Rihanna Named Top Selling Digital Artist

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Date: Monday, January 9, 2012



Adele may have ruled 2011 with the top album and single and Kanye West may be watching the throne, but it’s Rihanna who’s actually sitting on the throne, as far as digital tracks are concerned. The ”You Da One” pop minx has captured the title of best-selling digital artist of all time by Nielsen SoundScan, thanks to a whopping 47.5 million paid downloads of hits like “Umbrella,” “Rude Boy” and “We Found Love.”

Other artists have been in the game longer — such as Black Eyed Peas (No. 2 on the ranking, with 42.4 million), Eminem (No. 3, 42.2 million) and Beyoncé (No. 8, 30.4 million) — but RiRi has truly carved out her niche as a singles artist.

Of course, dropping releases at the rapid pace of one album per year doesn’t hurt. Check the top 10 best-selling digital artists below, and let us know your thoughts on where your favorites landed.

The 10 best-selling digital artists to date:

1. Rihanna (47,571,000)
2. Black Eyed Peas (42,405,000)
3. Eminem (42,290,000)
4. Lady Gaga (42,078,000)
5. Taylor Swift (41,821,000)
6. Katy Perry (37,620,00)
7. Lil Wayne (36,788,000)
8. Beyoncé (30,439,000)
9. Kanye West (30,242,000)
10. Britney Spears (28,665,000)

Jay-Z & Beyonce’s Bodyguards Control Lenox Hospital ICU

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Date: Monday, January 9, 2012


Over the weekend (Jan. 7), the music industry’s ultimate power couple welcomed their first child, Blue Ivy Carter. But not everybody is over the moon about Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new bundle of joy. One Brooklyn man is fuming over Bey and Jay’s presence at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital and insists that the celeb couple’s security denied him access to visit his premature newborn twins and wife in the intensive care unit.

Now, Neil Coulon is demanding an apology from the world’s favorite music couple, whose presence at the hospital seems to be having a disruptive effect. Allegedly, Bey and Jay’s bodyguards upset multiple New Yorkers by keeping new parents and their relatives out of the wards, waiting rooms and even hallways in order to protect Beyonce and Jay-Z’s privacy.

Coulon told New York Daily News “Three times they stopped me from entering or exiting the NICU and it happened once on Friday — just because they wanted to use the hallway.” The father continued, “They should have been more strategic about it. These are children with problems in intensive care and you’re just going to take over the hospital like you own it? “All I want is an apology.”

According to Coulon, the notoriously private celeb couple seriously crossed the line trying to ensure their seclusion in the hospital. “I know they spent $1.3 million and I’m just a contractor from Bed-Stuy [Bedford-Stuyvesant], but the treatment we received was not okay … My wife is just terribly upset. She had a C-section. She gave birth to twins … Nobody needs this … This is the NICU. Nobody cares if you’re a celebrity. Nobody is star-gazing. They just want to see their children. To have that circus roll into town and ruin our parade was unpleasant.”

Lenox Hill Hospital spokeswoman Anne Silverman responded to Coulon’s accusations saying, “We take patient satisfaction very seriously. This is the first time I’m hearing about it.”

Do you think Coulon and his family deserve an apology? And will Hov and B oblige his demands?

BREAKING NEWS: Beyonce’s Bouncing Baby Blue

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Date: Sunday, January 8, 2012


Beyonce has given birth to a baby girl. As E! News reports, the superstar welcomed Blue Ivy Carter late Saturday night (Jan. 7), delivering via planned C-section at New York City’s Lennox Hill Hospital. Reps have yet to confirm the story, and according to the New York Daily News, the baby’s name is actually Ivy Blue Carter.

Either way, famous friends have already begun tweeting about the momentous event. Russell Simmons congratulated the singer and husband Jay-Z early Sunday morning, followed minutes later by Rihanna.

“Welcome to the world princess Carter!” the singer tweeted. “Love Aunty Rih.”

The diva’s pregnancy has made headlines from the day Bey announced her baby news at the MTV VMA’s this past August. Since then, Mrs. Jay-Z has been accused of faking her pregnancy bump, reportedly built a 2,000 square foot nursery in her Manhattan penthouse, been given a crystal-encrusted baby bathtub for a shower gift and, oh yeah, released four music videos and a live concert DVD. Girlfriend had one busy pregnancy!

Congrats to both Bey and Jay. We can’t wait to see baby pics!

NAS’ KIDNAPPED CONCERT PROMOTER

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Nas’ concert promoter who was kidnapped at gunpoint in Angola is still stuck in the country — caught in a legal stalemate between Nas and the guy who allegedly kidnapped him .. and it’s getting worse by the day.

TMZ broke the story … Patrick Allocco — a U.S. concert promoter who booked an Angolan New Year’s Eve show starring Nas — was kidnapped after the Angolan concert promoter sent Allocco a $300,000 advance for Nas and the rapper ended up being a no-show.

We’ve learned Allocco — who was released from custody but is still prohibited from leaving the country — sent Nas the $300k, but now the Angola promoter wants not only the $300,000 back, but an additional $50,000 in expenses.

Here’s the deadlock. Nas is willing to send $300,000, but not the addition $50 grand. In addition, before Nas sends ANY money, he wants a letter from both Allocco and the Angolan concert promoter — releasing him from any liability.

So there’s a stalemate. And Allocco is stuck in a foreign land.

PUSHA T: ‘WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF’ VIDEO FULL OF CANDY

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Clipse rapper Pusha T has dropped off a drug-inspired visual for ‘What Dreams Are Made Of,’ one of the darker songs from his 2011 EP, ‘Fear of God II: Let Us Pray,’ which features the G.O.O.D. rapper amidst a mountain of coke lines, scales, straws, cash and bubbly, and even a live python.

The Jason Goldwatch-directed video was shot back in November, but premiered on Thursday (Jan. 5), thanks to Red Bull.

“[The clip] is arrogant, it’s a bit brash, it’s about excess, fast living and articulating a lifestyle, a lifestyle that we know very well,” Pusha revealed, while on set. “Lyrically, it’s about how our people fell victim to drugs, but it wasn’t all our fault: [Ronald] Reagan had a lot to do with that; don’t just blame us. If you love what I’m about and what I’ve been doing all these years, then it’s for you, and I’d be cheapening [the project] if I didn’t shoot a video for one of the harder records off of the EP.”

While the video generally illustrates the images conjured in the song, keen-eyed fans will note one item that stands out — a jar of jelly beans. When MTV queried as to the reason for the confection’s inclusion, Pusha explained that the jelly beans are a tribute to former president Ronald Reagan.

“Ronald Reagan was an avid jelly bean lover, so we’ve got to pay homage to him. We have to: He had a lot to do with this … the Ronald Reagan era was a tough time and a detrimental time to the black community, but we adapted,” Pusha explained. “I have a very mean couplet in this song that describes what Reagan did and how Nancy [Reagan] tried to be down too, so we decided to showcase that with the jellybean.”

Nicki Minaj’s Turns Gospel (VIDEO)

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As reported by The BoomBox, Nicki Minaj’s smash hit ‘Super Bass’ has received unlikely covers by everyone from country music star Taylor Swift to 8-year-old YouTube sensation Sophia Grace Brownlee. Now, it looks like the female MC’s hit has gotten the remix treatment from one of the most unlikely sources of all.

A group of University of Florida students have remade Minaj’s rap song into a Christian tune about falling for a fellow Christ lover, and have renamed it ‘Super Grace!’ The parody was written by University of Florida student Raychel Manko, who made an accompanying music video with her UF friends to enhance the holy experience.

In the visuals, Manko pays tribute to Minaj’s eccentric fashion sense by rocking an electric-blue wig.

She raps in a church while standing at a pulpit, replacing Nicki’s lyrics with, “This one is for the boys with the boomin’ system/ Top down, AC with the coolin’ system/ When he come up in the club, he be blazin’ up/ Got stacks on deck like he savin’ up,” with her own holy verse, “this one is for the boys with the true religion/ And love with the lord and done with sinnin’/ When he come up in the church he be praisin’ up/ Always tithes, but he’s still savin’ up.”

Manko herself calls the spoof “a humorous, somewhat exaggerated commentary about the single Christian girl’s struggle to appreciate the wonderful Christian man in her life while still guarding her heart and waiting patiently upon the Lord.”

Watch the ‘Super Grace’ video below!

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