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Nicki Minaj plays a stripping psychoanalyist in B.o.B's 'Out of My Mind' video: Watch it here

Nicki Minaj, a doctor, and a stripper: It’s like three Halloween costumes in one!

In the new video for “Out of My Mind,” a bespectacled Dr. Minaj shows up in a white coat to administer a psych evaluation on patient B.o.B — but this isn’t your normal eval! No, it’s the kind that ends with her ripping off her coat and giving the potential loon a lap dance in leopard-print lingerie.

Needless to say, the new B.o.B clip is probably a bit unsafe for work — unless you also work at some sort of sexy mental-health facility, in which case this video will probably just bore you:

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Nicki Minaj cancels gigs amid 'American Idol' speculation

Normally, Nicki Minaj doesn’t like to keep quiet. But now, it looks like she has no choice: the Pink lady has cancelled her performances at the U.K.’s V Festival (August 18 and 19) due to “strained vocal chords,” according to a statement released by her publicist on Saturday. The statement says that Minaj already had bruised vocal chords during an August 14th gig in New York, and after a recent x-ray, her doctor suggested that she rest for a few more days. The news also comes just one day after reports that Minaj is a top contender for the open judge’s seat on American Idol. Earlier this month, she tweeted that she has to start her fall tour later than planned, but slyly added that when her fans find out why she’s postponing it, “they will be very happy.” Looks like she has a good excuse to keep mum about that for a while.

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Nicki Minaj brings ‘Starships’ to ‘Today’ show: Watch it here
Lil Wayne defends pulling Nicki Minaj from Hot 97’s Summer Jam
Nicki Minaj will never get an apology, says Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg

On the Charts: Taylor Swift's big sales, Flo Rida's 'Whistle' blows up, The Lumineers say 'Hey'

Taylor Swift’s new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” may just sell the most downloads ever! ever! ever! in its first week.

Released on Monday night, the song is reportedly heading to first-week downloads in the 600,000 range, which would make the breakup anthem the fastest selling song ever by a female artist. (Lady Gaga currently holds that record with “Born This Way,” which was downloaded 448,000 times in its first frame.)

There’s one song Taylor probably will probably not outsell, though: “Right Round” by Flo Rida feat. Ke$ha, which sold 636,000 songs in a single week in 2009. Still, if she climbs past Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend,” which moved 521,000 editions in its first week, she’ll have the second-best sales week in digital history. Not too shabby.

We’ll see how high “Never,” which hit No. 72 on this week’s Hot 100, soars next week, but for now, let’s check out the week’s other chart winners and losers: READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj brings 'Starships' to 'Today' show: Watch it here

Call it a Pink Tuesday?

The hyperactive blond alien we earthlings refer to as Nicki Minaj landed her spaceship in the Today show’s Rockefeller Center studios for a live outdoor performance this morning. Decked in a red skintight number and golden tresses, she and her cadre of shirtless backup dancers bounced around on stage during their live rendition of “Starships.” 

The show was exactly as bonkers as you might expect, particularly when Minaj descended into the youthful crowd and elicited one of those scream frenzies that makes moms litigious.

Check out Minaj’s Today show appearance in the clip below:

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BET Awards 2012 winners: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce dominate

Blue Ivy Carter just got a bunch of shiny new toys to play with.

The BET Awards took place in Los Angeles on Sunday, and big winners included Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, and, of course, Jay-Z and his wife Beyoncé.

The show kicked off with a Kanye-induced bang as the rapper, decked in all-white, joined 2 Chainz and eventual Best New Artist winner Big Sean to perform their runaway rap hit “Mercy,” which Music Mix can verify has been blaring from 90% of car stereos in Brooklyn all summer. West, who brought Kim Kardashian as his date to the awards, also ran through “Theraflu,” the cut that outed the couple in the first place.

That performance segued to host Samuel L. Jackson coming out with Red Hook Summer director Spike Lee to deliver a parody version of the Jay and Kanye single “N—-s in Paris”; we’ll include the video once it shows up online.

Other performances at the event came from the likes of Usher, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz, Melanie Fiona, D’angelo(!), Rick Ross and his on-fire Maybach Music Group, and Chris Brown.

The night also featured an extensive Whitney Houston tribute, which brought out a long list of guests to commemorate the late singer, including: Monica, Brandy (who sang “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”), Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston (singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”), and none other than Chaka Khan, who took us home with “I’m Every Woman.”

As for the awards themselves, some people outside the Jay-‘Ye-Bey trinity managed to swipe prizes: Wale and Miguel won for Best Collaboration, Chris Brown took home the Best Male R&B Artist and the AOL Fandemonium awards, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Check out the full list of the night’s winners below:

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Lil Wayne defends pulling Nicki Minaj from Hot 97's Summer Jam

As the controversy surrounding Nicki Minaj’s flap with Hot 97 DJ Pete Rosenberg begins to die down, her friend and boss Lil Wayne has finally stepped out to offer his side of the story.

In case you’ve forgotten, Minaj was slated to play Hot 97’s Summer Jam earlier this month, but Wayne — the head of her Young Money label — pulled her out after Rosenberg said Minaj’s single “Starships” wasn’t “real hip-hop” on the radio.

Things heated up after that, but now after weeks of silence, Wayne spoke to MTV about his decision. “That’s a female,” the “Lollipop” rapper explained. “First and foremost, Nicki Minaj is a female. I don’t know what anyone else believes, but I believe females deserve the ultimate respect at all times no matter, when or where or how.”

“As soon as she called me and told me she felt disrespected, I just declined everything,” Weezy continued. “I pulled her from the show because … no person that works with me will be disrespected in my presence as long as I’m on this planet.”

Watch the interview below:

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Three new Justin Bieber tracks leak, with guests Nicki Minaj, Drake, and Big Sean: Hear them here

Justin Bieber’s rap collaborations: Collect them all!

Last week, we had a chance to hear Believe‘s Ludacris-featuring “All Around the World.” But hold your breath, Beliebers: the album’s other three rapper-infused tracks have hit the ever-eager internets.

Here’s the roll call: the Nicki Minaj duet “Beauty and a Beat,” the Drake collab “Right Here,” and the Big Sean-assisted “As Long As You Love Me” — which, it should be noted, is not a cover of the 1997 Backstreet Boys hit of the same name. We still don’t know if we’re sad about that or not.

Give ‘em all a listen in the videos below. UPDATE: The leaked songs have been pulled, per request from Bieber’s record label.

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Nicki Minaj will never get an apology, says Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg

Nickigate 2012 has now entered its third day, and neither side is showing any sign of relenting.

To recap: Nicki Minaj was scheduled to headline New York hip-hop station Hot 97’s Summer Jam festival on Sunday night. That afternoon, Hot 97 DJ Peter Rosenberg called her hit “Starships” “bulls—” and “not real hip-hop.” Minaj’s label boss Lil Wayne then pulled his entire roster — including Minaj, DJ Khaled, and Busta Rhymes — from the lineup, leaving Nas and Lauryn Hill to take Nicki’s place.

Tweets were exchanged, and on Monday night, Minaj had a heated conversation with Hot 97 personality Funkmaster Flex that resolved nothing. On Tuesday, Hot 97 station manager Ebro Darden went on the air to explain the incident further, but didn’t really illuminate what went on between the time Rosenberg said his piece and the time Minaj took off.

Which brings us back around to Rosenberg, who clarified his stance on his own show on Hot 97.

“I need it be clear. I gave an opinion on a song,” Rosenberg told his audience. “And Nicki Minaj and Young Money decided to skip Summer Jam. Because of an opinion, not a personal attack, nothing derogatory because she’s a woman. That’s why music is so mediocre nowadays, because no one can give opinions. If you give an opinion, cats hate you, their crew skips your concert, they diss you on Twitter, their boyfriends threaten to punch you in the face.” READ FULL STORY

Nicki Minaj vs. Hot 97 feud continues -- hear Minaj discuss the station's 'disrespect' here

Nicki Minaj’s bailout on Sunday night’s Hot 97 Summer Jam caused a minor ruckus, but by Monday, everybody should have woken up with a cooler head and sent apologies all around, right?

Wrong.

On Monday, 24 hours after skipping her set at the annual hip-hop festival where she was by far the biggest star on the bill, Minaj had a lengthy conversation with Hot 97 DJ Funkmaster Flex, whose colleague Peter Rosenberg made the on-site announcement — that “Starships” was “bulls—” and “not real hip-hop” — that drove Lil Wayne to pull his entire label roster, including Minaj, from the show.

What should have been a hatchet-burying summit ended up being a pretty contentious radio conversation. Minaj and Flex spent the first 10 minutes arguing about the timeline of events on Sunday, and who tweeted what when. Then Minaj launched into a diatribe about Lil Wayne’s life lessons. “Wayne gave me a very, very valuable lesson last night on knowing my worth,” Nicki told Flex. “After that disrespect, I still was going on that stage. And you know what? Shame on me. Lil Wayne gave me a valuable lesson on self-worth.”

It devolved from there, boiling over when the pair disagreed on whether or not Rosenberg’s comments were sexist. It’s a lengthy conversation, but the ebb and flow of the exchange is pretty hypnotic—especially when it becomes clear that Flex is just trying to make the segment longer. Give it a listen below (the person named Ebro they keep mentioning is Hot 97 station manager Ebro Darden).

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Nicki Minaj cancels Hot 97 Summer Jam headlining gig after radio DJ insults her song 'Starships'

Yesterday, Lil Wayne put everybody on notice: He is a very protective label boss, and he won’t hesitate to ruin your party if you cross one of his charges.

The 50,000 or so people who packed into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey yesterday for New York City radio station Hot 97’s Summer Jam festival got a rude awakening when headliner Nicki Minaj had pulled out of the show — one of the biggest annual events on the hip-hop calendar.

It all started when Hot 97 DJ and Hip-Hop Squares host Peter Rosenberg threw down “Starships,” on the current single from Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, while introducing rapper Kendrick Lamar. “We’re all about that real hip-hop,” he told the crowd. “I know there are some chicks in here waiting to sing along with ‘Starships’ later. I’m not talking to y’all right now. F— that bulls—.”

Lil Wayne, who heads up Minaj’s Young Money label, jumped on Twitter to announce “Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” READ FULL STORY

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