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Scooter Braun must have Nicki Minaj on his speed dial. As Justin Bieber’s manager, he enlisted Queen Barb on “Beauty and The Beat.” He now has the 30-year-old rapper assisting another Canadian pop star. This time around, Carly Rae Jepsen is the beneficiary of Minaj’s lyrical prowess.

Tonight I’m Getting Over You” hasn’t exactly blazed up the charts. Scooter seems to think the one-two combo of Carly Rae and Nicki on the track will dominate the airwaves. “Whenever girls do songs about getting over men, they seem to do really well,” he said. Someone’s been reading the Taylor Swift guide to pop dominance.

I’m probably in the minority here, but I enjoy Nicki and her rhymes. With that being said, I feel her addition to Carly’s track is unnecessary and doesn’t really give it new life. Don’t take my word for it. Take a listen below.

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Whether she’s dropping an electro-pop dance video or hip-hop clip, one thing is for certain. Nicki Minaj at one point or another will be wearing a bathing suit in it. Girl loves to show off her curves and that booty. The American Idol judge stays true to form and wears a couple of them in the music video for “High School“- her fourth single from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up.

The 30-year-old rapper gets a little frisky in her new visual. Lil Wayne joins her for a little “wrestling fun” in bed. They have some serious chemistry. The two are in cahoots to pull off a jewel heist. The narrative is a bit hazy, but if you’re a fan of Nicki’s you’ll love it. Minaj once again teams up with director Benny Boom. The two have previously collaborated on “Beez In The Trap”, “Right By My Side” and my favorite, “Pound The Alarm.” Check out her new music video below.

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It’s one thing to respond, but it’s another thing to go overboard and come off a little cray cray. Being as high profile and polarizing as Nicki Minaj is, it’s understandable that she wants to address a few of the numerous negative comments about her. She is human after all. I like the “Starships” rapper but her tweets to recently-ousted American Idol contestant Devin Velez are a bit too much. When you’re in the position of power, simply ignoring his comments or responding eloquently would’ve been a better choice. Check out Velez’s response below to Nicki’s Twitter tirade (shown later in the post).

“That moment when an adult stoops down to the 3rd grade level…LOL grow up Hun, I’ve got songs to write. :) #movingforward,” Devin Velez

Velez, during one of his elimination interviews, commented that he felt that Minaj was the one judge who didn’t want to use the one “Judges’ Save” on him. I totally agree with that sentiment as well and said it in my recap. He continued that Nicki favors the girls and that her critiques can be “crazy.” He jokingly says that perhaps she was in a bad mood on last Wednesday’s show because both Mariah Carey and her were wearing the same color that night. LOL, but probably true. Read several tweets sent by Nicki in response to Devin’s comments.

check out the tweets after the jump

Logo recently announced the nominees for their annual NewNowNext Awards. Now in its sixth year, this highly praised and always unpredictable telecast is one big party that grants the gay stamp of approval to pop culture icons and trendsetters as well as stars-on-the-rise and celebrates what’s hot in TV, music, film and fashion for 2013 and beyond.

If you haven’t watch the NewNowNext Awards, they’re a lot of fun. With irreverent and outrageous categories including “Hottest, Sexiest Ink,” “Host with the Most,” “That’s My Jam” and “TV You Betta Watch,” the ceremony is always fun to watch. My personal favorite is the “Cause You’re Hot” award. All of the nominees are definitely worthy of the win. I covered the red carpet and ceremony a couple of years ago and think its time to check them out again. Especially given the caliber of the nominees. I love star gazing.

Winners will be revealed Monday, April 15th at 10/9C, during the 90-minute Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013 telecast.  The special will be taped in front of a live audience of today’s hottest emerging and seasoned artists at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 13th.  Performers, presenters and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Check out all the nominees below.

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Nicki Minaj Gets Made Under For Elle Magazine

In: Donovan, Music

Nicki Minaj should really consider following the old adage, “less is more“, more often. I haven’t seen her look this stunning ever. Without all the colorful makeup, huge eyelashes and kool-aid hair, the 30-year-old is kind of a babe. She exudes bad ass bitch on the cover of Elle’s April 2013 issue with a Tom Ford leather jacket and sandy beach hair. Even her new look took Minaj by surprise. Check out her thoughts on it.

“When I saw myself with barely any makeup at, it was such a… like, I’m so, so attached to my pink lipstick, it’s hard. I feel that it’s become a part of me. To go in front of the camera, without pink lips or big ol’ crazy lashes- you know, nothing – I felt naked. It was scary! So this photo shoot was a real accomplishment in my eyes.” – Nicki Minaj

Photographer Thomas Whiteside did a fantastic job of capturing Nicki’s natural beauty. The photo with her wearing a Jeremy Scott bathing suit is absolutely gorgeous. Check it out below, along with a couple more quotes from her interview with the publication, including her thoughts on world domination.

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After last week’s lackluster episode (IMHO), I’m hoping Glee rebounds with “Feud.” I have a strong feeling it might. Especially after listening to all six tracks from Thursday’s show. The mashups featuring infamous celebrity feuds are pretty awesome. Finn (Cory Monteith) and Mr. Schu (Matthew Morrison) channel their feelings surrounding Emma-gate on stage with an ‘N Sync (“Bye Bye Bye”) and Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way”) mashup. Bravo to Ryan Murphy. Having these two characters perform boy band songs is absolutely perfect.

The second mashup involving a highly-publicized feud involves tracks by Elton John and Madonna. His “The Bitch Is Back” is mixed with her “Dress You Up.” The last celeb battle is a recent one and absolute perfect synergy given that Glee airs after American Idol. I never thought a mashup between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj would be possible, but the show managed to pull it off. To be fair, the Carey song is actually a cover of Brenda K. Starr’s classic 80s ballad “I Still Believe” (love, love, love this track).

If mashups aren’t your thing, the episode also has covers of current hits by Tegan & Sara (“Closer”) and Marina and the Diamonds (“How to Be a Heartbreaker”). The latter is performed by Rachel (Lea Michele) and Brody (Dean Geyer). I assume it’s about Brody being a male gigolo. I wonder how much he charges ;) Speaking of that sticky situation, Santana slays it on Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted Snake” while doling out some sage advice to Rachel. Listen to all the tracks below.

listen to all the songs after the jump

Jane Lynch Does Nicki Minaj

In: Donovan, Music

Since a new episode of Glee airs tonight, I thought I’d share this fun clip. Jane Lynch recently stopped by Conan to share a run-in with Nicki Minaj at Elton John’s Oscar party. She informed the American Idol judge that Ryan Murphy had Sue Sylvester perform “Super Bass” on an upcoming episode.

Conan O’Brien asked if she still knew the rap. The 52-year-old actress quickly busted out a verse from the track and slayed it. Afterward, Lynch joked that her rapping skills could come in handy to intimidate people. “They don’t expect it from the six foot white lady,” she said. Check out Jane’s dope rapping skills below.

In other Glee-related news, Jessica Sanchez revealed to MTV.com, that she’s heading to film her long-reported appearance soon. The American Idol Season 11 runner-up said the following:

“As far as ‘Glee,’ I have no script yet. I’ll be taping very, very soon. I got a call from them, like, a couple days ago, very, very excited. I’ve been practicing my acting. It’s like a whole new element for me. I’ve never acted before, so I mean, it’s just like dancing; it’s unexpected. So we’ll see how I do.” – Jessica Sanchez

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Well, that was anti-climatic!!! It’s the episode everyone has been waiting for since TMZ leaked the video of Nicki Minaj tearing a new one into Mariah Carey. Would Nigel Lythgoe air the Jerry Springer-worthy catfight or chicken out? All episode long, Lythgoe teased audiences by building up the tension between the judges. In the end, he pussy’ed out and aired only the PG-rated portions. Perhaps, it was to keep the show more family friendly, or he has a bigger master plan like saving it for the season finale. You never know with him. Whatever his reason, I’m a little bummed. I wanted to see the battle in high-definition and not on some grainy TMZ footage.

Oh well, now that anticipation for the infamous fight is over, we can place our focus back on the contestants. The Charlotte auditions episode is what I hate most about American Idol. The producers focused too much time on the trainwrecks than on the talent. The show began with two back-to-back contestants who were neither good, nor entertaining. Sufficed to say, they aren’t going to Hollywood. That said, there were a couple of standouts, including a 16-year-old bluesy singer and a mother who performed the theme song of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Check out my favorites below, along with Nicki’s tantrum.

PS. While I don’t agree with Nicki walking off the set, I’m totally on her side with her viewpoint regarding the judges’ disagreement. Mariah, Keith and Randy practically brownbeated the contestant until she gave responses they liked. Check out the clip at the very end of the post to see what I’m referring to.

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