Nicki Minaj Is Not Lady Gaga

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Date: Wednesday – April 11, 2012

Nicki Minaj made her irritation with the constant comparisons to Lady Gaga apparent during a recent interview with ABC’s Nightline. She dared the network’s Juju Chang to find any similarities between her and the outlandish pop singer, and for the most part dismissed and minimized the things they do share in common and harped on one glaring difference: she’s a rapper.

“We’re in completely different lanes,” said Minaj of Gaga after admitting that being compared to the pop diva “irks” her. “I’m a rapper… Gaga’s a fantastic artist, you know, she paved her way. She’s opened her own lane. But I think that I have my own lane. And we never cross. Ever. So, you know, I really don’t get the comparison anymore. Our music doesn’t sound the same. Our stage presence is not the same. I just can’t see the similarities.”

Chang pointed out how both sport wigs and crazy outfits but Nicki had a response for both. “Every female in this game — every female in this game — wears wigs,” she retorted. Adding “Over-the-top costumes? Try again!” after imitating a buzzer sound.

Minaj has been compared to Gaga since the beginning of her career and her much-talked about Grammy performance only led to more comparisons between the two. But with the release of her sophomore effort, the Young Money rapper has made it clear that she stands tall — alone.

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)

Beyonce Causes Stir At Billboard Awards

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Beyonce stole the show at this year’s Billboard Awards with arguably her most amazing performance to date. Las Vegas is known for its bright lights and over-the-top casinos, but Beyonce brought the house down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena when she performed her newest single Run The World (Girls). The women-empowerment song has been the rave since airing a few weeks ago with its catchy beat (sampled from Pon De Floor) and sexy video to boot. Beyonce was one of the honorees receiving the coveted Millennium Award for her achievements throughout her 15-year dominance on the Pop and R&B scene.

Everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga tipped their hats off to honor the Pop Diva for her record breaking album sales, tours and influence over the music industry dating back to when she was in Destiny’s Child.

Tina Knowles’ praises hit home as she recalled moments with her daughter before all the fame and fortune. “I sang to Beyonce as a beautiful baby girl, but it wasn’t too long before she was singing back to me and to the whole world.”

Speaking directly to Beyonce before her performance, she told her, “Only 29 years old, for 15 of those years, you’ve been on the stage wowing crowds everywhere, raising the bar and setting new standards, but still managing to stay grounded and a beautiful person.”


In response to the award, Beyonce ripped the stage showcasing some new technology in her performance. She used Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) along with the regular tricks like smoke, hidden walls, etc. to wow the audience. She even had a special performance with the Les Twins, a twin-duo renowned for their incredible dance moves. Beyonce pulled out all the stops and sashayed down the aisle interacting with the crowd before walking back on stage and doing a number with her dancers. Even with her mind-blowing performance and Millennium Award celebrating her successful career, Beyonce was still the subject of a major controversy.

Beyonce was called out for stealing another singer’s graphics and CGI techniques. Apparently the same people who designed the graphics and CGI for Beyonce also did the same for Italian dancer and singer Lorella Cuccarini’s 4D performance in 2010. The two performances may have similarities, but they also have marked differences.

Either way, Beyonce’s rendition will go down as one of the best live performances to date and she truly showed why girls run the world.

Here’s Beyonce and Lorella’s side-by-side comparison:

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Justin Bieber Displays His Rap Skills In New Twitter Video

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Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010

Having given fans a taste of his rapping skills during live performances of “Baby” when he tackles the verse Ludacris recorded for the tune, Justin Bieber is now displaying his keen spitting prowess in a new video posted on his Twitter. In the grainy clip, Bieber rhymes along to a track titled “Speaking in Tongues,” and in a message posted on the webpage, he announces that his rap alias is Shawty Mane.

“Speaking in tongues freestyle… who knew I could rap lol,” he wrote. “My alter ego rap name is Shawty Mane… hah.”

The video features shots of Bieber in the studio and hanging out in the streets rocking some glasses. Early on, he gives a shout-out to Lady Gaga: “Call up Lady Gaga on my on my telephone/ Hello doll/ You’re my girl/ Beats no metronome.”

He then talks up his own capabilities, rhyming, “So I’m raptor/ Tearing it up like a tractor/ Matter fact you’re not feeling this track you’re a slacker.” Later, he raps, “Stop, drop and roll/ Justin Bieber’s on fire/ It’s time to realize it’s time to call me young sire.”

At the end of the clip, Bieber — who hangs out with such hip-hop heavyweights as Drake, Kanye West and the aforementioned Luda — has a little message for those listening to the track. “You guys might know me as the guy who sings ‘Baby’/ You know, uh, I’m a singer, pop singer/ I’m white/ But, um, you know I just wanted to do this just to prove that/ You know I got skills, on, on, on the rap game.”

Last December, Bieber’s pal, rapper Asher Roth, defended his buddy’s rapping skills to MTV News. “He lived like a block away from me. Watching him is like watching your little brother. It’s crazy,” Roth said, referring to their time in Atlanta together. “He can rap. I put him on a remix, but I don’t think his mom would like that very much.”

What do you think of Bieber’s lyrical skills? Talk about it in the comments!

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Kanye Apologizes For Interrupting Taylor Swift At VMA’s

Posted: Monday – September 14, 2009

Kanye West has apologized to country singer Taylor Swift after the rapper/singer jumped on stage during her acceptance speech at the 2009 Video Music Awards last night (September 13).

Swift won the MTV VMA for best female video for “You Belong With Me,” besting Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

Kanye West felt Beyonce was meant to win the award and rushed the stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, interrupting her to proclaim Beyonce’s vide the “best of all-time,” leaving the young singer in tears.

On his blog he said:

I’M SOOOOO SORRY TO TAYLOR SWIFT AND HER FANS AND HER MOM. I SPOKE TO HER MOTHER RIGHT AFTER AND SHE SAID THE SAME THING MY MOTHER WOULD’VE SAID. SHE IS VERY TALENTED! I LIKE THE LYRICS ABOUT BEING A CHEERLEADER AND SHE’S IN THE BLEACHERS! …………………… I’M IN THE WRONG FOR GOING ON STAGE AND TAKING AWAY FROM HER MOMENT!…………….. BEYONCE’S VIDEO WAS THE BEST OF THIS DECADE!!!! I’M SORRY TO MY FANS IF I LET YOU GUYS DOWN!!!! I’M SORRY TO MY FRIENDS AT MTV. I WILL APOLOGIZE TO TAYLOR 2MRW. WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD!!!! EVERYBODY WANNA BOOOOO ME BUT I’M A FAN OF REAL POP CULTURE!!! NO DISRESPECT BUT WE WATCHIN’ THE SHOW AT THE CRIB RIGHT NOW CAUSE … WELL YOU KNOW!!!! I’M STILL HAPPY FOR TAYLOR!!!! BOOOYAAAWWWW!!!! YOU ARE VERY VERY TALENTED!!! I GAVE MY AWARDS TO OUTKAST WHEN THEY DESERVED IT OVER ME… THAT’S WHAT IT IS!!!!!!! I’M NOT CRAZY YALL, I’M JUST REAL. SORRY FOR THAT!!! I REALLY FEEL BAD FOR TAYLOR AND I’M SINCERELY SORRY!!! MUCH RESPECT!!!!!

Later in the show, Beyonce allowed Swift to finish her speech, after Beyonce took home Video of the Year.

“Wow. This is amazing. I remember being 17-years -old being up for my first award with Destiny’s Child. And it was one of the most exciting moments of my life,” said Beyonce, who came up to accept the award for Video of the Year. So I would like to invite Taylor to come out and have her moment.”

While the two hugged, the crowd gave a standing ovation as Swift finished her acceptance speech as she thanked her fans as well her little brother’s high school for letting her shoot the video for “You Belong to Me.”

For the remainder of the show nearly every mention of Kanye incited a roar of boo’s from the audience.

There are also pictures floating around the web of Kanye drinking from a bottle of alcohol on the red carpet, which may have played a part in the rapper’s outburst.

West was also removed from Radio City Music Hall after interrupting Swift.

Many celebrities on Twitter reacted to Kanye’s outburst and to Beyonce’s kind gesture.

Here are a few:

Pop singer Pinks twitter: www.twitter.com/Pink: “Kanye west is the biggest piece of shit on earth. Quote me. ” “Beyonce is a classy lady.I feel for her, too.Its not her fault at all, and her and Taylor did their thing. And douche bag got kicked out. HA.”

Singer Katy Perry http://www.twitter.com/katyperry: “FUCK U KANYE. IT’S LIKE U STEPPED 0N A KITTEN. There’s a reason why Beyonce is my hero.”

Keri Hilson said. “YAAAAAY! Taylor got her moment!! ”

Basketball player Ron Artest: http://www.twitter.com/real_ron_artest: “Kanye is the @ congjoewilson of the rap game.”

Basketball player Kevin Durant: http://www.twitter.com/kevindurant35: “wow taylor swift won over beyonce and lady gaga???? congrats to her!! buuuuut kanye trippinnnnnnn, that was disrespectful”

The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards was live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In addition to Swift and West’s situation, this year’s VMA’s featured a moving tribute to Michael Jackson.

Janet Jackson concluded the tribute to her brother as dancers performed routines from videos to Michael Jackson hits such as “Thriller,” “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal” while each wearing a white glove on their right hand.

Performers included Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Alicia Keys who closed the show, among others.

Souce: Allhiphop.com



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