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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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Beyonce Earns Spot on Feminist Celebrity of 2014 List

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Beyonce has fully embraced her title as a feminist, and apparently her fans have gotten the message.  The singer has been named one of the top ten feminist celebrities of the year in an online poll conducted by the Ms. Foundation and Cosmopolitan.

Actress Emma Watson came in at number one, for her speech at the United Nations headquarters earlier this year, but Beyonce secured the number 4 position for taking a feminist stance on her visual album, which included a speech from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on "***Flawless."

Through Adichie, Beyonce gave her fans an important message: "We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, 'You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man'...Feminist: the person who believes in the social political, and economic equality of the sexes."

Aside from Beyonce, Cher is the only musician on the list. Here's the top 10:

1. Emma Watson      
2. Laverne Cox         
3. Rachel Maddow   
4. Beyoncé    
5. Cher           
6. Amy Poehler        
7. Tina Fey     
8. Meryl Streep        
9. Mindy Kaling         
10. Ann Curry

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Elle Varner Releases Video for "Cold Case"

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsElle Varner steps out of the picture in the video for her love-scorned single, "Cold Case."

In the video, posted on YouTube, the singer spotlights an interracial couple who are falling out of love. In high-contrast imagery, their relationship quickly deteriorates.

"Love is such a beautiful thing, it's so f**king beautiful especially in the beginning when everyone is so happy and so honest," Elle says in the intro with birds chirping in the background. "And loving and affectionate and there for you and not cheat on you and not f**king some other bitch."

The song is lifted from her sophomore album 4 Letter Word, which is due next year. The set will include production from Pop & Oak, Eric Hudson, Da Internz and Hit-Boy.


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Rihanna's Father Says He Was Kicked Out of Her Diamond Ball for Drinking

Eric McCandless/CBSLast week, Rihanna's inaugural Diamond Ball proved to be a star-studded affair, but it looks like there was one slight hiccup. The singer's father, Ronald Feny, was actually kicked out for being too intoxicated, he tells an English tabloid.

In an interview with the U.K.'s Daily Mail, Fenty says that he was escorted out shortly after taking a few pictures on the red carpet with Rih's mother. "I had Johnny Walker Black. I had two doubles man and tripped over a chair," says Feny, who the Mail reports spent a sting in rehab last year at the singer's expense.

After losing his balance completely, he adds, "I saw my ex [Monica] look up, and within a few minutes after the picture was taken, security came up and said, 'We’re taking you home.'" Fenty recalls,"I said, 'But I haven’t seen my daughter yet'… and they said, 'Don’t matter man."

He adds that he hopes Rihanna isn't upset with him following the incident. "I’m sad how it ended of course, I should have never taken that first drink or any drink for that matter. I wish I had seen her of course," he says. "She will probably hear how I was and how I had a few drinks, so I guess she would be angry with me. I think she is, I’m not sure, we haven’t spoken just yet."

The black-tie charity event, held December 11, benefited Rihanna's The Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization she founded in 2012 to improve the quality of life for global communities in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.

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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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K. Michelle Readies Christmas Concert with Run DMC, LL Cool J in Brooklyn

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K. Michelle has already received the best Christmas gift she could've asked for: a chart-topping R&B album. To celebrate her successful week, the singer is scheduled to perform during a concert with hip-hop vets at Brookyln, New York's Barclays Center.

The singer confirmed via Instagram that she will share the stage with legendary acts like Run DMC and LL Cool J.

"Nothing like Christmas in New York!! Ready to have some fun at Barclays Center TONIGHT," she wrote in the caption. "Meet me there!!!! #AWBAH  Pay respect to the greats! I'm hype to share the stage with them."

In addition, Diggy and gospel star Lecrae are on the bill. Meanwhile, Michelle will showcase new material from her latest album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, which topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart this week.


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Chris Brown Kicks Off Mini-Tour with August Alsina

Eliot Lee Hazel/RCA RecordsBefore he hits the road with Trey Songz next year, Chris Brown will spend his weekend on a brief outing, dubbed the X Live Tour! with special guest August Alsina.

The duo's three-city trek kicks off tonight in Jacksonville, Florida and then travels to Columbia, South Carolina,  before wrapping up in Birmingham, Alabama, on December 21.

The mini-tour will support Brown's X and Alsina's Testimony albums.

Here are the X Live Tour! dates:

12/19 -- Jacksonville, FL, Veterans Memorial Arena
12/20 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
12/21 -- Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena

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Beyonce and Jay Z Lose Bidding War for Pricey Beverly Hills Mansion

Cliff Lipson/CBSEarlier this month, Jay Z and Beyonce were in a bidding war with three other buyers for an $85 million home in California. However, it looks like the power couple lost out on the mansion, according to Billboard.

Despite the Carters visiting the home six times, Swedish video game developer Markus Persson, who recently earned $2.5 billion from selling his company Mojang to Microsoft, purchased the home for $70 million. Realtors reveal it is the most expensive house to ever be sold in Beverly Hills.

The 23,000-square foot home features panoramic views, eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, an infinity pool, wine cellar, 16-car garage and a 24-seat movie theater.

"Marcus fell in love with the house, its sleek contemporary design and its spectacular panoramic views that sweep from downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean. The fact that the house also was completely furnished in such great style was another major selling point for him," wrote realtor Katia De Los Reyes on the blog of the realty company that sold the house.

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Mariah Carey's Former Assistant Suing for Back Pay

Peter Kramer/NBCRemember when Lady Gaga's former personal assistant sued her for back pay, claiming she'd been overworked and treated unfairly?  Well, now the same thing is happening to Mariah Carey.

The New York Post reports that the former staffer, Ylser Oliver, is claiming in a lawsuit that starting in 2007, she worked 16-hour days for Mariah, and never got any overtime, despite doing everything from packing for Mariah, cleaning her house, answering phones, shopping for her, arranging for services and repairs to her house, and "caring for" her family and friends.  Oliver quit this year. 

Oliver's lawyer tells the Post, "My client put her family’s life on hold while tending to Mariah Carey’s family, and Mariah repaid her by underpaying her. her. My client is a very hardworking woman who treated Mariah and her family like her own, working all hours of the day and night. Even celebrities are required to abide by the law.” 

He added that Oliver is suing for "a significant amount" of money, because she was entitled to time-and-a-half if she worked more than 40 hours a week.

Mariah's rep told the paper, "I can’t comment on anything that I’m not aware of and we haven’t heard anything about this lawsuit."

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Miguel Releases Three New Songs for Free Download

Photo Credit: Timothy Saccenti/RCA RecordsMiguel has given fans new music just in time for the holidays.

The singer shared three funky new songs, via his SoundCloud page on Friday, accompanied by cover art showing the singer's hand grasping the mouth of his girlfriend Nazanin Mandi.

His unexpected material includes "Hollywooddreams," "NWA" featuring Kurupt, and the full version of "Coffee," which he teased back in October. The songs are available for free download and serve as an appetizer as he continues to record  the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012′s Grammy-nominated album Kaleidoscope Dream.

Based on his new songs, it seems he's been following his instincts while recording the disc. "Creating isn't always easy for me, but as a musician I've learned instinct is everything... and if that's true all we have to do sometimes is put ourselves in a place to do what we are naturally inclined to do," he wrote on Instagram.

So far, the singer has logged studio time with DJ Premier, Jessie Ware and J. Cole.

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Beyoncé Didn't Pay for Solange's Honeymoon, Says Source

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It's possible that we will never know what triggered the infamous elevator scuffle between Solange and her brother-in-law Jay Z while Beyonce looked on. And while the family has moved on, gossip sites have reported that Beyonce shelled out more than $130,000 to cover honeymoon expenses following Solo's nuptials to Alan Ferguson.

However, sources tells E! News that Solange and her hubby paid for the trip to Trancoso in Brazil on their own.

"Reports that Beyoncé paid for Solange's honeymoon with Alan Ferguson is false. There is no truth to this. Solange and Alan paid for their honeymoon themselves. They did not receive any compensation of any kind," a source close to Solange tells E! News.

Solo and Alan exchanged vows in New Orleans on November 16.

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Mistrial Declared in Case Against Man Accused of Stalking Ashanti

eOne MusicA New York criminal court judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case against Devar Hurd, the man accused of stalking Ashanti.

The mistrial was declared because one of the jurors was too sick to come in for deliberation. Hurd, who represented himself while facing charges of stalking and aggravated harassment, will return to jail and be retried as soon as next month.

Between September 2012 and July 2013, Hurd allegedly sent over 100 messages to Ashanti on Twitter. Some of the messages were sexual in nature, and prosecutors said those messages caused harm to her "mental and emotional health." Hurd also allegedly approached Ashanti's sister, a violation of an order of protection requiring him to stay away.

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K. Michelle Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard R&B Albums Chart

Keith Major/Atlantic RecordsK. Michelle's latest album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? has not only debuted in the top ten on the Billboard 200 cross-genre album chart, but the project also has topped the magazine's R&B Albums tally, amassing 87,000 in sales and streams for the week.

According to the publication, her sophomore studio set has become her second R&B #1 following her debut album Rebellious Soul. The singer's latest set includes the lead single, "Love 'Em All," which is steadily making progress on the Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, climbing from #18 to #13 in its fifth week on the chart.

Earlier this week, Michelle shared an email via Instagram, which was sent from Craig Kallman the chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records, who personally congratulated her for making a "landmark album that will stand the test of time."

"Thanks Rebels for making this album the #1 R&B album in the country with 87,000 units sold. God is really good. Music from the soul will always find its home," she wrote in the caption.

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Kelly Rowland Shares a New Picture with Baby Titan

ABC/Randy HolmesKelly Rowland continues to share her bundle of joy with the world.

Despite the untimely passing of her mother, Rowland has found peace by focusing on her six-week-old son, Titan Jewell Weatherspoon.

The singer posted an Instagram picture of herself "#chillinwiththelilbigguy!" Her baby boy appeared to be fast asleep in the shot. Although she has yet to show her son's face, the picture reveals Titan already has a full head of curly hair.

The baby is the first child for Kelly and hubby Tim Weatherspoon. Last month, proud aunt Beyonce expressed her joy in meeting the little one. "There's no better feeling than holding my beautiful nephew," she wrote on Instagram. "I thank God for the honor of witnessing my sisters journey into motherhood. I've always dreamt of our little ones growing up together. I'm so thankful for our bond. Baby Ty, I love you so much. Congrats to my Spoons."


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Nick Minaj: "I Am the Greatest Female Rapper"

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCNicki Minaj is the greatest female rapper of all time, if you ask her.

“I am the greatest female rapper, and it’s humbling because the people make you that,”  Nicki explained during a recent interview for Elliott Wilson's CRWN Internet inteview series. “I wanna let the hip-hop culture know I take this serious.”

She adds that she brings something to the table that no other female rapper has. "The word of the day is skill," she says.

Her third studio album, The Pinkprint, was released Monday and is projected to become her third #1 on the Billboard album chart following her  previous projects, Pink Friday and Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

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Bobby Shmurda Charged with Drug Trafficking, Other Counts; Held on $2 Million Bail

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Bobby Shmurda and 12 members of his GS9 crew were arraigned on a slew of charges, including murder, attempted murder, assault, attempted assault, drug trafficking and weapons possession in New York City on Thursday.  The rapper, who is being held on two million dollar bail, has pleaded not guilty to charges of drug trafficking, gun possession, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.

"There is nowhere in the Western world where he can go without being recognized," Shmurda's defense attorney Howard Greenburg told WABC-TV. "And you're telling me he has to take time out of his busy life as an entertainer and do what is alleged in this indictment? It's a bunch of BS, and you can quote me."

The rapper, born Ackquille Pollard and his brother Javase, were arrested by the Special Narcotics Gang Unit at the Quad Recording Studio in Manhattan in the early morning hours on Wednesday on a sealed indictment.  That indictment was unsealed Thursday. The 100-count indictment includes charges of gang activity, multiple shootings and drug trafficking.  It alleges that members of GS9 engaged in violent disputes with rival gangs, committed murder and carried out numerous non-fatal shootings. Members are also charged in multiple instances of gunfire in public locations. Twenty-one guns, crack cocaine and marijuana reportedly were seized during the raid.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan spoke about the charges at a press conference Thursday, reports Pix 11.

“Just before we arrested him, he tweeted that he’d be holding a concert at a secret location,” Bratton said of Shmurda. “I don’t think that he was aware that location was now going to be the New York State Supreme Court.”

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Nicki Minaj Becomes the Face of Roberto Cavalli

Dana Edelson/NBCNicki Minaj has landed a new endorsement. The rapper has become the new face of fashion designer Roberto Cavalli's spring/summer 2015 advertising campaign.

In tribal-inspired images shot photographer Francesco Carrozzini, Minaj exudes the "strong sensuality" that Cavalli was seeking for his campaign.

"I chose Nicki Minaj because she embodies the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman. In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes," Cavalli said in a statement. "With this campaign, I wanted to send a strong countertrend message. I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body -- who is not afraid to show her curves. Instead, she makes them her strength"

The rapper expressed her gratitude on Instagram. "I am so honored to be the face of the new #RobertoCavalliSS15 campaign. #NickiForCavalli," she wrote.

I am so honored to be the face of the new #RobertoCavalliSS15 campaign. #NickiForCavalli

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Essence to Honor Jill Scott at Black Women in Music Event

Image Courtesy Jemal Countess/ Getty ImagesJill Scott will be the recognized at Essence magazine’s sixth annual Black Women in Music event, which honors the achievements of the day's biggest stars and breakthrough artists.

The singer will serve as the special honoree -- for her achievements and singular artistry -- during the upcoming invitation-only event in Los Angeles, California on February 15, 2015. Jill is also scheduled to perform.

“It will be 15 years in July that my first album came out,” Scott tells Billboard, “and Essence has been there the entire time. I’m truly honored.”

“Jill Scott is the quintessential Essence woman," says Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. DeLuca. "Like many of the female artists who inspired her -- she has touched the collective soul of women across generations."

Scott joins a short list of previous honorees including Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae, Solange, Emeli Sandé and music industry executive Sylvia Rhone.

The ceremony will also serve as the official launch of the magazine’s year-long celebration of its 45th anniversary.

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Jamie Foxx Shares that He Once Sang Karaoke with Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJamie Foxx is an Oscar winner and an accomplished singer in his own right, but he once got to sing karaoke with the late music icon Whitney Houston.

"We did karaoke together," he tells MTV News. "Me, Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown did karaoke at this little club in L.A. I had it on a tape and I put it in a safety deposit box thinking, 'Oh, this is going to be special one day' and then YouTube came out."

Foxx's Annie co-star Rose Byrne asked him, "What did you sing?"

“She sung, ‘and I will always love you,’” Foxx said imitating Houston. “Then me and Bobby did ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and as we are singing, Bobby forgets the words.”

Foxx said the experience was "wild" although he did not say when the karaoke session took place.

How did this come about? Well, Foxx said he was hosting a karaoke night with about 500 people, and everyone begged Houston to sing.

"These were the days before camera phones," Foxx added. "I am actually going to the bathroom and I hear, 'Now you know I don't sing this for everybody Jamie. You know, I don't sing this song for everybody,' and she got up and she blessed us with it. And at that time, all people could do was call their answering machine and hold it up like this and listen to her voice and she was absolutely perfect."

Houston died in 2012 at the age of 48.

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50 Cent Inks $78 Million Underwear Deal

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50 Cent seems to attract money wherever he goes. The rapper says he has signed a $78 million deal with Frigo Revolution Wear to promote a brand of upmarket men's underwear.

The rapper announced the news via Instagram earlier this week posting a picture of himself with a caption that read, "I just did a deal for $78 million for underwear. What did you muthaf**kas do today?" He followed up with an image of himself sitting on his kitchen counter, eating toast with a stacks of cash on his plate: "For the life of me I can't figure out why someone wouldn't like me. All I'm doing is minding my business," he wrote. 

During an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the mogul explained more about the deal. "It’s $100 at Neiman Marcus. These $100 underwear were actually hand-created and actually hand-stitched," 50 Cent said. "They have a technology in ‘em where you can put your man apples."

The multi-million dollar deal is not the rapper's first big dollar non-musical business move -- he reportedly earned approximately $100 million from the 2007 sale of his stake in VitaminWater.

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