Iggy Azalea Goes After Snoop Dogg on Twitter Following Mean Meme

ABC/Randy HolmesIggy Azalea is not too happy with Snoop Dogg after he poked fun at her on Instagram.

Snoop took to the photo-sharing site to share a meme that mocks a recent photo of Iggy at Los Angeles International Airport without makeup. The photo includes the message, “Iggy Azalea No Make Up.”

Iggy went after Snoop on Twitter in a series of posts that have since been deleted. However, E! Online has published screenshots of the messages, which read, “@snoopdogg why would you post such a mean pic on insta when you send your body guards to ask me for pictures every time we are at shows together? My bodyguard stopped the fire truck that saved your friends life in canada when he almost burnt down the hotel.”

Iggy continued, “And every time I’ve spoken to you, you’ve always been nice as hell, I’m disappointed you’d be such an a** for no reason.”

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Lorde Thinks Her “South Park” Parody Is “Surprisingly Cute”

Image Courtesy Andrew WhittonLorde takes her music seriously, but that doesn’t mean she can’t take a joke.

A recent South Park episode portrayed the 17-year-old New Zealand native as Randy Marsh, the 45-year-old mustached father of one of the show’s four central characters, Stan Marsh.

Despite the unflattering caricature, Lorde expressed her love for the episode in an Instagram post last Thursday that read, “This is actually surprisingly cute — and from what I can tell also has a message of transgender acceptance. (I’m still very new with this type of humor so I’m not sure if was actually genuine but it seemed so to me).”

In an interview with New Zealand’s TV3, Lorde again showed her appreciation for the parody by singing a little bit of “I Am Lorde Ya Ya Ya,” the song her South Park counterpart sang on the episode.

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“The Voice” Recap: The Battle Rounds Begin

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCAfter weeks of the Blind Auditions, The Voice entered the Battle Round phase on Monday night.

In the Battle Rounds, two teammates at a time perform a song together. Their coach then decides which artist won the battle. The winner advances to the Knockout Round, while the loser is eliminated…unless he is stolen by a rival coach.

The four coaches — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams — each have two steals to use.  

Monday’s two-hour episode also marked the introduction of this season’s mentors. Team Pharrell received help from Alicia Keys during rehearsals; Adam and his artists were joined by Stevie Nicks; Gwen brought in her hubby, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale; and Blake welcomed fellow country act Little Big Town.

The first battle of season seven pit two artists from Team Pharrell against one another: Elyjuh Rene and Maiya Sykes. The duo performed “If I Ain’t Got You,” by their mentor, Alicia Keys, who’d advised them to not forget the joy behind the lyrics.

Gwen said the two contestants connected as if they were a pair of LEGOs. Blake called Elyjuh and Maiya “world-class singers,” but said he would lean toward Elyjuh because of his potential. Calling it a tough decision, Pharrell selected Elyjuh as the victor. Maiya was not saved by one of the other coaches.

Team Adam members Chris Jamison and Jonathan Wyndham faced off with a duet of Bruno Mars‘ “Young Girls.” Stevie Nicks relished the role of mentoring both men, saying she loves to teach.

After hearing the artists’ duet, Blake suggested that Chris may have been singing loudly, to which Adam replied, “I think you guys both broke the P.A., which is the first time in Voice history that anyone has broken the P.A.” He subsequently complimented Chris for opening up so much. Adam said he had to go with the artist he felt can be a superstar, and that person was Chris. It was the end of the road for Jonathan.

Jean Kelley and Sugar Joans were the first two artists from Team Gwen to take the stage during the Battle Rounds. Their mentor, Gavin Rossdale, said during rehearsals that as much as he liked Sugar’s voice, Jean was “in the running” as the teammates worked on the Destiny’s Child hit “Survivor.”

Following the battle, Adam said Jean and Sugar have so much potential that it was difficult to determine who should move on. Gwen decided on Sugar. Adam and Pharrell both made a bid to steal Jean; she went with Pharrell.

Craig Wayne Boyd and James David Carter were assigned Pat Green‘s “Wave on Wave” by their coach, Blake. Blake was excited to have Little Big Town by his side, calling the group “the best we have” in the country music genre.

Pharrell said the battle between the two artists felt like a boxing match involving fighters with different styles. Adam added that they were “dead equal” in terms of talent. Blake praised Craig’s projection, while James had great “runs.” James won the battle, but Craig was stolen by Gwen and remains in the competition.

Gwen gave Amanda Lee Peers and Taylor John Williams the Dolly Parton song “Jolene.” Blake thought Amanda came across as more invested in the performance. Adam favored Taylor, though he also believed Amanda showed more passion. Taylor was declared the winner, and Amanda was dismissed.

In the final battle of the night, Team Pharrell’s Griffin and Luke Wade took on a classic: Paul McCartney‘s “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Alicia deemed their rehearsal performance to be “flawless,” yet she also said it was lacking something. So she suggested they put a blues-y twist on the song.

Gwen gushed that the battle was “amazing.” It’s unclear whether the pun was intended. Blake added that it was one of the great battles in series history. Adam was impressed with Griffin’s vocal range; he joked, “When I say, ‘Damn that’s high,’ like, that’s high.” Nevertheless, Pharrell named Luke the winner, while Blake and Gwen both tried to steal Griffin. Griffin opted to join Team Blake.

The Battle Rounds continue Tuesday night with a one-hour episode. It airs on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Nico & Vinz Say Debut Album “Black Star Elephant” Is About “Identity” and “Human Nature”

Warner Bros. RecordsYou’ve heard “Am I Wrong,” the global smash hit by Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz.  Now get ready to hear their debut album, Black Star Elephant, which arrives in stores Tuesday.  Nico says the album’s unusual title is a nod to the duo’s unique cultural heritage: a mixture of Scandinavia and Africa.

“Vinz has parents from Ghana, and in Ghana, they call themselves the Black Stars,” Nico tells ABC News Radio. “I have a mom who’s Norwegian and a father from the Ivory Coast, and [in the] Ivory Coast, we call ourselves the Elephants.  So we created a ‘Black Star Elephant,’ which is like a character and a symbol of who we are.”

On the album, Nico says, “We follow this character through his journey from where he starts off, with nothing but a dream, until where he is right now.”  Of course, Black Star Elephant is really a metaphor for his and Vinz’s own journey — “from where we started, until where we are right now,” he says.

“It’s a really personal album,” Nico adds. “We talk a lot about identity, we talk a lot about human nature, and try to just let people understand and get to know us through the music and the topics.”

Nico & Vinz also want to bring their music to their fans worldwide through a headlining tour, but Nico says that’ll have to wait for a while.

“It’s not set to stone yet,” he tells ABC News Radio. “We’re going on tour with Usher in February.  So, that’s, like, the big tour we have coming up next.  But you never know, there might be a headlining tour for ourselves.”

Touring with a pop music superstar is nothing new for Nico & Vinz — this past summer, they opened up for Bruno Mars on his Moonshine Jungle tour, and they’re expecting a great experience on the road with Usher as well.

Speaking about the former Voice coach, Vinz tells ABC News Radio, “We met him a coupla weeks ago, actually, backstage at Ellen show.  He was super cool and he was like, ‘Looking forward to it,’ and we were like super excited too.  So, it’s gonna be a fun, fun tour.” 

On November 1, Nico & Vinz will return to Oslo, Norway for a huge homecoming show.  “It’s always nice to play a proper gig for the Norwegian fans, and we‘re very excited,” the band wrote on their Facebook page.You’ve been with us since the beginning and it will be fantastic to play for you again!”

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Taylor Swift Ponders a Future in…Politics?

Greg Kadel for InStyleTaylor Swift has conquered the music industry and is just getting started on an acting career.  But in the future, she says she might just move into a completely new career: politics.

In the new issue of InStyle magazine, cover girl Taylor says she has considered the possibility of actively supporting causes that she believes in. “I’ve thought about if I were to be passionate about something political, stepping forward and speaking about it,” she tells the magazine. “At this point I have my hands full, but as with everything in my life, when I come upon something I’m passionate about, I’m very vocal about it, so we’ll see.”

In her cover story, Taylor also discusses her personal life, including the fact that she feels she’s not ready for marriage at this point in her life, and having kids is something she hasn’t yet decided she’ll do.  “I’m too young to get married,” she says. “Not agewise, but I know myself, so why try to meet someone right now when I know I’m too young to do something serious?”

“I don’t know if I’ll have kids,” she notes. “It’s impossible not to picture certain scenarios and how you would try to convince them that they have a normal life when, inevitably, there will be strange men pointing giant cameras at them from the time they are babies.”

Marriage and babies might be something that are a ways away for Taylor anyway, since she’s basically put her love life on the back burner, and the romances she’s had haven’t been long-lasting.

“I’ve only had three real relationships, and none of them lasted more than four months,” she claims.  “I haven’t gone near a guy in a year and a half.”

You can read the full interview with Taylor when the November issue of InStyle arrives on October 17.

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Jessie J: Ariana Grande’s Not a Diva — She’s “Passionate”

Republic RecordsJessie J wants people to stop talking smack about her “Bang Bang” partner Ariana Grande.  The British singer says you shouldn’t believe those rumors about Ari being a demanding and difficult diva.

Speaking to Us Weekly magazine, Jessie says people often misinterpret the behavior of stars who assert themselves because they have a very clear vision of how they want to present their art.  “I always say, judge a person when you meet them,” Jessie says. “I’ve met Ariana, and there’s a very thin line between ‘diva’ and ‘survival.’ And a lot of people can’t [differentiate that].”

Jessie says she’s speaking from experience. “I’ve had that. I’ve had the diva stuff. And it’s when people can’t cope with how passionate you are, and how much you care,” she tells Us Weekly.

The “Domino” singer adds, “She’s super talented, she’s very young, and she’s very sure of what she wants. I think she’s wonderful. She’s great.”

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Lorde, Austin Mahone, Becky G Among “Time” Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Teens”

Francis Specker/CBS After topping Billboard magazine’s list of Music’s Hottest Young Stars Under 21, Lorde has now popped up on a similar list compiled by Time magazine.

Lorde is one of Time’s25 Most Influential Teens of 2014” — a list that includes young people from every walk of life, not just music.  That means she’s on the same list as Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, Little League star Mo’ne Davis, President Obama’s daughters Sasha and Malia, actress Chloe Grace Moretz, actors Jaden Smith and Rico Rodriguez, reality stars Kylie and Kendall Jenner and YouTube sensation Bethany Mota.

Other musicians on Time’s list include Becky G, Shawn Mendes and Austin Mahone.

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Ariana Grande Confirms Romance with Big Sean

ABC/Kelsey McNealIt’s not as if we didn’t already know it, but now Ariana Grande has officially confirmed her romance with rapper Big Sean, who appears on both her albums.

Asked in an interview with the British paper The Telegraph if she’s dating Sean, Ariana responded, “Yes. He is one of the most amazing men in the whole world, and that includes my grandfather and my brother. I think the world of him, and he’s an amazing person. That’s kind of all there is to it.”

Sean appears on Ariana’s hit “Problem,” and another track on her current album My Everything called “Best Mistake.”  He also appeared on “Right There,” a single from her debut album, Yours Truly.

The two recently have been spotted kissing on a roller coaster and wearing matching necklaces.

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Eminem Unveils Album Cover for “Shady XV”

Photo credit: Jeremy DeputatEminem has unveiled the official artwork for the upcoming compilation Shady XV, due out this fall.

The rapper revealed the artwork in a brief video posted on his Instagram page, in which Slim Shady turns the cover around with his middle finger in full display. The rapper’s artwork looks like something out of a horror movie, featuring two chainsaws and a mask.

Back to basics! Here’s the cover for #SHADYXV,” he wrote in the caption.

The two-CD compilation will feature an album of Shady Records’ greatest hits and a disc of new material from Em, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf, and arrives November 28, which coincides with the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s major label debut.

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Iggy Azalea Defends Her Actions in Paparazzi Clash

Grand Hustle/Def Jam RecordingsIggy Azalea has become the latest celebrity to confront an overbearing photographer, but she isn’t apologizing about it. Instead, the rapper has revealed what prompted the altercation, which was caught on film.

In a YouTube video that surfaced online late last week, Iggy demands her privacy from a paparazzo at a California grocery store. After seemingly ramming the photog with her grocery cart, she yells, “I hope you have Ebola, I hope you die, you’re a f**king c**t.” 

Following much criticism, the rapper took to Instagram to explain her actions. “Something is only ‘the way it is’ for as long as one ALLOWS it to be,” Azalea wrote. “What I’m comfortable consenting [that] a paparazzi do[es,] doesn’t require anyone’s opinion but my own. I don’t see why that’s hard for some to fathom.”

She continued, “Judge me for spazzing if you like but you only saw the 30sec aftermath which was classy in comparison to what he said to us inside the grocery store where we discovered him lying on the floor after we had repeatedly & politely asked him to leave multiple locations during the course of the day.”

She continued, “I don’t hate paps, just the really aggressive ones… I only treated him the way he treated me all day. Fair is fair playboys and girls. Peace out. Ps. Someone in the hotel room above me is getting pounded I can hear it.”

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