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Nov
2
Album Cover: Nicki Minaj – ‘The Pinkprint’

The Pinkprint

Barbz rejoice. After months of waiting, Nicki Minaj has revealed the deluxe cover art for The Pinkprint. The third album from Young Money’s First Lady, which is now due December 15, has spawned the singles “Pills N Potions,” the Sir Mix-A-Lot-sampled hit “Anaconda,” and “Only” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, and Chris Brown.

The simple, yet striking artwork features a thumbprint in pink ink (“It’s the key to my heart,” said Nicki) and was designed by Kanye West’s creative team DONDA, who did the artwork for Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being II and 2 Chainz’ B.O.A.T.S. II.

“This is actually the #Deluxe cover. I’ll post the standard cover at a later date. #ThePinkprintAlbumCover thank u to the Kanye West team,” she said.

Nicki hopes the follow-up to 2012′s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded will stand the test of time. “I think the album is so classic,” she told “The Breakfast Club.” “It’s gonna feel so good and I think it will probably be something that female rappers look to as a Pinkprint for years to come.”

Prior to the album’s release, Nicki will host the MTV EMA in Glasgow, Scotland on November 9.

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Nov
1
Halloween 2014: Rihanna, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Chris Brown, Kendrick Lamar, & Jhené Aiko

Rihanna

Some of your favorite stars got in the Halloween spirit and dressed up while partying across the country. The costumes ranged from the scary (Tyga) to silly (Iggy Azalea) to sexy (Nicki Minaj), and everything in between.

After dressing up as Janet Jackson the day before, Beyoncé transformed into Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, while Jay Z went as famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Rihanna and her gang of girls traded last year’s zombie chola costumes for something mean and green. She was Raphael while roaming the streets of New York with the rest of her Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Following her beef with Snoop Dogg, Iggy Azalea showed that she can laugh at herself, dressing as one of the characters from White Chicks while partying with J.Lo and Demi Lovato. “Bye haterzzzzz,” said Iggy.

Nicki Minaj got naughty, wearing a red bra and panties while biting into an apple. “And here I am going as the BAD TEACHER taking a bite out of the apple that the teacher’s pet gave me #ThotShitOnFleek,” she said.

Justin Bieber did the Shmoney Dance as a Power Ranger and Jhené Aiko had multiple costumes including Rainbow Brite and Pikachu.

There were plenty of couples costumes as well. Chris Brown and Karrueche went as Danny and Sandy from Grease, Bow Wow and his fiancée Erica Mena were zombies, and Ludacris and Eudoxie were supervillains Bane and Catwoman.

Kim Kardashian showed her love for fashion by dressing as Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, while her daughter North West was contributing editor André Leon Talley. Earlier in the day, North ran through the house in a skunk costume.

Fabolous and his family were creepy and kooky as the Addams Family, Kendrick Lamar channeled Jesus in the Bermuda Triangle, and Jermaine Dupri reigned over Vegas as the Pope.

From Mariah Carey as Mrs. Claus to Rita Ora as Barbie, check out a gallery of 40 celebrity costumes below.

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Oct
31
Kanye West, Nas, Diddy, & Madonna Attend Alicia Keys’ Black Ball

Alicia Keys and Nas

The stars put on their finest and stepped out to Alicia Keys’ 11th Annual Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York on Thursday. A pregnant Alicia, whose second child is due in December, was the belle of the ball as she hosted the fundraiser alongside her husband Swizz Beatz and Diddy.

Swizz, Diddy, and Kanye West took the stage to honor Givenchy’s artistic director Riccardo Tisci, while Nas, Angel Haze, and David Byrne performed.

“We’re here to roll up our sleeves for the children and families living with HIV in India and Africa,” said Puff. “We need the money!”

Alicia, Swizz, and Diddy performed a mash-up of Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out” and “Mo Money Mo Problems,” Angel Haze covered OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars,” and Nas put the crowd in a New York state of mind.

Madonna, Aretha Franklin, and Russell Simmons also showed up to support Keep a Child Alive, which has raised over $22.6 million for children and families affected by HIV.

See more photos from the black-tie benefit below.

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Oct
31
Beyoncé and Blue Ivy Dress as Janet and Michael Jackson for Halloween

Beyoncé and Blue Ivy

Beyoncé took it back to 1989 and paid homage to Janet Jackson with her Halloween costume. The pop superstar rocked the outfit from Janet’s Rhythm Nation 1814 era, complete with a key earring, black gloves, jacket, and hat. She was spotted backstage with Angela Yee’s nephew (pictured) at Powerhouse while Jay Z made a surprise appearance.

Her daughter Blue Ivy also saluted pop’s first family by dressing as Michael Jackson, donning a glittery red jacket, hat, and aviator shades like the King of Pop.

Not to be left out, Jay Z also got in the Halloween spirit, wearing a Jason mask while joining Jeezy on stage at Powerhouse.

Last year, Bey dressed as Spider-Woman and celebrated Halloween while on her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.” She has shared a new video from the festivities.

During “GMA” this morning, Robin Roberts and Terry Crews channeled their inner Beyoncé and Jay Z, dressing up as the famous couple from their “On the Run Tour.”

See more pics of the Carters in costume below.

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Oct
30
Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, & Miley Cyrus Honor Tom Ford at amfAR Gala

Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, and Tom Ford

Rihanna stepped out in style to honor Tom Ford at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in Hollywood on Wednesday. The “Stay” singer turned heads in a white Tom Ford gown with a high slit and nipple pasties while mingling with Justin Timberlake, host Gwyneth Paltrow, and Miley Cyrus, who opted for a black bondage dress.

RiRi presented the designer with amfAR’s Award of Inspiration. “Everyone looks good in Tom Ford,” she told the chic crowd. “Over the past 20 years, Tom Ford has been honored with every major fashion award there is. Tonight, we honor him both for his incredible talent and for what he stands for. We honor him for doing good while making us look good.”

She supported the cause by dropping $35,000 on a pair of Harry Winston diamond link earrings and $100,000 on the photograph “Elizabeth Taylor at the Eden Roc” by Willy Rizzo, with all proceeds benefiting AIDS research. Timberlake also opened his wallet, bidding $80,000 on a Damien Hirst painting.

Chris Martin kicked off the evening with a performance, while Diana Ross closed it out with her anthem “I’m Coming Out.”

See more photos from the star-studded soirée below.

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Oct
27
Drake Celebrates 28th Birthday in Toronto

Drake and his mother

Drake left the drama behind in D.C. and returned home to Toronto to celebrate his 28th birthday. October’s Very Own put on his finest tuxedo and joined his friends and family at an intimate dinner in his honor at Bent restaurant.

Guests dressed up and dined on Asian fusion cuisine prepared by Chef Susur Lee including tuna and watermelon ceviche, duck confit, and curry-marinated rack of lamb.

The birthday boy toasted the occasion with his mother (“Sandra’s son,” he wrote) and OVO crew members including Noah “40″ Shebib, OB OBrien, and his manager Oliver El-Khatib.

He received a black-and-gold cake adorned with a chandelier and OVO owl, and was presented with a Hood Grammy of his own for “Best Basketball Player of the Year.”

“Good to be home,” said Drizzy, who gifted his fans with three new songs over the weekend.

See Drake and his squad celebrate in style.

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Oct
26
Rihanna Invades Atlanta for ‘Rogue Man’ Fragrance Launch

Rihanna

Rihanna shut down Macy’s Lenox Square for the launch of her first men’s fragrance, Rogue Man, in Atlanta on Saturday. The Rihanna Navy showed up in droves to catch a glimpse of the pop megastar, who looked stunning in a midriff-baring top and long black skirt.

The first 300 fans who purchased $69 or more in product got to meet and take a photo with their idol. RiRi was all smiles as she kissed babies and even cradled one emotional fan.

“Thank you Atlanta for coming out to celebrate the launch of my very first male fragrance #ROGUEMAN with me!” she tweeted.

Her women’s fragrance Rogue debuted last fall, and was nominated for Fragrance of the Year at the FiFi Awards.

Rihanna has been laying low as she records her eighth album. She has been in the studio with hitmakers including DJ Mustard and Ester Dean, but an official release date has not been announced.

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