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Aug
26
Video: Usher f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘She Came to Give It to You’

Usher and Nicki Minaj

Fresh off his white-hot performance at the VMAs, Usher lights up the screen alongside Nicki Minaj in the dance-heavy video for “She Came to Give It to You.”

In the Philip Andelman-directed clip, the R&B superstar takes over an underground club in the back of an electronics store, working up a sweat as he busts some slick moves on the dance floor.

Nicki comes through the after-hours party, dressed to kill in all black, and spits her quirky verse in front of a wall of TV monitors. Plus, don’t miss a cameo from Pharrell, who lurks in the shadows.

The Pharrell-produced song will appear on Usher’s upcoming album UR, due this fall.

Later this year, he will embark on “The UR Experience” world tour, which includes L.A., Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans, and New York.

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Aug
26
Rap-Up TV: August Alsina Talks Nicki Minaj, Second Album, & Chris Brown

In the last four months, August Alsina has topped the R&B charts with his debut Testimony, won two BET Awards, and is currently headlining his first tour. Rap-Up TV caught up with the 21-year-old New Orleans crooner during the L.A. stop of his “Testimony Live” tour at the House of Blues to discuss his wins including a collaboration with Nicki Minaj on his latest single “No Love.”

He was the one who reached out to Nicki, and it turns out she was a big fan of the song. The two recently shot a video with director Benny Boom.

“Nicki was very, very deeply involved with this one in particular, as far as the video goes,” said August. “She had a vision for it and she really, really is a big fan of the record, which was real important to me because it makes it that much more special.”

While he hasn’t started work on his sophomore album, August plans to incorporate his new experiences. “I haven’t really stepped foot into the studio yet,” he said. “I’m outchea workin’, outchea livin’ a little more, so I guess when I do step in, I have a few things to talk about. It’s just a new world, new life, new livin’, new experiences. I’m gettin’ older. I wanna make sure I take my time with it and actually be in a place where I can put my all and my everything into the studio.”

He recently collaborated with Chris Brown on DJ Khaled’s single “Hold You Down,” and there may be more collaborations to come. “Chris is the bro. That’s the homie,” he said. “I was just with him the other day going through music and I think that type of shit just naturally happens or naturally comes about ’cause we kick it more than anything and then it’s like, ‘Oh, shit ni**a. I got this song. Wanna hop on it?’ We’ve been vibin’ to some shit, so you never know.”

Plus, hear him weigh in on the Michael Brown shooting.

Aug
25
Video: Usher f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘She Came to Give It to You’ [Teaser]

Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Usher

Fresh off his funky performance at the VMAs, Usher debuts a 30-second teaser for “She Came to Give It to You” featuring Nicki Minaj. The R&B superstar heats up the dance floor in the Philip Andelman-directed video, which features a cameo from Pharrell, who produced the song.

Usher posted a photo from the set with Nicki and Drake last month. The full video will premiere this week.

He has also announced the first round of cities for his “UR Experience” world tour, which includes L.A., Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, New Orleans, and New York.

Get a sneak peek below.

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Aug
25
Iggy Azalea Congratulates Nicki Minaj Backstage at VMAs

Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj

Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj ran into each other backstage at Sunday’s VMAs, and it was all love. While doing an interview with MTV News, Nicki was greeted by Iggy, who congratulated her on her opening performance.

“You did great, don’t worry it,” she told the Young Money rapper, referring to her wardrobe malfunction during “Bang Bang.”

“Thank you, honey,” responded Nicki.

While she sparked controversy with her BET Awards acceptance speech, Nicki has publicly congratulated her fellow femcee on the success of “Fancy.” “One thing I’m not is a hater. If somebody is doing something and they did it well, and their song is charting well, then congratulations,” she said in May.

Nicki opened the VMAs with “Anaconda,” but she opted not to use snakes after one of her dancers was bitten during rehearsals. But the girl is doing well, and joined her onstage during the performance.

“She handled it like a trooper. She went to the doctor. She’s fine,” said Nicki.

Watch Nicki and Iggy’s backstage run-in below.

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Aug
24
Usher and Nicki Minaj Perform ‘She Came to Give It to You’ at VMAs

Nicki Minaj and Usher

Usher delivered a white-hot performance of “She Came to Give It to You” at Sunday’s VMAs. The R&B crooner was joined by a full band and Nicki Minaj, who strut out in a fur top. Ursh played the bass and even Nicki’s booty during his funky set.

But that wasn’t all. During the VMAs, he also announced his upcoming world tour, “The UR Experience,” and dropped a new single called “Believe Me.”

A teaser of the video for “She Came to Give It to You” was also shown during the pre-show.

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Aug
24
Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, & Jessie J Open 2014 VMAs

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj kicked off the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards with some major girl power. The ladies joined forces for a nearly seven-minute set at L.A.’s Forum on Sunday.

Ariana emerged from a spaceship to her single “Break Free,” followed by Nicki, who unleashed a jaw-dropping performance of “Anaconda” live on stage, with her booty on full display.

Jessie J capped things off with “Bang Bang” before being joined by Ari and Nicki for the big finale. Nicki held tight to her dress to avoid a wardrobe malfunction.

Watch their dazzling opening number below.

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Aug
24
Video: Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj – ‘Bang Bang’

Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, and Ariana Grande

Fresh off opening the VMAs, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj light up the screen in the explosive video for “Bang Bang.” The divas come together for one big party in the Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip, which was shot on the Paramount lot in Hollywood.

“The concept of the video is really about girls coming together and partying it up,” said Davis.

Jessie J pulls up to a block party on a hot summer day in her pink whip. “She really brings everybody together and they kinda start this movement through the city,” she said.

Ariana gets dolled up in her pink loft, while Nicki arrives to the party in a helicopter.

The ladies meet up on a rooftop for the final scene of the night.

The top 10 hit can be found on Ariana’s sophomore album My Everything, out tomorrow, as well as Jessie J’s upcoming album Sweet Talker, due October 14.

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