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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

Drake sued by ex-girlfriend for including voicemail in 'Marvin's Room'

What goes into the making of a good Drake song? Lots of things. Confessional lyrics, for example, a good beat, and probably an ample supply of cardigan sweaters.

Oh, and in the case of “Marvin’s Room,” an ex-girlfriend’s voicemail message.

That ex is now revealing herself to be Ericka Lee, and she’s suing the rapper to a bid to get partial songwriting credit (read: royalties).

According to the suit, Drizzy and Lee were creative partners, often co-writing songs and poems. “Plaintiff’s contribution is highly significant to the overall work,” the official complaint, filed in California, reads. One contribution they view as significant is her voice; the suit alleges that Drake in fact gave Lee vocal credit in the form of “Syren Lyric Muse.” The audio is now registered by the parties in the U.S. Copyright Office.

The suit also claims that Drake sent Lee texts saying things like “U basically made that song” and “It’s s–t without you.” And in another one of these messages, Drake apparently said he’d give the ex 2% of the publishing royalties? Which sounds like a pretty weird thing to discuss via text, but Drake’s a weird dude, so who knows.

It’s a strange situation all around, and it’ll be interesting to see how it develops. Really, though, it was a long time coming; given how often the guy calls out his exes by name on his albums, you’d imagine at least a few of them would be pretty peeved.

Anyway, until all of this gets sorted out, give the track another listen to hear exactly what Lee’s demanding compensation for:

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Did Disney inadvertently spark a possible Joy Division reunion?

Getting members from defunct bands to reassemble can be a tricky business, but Disney may have found “A Means to an End.”

It began when the company riffed off of Joy Division’s 1979 classic Unknown Pleasures for a new t-shirt, altering the black-and-white pattern from the album’s iconic cover art to resemble Mickey Mouse’s distinctly shaped head.

After garnering much attention online, the shirt was discontinued by Disney, and now the ones in circulation fetch hundreds of dollars on eBay.

But the fracas may also inspire a 3/4ths reunion for the beloved post-punk band.

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Today in music beefs: Chris Cornell vs. Kanye

Another week, another Kanye controversy.

Yesterday, fans at Australia’s Big Day Out fest became understandably upset when West showed up 45 minutes late to his own performance, and they expressed their discontent by chanting “bulls—” in Yeezy’s direction.

But not all of the jeering came from the audience. West’s delayed, allegedly ballerina-filled performance happened to bleed into the Soundgarden show a stage over, irking frontman Chris Cornell.

The “Black Hole Sun” singer let himself rip, telling his audience:

“Sounds like there’s children playing music there. Retarded children, retarded as in held back. There’s no other word for it.”

Your move, ‘Ye! Though you may have to grab the baton from angry advocacy groups for the mentally disabled.

Read more on EW.com:
Kanye West’s twitter is back! And yes, it’s pretty much amazing
Neil Young on music today: ‘I don’t like it’
Review: Kanye West & Jay-Z, Watch the Throne

Jay-Z banning the 'b-word' now that he's a dad? Not so fast

Yesterday, there was an idea flying around this series of tubes that Jay-Z, he of new fatherhood and extremely public displays of affection, had written a poem about his daughter Blue Ivy where he renounced using the word “b—-” (yeah, not “baby”) in his lyrics.

Though a number of news outlets reported that Jigga was nixing “the b-word” for good and republished the rapper’s supposed prose, nobody could figure out exactly where the words had been published. And even if the poem was real, it didn’t explicitly say that Jay was retiring the word in question.

As it turns out, the whole thing was a figment of the Internet’s imagination. Jay’s representatives reached out to E! to let them know that the poem did not come from their client. They’re uncertain about the origin of the words, but they’re sure that they were not written by Jay-Z.

Honestly, that makes the whole thing a lot less problematic, as swearing off b—- would have created a double-pronged problem for Hova. READ FULL STORY

Beastie Boy Mike D disses 'NYT' puzzlemaster Will Shortz on 'Colbert Report' -- VIDEO

As far as hip-hop beefs go, it’s no Drake vs. Common, but it’s certainly more fun.

First, some background: New York Times puzzle guru Will Shortz was called out this week by freelance writer Julieanne Smolinski for misusing the word “illin” in a recent crossword, leading the two to cross swords via e-mail.

“The clue for 28 down reads ‘Wack, in hip-hop,’ and the answer provided is ‘ILLIN,’” Smolinski wrote. “These are not the same things, at all!”

Shortz fired back with this defense: “According to the Dictionary of American Slang, edited by Robert L. Chapman,’illin” means ‘stupid, insane.’ ‘Wack’ is defined as ‘worthless, stupid.’ The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, by Tony Thorne, defines “illin’” as ‘bad, uncool,’ and says it is a buzzword in the rap and hip-hop cultures. It seems to me that’s roughly the same as ‘wack’ in the sense of worthless or stupid.”

Added the Timesman, “So it seems to me the clue is fine.”

But it doesn’t seem fine to Mike D of the Beastie Boys, who took to The Colbert Report to settle the score on rap’s nerdiest feud once and for all.

How does it all end? Let’s just say Shortz might need to check himself. Watch the tweedy Beastie work out the finer points of hip-hop grammar in the clip below: READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown's media strategy for 2012: no talking

Good Morning America‘s studio windows can rest easy this year.

According to his manager Tina Davis, Chris Brown won’t be allowed to do any interviews for the rest of 2012, a measure intended to protect the gaffe-prone singer from himself.

The strategy had actually been set “a while back,” Davis said. She continues:

“We’re not trying to be rude, selfish or disrespectful to anyone in any way. If people are going to judge anything, judge him for his talent. He signed up to sing and entertain. Not to talk about his personal life.”

But worry not, Breezy fans: Brown’s always vibrant Twitter account is still alive and well – for now. And as Kanye taught us yesterday, that may be more than enough.

Read more on EW.com:
Best of 2011: Which celebs had the best (and worst) Twitter feeds this year?
Grammy Nominations: Snubs and Surprises
Kanye West’s twitter is back! And yes, it’s pretty much amazing

Cee Lo Green apologizes for changing lyrics to John Lennon's 'Imagine,' kind of

Cee Lo Green is no stranger to edited lyrics, but now he’s on the other side of the coin.

Earlier this week, the singer caught flack for changing the words to — and, as his detractors pointed out, the message of — John Lennon’s “Imagine” during his New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square, where he sang “all religion is true” instead of the late Beatle’s “and no religion too.” Cee Lo took to his Twitter to apologize, writing:

 “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what you wanted that’s all.”

Yet Green then quickly retook to Twitter to unapologize, apparently — the tweet can no longer be found on his account (though he left a tweet about listening to the Beatles’ “I’m Only Sleeping” intact).

We’re not sure what inspired his change of heart, so until we have a Taiwanese-animated reenactment explain it to us, we’ll only have the original document to go on: READ FULL STORY

Jon Bon Jovi death-hoax starter says he did it because he was 'irritated' at JBJ's lack of musical focus, admits he was wrong

On December 19, the Internet was set ablaze with shocking news: Rocker, actor, philanthropist, and arena-football enthusiast Jon Bon Jovi had suddenly died! What began as a suggestion on Twitter quickly escalated into a huge story, as reporters and well-wishers gathered around the hospital where Bon Jovi had supposedly lost his grip on life.

But just as quickly, the news was outed as a hoax, and Bon Jovi himself cheekily posted a new photograph of himself on Facebook, very much alive, holding a sign that read, “Heaven looks an awful lot like New Jersey.”

Now the originator of the hoax is facing a tremendous backlash from fans. In a conversation with the Asbury Park Press, Jeffery Goho noted that he tweeted about Bon Jovi’s death out of frustration that the singer had spent so much time away from the band pursuing other interests. READ FULL STORY

Jon Bon Jovi: Dead... or alive? (Hint: It was a hoax)

Reports of his death have been greatly exaggerated. Yesterday, 49-year-old rocker Jon Bon Jovi was the latest casualty of Internet rumors claiming he had died of a massive heart attack. Before fans could indulge in too much gnashing of teeth or plan an epic 21-can Aquanet salute synced to “Blaze of Glory,” Bon Jovi himself took to Facebook and Twitter to set the record straight with a cheeky pic (right) of himself holding a sign that read “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey Dec. 19, 2011 6:00.” READ FULL STORY

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