Some very sad news this morning as we learn that disco legend Donna Summer has died aged 63.
Sources close to Summer told website TMZ.com that the singer was trying to keep the extent of her illness under wraps. TMZ spoke to someone who was with Summer a couple of weeks ago who says she didn’t seem too bad. In fact, Donna was reportedly focused on trying to finish up an album she had been working on.
Summer was a 5-time Grammy winner who shot to superstardom in the ’70s with iconic hits like “Last Dance,” “Hot Stuff” and “Bad Girls.”
Stars such as Kylie Minogue and Quincy Jones have taken to social networking site, Twitter, to post tributes to the star, who passed away yesterday (May 17).
Quincy Jones led the tibutes, writing: ‘Rest in Peace dear Donna Summer. Your voice was the heartbeat and soundtrack of a decade.’
Kylie Minogue mourned the loss of her fellow dance-floor diva, saying: “One of my earliest musical inspirations, RIP Donna Summer #BadGirlsForEver.”
Meanwhile, stars such as Kelly Rowland, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and Mary J. Blige also made their feelings clear. Kelly Rowland wrote, ‘Donna Summer. Icon! Legend! Her voice! Her spirit! Rest In peace, you truly inspired me! I love you!’ whilst Nicki Minaj said: ‘Wow, another legend gone. Rest in peace to the beautiful disco queen Donna Summer,’
We Found Love singer Rihanna was left baffledby the news, simply asking: ‘Donna Summer??’
Elsewhere, Chic’s Nile Rogers added: “For the last half hour or so I’ve been lying in my bed crying and stunned. Donna Summer RIP”
Other stars to pay tribute inlcude Dolly Parton, Timbaland, Robyn, Katy B, La Roux and Best Coast.
Nicki Minaj has deleted her online Twitter account after an argument with a fan.
The ‘starships’ rapper, who recently topped the UK charts with her second album ‘Pink Friday - Roman Reloaded’, took issue with a follower, who was posting clips from her new album on their account. This clearly upset Nicki, who soon after announced her departure from Twitter, saying: “And that’s exactly why I’m paying the barbz DUST right now! And deleting my twitter. Smdh - don’t cry for me argentina” Nicki then added: ”Like seriously. its but so much a person can take. Good f***ing bye.”
She quickly followed up with another tweet, saying: ”On second thought I’ll just follow a new set of barbz. The ones I follow r very mean and ratchet. *side eyes them* *looks into the sea for more*” - but shortly afterwards, deleted her account. She has 30 days to reactivate her account and reconnect with her many million online followers.
Nicki is known for speaking her mind, and has a long standing feud with Lil’ Kim as a result. Eve explained to BETthat the feud between the pair is down to respect: “It’s not about publicity. It’s about wanting that respect. I think maybe that’s where Kim is coming from, like, you’re doing your thing right now and no-one can take that away from you, Nicki - we all see it - but at the end of the day, if it wasn’t for Kim, she wouldn’t be here and that s**t is real.” The war continues…
Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj have been involved in a war of words for the past couple of years now and some of the things that they have said to each other have not been the nicest. Now, Eve has claimed that the feud between Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj is not just a publicity stunt but is all about respect.
Eve explained to BET, “It’s not about publicity. It’s about wanting that respect. I think maybe that’s where Kim is coming from, like, you’re doing your thing right now and no-one can take that away from you, Nicki - we all see it - but at the end of the day, if it wasn’t for Kim, she wouldn’t be here and that s**t is real.”
Eve then went on to reveal which female rapper she is liking at the moment. She added, “I like Azealia Banks. I think her style is dope. If you listen to her lyrics, she knows how to wordplay and I think that’s cute. I’m not really into the Iggy Azalea chick. I can’t really f**k with her music, but her look is crazy. I just can’t believe it.”
Eve is set to release some brand new music, leading up to the release of her first album since the 2002 record Eve-Olution. She claims that her new music will be well rounded and hard street.
Female rapper Nicki Minaj has come in for some slight criticism recently, with people claiming that she gives off this street persona but is really just a pop act. However, Nicki has now hit back at the criticism, claiming that there will always be hip-hop influences in her music.
Minaj explained to MTV News, “What can I say? I don’t know what I gotta do anymore. I don’t know what I can possibly do. What [have] I gotta do? Go and rob a bank?”
She added, “I’m still me, hip-hop culture is still in my heart. That can never leave me. I know I’m always gonna be street, because I can’t pretend to be street. It’s a lot of people walking around here pretending to be that, but I ain’t gonna call nobody out right now.”
Former X Factor contestant Cher Lloyd has revealed how she is preparing to head over to the US where she is hoping to break America. Cher admitted that she will be taking a few days off before she heads over to the US but claims that, while she is over there, she will be opening up a for doors for her career.
Lloyd explained, “I was nervous as the London date of any tour is always special, but I had a fantastic time. I have a few days off after the tour finishes then I’m off to smash open some doors in the US.”
She added, “I’ve worked hard in the UK and I’m gonna work hard in America. I feel so lucky to have LA Reid supporting me.” Cher Lloyd has admitted to being a big fan of Nicki Minaj, claiming that she is the only relevant female rapper around right now.
Singer Nicki Minaj has revealed how her music video for her track Beez in the Trap is a big thank you to her stripper fans. Nicki claims that she used to perform in strip clubs before she hit the big time and wanted to thank all of the strippers that she has ever met for supporting her.
Minaj explained to MTV News, “When I was doing my mixtapes, I would perform in strip clubs, I would perform in clubs and it was just like some of my most die-hard fans would be in these places.”
She added, “I wanted to kinda like honour them - kinda honour all my girls in the club and just say, ‘Thank you for the support’. When I see the strippers and all of that, they always show me love, so I wanted to kinda make a video around them.”
Rapper Nicki Minaj has claimed that, while she is not offended by people comparing her to Lady Gaga, it does annoy her a little. Nicki admitted that she believes that Lady Gaga is very talented and should be very proud of what she has achieved in the music industry, but claims that the two are completely different artists.
Minaj explained to ABC’s Nightline, “Offends me, no. Irks me, yes. We are in completely different lanes. First of all, I’m a rapper. I’m from southside Jamaica, Queens. I could say some really crazy lyrics right now, but I won’t. Why don’t I turn the cameras around and ask you?”
She added, “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.”
Nicki continued, “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.”
It seems that everybody in the music industry is looking to collaborate with someone at the moment and the person that most people want to collaborate with appears to be Beyoncé. Earlier this week, Adele admitted that she would love to do a track with Beyoncé and now Nicki Minaj has also claimed that she would love to work with the former Destiny’s Child singer.
Minaj explained, “My fans want a Beyoncé collab. That’s the only one.” Nicki then went on to admit that the regular fall outs that she seems to have with other artists do not really bother her, as she is fully focussed on her career and looks up to Beyoncé’s husband Jay-Z.
She added, “These little spats and these little issues, I rise to the occasion every time,” she added. “A lot of girls want it, but they haven’t been tested so much along the way.
Nicki continued, “A rap battle, I could do that in my sleep now. I’m trying to get paper. I watch what Jay-Z did and I feel like if he could do it, I could do it. Just ‘cause I’m a girl, doesn’t make me any different.”
Nicki Minaj is currently set to claim her first ever UK number one album this weekend, with her latest record Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Female rapper Nicki Minaj has revealed how she hopes to inspire other female rappers through her music and her success. Nicki admitted that if there was only one thing that she could possible hope that her fans and other people can take away from her music, it is that young girls have the potential to be whatever they want to be.
Minaj explained to MTV, “If there’s one thing I want people to take away from it, it’s just that little girls can aspire to be anything, and that’s all I want people to see.”
She added, “Whether you follow Nicki Minaj's blueprint or not, just don't be afraid to experiment, and don't allow people to knock your hustle just 'cause it ain't something that you're used to seeing.”
Nicki continued, “I like that I’m there because it gives little girls in Southside Jamaica, Queens or South Africa or Brazil a moment to say, ‘Oh wait, I can be a female rapper!’ Yes, you really can.” Nicki Minaj recently admitted that she was a little worried about how long the music video to her new song Starships is taking.
Nicki Minaj’s new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is available now.
Super Bass singer Nicki Minaj has revealed that she is very concerned about the length of time it is taking to make the video for the song Starships. Nicki admitted that, when the video does finally come out, it is likely to be her best video to date.
Minaj explained to Capital FM, “I’m freaking out because the video is taking way too long. When it comes out it’s going to be very, very saucy and very exciting and it’s going to be lots of fun and probably going to be my best one yet.”
She added, “Well, I went out to Hawaii and I met a lot of beautiful Hawaiian men that were so amazing – I just didn’t want to leave. We shot the video on the beach, we shot the video in the mountains. It was just dope, the scenery was amazing.”
Nicki continued, “You can expect to feel like, you know what, let’s get out the bikinis. Let’s go and have a good time. A shoutout to everyone on Spring Break right now. It’s just one of those records that feels good and the video compliments that.”
Nicki Minaj’s new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is out now in the UK and is released in the US tomorrow (April 3).
Singer Nicki Minaj was the musical guest on American Idol recently but she had a bit of friendly banter with Jennifer Lopez about being a guest judge on the show. Jennifer joked back to Nicki that there would not be enough room on the panel for the two of them.
Minaj explained to THR, “She didn’t seem to be having it but she gonna have it! No, actually, I love J-Lo. I love what she’s done for pop culture I have nothing but respect for her and we were just joking around. I’m sure I’ll have lots of fun with them when I’m guest judging.”
It was recently claimed that Nicki Minaj was having meetings with The X Factor creator Simon Cowell and his team, as a possible permanent judge on the forthcoming second season of the hit Fox reality singing competition. However, Nicki admits that she could not do it week in week out.
She added, “Something like American Idol, it’s iconic and has been around for so long and created so many stars. I would love to [guest judge] but as far as sitting down every week, I can’t.”
Super Bass singer Nicki Minaj has revealed how she has plans to settle down and start a family by 2022. Nicki admitted to Complex that she does not have a specific amount of children that she would like but she definitely wants to have a son.
Minaj explained, “In 2022, I’ll definitely be married and I’ll definitely have my two children. I might have three, but I do want at least one boy. [I want] a baby boy because I’m so attached to my little brother and I felt like that was my real son. And boys, they’re just so, I don’t know, my heart just melts when I see them.”
She added, “I happen to be a pessimist, and maybe that’s a good thing because I don’t stop to smell the roses - which is not a good personal thing. I don’t stop and enjoy those moments. Always on to the next and never in the moment.”
Nicki Minaj recently admitted that she wanted to become a world renowned artist, for being Nicki Minaj rather than for her collaborations with other artists. Nicki Minaj’s new album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will be released on April 2 in the UK and April 3 in the US.