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SEE NICKI MINAJ IN HER FIRST PINK FRIDAY FRAGRANCE ADS

by: Amy Sciarretto

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Nicki Minaj‘s first fragrance Pink Friday is expected to land at retail this month, so the promotional campaign, including the print ads, is in full swing. The ads are everything you’d expect them to be — larger than life and full of Minaj’s favorite, feminine color.

Minaj sports a ballerina-like tutu and heel-less, blingy platform heels in the images, which also include the creepily futuristic bottle. The bottle is shaped in the image and likeness of Minaj herself, complete with a pink wig. The New York City skyline looms large in the background in of the images.

The images are fluffy like cotton candy, and just as confectionary.

The ‘Pound the Alarm’ singer is no doubt looking forward to unleashing this scent on the world and on her beloved Barbz. She was intimately involved in the process of creating the aroma, so she is incredibly proud of the final product. The scent blends floral musk and a playful cloud of pink floral petals with creamy vanilla and carmelized pear, along with Italian mandarin, among other scents. Sounds delectable.

With her first perfume on the way and her new role as an ‘American Idol‘ judge announced, it’s shaping up to be a very good month for Miss Minaj.

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SEE NICKI MINAJ IN HER FIRST PINK FRIDAY FRAGRANCE ADS

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OFFICIAL ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ JUDGES LIST RELEASED: MARIAH CAREY, RANDY JACKSON, KEITH URBAN + NICKI MINAJ ON PANEL

by: Jessica Sager

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Good news for ‘American Idol‘ fans! The official list of judges has finally been released. Who will grace the stage?

Everyone you thought! Mariah Carey was the first judge officially announced (and the highest paid judge in reality TV history, pocketing a cool $18 million for one season), and now we know for sure that she will be joined byRandy JacksonNicki Minaj and country crooner Keith Urban.

Ryan Seacrest tweeted a photo with the newly complete panel, writing, “It’s official, your new #IdolJudges are @MariahCarey, @NickiMinaj, @KeithUrban & @Yo_RandyJackson!”

Though each of the judges were all heavily rumored to be taking on the roles, this is the first official confirmation for anyone other than Carey. There were snafus along the way for Jackson, who was originally slated to take on a mentoring role and leave the judges’ table in favor of Enrique Iglesias, but entered the arena once more last week. Minaj also faced some difficulties with her contract, as ‘Idol’ is sponsored by Coca-Cola and the Harajuku Barbie reps for the competitor, Pepsi.

Following the exits of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, producers were scrambling to fill the empty seats at the table. Others who were in talks to join the panel included Nick Jonas, who seemed enthusiastic about the role,Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg), Justin Bieber, previous ‘Idol’ runner up Adam LambertPharrell Williams and Katy Perry, who made no secret of the cash she was offered and seemed to take pride in rejecting the role.

The judging job takes a lot of commitment both in terms of dedication to the position as well as scheduling, so any stars who planned on going on tour would have had to adjust their itineraries to suit the shooting schedule — and most musicians make the bulk of their income from touring, though the endorsements that ‘Idol’ can encourage will grant pretty pennies as well. (Think of J. Lo and those Venus razors — you know she made big bucks there.) That said, it’s understandable why the show runners had so much difficulty narrowing down their short list of judges.

Minaj had been a guest judge on ‘Idol’ previously, and Urban has experience on ‘The Voice: Australia,’ so they seem like great fits for the show. Here’s hoping Mimi likes to share the spotlight!

Are you excited for the next ‘Idol’ season? Which judge is your favorite? Who would you have on your ideal ‘American Idol’ panel?

OFFICIAL ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ JUDGES LIST RELEASED: MARIAH CAREY, RANDY JACKSON, KEITH URBAN + NICKI MINAJ ON PANEL

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ALICIA KEYS RELEASES ‘GIRL ON FIRE’ SINGLE ART, POSSIBLE REMIX WITH NICKI MINAJ

by: Jessica Sager

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Alicia Keys released the album art for ‘Girl on Fire,’ and now she’s treating fans to the artwork for the single of the same name. Not only that, but VEVO may have spilled a surprise about the track — namely, a feature from none other than Nicki Minaj on a remix!

In the cover for the ‘Girl on Fire’ single, Keys rocks short, light brown hair and she absolutely owns it. Of course, it helps that Keys is naturally stunning — she could shave her head, wear a clown wig or rock blonde pigtails and still look absolutely gorgeous. It is physically impossible for this woman to look bad, because her bone structure and eyes are just so beautiful.

She wears a gold sparkly top or dress (it’s hard to tell since the photo only shows Keys from the shoulders up) with delicate chain necklaces, diamond earrings and a golden lighting scheme. She has smoky eye makeup with smoldering black liner and she looks off to the side, showcasing her pretty profile. Keys looks like the perfect combination of feminine and fierce, evoking both Halle Berry and Grace Jones simultaneously.

Meanwhile, our pals at Oh No They Didn’t snagged a screenshot of a VEVO search for the Harajuku Barbie, and it turned up an interesting result: “‘Girl on Fire (Inferno Version)’ featuring Nicki Minaj.” We can’t wait to hear this!

Keys’ ‘Girl on Fire’ single will be available on iTunes this Tuesday, Sept. 4, and Keys will perform the song at the MTV Video Music Awards this Thursday, Sept. 6. The full ‘Girl on Fire’ album will hit shelves on Nov. 27, just in time to be a stocking stuffer — in addition to a surefire hit.

ALICIA KEYS RELEASES ‘GIRL ON FIRE’ SINGLE ART, POSSIBLE REMIX WITH NICKI MINAJ

Nicki Minaj Joins ‘American Idol’ as Judge

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Eccentric hip-hop star Nicki Minaj is reportedly American Idol‘s newest judge, alongside five-time Grammy winner Mariah Carey for season 12.

The news comes after Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and entertainer Jennifer Lopez left the judging panel in JulyUs Weekly first reported the news on Monday, saying two sources exclusively confirmed Minaj’s Idol role.

Her heavyweight digital presence would give a big social media boost to American Idol. Most recently, she teamed up with Pepsi to live stream a concert in which people tweeting about it would have the chance to see their messages featured on a digital billboard in New York City’s Times Square.

Idol has had seven judges in its 11 seasons, including the original trio of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi, Lopez and Tyler also have had judging stints.

Minaj has performed on Idol in the past, including her hit “Starships” during season 11. Her 2010 debut album,Pink Friday, and this year’s Roman Reloaded both peaked at No. 1 on Billboard‘s albums chart.

Fox Broadcasting has yet to confirm the addition of Minaj or the return of veteran Idol judge Jackson. If true, Minaj would partner with Carey, who has more number one Billboard singles (18) than any solo artist in history.

“Mariah Carey is the real deal,” Fox’s Mike Darnell, president of alternative entertainment at Fox Broadcasting, said in a previous statement. “Not only is she one of the best-selling artists and performers on the planet and one of the world’s most gifted vocalists, she also is a successful songwriter, record producer and actress.”

Singer Nick Jonas and rapper Pharrell Williams are rumored to be in the running for judging roles, too, while Us Weekly says Jackson will become a mentor instead of staying on as a judge.

 

SEE ALSO: TV’s Big Highlights on Social Media This Year ‘American Idol’ Sets Social TV Records 

Competing televised singing shows have undergone judging and mentoring shake-ups as well.

On Fox’s The X Factor, global pop stars Britney Spears and Demi Lovato are now on the judges table, replacing Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

On NBC’s The VoiceGreen Day rocker Billie Joe Armstrong, Michael Buble, Mary J. Blige and Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas round out the show’s star-studded cast. They join judges Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green.

Nicki Minaj Joins ‘American Idol’ as Judge 

NICKI MINAJ: ‘I HOPE FESTIVAL LIARS CHOKE TO DEATH’

Rapper denies claims of tantrum at T In The Park

Nicki Minaj: 'I hope festival liars choke to death'

Nicki Minaj has hit out (and how) at those who accused her of demanding shorter grass at T In The Park festival when she performed at the Scotland event at the start of July 2012.

The Sun newspaper reported that the ‘Starships’ rapper threw a tantrum when she saw the length of the grass around her reserved area – but Minaj has strongly denied these claims in an interview with Australian newspaper, Sunday Herald Sun.

“I hope whoever made that lie up chokes to death. It’s the most absurd thing I’ve heard printed about me in a very long time,” she tells the newspaper.

“Who gives two f—s about someone’s grass? I was wearing my wellies and it was all mud.

I would never tell anyone to cut grass. I don’t give two s—s about anyone’s grass,” she added angrily. “I went to the festival happy to have an outdoors-y type experience. Why would I go somewhere and ask somebody to cut grass?

“It’s sad because I can’t defend myself against these lies.”

Minaj upset fellow performers at festival however, with Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls revealing their disgust at the rapper’s behaviour backstage. Turner tweeted “Nicki Minaj has been being a total selfish shithead to all the hardworking crew backstage at T. Pathetic. F*** off,” after a backstage encounter.

NICKI MINAJ: ‘I HOPE FESTIVAL LIARS CHOKE TO DEATH’

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BEST SONG FEATURING NICKI MINAJ – READERS POLL

by: Cristin Maher

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Nicki Minaj has no problem standing on her own two feet as a performer, but she is also one heck of a featured artist. Ever since she broke onto the music scene, Minaj has had no qualms about lending her signature vocals to a number of songs by other artists. From harder rap tracks to bubblegum pop tunes, the Young Money rapper is constantly sought out as the go-to girl for catchy features… but which song featuring Nicki Minaj is your absolute favorite?

The Harajuku Barbie has done a ton of guest spots over the years, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to 10 of her most popular and impressive features. In 2010, Ludacris recruited Ms. Nicki for a spot on his track ‘My Chick Bad.’ Choosing her for that song must’ve been a no brainer, because Minaj is one of the baddest chicks around. That same year, she also got tipsy with Trey Songz on ‘Bottoms Up,’ took us to the islands with Sean Kingston on ‘Letting Go (Dutty Love),’ and busted our her gold fangs for an absolutely amazing feature on Kanye West‘s ‘Monster.’

In 2011, Nicki Minaj really branched out as she started to not only rap on her features, but also sing. She surprised people all over when she displayed her singing abilities on tracks like ‘You the Boss’ by Rick Ross and ‘Turn Me On’ by David Guetta. Speaking of the French DJ, Guetta liked working with Minaj so much, he also asked her to rap on his Flo Rida-featured track ‘Where Them Girls At.’

Later that year, she teamed up her YMCMB cohort Drake for his song ‘Make Me Proud,’ and she also worked his rap crony Big Sean on his hip-hop club banger ‘Dance (A$$).’  Finally, in 2012, Minaj reached ultimate featured artist status when Madonna asked her to rap on her lead single off of ‘MDNA,’ ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’.’ Oh, and she got to perform it at the Super Bowl with Madge. No biggie.

BEST SONG FEATURING NICKI MINAJ – READERS POLL

NICKI MINAJ TO HOT 97 Count Me Out Next Year Too

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Nicki Minaj is still super pissed after an NYC radio station dissed her hit song “Starships” and has vowed to never perform for them again …. EVER, TMZ has learned.

The singer bailed on Hot 97’s Summer Jam concert this weekend in NJ after a DJ blasted her hit song as “F***ing bulls**t.” The public rip caused Lil Wayne — who heads up her record label —  to pull her from the gig, disappointing thousands of fans.

Sources close to Minaj tell TMZ … the singer stands by her boss’s decision to axe her performance and when she heard the radio station wanted her to come back next year … she said that would NEVER happen.

We’re told Nicki feels the DJ’s comments were completely disrespectful and doesn’t want to work around negative people when there are countless others who actually WANT to hear her music.

NICKI MINAJ TO HOT 97  Count Me Out  Next Year Too

Nas, Chris Brown Woo Nicki Minaj in ‘Right By My Side’ Video

*Rapper Nicki Minaj has released the video for “Right By My Side,” the second single from her sophomore album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.”

In the Benny Boom-directed effort, Minaj appears to be in a love triangle with Brown and Nas. Brown takes her on a shopping spree and Nas gifts her with a car.

At the end of the video, Nas and Minaj share a rather steamy kiss. In fact, Minaj addresses the smooch on Twitter: “Ummm. Yes. Yes we did> RT @iRomanMinaj: @NICKIMINAJ Ya’ll must’ve practiced that kiss more than once b/c that was perfection tbh!!!!!”

Watch below:

[WARNING – EXPLICIT LYRICS, NSFW]

Nas, Chris Brown Woo Nicki Minaj in ‘Right By My Side’ Video

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Nicki Minaj Starships Video Unveiled And Labeled ‘Saucy’

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Nicki Minaj Starships Video Unveiled And Labeled ‘Saucy’

It’s been a while since Nicki Minaj first showcased her ‘Starships’ track but the official video for the track aired on Mtv last. It’s a characteristically ludicrous affair, which begins with a spaceship making its way to an island, where it drops off its extra-terrestrial passenger: the aforementioned Nicki Minaj. With a green-blonde wig and a neon pink bikini, Nicki writhes around on the beach awhile. As the video progresses, she gradually amasses a hoard of followers until the technicolour flesh exhibition culminates in a frantic club scene.

Complete with psychedelic visuals, the video becomes increasingly kaleidoscopic as it progresses and it’s been branded as ‘saucy’ by a number of reviewers. Nicki clearly wasn’t put off by the response to her ‘Stupid Hoe’ video (which was banned from the BET network for being too saucy. At one point, she has to hold herself into her skimpy bikini as she jumps up and down with her newfound rave partners. Prior to its release Nicki warned Mtv viewers that it might be too raunchy for the network, but they went ahead and aired it anyway, treating Nicki fans to an attention-deficit parade of semi-nudity, muscle flexing and budget animation.

A review on Stereogum described the video as “a furiously goofy affair. the end result may be more deeply silly than the song’s Vengaboys sample.” It could just be that this particular reviewer is taking the whole thing a little bit more seriously than Nicki herself.

Nicki Minaj Starships Video Unveiled And Labeled ‘Saucy’

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