Nicki Minaj Blasts Safaree on Twitter

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj‘s breakup with her longtime boyfriend, record producer Safaree “SB” Samuels, took an ugly turn Saturday when the two got involved in a Twitter war.

According to Vibe magazine, Minaj addresses rumors that Samuels is attempting to blackmail her by selling videos, describing her ex as an “ungrateful evil soul,” and adding that she protected Safaree and supported his desire to be famous.

All but two of Nicki’s tweets have since been deleted. One remaining tweet reads, “I’m sorry. My fans know this isn’t me. Hate this. But I’m human. I do so much. Too much. No man would have stayed loyal in this game like me.”

In another post, Nicki writes, “Let me be happy now. God.”

In tweets of his own, Safaree argues, “and speaking to some1 about pub and splits isnt blackmail. stop looking for pitty.. u handle your buisness why cant i ?”

He adds, “and its not Bout fame its about respect and youve had 0 for me the pass few years.the 0 respect u had for me at home had nothing 2do w/music.”

Last Wednesday, while promoting her third album, The Pinkprint, Nicki broke down during an interview while talking about the split.

The two had been dating for 15 years.


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Lance Bass Marries Partner Michael Turchin in L.A.

Albert L. Ortega/Getty ImagesLance Bass and his partner of three years, actor Michael Turchin, tied the knot on Saturday at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, E! Online reports.

The couple exchanged vows surrounded by family and friends, including Bass’ ‘NSYNC bandmates Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick and JC Chasez. Justin Timberlake was unable to attend because he’s on tour.

Chasez was also given the honor of singing for Lance and Michael’s first dance as a married couple. The ceremony was officiated by the couple’s close friends, actresses Jamie-Lynn Sigler and JoAnna García Swisher.

Other celebrity guests included actresses Christina Applegate and Gabourey Sidibe, Carmen Electra, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump and Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean.

The couple began dating in 2011 and Bass, 35, popped the question in 2013.

E! will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the event in a TV special, Lance Loves Michael: The Lance Bass Wedding, airing February 5.

People magazine will feature photos of the wedding in the issue hitting newsstands December 30.


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Madonna Explains Release of New “Rebel Heart” Songs

Interscope RecordsMadonna isn’t letting an unauthorized leak of her demo recordings get her down.

As you know, Madonna responded to the leak on Friday by announcing her album, Rebel Heart, would be released on March 10, 2015, and that six of its tracks would become immediately available to purchase.

“Originally I wanted to put everything out together,” she explained to Billboard. “I have an overabundance of songs, and actually, the reason I wanted to call the record Rebel Heart was because I felt like it explored two very distinct sides of my personality. The rebellious, renegade side of me, and the romantic side of me. In my mind, it was almost like I wanted to do a two-record set.”

She added, “But then all the demos leaked and I can’t really go down that road anymore, so I put out (the six songs) first and then, I think a few more songs are going to come out during the time of the Grammys.”

Among the first six songs released is the Diplo-produced track “Living for Love.” Madonna hinted to Billboard that she may be performing this song at the Grammy Awards.

The single is already No. 1 in 20 countries. In fact, in virtually every country where the first six songs were released, they held six of the ten slots on the Top 10  iTunes chart.

Madonna said she is still putting the finishing touches on Rebel Heart. “I am done writing,” she said. “I’m almost done recording. Almost done. Got just few more little tweaks to do. But first I had to get those six songs out.”


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Fergie Can’t Wait to Experience This Christmas Through Her Son Axl’s Eyes

Image Group LA/ABCLast Christmas, Fergie‘s son Axl Jack was only four months old, so he wasn’t able to appreciate the holiday.  But now that he’s 16 months old, Fergie says this Christmas will be a very special one for her, hubby Josh Duhamel and Axl.

“I can’t wait for him just to see the trees and all the ornaments and the lights,” she tells ABC News Radio, “I’m so excited to experience Christmas through his eyes this year.”

Fergie says that growing up, Christmas was a great time, and she wants to recreate that for Axl.

“I had great Christmases. My parents did such a great job,” she says. “There were always lights in the house and decorations…my mom would decorate the tree and put on Christmas carols; just a very festive holiday season. We definitely want to keep that tradition.”

“And the tradition of giving,” Fergie, who does a lot of charity work, adds. “We want to teach Axl from a very young age how to give back.”

Of course, one of the benefits of having Fergie as your mom is that you get to hear her sing Christmas carols.  So which ones does she like to serenade Axl with?

“I love ‘Silent Night,’” she says. “It’s a song that I’ve always sang to Axl because it was a very soothing song. Even when it wasn’t Christmas I was singing that song to him for some reason. And I would sing to him that song when he was in my belly!” 

Fergie, who made a musical comeback in 2014 with a new single, “L.A. Love (La La),” will release her first solo album since 2006 in 2015.  She’ll ring in the new year by hosting the Hollywood party portion of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, airing December 31 on ABC.


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Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor Recall Worst Christmas Gifts Ever

Derrick SantiniWith the kind of year that Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor have had, they don’t need to rely on anyone to get them Christmas gifts — they can just buy whatever the heck they want.  But there was a time in the past when, just like regular folks, both stars suffered through lousy Christmas gifts courtesy of clueless relatives.

Speaking to Billboard magazine, Sam says his worst Christmas present ever came from his dad, but that’s just because he wasn’t exactly clued in to little Sam’s interests.  “My dad got me a build-your-own tank when I was 11,” he tells Billboard. “I don’t think he knew I was gay at that point. I got really upset.”

Meghan, meawhile, got her worst Christmas gift from her brother, and ironically, it made her feel bad about her body image — the very issue that her #1 hit “Alll About that Bass” would go on to tackle.

“My little brother bought me boxers from [my hometown of] Nantucket, that I already had a pair of,” she tells Billboard. “But he bought a smaller size, so that I was just insecure and pissed.”

Still those gifts pale in comparison to the one that MAGIC! frontman Nasri claims he received.  “My brother’s t-shirts,” Nasri says, describing his worst-ever gift. “His actual t-shirts.”  Why you gotta be so rude?


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Madonna Releases Six Songs from New Album “Rebel Heart,” Album Coming in March

Interscope RecordsFollowing the unauthorized leak earlier this week of some of her new but incomplete tracks, Madonna has decided to officially release six songs from her upcoming album, titled Rebel Heart.  The songs are available for pre-order at iTunes and other outlets with the purchase of the album, and individually.  More music is coming February 9, and the entire album will officially arrive during the first week of March.

The songs that are available are “Living For Love,” “Devil Pray,”  “Ghosttown,” “Unapologetic B***h,” “Illuminati” and “B***h I’m Madonna,” which features Nicki Minaj.  She also appeared on Madonna’s last album, MDNA.

In a statement, Madonna said, I was hoping to release my new single ‘Living For Love’ on Valentine’s Day with the rest of the album coming in the Spring. I would prefer my fans to hear completed versions of some of the songs instead of the  incomplete tracks that are circulating.   Please consider these six songs as an early Christmas gift.”

On Instagram, Madonna wrote, “6 songs for you now…….#rebelheart Happy Early X-Mas! ! 13 more to come for album 13 !!!”

The album cover shown on iTunes is a black-and-white photo of Madonna’s face, wrapped in some kind of black tape or string.



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Kelly Clarkson Hosting Star-Studded “Miracle on Broadway” Concert Saturday Night in Nashville

Peter Kramer/NBCKelly Clarkson‘s star-studded Miracle on Broadway concert is set for Saturday night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The lineup includes Grammy nominees Meghan Trainor and Hayley Williams of Paramore, as well as country stars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Martina McBride.

Kelly started the ball rolling for the show less than 90 days ago, and she recruited her mother-in-law, country legend Reba McEntire, as the first special guest on the show. Kelly is married to Reba’s stepson, Brandon Blackstock.

Kelly says with a laugh, “I figured if I could tie Reba in, people would say yes. So, she said yes, probably ’cause she’s just my mother-in-law. It’d be awkward at Christmas when she was like, ‘Oh, I turned you down.’”

Kelly hopes to make Miracle on Broadway an annual event, and she’s already gotten commitments for next year’s show from a few superstars, including country music icon Dolly Parton.  Miracle on Broadway coincides with Kelly’s first Christmas with her baby daughter, River Rose. While she’s worked with charities in the Nashville area for years now, Kelly says becoming a mother has made her want to give even more back to her community.

In addition to River Rose, Kelly is a stepmom to Brandon’s two children from a previous marriage. She hopes to instill that spirit of giving into their kids with events like Miracle on Broadway.

Says Kelly, “We want to make sure that they are a part of things like this from the get-go. His kids, and our little girl as well — [to] just see this. Because it’s like, you can’t grow up in your own little world. There’s a whole world out there, and there’s people that are in need.”

Proceeds from Miracle on Broadway benefit several of Kelly’s favorite charities in Middle Tennessee, including The Community Foundation, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children’s Home, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Thistle Farms organization for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

Fans attending the concert are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Those not attending the concert can make a one-time $10 donation by texting MIRACLE to 41010.


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Taylor Swift’s 25th Birthday Helps Her Top “Social 50″ Chart for First Time Since Last Year

ABC/Fred LeeSince Taylor Swift is everywhere, has millions of fans and is very active online on Twitter and Instagram, you’d think she’d be #1 on Billboard’s “Social 50″ chart, which ranks the most popular artists on social media, every other week.  But it turns out it took a milestone birthday to send her to the top of that chart, which she hadn’t visited since last year.

According to Billboard, Taylor’s #1 on the chart thanks to her epic 25th birthday party in the wee hours of December 13, whose guest list seemed to include every famous person in the world…all of whom took to Twitter and Instagram to talk about the fabulous party.  Those who weren’t at the party took to Twitter to wish her a happy birthday, and all that activity sent her to #1 on the chart for the first time since April of 2013.

In addition, being the subject of tweets from Lorde, Selena Gomez, Charli XCX, HAIM, Nick Jonas and more resulted in a 117 percent increase in mentions online, and her posts on Instagram featuring her partying with Justin Timberlake and Beyonce received nearly 11 million likes for that week.

Taylor had previously climbed as high as #2 this year on the Social 50 chart, but she was constantly blocked by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.


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Christina Aguilera Developing ABC Family Show About Las Vegas Entertainers

ABC/Richard HarbaughChristina Aguilera is getting into the TV business, beyond her appearances on The Voice.

Deadline reports that the singer is executive producing and helping to develop a dramedy for ABC Family which is focused on a group of Las Vegas entertainers who fall in and out of love. 

Tentatively titled Hearts and Clubs, the show is described as being similar to Love, Actually in the way that the characters’ lives intertwine.  Another executive producer on the project is her fiance, Matt Rutler, the father of her baby girl Summer Rain.

Christina returns to The Voice for season eight early next year.


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Nicki Minaj Scores Record-Breaking No. 1 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart

Dana Edelson/NBCNicki Minaj continues to outdo herself on the charts.

The rapper’s “Only” has climbed from #10 to #1 on Billboard‘s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, marking her fourth #1 on that list. That’s the most #1′s for a female rappers in the 56 years since the chart launched as a sales/airplay hybrid tally.

Onika only had to step over a handful of female rappers who have multiple #1′s, including Missy Elliott, Da Brat and Iggy Azalea.

The song, which features Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown, also has furthered her collaborators’ rankings: the song gives Drizzy his 12th leader on the chart, Wayne his ninth and Brown his fifth.

“Only” is lifted from Minaj’s The Pinkprint album, available now.



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