Nicki Minaj Posts Topless Picture Of Herself On Instagram

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Good thing she has long hair! Nicki Minaj posted an ultra-sexy selfie on Instagram Wednesday, Aug. 7, in which she posed topless for the camera. The 30-year-old rapper strategically covered her boobs with her long dark hair to keep it semi-appropriate for social media.

In the risque shot, Minaj puckers up her lips and proudly flaunts her large chest. The “Super Bass” singer has never been shy about showing off her body on Instagram. On July 18, she posted a photo of her butt in a hot pink thong in honor of “Thong Thursdays.”

Minaj recently made some of her fans worry that she’d been taken off the market. On July 25, DJ Khaled posted an emotional, surprise proposal video asking for Minaj’s hand in marriage. Two days later, Minaj stepped out wearing a huge diamond ring causing speculation that she was, in fact, engaged. But it turned out to be a big publicity hoax.

“Khaled is my brother and Khaled was not serious with that damn proposal, ya’ll,” she told radio station Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex on July 29. “Please let it go. He was kidding. He’s not attracted to me, he doesn’t like me. We’re brother and sister.”

“It was just another way for him to kinda give the world a glimpse on the feeling of this record. Nobody in my real life took it seriously,” Minaj explained. “Everybody just hit me like, ‘LOL. Yo, Khaled is crazy.'”

Mariah Carey Refuses To Give Jennifer Lopez Standing Ovation On American Idol

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Mariah Carey, she could not be moved. When former judge Jennifer Lopez delivered an energetic 10-minute performance on the season finale of American Idol on May 16, Carey kept a fixed smile on her face but refused to join the other three judges in giving Lopez a standing ovation. She played with the streamers and grinned straight ahead instead.

Earlier in the night, Carey took to the stage with a pre-recorded medley of her greatest hits, including “Vision of Love,” “Make It Happen,” “My All,” “Hero,” “We Belong Together,” and “#Beautiful,” but it was Lopez’s dance-infused performance that had the audience pumped.

To add fuel to the fire, rumors that the judge had lip-synched her performance began to circulate online shortly after her stiff performance in a feathered, beaded white gown.

“There are two type of artists Vocalists & performers,” one fan tweeted. “If you’re a vocalist, you should NOT lip-sync. Especially on the caliber of Mariah.”

Lopez’s own performance, on the other hand, was a rousing rendition of her dance hit “Live It Up,” which involved plenty of high-energy moves and an appearance by rapper Pitbull.

The pair have a history of controversy together that dates back to a time when Carey’s ex-husband Tommy Mottola gave material she’d selected for her Glitter soundtrack to Lopez after she’d left his label. Lopez, 43, was previously a judge on the hit Fox singing competition, and has been rumored to be returning to the judge’s table in an upcoming season as the Fox series struggles in the ratings.

“I don’t know!” Lopez said in response to TV Guide’s question about whether or not she was looking to return. “When I say, ‘I don’t know,’ people think, ‘Oh, she’s playing a game.’ I’m not. If it became really real where I had to make a decision, I would have to sit down and really weigh out the options of what my life looks like in the next year to see if I would sign.”

“Because it does take up a lot of time, and I do have a lot of other things going on that I’m super excited about,” she continued. “So we’ll see.”

If Lopez does decide to return, however, there’s one current judge who would be more than happy for the change.

“All dem #1s but Jlo phone ringin?” Nicki Minaj tweeted on May 2, in a nod to Carey’s diss that the “Roman Holiday” rapper had never had a No.1 Billboard hit. “I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that.”

Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Rough Childhood In New Issue Of Teen Vogue

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Nicki Minaj didn’t grow up all soft and cuddly.

The singer covers the June/July issue of Teen Vogue and opened up about her turbulent home life and struggle to fit in at school as a kid.

“Every time my parents fought, my mother would have us move and I would have to go to a new school, which meant I’d have to face the task of making new friends,” she told the mag.

“I encountered jealous girls a lot,” she added. “What it came down to is that the bullies wanted me to bow down to them and I just wouldn’t.”

Confidence and strong will has clearly always been a part of Minaj’s makeup.

“Sometimes there’d be a fight, sometimes not. I let people know I wasn’t going to be pushed around.”

There are times, however, that things get taken too far—even for Minaj. The American Idol judge warns fans to rid themselves of their social media accounts if the negatives outweigh the positives.

“I used to read the bad things people said about me. Then I asked myself, ‘Why am I reading that when I have millions of people saying great things?’ You cannot give negativity power.”
She went on to add, “I tell teens…If people keep taunting you and you keep reading it, it’s poison.”

Well said, Ms. Minaj!

Nicki Minaj: ‘Channing Tatum Is Sexy As Hell’

Week after week, Nicki Minaj judges singing hopefuls on “American Idol,” but with the 2013 MTV Movie Awards only days away, we wanted her to judge something else: the beefy hotness of the fellas up for Best Shirtless Performance on Sunday night.

Even with the tantalizing talents of Taylor Lautner (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”), Daniel Craig (“Skyfall”), Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike”), Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight Rises”) and Ted (“Ted”) up for the prize, Minaj seemed pretty dead-set on who she’s hoping takes home a Golden Popcorn when the show goes live from Culver City, California, at 9 p.m. Sunday.

“Channing Tatum is sexy as hell,” she told MTV News, quite enthusiastically. “Taylor [Lautner] might [have] the best abs, but Channing, overall, is something sexy, honey.”

Believe it or not, “This Is the End” star Seth Rogen also gave props to Magic Mike’s killer six-pack, pondering its greatness. “What is that muscle? I’ve literally never seen that muscle,” he joked. “I would vote for Channing, honestly,” he said. “I mean, that’s crazy that he looks like that.”

However, there’s one woman who felt that Batman’s enemy, Bane, deserved some love, offering up her support to the snubbed Tom Hardy. “I’m pretty pissed off that Christian Bale is nominated for ‘Dark Knight Rises’ and not Tom Hardy,” “Snooki & JWoww” star JWoww told MTV. “Even though Tom was not completely shirtless, he was still hotter in his Bane sexy outfit.”

As for Rogen’s take on Batman’s shirtless hotness, he added, “Compared to Channing? Jesus. Come on.”

See for yourself who takes home shirtless honors Sunday night at 9 p.m. at the MTV Movie Awards.

Nicki Minaj On New Music And ‘American Idol’

Nicki Minaj, the rapper who has had much success on the pop charts with songs like “Starships” and “Super Bass,” says the rerelease of her sophomore album will be nostalgic for her early fans.

“The feel of the rerelease is kind of like my first sound, like the mixtapes,” she said of “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up.” .

The rerelease comes seven months after “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. That album features pop, dance, R&B, reggae and rap sounds. It’s a far stretch from when Minaj kicked off her career as a sexed-up street rapper, signed by Lil Wayne in 2009 after she released three buzzed-about mixtapes. Her official debut, “Pink Friday,” is near double platinum and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

But the 29-year-old says she’s “back to basics” on her eight-track “Re-Up,” which features Lil Wayne, Tyga and some of Minaj’s proteges.

“It sounds probably more hood in some ways, for a lack of a better word,” she said.

Her pop fans won’t be disappointed, though: There’s also the Dr. Luke-produced, dance-flavored “Va Va Voom.”

In a recent telephone interview, Minaj talked about her new music, artists she is mentoring and working (kind of) with Mariah Carey on “American Idol.”

Nicki Minaj Lashes Out At Mariah Carey On American Idol

Nicki Minaj derailed the “American Idol” auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday, after swearing at Mariah Carey and threatening, “I’m gonna knock you out” … sources tell TMZ.

In the footage, obtained by TMZ, Nicki is clearly furious … shouting, “I told them I’m not f*ckin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there.”

Sources say Nicki later threatened to “knock out” Mariah … but she said it before the video starts.

It all went down while the two were sitting at the judge’s table … with Keith Urban sitting in between them and Randy Jackson sitting on the far end, next to Mariah.

We’re told the whole thing exploded over a disagreement over a contestant’s performance.

Listen closely as you play the video … you’ll hear

Nicki Get this s**t in self control. Get in control. Get in control.
Randy Settle down, settle down.
Nicki Don’t lose your head. Don’t lose your head (inaudible). Don’t tell me I’m a gangster.
Nicki (inaudible) every 5 minutes. So every time you patronize me, I’m-ma take it back, and if you’ve got a f**king problem, handle it.
Nicki 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.
Nicki I’m not gonna sit here every f**king minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday.

Mariah is talking back at Nicki but it’s hard to hear what she’s saying.

According to our friends at MouthToEars.com, producers ended the auditions for the day so the two judges could cool down. We’ve confirmed that happened.

Big wigs on the show seem uncharacteristically upset by the blow up. It seems producers are worried about Mariah and Nicki co-existing for the long haul. [TMZ]

Nicki Minaj Comes To Reality T.V.

After dominating the Hip-Hop & Pop music charts, launching her own fragrance and scoring a $12 million judging gig on “American Idol” … what else could Nicki Minaj possibly take on next?

Reality TV, apparently.

According to an exclusive report, the rapstress is working on a brand new reality show with the E! network — who is famous for its catalog of reality shows, most notably “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (and its many spin-offs).

However, don’t expect a full-fledge, 10+ episode reality series from Nicki.

“The plan is to do specials with her, not a whole series,” a source close to the situation revealed, adding that E! will air three Minaj specials in the fall, and filming for the specials has already begun.

Nicki Minaj Introduces Pink Friday Perfume

Pound the alarm, fragrance fiends, because Pink Friday is in stores now.

The much-anticipated perfume comes packaged in a bottle shaped in the likeness of Minaj’s head and torso (would we expect anything less?), complete with pink wig, white bustier and gold nameplate chain. Looking like the playful spawn of a doll and an atomizer, it accurately reflects the singer’s colorful, quirkly fashion sense. The scent itself contains notes of fruit, vanilla and musk.

“I’ve been thinking about [a fragrance] for like, the last two years actually,” she told MTV News.

Named after Minaj’s 2010 album Pink Friday and its sequel, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, the fragrance joins Lady Gaga’s Fame as one of the higher-profile perfume launches this fall. “Pink Friday is a celebration of my life at this moment; it is a reflection of me as a creator, and an expression of me as a woman,” Minaj said in a press release. A “Moment 4 Life,” indeed.

Earlier this week, the wig-loving songstress debuted the scent at Macy’s Herald Square in New York dressed in a provocative ensemble as a sort of Barbie policewoman. Perhaps the newly minted American Idol judge is preparing for her upcoming role as an arbiter of vocal talent. But from Minaj, we’ve learned to expect nothing less.

After seeing the final product, Minaj declared, “My fans are going to spaz out when they see this.” For all of the “Barbz” out there—Minaj’s affectionate nickname for her followers, of which she counts 14 million on Twitter—the fragrance will be sold at Macy’s and other major department stores.

First Look At New American Idol Judges

FOX announced Sunday that Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban were officially joining Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson as judges on American Idol. Shortly after that announcement, the show’s longtime host Ryan Seacrest shared the first shot of the brand-new foursome at the judges’ table via Facebook. “After some musical chairs, here’s how the new American Idol judges will be seated,” Seacrest, 37, wrote beneath a photo of Carey, 42, Urban, 44, Minaj, 29 and Jackson, 56, sitting down together (with Seacrest standing above) in midtown NYC.

“With the exciting addition of Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj, alongside Randy Jackson, American Idol’s star power has never been so great,” executive producer Simon Fuller said in a statement. With the addition of these new judges, this promises to be a very entertaining season!