a DNA test proving he was not the father of Yeater’s infant son.

The rest of his “Random Twitter Hour,” which goes out to some 21 million followers, was indeed random, featuring such nuggets as “Why does David Ortiz look like Robocop?” and simply, “My loins.”

Meanwhile, you can no longer re-tweet Nicki Minaj’s random thoughts, because the platinum rapper has shut down her account. READ FULL STORY

Adele, LMFAO, and Rihanna lead Billboard Music Award finalists

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Fresh off their name-checks in the Time 100, Adele and Rihanna have more kudos to brag about. They’re leading the pack of Billboard Music Awards nominees, along with Lady Gaga, LMFAO, and Lil Wayne. Adele scored 18 nods — including Top Artist, Top Female Artist, and Top Billboard 200 Artist — off the mega-sales of her album 21 and its lead single “Rolling in the Deep.” “Party Rockers” LMFAO will be in the house behind thanks to 17 nods. Rihanna could win up to 13 trophies, and Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne could be walking home with a lot of hardware, after netting 10 nods apiece. Usual suspects like Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, and Bruno Mars are also among the pool of finalists. You can view the full list here.

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Album sales: Lionel Richie climbs to No. 1; Gotye races up the chart following 'SNL'

Two weeks ago, Madonna’s MDNA beat Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee pretty handily on the Billboard 200, but just 14 days later, Lionel Richie has climbed into first place and Madonna is no longer in the Top 10 at all. In the battle of chart longevity, Richie’s latest has legs.

Indeed, Tuskegee is proving to be a blockbuster album for Richie, and it leads the chart in its third week with sales of 129,000. Also debuting on the chart are new discs from Monica, Bonnie Raitt, and Hoodie Allen. Check out the full Top 10 below:

1. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee – 129,000
The veteran singer’s foray into country music got a big boost from a CBS special called ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert that aired on Friday, April 13 and nabbed almost 8 million viewers. Shot the day after the ACM Awards in Las Vegas, the special featured performances with Rascal Flatts, Jennifer Nettles, and Jason Aldean, among other country superstars. Consequently, Richie’s album rose from number 4 to number 1 and has now sold 423,000 copies.

2. Adele, 21 – 92,000
In it’s 60th week on the chart, the 8x platinum album held strong in second place despite a 40 percent drop.

3. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – 81,000
Although Minaj’s hit single “Starships” is holding well at No. 6 on the Hot 100, her sophomore album isn’t blasting off of shelves like her first disc, Pink Friday, did in 2010. In its second week, Roman Reloaded, which debuted atop the Billboard 200 last week, dropped 68 percent into third place and has now sold 334,000 copies. Sure, that’s an impressive total for any artist, but the original Pink Friday sold 375,000 copies in its first week alone.

4. Monica, New Life  69,000
Except for her 1995 debut, Miss Thang, all of Monica’s studio albums have debuted in the Top 10 — this one is her fifth straight title to reach that tier. Sales are driven by her newest single, “It All Belongs to Me” which reunites her with “The Boy is Mine” collaborator Brandy.

5. One Direction, Up All Night  66,000
The former #1 album spends a second week at No. 5, dropping just 28 percent.  It has not left the Top 10 since its debut five weeks ago and has now sold 434,000 copies total.

6. Bonnie Raitt, Slipstream  64,000
The 62-year-old blues/folk queen scored her best sales week since her smash 1994 album Longing in Their Hearts, which reached number one. The critically lauded Slipstream is Raitt’s fourth top 10 album — and her first since Hearts 18 years ago.

7. Gotye, Making Mirrors  54,000
Following Gotye’s performance on Saturday Night Live, his album jumped 15-7 in its fourteenth week. His smash single “Somebody That I Used To Know” (featuring Kimbra) also tops the Hot 100 today after being downloaded 542,000 times — the fourth biggest download tally in history — in the last sales period.

8. Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls  43,000
In its second week, the album, which got a physical release this week following a digital only debut frame increased by a very healthy 72 percent.

9. Rascal Flatts, Changed  41,000
With a whopping 60 percent drop, the country trio dipped 3-9 in their second week.

10. Hoodie Allen, All American – 27,000.
Not many people had heard of the Jewish rapper (nee Steve Markowitz) before he topped the iTunes sales chart last Tuesday with this EP, but he still managed to land a buzzy No. 10 bow.

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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

Nicki Minaj has Chris Brown 'Right By My Side' on new song: Hear it here

What a bad day to forget our Beats by Dre headphones at home.

When we saw that a new song from Nicki Minaj’s around-the-corner new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded had leaked, we knew we’d have to turn up the volume and annoy our office neighbors. Sorry, Shelf Life!

And that was before we realized that Chris Brown was on the track, which is rumored to be the album’s next single. But hey, it turns out that the song is pretty good — a smooth, slickly produced stretch of radio-ready R&B.

Nicki kicks things off by singing, not rapping, and Breezy’s Auto-Tune croon nicely wraps around the song’s easy hook. Minaj does rap, though; her characteristically raunchy flow drops at almost three minutes in.

Long story short, we hope our colleagues didn’t mind listening to us listening to the song on repeat for the next 20 minutes.

The rest of Roman Reloaded isn’t out until April 3, but until then, spend some time with the song in the video below:

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What will be this spring's biggest song? Take our poll

A quick glance at the last few weeks of Billboard‘s Hot 100 makes it clear that a handful of songs are ready to break Kelly Clarkson and Adele’s stronghold on the upper tier of the pop charts.

This week, following a cover on the Regionals episode of Glee, British boy band The Wanted‘s “Glad You Came” shot up from number 23 all the way to number 5 on the Hot 100 (not to brag, but we diiid say, “‘Glad You Came’ feels like a potential radio/club titan poised to become a hit” back in early February), and it’s likely that the boy-band jam will continue its ascent in the weeks to come.

But “Glad You Came” isnt the only new track making waves — a number of other buzzworthy songs are climbing up the chart as well. Take a look at a few especially notable performances from the past two weeks: READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj explains Grammy performance was part of a 'movie'

Four days have elapsed since Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, but the conversation about Nicki Minaj is still going.

Her colorful, Catholic-baiting performance of “Roman Holiday” remains the solitary lightbulb around which many media moths are fluttering, asking variations on the question, “Uh, what was that?”

“I don’t know what is the big issue,” Minaj told reporters on the red carpet of an event for Viva Glam MAC cosmetics. “You know how people write plays and movies? That’s what I did. I wrote that and I gave the world a tiny little preview of what was to come. And so I have to perform it on the set in which it would be in the movie, right?”

Minaj seems to think that the big problem people had with her performance was that it was on a set, though nobody voiced those same complaints about Katy Perry’s generally well-received run through “Part of Me” or Taylor Swift’s theatrical take on “Mean.” The issue was not the fact that it was over-the-top (because, quite frankly, there’s no shortage of that), but the fact that it was confusing and somewhat poorly executed.

But let’s give Minaj the benefit of the doubt and assume that this is a small portion of a much larger project. Does that mean that her upcoming album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is a concept album about exorcism?

Is this an actual movie in the sense that we’ll actually be able to watch it on DVD (in between Lifetime Originals, of course)? Or is it more of a movie in the conceptual sense, the way that stoners will tell you, “My life is a movie, man. But who’s the director? Is it this God? Or is it this hamster over here? What’d you do with the Corn Nuts?”

Minaj has certainly succeeded at keeping her name in the news, which has further fueled speculation (and, no lie, excitement) over her upcoming album, which was originally slated to hit stores this week. Will she be able to keep this up until the actual release date of Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded on April 3? Based on her wig collection, it’s safe to say “yes.”

What did you think of Minaj’s performance? Has it gotten better or worse since Sunday? Get Roman in the comments.

Read more on EW.com:
Nicki Minaj releases new song ‘Starships': Hear it here
Grammys 2012: An on-the-scene report from inside the Staples Center
Nicki Minaj levitates, lights fires, speaks in tongues for Grammys performance of new single ‘Roman Holiday’

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

In case you forgot, today was the original intended release date for Nicki Minaj’s second proper album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. (Those of you wishing to get your Valentine some new music will have to settle for the new Band of Skulls record.) That full-length will now be out in April, but Minaj wouldn’t let the pinkest of days go by without some fresh tunes.

In addition to premiering the song “Roman Holiday” on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards (more on that super-polarizing six minutes in a bit), Minaj also unveiled a new tune called “Starships,” which happens to be produced by Lady Gaga hitmaker RedOne — a deeply disturbing trend, considering she also tapped former Gaga choreographer Lauriann Gibson to design her Grammy show.

It’s super clubby and contains almost no rapping, which continues Minaj’s push into the complete opposite direction she should be heading.

Give the song a listen below. READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj levitates, lights fires, speaks in tongues for Grammys performance of new single 'Roman Holiday'

When the performance slate for the Grammy Awards came out, it was a little bit surprising that Lady Gaga was not included on the list. Who would pick up the over-the-top theatrical slack with Mother Monster sitting on the sidelines?

Nicki Minaj was happy to fill in. In the evening’s most complicated and elaborate performance, she began on stage with “The Pope” (really just a weird old man from central casting who walked the red carpet with her), and began “confessing” the lyrics to her new single “Roman Holiday.”

Things only got weirder, as the show cut to a pre-taped segment that featured the same holy-man character showing up at a house for an exorcism. Who needed a demon purged? Minaj herself, who haphazardly put on lipstick and sang the lyrics to “I Feel Pretty” to herself as she climbed up the wall.

Eventually, the action cut back to the Staples Center stage, featuring lots of stained glass and a small army of monks. Minaj was strapped to a Frankenstein-esque lab table, eventually set free to rap through the remainder of the song.

In short, it was a mess, featuring a whole lot of religious imagery, a smattering of pyro, and no real messages to be found. The one great moment was when Minaj levitated in what might have been an homage to The Craft.

It was certainly the night’s most bombastic stage production, but it’s unclear exactly how we’re supposed to feel about Nicki Minaj (or her alter ego Roman Zolanski) once it ended.

What did you think of Nicki Minaj? Use your wackiest fake British accent in the comments.

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