by (@Lacezilla)

Was The Rick Ross Shooting A Publicity Stunt? 50 Cent’s Tweets Beg The Question

50 Cent Accuses Rick Ross Of Faking Driveby Shooting

After shots were reportedly fired at Rick Ross’ Rolls Royce in the early hours of yesterday morning, the MMG capo and a female companion were said to have fled the vehicle unscathed after it crashed into a nearby building. With fans and foes having little confirmed information to go on, the rumor mill is now churning: Was Ross the victim of an attempted murder, or was this whole episode a publicity stunt?

It goes without saying that gun violence is no joking matter, nor are yesterday’s reports regarding Rozay, or rap beefs in general. If you ask 50 Cent, however, he won’t be reluctant to tell you that there’s comedic value to be found here. After the shooting and car crash, 50 took to Twitter to voice his thoughts, asserting that the entire incident was “staged,” and even went as far as to Instagram a photograph of the scene. “No hole’s in da car,” he wrote before firing off a second tweet, which was more machismo in nature than anything else, reiterating his familiarity with bullet-proof vehicles.

50 Tweaks Rick Ross On Twitter

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by (@emilyexton)

Nicki Minaj Is Already Complaining About American Idol

Two days into Season 12 of American Idol and we are sincerely feeling for the entire crew. Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj didn’t waste any time trading not-so-discreet digs on Wednesday night’s premiere, and episode two saw Nicki take issue with the entire program as a whole (no discrimination, for better or for worse). Live-tweeting the second night of auditions, as stars are wont to do these days, Nicki hit Twitter with a message of disapproval, directed at the show: “Is Idol really gonna play themselves and show that sh-t? Smdh. Wow.”

We can’t be too surprised by this reaction, mostly because we’ve had plenty of warning that this day would come. Nicki’s live-tweeting did provide a shout-out to Lazaro Arbos–the Cuban-born contestant who struggled with a stuttering problem but delivered an amazing rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”–and sought to promote any positive mentions of her judging style from the loyal Barbz who fill her timeline. Thursday night’s episode did, however, see Nicki “jokingly” argue with a female contestant she wasn’t impressed by over their similar purple eye shadow, as well as wave a hand Mariah’s way when she attempted to counter with her positive comments. Consider it a lite version of the time she threaten to knock Mimi out.

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by (@emilyexton)

American Idol Premiere: The Real Competition Lies Between Mariah Carey And Nicki Minaj

Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj at American Idol Premiere

The “beef” between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj that’s been brewing promoted for months wasted no time getting started on Wednesday night’s premiere episode of American Idol. With auditions that began in New York City, both native New Yorkers (hailing from Huntington, Long Island and Jamaica, Queens, respectively) fiercely competed to prove who had more of a reason to sit behind the judges table, and who was more worthy of a network television paycheck.

For every time a contestant gushed about listening to Mariah through his or her childhood and dreaming of one day being able to replicate her five-0ctave range (with good reason), Nicki made sure to assure the next, completely hopeless hopeful that they, too are a star–they’re just not right for this competition. It was an outer battle to be the kindest and funniest judge, as well as the truest Big Apple resident. Queens and Long Island have had a turf war for years, so we guess this makes sense. While Nicki surprised me with her thoughtful and straightforward assessments, she did overuse pet names like “darling” and “sweetheart,” making things a little bit more about her when she could, while Mariah was cool with keeping a slight distance between her and the contestants.  Five Grammys have given her that right. But does it make her a Mean Girl?

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by (@zaragolden)

Jack White Calls Lady Gaga An “Artifice,” Then Takes It Back (Sort Of)

Unlike Kendrick Lamar and fern fanatics, Jack White is not really feeling Lady Gaga these days. In an interview with Esquire UK, the banjo-wielding rock star went in on Pop Stars These Days and their eagerness to cater to fans, calling only the Mother Monster our by name:

“I don’t think she lives it because it’s all artifice,” says White of Gaga. “It’s all image with no meaning behind it. You can’t sink your teeth into it. It’s a sound bite. It’s very of this age, because that’s what people want.”

Color us not-exactly-surprised. This is pretty standard Rock Star-on-Pop Star complaint. White is a rock star who plays guitar and wears a lot of black and grits his teeth when he performs, and Lady Gaga gets carried around in giant eggs and wears meat dresses and, well, is really just something else. But alas, because the quote has been picked up and spun by news outlets far and wide, and because now we are all listening, White has decided he’s got more to say.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Idol Insanity! Nicki Minaj Threatens To Knock Mariah Carey Out (VIDEO)

When it was announced that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey would each occupy a seat at the judges table on the upcoming season of American Idol, most everyone hoped that the pairing of these two divatastic juggernauts would lead to some serious D-R-A-M-A. Well, much to the delight of everyone who has been bored silly by the shade-free relationship between Britney Spears and Demi Lovato on The X-Factor, tensions flared BIG TIME earlier today between the Queen of Young Money and the one and only Mimi.

According to a report filed this evening by TMZ, things got HEATED between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a round of auditions that were being taped in North Carolina this afternoon. The two apparently disagreed over the merits of a contestant’s performance, which led to Nicki to shout this amazing barb at show producers: “I told them, I’m not f***in’ putting up with Her F***in’ Highness over there.” Then, according to TMZ, Nicki threatened to “knock” Mariah Carey out. (!!!) While this startling exchange did not ultimately result in blows, you can bet this is the kind of thing that might never completely blow over. (Especially considering Minaj and Carey were reportedly beefing only TWO DAYS into taping!)

We’re not taking sides in this battle, because we love both of the former VH1 Divas in equal measure, but we can tell you one thing: We can’t wait for the lucky 13th season of American Idol to premiere in January 2013!

Nicki Minaj Cusses Out Mariah CAUGHT ON TAPE [TMZ]

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by (@zaragolden)

2012 BET Awards: Rick Ross And Young Jeezy Brawl Steals The Show

Young Jeezy and Rick Ross long-simmering feud hit a boil over the weekend when the two rappers ran into each other at the BET Hip-Hop Awards taping in Atlanta. The two rappers were said to have shared heated words when they met backstage, and eventually crews got involved and the scuffle spilled out into the parking lot.

As Hot 97’s revered DJ Funkmaster Flex reported live from the scene, breathlessly (though sans bomb-drops) via Twitter:

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by (@zaragolden)

Def Leppard Is Re-Recording Their Classic Songs, But Will You Buy Them?

Def Leppard is one of the most creatively and commercially successful rock acts of the last thirty years. Thanks to selling over 60 million albums worldwide and remaining a popular touring act to this day, they’ve earned themselves way more money than they’ll ever be able to spend. However, they have become increasingly irritated with their business associates at the Universal Music Group of late, mainly due to the fact that they feel like they haven’t been paid their fair share of royalties generated from past digital music sales. This is hardly a novel problem, but Joe Elliott and the rest of the Def Leppard camp have come up with a fairly novel approach to solving it: Instead of letting their lawyers haggle in court over fractions of a penny that they should be paid per download or stream of their catalog, Billboard is reporting that they have gone into the studio to re-record new versions of their old songs so that they’ll earn ALL of the money from future purchases of their music.

Yes, you read that right. Instead of being able to hear albums like Hysteria or Pyromania in their original form as recorded by legendary superproducer Robert “Mutt” Lange, newcomers to the Def Leppard fold will instead hear the 2012 incarnation of the band’s re-recordings of their hits. Singer Joe Elliott admits to Billboard that the process wasn’t exactly easy, either. “You just don’t go in and say: ‘Hey guys, let’s record it,’ and it’s done in three minutes. I had to sing myself into a certain throat shape to be able to sing that way again. It was really hard work, but we did have a good laugh over it here and there.”

Well, their hard work notwithstanding, how do the songs measure up? Take a listen to a :30 snippet of the 2012 version of their 1987 anthem, “Pour Some Sugar On Me.”

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by (@zaragolden)

The Top 5 Things In The Hollywood Reporter‘s Article That Might Have Got Katy Perry Twisted

“Shame when trade magazines turn tabloid,” tweeted Katy Perry last night, likely in response to The Hollywood Reporter’s June cover story about her. Pegged loosely to the release of her 3-D concert-umentary Katy Perry: Part of Me (opening July 5), the story looks back on her rise to fame and finds a savvy star (“She knows her fan base so well, and her business acumen is incredible”) with a winning vision, and a killer work ethic. Mostly, it’s flattering. Though as her aggravated tweet suggests, the story occasionally strays from the shop talk when they ask about her faith, her family, and her estrangement from Russell Brand. And now Katy’s feeling twisted!

And so, putting ourselves into Katy Perry’s sparkly and probably candy colored shoes:

The top five parts most cringeworthy parts from THR‘s “Katy Perry: Confessions of a Pop Princess:”

  1. Before it even begins, the story compares her public split with Russell Brand to Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries‘ much questioned split. Who would want that?
    “Nobody knows what really happened except the two people who are in it.” It’s June 6, and Katy Perry is talking about Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage to NBA up-and-comer Kris Humphries, unsure where her empathy lies with regard to the media-saturated spectacle of the split — or whether she feels any at all.”
  2. Labeling her a “survivor of her own short-live whirlwind romance gone wrong,” they suggest that “differences of intellect” may have fueled the divorce. I am not sure if they are trying to imply that Perry is intellectually superior to Brand or vice versa, but I can’t imagine it’s flattering to be called dumb or to be told the person you once loved was dumb. Ouch!

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Lil’ Kim Went H.A.M. On Drake, Says He’s “B*tch Made”

Lil' Kim Thinks Drake Is To Blame For Chris Brown  Brawl

UPDATE: Lil’ Kim’s publicist sent out a PSA regarding her alleged comment on Drake. He accuses The Phoenix Times of concocting a false story.


Birdman VS. OKC: Says “They Gotta Pay For Their Disrespect That They Did With My Son”

Birdman Says OKC Must Pay For Disrespecting His Son

Nobody messes with the Young Money camp unless they want to deal with Papa Bear. And by Papa Bear we mean the top boss Birdman. Lil Wayne has had much to say about the OKC denying him entrance into the stadium for the NBA playoffs game. Weezy took to Twitter once again after the second time he had a run-in with the team. He tweeted, “Again I was treated like sh!t by the Thunder arena staff…dam..I hope da Heat beat da dog sh!t out em!!” It such a coincidence that Weezy was denied twice by the team his ex’s new boo plays for. It’s one thing to upset Wayne, but quite another to tick off Birdman. Read more…