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If you thought Nicki Minaj’s recent squabble (“if I had I gun, I’d shoot ya”) with Mariah Carey had you assuming the rapper doesn’t working with the females, her new music video proves she can. Teaming up with the wonderfully, and underrated, Cassie, the two turn on all “The Boys” and even each other. At one point Minaj goes down on the gorgeous Cassie. Who can blame her? Cassie looks smoking hot in her white swimsuit and in the high-fashion butch lesbian pantsuit later in the vid.

Directed by Colin Tilley, Nicki’s “The Boys” music video is everything you’d come do expect from the Trinidadian-born rapper. It’s filled with pink, neon, more pink, booty shots and even more pink. At times, the clip has the look and feel of an Old Navy commercial, but obviously not. I don’t think Minaj or Cassie would be caught dead in apparel from the store. LOL.

After the one-two punch of “Starships” and “Pound The Alarm“, it’s nice to see Minaj going back to her hip-hop roots and take a break from electro-pop dance tracks. Watch the video below and discover how a freak flame thrower accidentally burns down the barber shop. Somebody call 911.

watch the music video after the jump

It was all a hoax. Earlier this week, there was this story that Justin Bieber’s personal laptop had been stolen while on tour, with a clip showing Justin at a pool party being released by the supposed thief… but that was all part of the plan. As the video begins, it reads: “In October of 2012, three hours of personal footage was stolen from musician Justin Bieber. The following footage was illegally uploaded by an anonymous blogger.”

This morning, Justin Bieber (who just left Vancouver onto the next stop on his tour) released his music video for “Beauty And A Beat” featuring Nicki Minaj. Coincidently, both artists have recent experience in the song competition business, with Minaj working on American Idol as a judge and Justin Bieber as L.A. Reid’s guest celebrity mentor on The X Factor.

The new music video is a personal footage / home video style compilation, showing Justin Bieber behind the scenes and Justin Bieber partying it up at a pool party, where Nicki Minaj occasionally joins him. Although it sounds like it could be boring, the video does actually have choreography, dance breaks, and even a splash of synchronized swimming.

The video is actually a lot of fun and makes me in the mood for a pool party myself. Unfortunately, the only splash I’ll be getting today is the rain that is falling down in Vancouver. Anyway, enjoy the video below. Mystery solved!

Watch the video after the jump…

Earlier this week, a video was released that showed Nicki Minaj yelling at and cussing out Mariah Carey while sitting at the judges table during American Idol auditions. Seriously, it looked intense and my only hope is that we get to see a bit of what happened when the season actually airs.

This morning, Barbara Walters decided to call her “good friend” Mariah Carey to get the scoop on what happened. Carey informed Walters that what people saw in the video wasn’t even the worst of it. What had her worried was that as Minaj walked off, she said that if she had a gun she would shoot Carey. Yikes. Although Carey isn’t “afraid” of Minaj, she does feel that she is unpredictable and has thus hired extra security to protect her.

Walters shared this news on The View this morning. Nicki Minaj has since responded to these allegations and the fact that Carey spoke with Walters with some harsh tweets. Check out the clip from The View as well as Minaj’s tweets below.

Clip & tweets after the jump…

Back in 2010 Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey worked harmoniously in the recording studio and even filmed a music video for “Up Out My Face” without mishap. What a difference a couple years make and a different environment. When reports surfaced that Minaj and Carey were already feuding during the American Idol auditions, both singers and FOX publicly dismissed them as unsubstantiated rumors. With a video now circulating online, there’s no longer denying major friction exists.

In a recording obtained by TMZ, Nicki is seen and heard cussing out Mariah to the nth degree. Reportedly, the incident began when the two singers disagreed on a contestant. Apparently, Carey had been taunting the “Starships” singer all day. Fed up, Minaj yelled out, “So every time you patronize me, I’m-ma take it back, and if you’ve got a f**king problem, handle it. I told them I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**king highness over there. Figure it the f**k out. Figure it out.”

After those eloquent words, the 29-year-old rapper threatened to knock Mariah out. Dang, Nicki is gangsta. Sadly, this part wasn’t recorded. BOO. Things got so heated, Nigel Lythgoe and company shut down production for the day so the ladies could cool off.

As entertaining it is to watch the fight, my favorite part is watching poor Keith Urban who’s caught in the line of fire. He raises his hands up à la Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel“. At that point he’s probably thinking to himself what the eff he’s gotten himself into. Calling Nicole Kidman to the rescue ;) Check out the altercation below.

watch the smackdown after the jump along with Nicki on The View

This morning, FOX officially announced the American Idol judges for Season 12, after Katie Couric spilled the beans earlier this week in an interview with Jennifer Lopez. The judges are Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and returning, Randy Jackson. Auditions begin in New York City today where hopefuls will meet host Ryan Seacrest and the four-person panel. The other audition cities include Los Angeles, Chicago, Charlotte, San Antonio, Baton Rouge and Oklahoma City.

Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company said, “I am thrilled about this year’s judges’ panel! We’ve got global icon Mariah Carey and IDOL’s heart and soul Randy Jackson, who will be joined by Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to IDOL – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him… With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.”

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Just a week after Nicki Minaj announced that she was re-releasing Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, we are graced with a brand new single. That didn’t take very long. I feel like Nicki has been releasing singles and videos like mad as of late. Who ever said that those Young Money don’t hustle better take a seat. For her newest debut, Nicki teamed up with R&B princess, Cassie who I actually had a chance to interview a few months ago. Sorry pop-Nicki fans. This track is straight up hip hop.

As much as I say that, the track does have a little personality disorder. Nicki’s rapped verses fall along the lines of Beez In The Trap where as Cassie’s hook and chorus fall more along the lines of Fly which she performed with Rihanna. I think the radio doesn’t have much Top 40 radio potential but could do well in the Hip Hop/R&B market. Give a listen to The Boys below and let us know what you think. Was this track good enough to help promote a CD re-release? Sound off with your comments.

Listen to Nicki & Cassie’s “The Boys” after the jump…

It’s one of the biggest head-to-head battles people have been looking forward to this season. Would Simon Cowell’s newly-revamped X Factor lineup beat out The Voice and their red swivel chairs? The answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no’. While NBC’s talent show won in total viewers (10.6 million versus 8.5), the FOX reality show beat its rival in the coveted 18-34 demographic and won the night in the adults 18-49. Still, Simon was rightfully worried that The Voice’s third night would steal some viewers away.

The second season premiere of X Factor garnered 8.5 million viewers, down over 3.5 million from last year. Here’s the silver lining, the show grew by 6 percent in the key demos and grew in its second hour. Given that it was up against NBC’s one-two punch of The Voice and finals of America’s Got Talent, it did well. I only expect those numbers to go up tonight when the show faces no competition. Plus I think the universal love and praise, fans and critics have bestowed on last night’s premiere will bring in more viewers. Remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint. I firmly believe X Factor will win come December.

In other singing-related news. Katie Couric revealed (spoiled) some very interesting American Idol news. Curious? Keep reading to find out.

check out Katie Couric’s reveal after the jump

One Direction were definitely the big winners at this year’s MTV VMAs with regards to snagging the most awards. The British boy band walked away with moon statues for best pop video, best new artist, and most-shareworthy video for “What Makes You Beautiful,” beating out acts like The Wanted, Justin Bieber and Rihanna. The Bajan beauty shouldn’t be too upset, she scored the big award of the night, Best Music Video of the Year.

As with most of these things, it’s all about what people wore on the red carpet. Since it’s a music-related affair, there tend to be more fashion risks than your typical awards show. I’ve gone through all the arrivals and picked my Top 5 picks for best and worst dressed at the 2012 MTV VMAs. But before we do, can we discuss P!nk’s doppelganger?

Who knew the 32-year-old singer had a younger sister? With her new chopped blond hairdo, Miley Cyrus definitely exhibited some serious Single White Female behavior last night, channeling the “So What” singer. It’s like they went to the same salon before the event. P!nk wore a full length Stella McCartney dress, while Miley chose an Emilio Pucci sheer cutout gown. Both ladies looked great, but who did P!nk better? Cast your vote below.

2012 MTV VMAs: Who Did Pink Better?

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check out my best and worst dressed pics after the jump

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