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Alicia Keys is certainly looking to solidify her placement atop charts next week with continued promotions of her 5th studio LP ‘Girl On Fire’.  Despite garnering the singer her lowest first week sales ever, the set’s critical acclaim has been a home run.

For those who still need a little convincing, however, Keys took to the ‘X Factor USA’ stage tonight to belt out her latest hit/title track ‘Girl On Fire’.  See Keys show the talented hopefuls how it’s really done below:

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Embattled R&B bad boy Chris Brown finds himself afront the December/January issue of ‘XXL’ magazine.  Sharing cover duties with rapper Big Sean, the ‘Run It’ singer has seen his name run atop headlines for the past week for Twitter troubles – including its recent deletion.

Before news of that showdown hit headlines, however, Brown took to ‘XXL’ to detail the new plans for his oft-troubled Twitter account.  Also dishing on his public love life and beef with rapper Drake, see excerpts from the tell all session with the hip hop magazine below:

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As reported here, ‘Va Va Voom’ vixen Nicki Minaj is definitely zooming to the studio to continue work on the follow-up to her second album ‘Pink Friday:  Roman Reloaded’.

Chatting with Fuse, the rapstress unwrapped news on the direction of her new album, saying it would pick up where the recently released ‘Re-Up’ left off.  See what else she shared below:

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BET’s new current affairs show ‘Don’t Sleep’ has been gaining ample buzz since launching in October.

Anchored by former CNN journalist T.J. Holmes, the show tackles topics of politics, popular culture, among other issues pertinent to the Urban diaspora.

This week’s episode (25) features chats about Chicago gang violence with the mother of fallen rapper Lil JoJo, Chicago gang members and the Sleep Talkers, Isiah Thomas, Malik Yusef and Judge Mathis about Chicago’s violence problem..

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After confirming Kelly Rowland, Ciara, Jordin Sparks and Miley Cyrus as acts set to perform at the event, today has seen VH1 Divas add even more talented ladies to the bill.

Talented ladies, which include the phenomenal Kelly Clarkson and the incomparable Melanie Fiona.

Details below…

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Upon the release of her new EP ‘The Re-Up‘, ‘American Idol‘s Nicki Minaj surprised fans when she revealed that a number of major retailers would not stock the project.

Explaining that previous re-releases had left these retailers ‘wary’ of supporting her own, it became apparent that if the project was to ‘fly’, it would have do so- at least for the most part- on a digital tip.

And fly it did when it forced its supporting LP ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ 80 spots up the Billboard 200, helping it to enjoy a sales increase of 591% percent, with sales of 36,000 units.

Now, amid criticism that the project under performed, Billboard have explained why the project has indeed been a success. So successful, that retailers who wouldn’t stock it last week are now considering placing orders for it in the coming weeks.

Details below…

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Has anyone seen Chris Brown‘s lighter?

No? Well join the club, for in his new cut ‘Where The F**k Is My Lighter?‘, he asks that very questions with the aid of infectious production and generous lashings of autotune.

Will the song win him any new fans? No. Is it a lot of fun? Definitely.

Good times below…

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They’re beautiful, talented, and have taken the world by storm, and now- by way of the folks over at ForbesBeyonce & her one time protege Rihanna have much to celebrate today.

For, they have been named as two of music’s highest earning contributors, earning more money than this year than mutual mentor Jay Z.

Details below…

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It was only a matter of time.

Nicole Scherzinger is cashing in on her X Factor popularity and re-launching her Pop career.

Hoping to reverse her so-so solo fortunes, the former Pussycat Doll today announced the first single from her second studio album.

Details after the jump…

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Brand Minaj strikes again!

As demand for her MAC Viva Glam Lipstick rises across the globe, Nicki Minaj took her ‘Pink Friday‘ fragrance to Australia yesterday, launching the product for fans in Sydney.

Sporting a cupcake inspired dress, the ‘American Idol’  judge spent the day signing bottles for her Barbz who recently scored the Rapper a Gold certification for her single ‘Va Va Voom‘, for sales of over 35,000 units.

More snaps below..

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As with most Rihanna songs, an army of writers and producers were assembled to craft her latest smash ‘Diamonds’.

Songwriter Sia Furler, whose name (and bank balance) have stretched in recent years due to her hand in writing many a Billboard hit, was one of those enlisted to cook up the star’s twelfth US #1.

And with the song achieving success on a global scale, it was only fitting that the Australian performed her handiwork at the Norweigan-American Achievement Awards last night. The event celebrated the success of Norwegian production duo Stargate – who co-produced ‘Diamonds’ with Benny Blanco and are also at the helm of most of the model’s hits.

Backed by Stargate themselves, watch Sia shine bright like a diamond after the jump…

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As a proud ambassador for her homeland, last night saw Rita Ora celebrate Albania’s 100th Independence Day with a sold out open air gig in the country.

Performing a set made up of her most recognizable hits, the Pop Princess wowed fans who waited in the rain to see the production. Fans, which included the nation’s Prime Minister, Sali Berisha who arrived in support of the singer.

More from Rita’s night below…

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