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Yesterday saw the first day of Jay Z‘s ‘Made In America Fest’ kick off in Philadelphia boasting performances from some of the world’s brightest stars.

Stars, which include the Maybach Music Group, CovergirlJanelle Monae and Kanye West’s ‘G.O.O.D Music‘.

Enjoy below…

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It may have taken her to the top of the UK’s single chart, but Rita Ora’s ‘RIP’ has in some respects become a bit of an annoyance for the starlet.

For, by way of a rumor circulated a year ago, many were led to believe the Drake penned cut was originally written for, but turned down by her Pop staple Rihanna, with whom she shares a mentor in Jay Z.

Now, in an interview with The Sunday Times, Ora has set the record straight.

Her explanation below…

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With Nicole Scherzinger struggling to secure a solo hit for herself, one has to wonder if she’d have been better off leading the pack over at the Pussycat Dolls.

Dolls, whose scorching ‘Buttons’ will take centre stage at this week’s From The Vault.

Unleashed as the fourth single from the band’s multi-platinum selling debut, the aptly titled ‘PCD’ in Spring 2006, ‘Buttons’ was yet another home run for the girls after the trifecta of smash hits ‘Don’t Cha’, ‘Stickwitu’ & ‘Beep’.

With its infectious production courtesy of Polow Da Don and its lyrics helmed by the mighty Sean Garrett and lead singer Nicole, the track charted at #3 in both the US and the UK and was a solid Top 10 in all the other major markets.

The tune was a worldwide hit for numerous reasons, indeed the single mix featured the big Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion) which judging by his ability to score hits after hits throughout the years and until this day is no mean feat, quite literally. Also, its incendiary video propelled the already fantastic track to a whole other level because of its “fierce” nature.

From the strutting to the sensual – and never tacky – choreography, the vaporous and claustrophobic atmosphere to the burlesque vibe, this visual is definitively one of the most – if not THE most – glorious moment of the girls rather short but memorable stint as a recording band (obviously we are not rating the non-sense that is the new incarnation of the Pussycat Dolls).

Proving Pop tarts can be suggestive while staying all the way classy, the ‘Buttons’ MV stands as one of Pop culture’s sexiest efforts.

Ms. Scherzinger has never been more entertaining an enticing than during her time with the Dolls which is strange as the other girls – bar Ms. Melody Thorton – were clearly just back-up dancers for the ‘Nicole Show’ and she has worked with the same producers and choreographers for her solo endavors.

Maybe its a case of the masses not believing in her hype or maybe the other band members were not that disposable. In any case, we want you to sound off:


Why can’t Nicole Scherzinger catch a break?

Despite moving over 1 million copies worldwide since its April 3rd release, criticism of Nicki Minaj‘s latest LP ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded’ has been all too loud and clear.

However, in what will come as a slap in the face to of her detractors, this week saw the LP enjoy a revised Metacritic score after welcoming an influx of positive reviews.

Explanation below…

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No more than a week after their publication, Stevie Wonder has been forced to apologize over remarks he made on Frank Ocean‘s sexuality in an interview with The Guardian.

Full story below…

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Last night following a brief trip to London, Rihanna arrived at Paris’ Gare Du Nord station to what we’d call one of her craziest ‘moments’ thus far.

For, shortly after she and her team stepped out of the train that brought them to the city, they were mobbed by hoards of reckless fans- so reckless, the singer was forced to fight her way out of the station.

Footage below…

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‘Braxton Family Values’ breakout star Tamar Braxton has seen her divatude land her afront many-a-tweet and headline.  With dot.coms and ‘get your life’ galore, Braxton has had fans itching for her antics on ‘Values’ and her own spinoff ‘Tamar & Vince’ (September 20th).

But love her or loathe her, you cannot deny – that girl can back it up!  Case in point?  Her soaring rendition of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’.

Kicking off the second annual AT&T Nation’s Football Classic game today with a killer rendition of the U.S. National Anthem, the starlet stunned fans with her melismatic stylings and soaring soprano notes.  Before taking that platform however, the singer took to Youtube to upload a treat for fans…

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Philadelphia is playing host to one of the season’s most anticipated music festivals!  Headed by hip hop heavyweight Jay Z, the collection of crooners, emcees, and femcees set to take the stage over the weekend long festival include hitmakers from many genres including rock, pop, R&B, and rap.

With acts like Drake, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott,  Rita Ora, Rick Ross, and even a suspected surprise performance from Mrs. Carter (Beyonce) serving as top billings, fans unable to catch the show in person can see all the action as it happens now below:

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If information uploaded to VEVO this evening is anything to go by, fans of Pop belles Nicki Minaj and Alicia Keys have a lot to look forward to in the coming days.

For, in what is sure to generate even more a buzz for the latter’s new single ‘Girl On Fire‘, they have unveiled a collaboration between the two on a scorching remix to the cut.

Details below…

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The latest series of the X-Factor UK continued in spectacular form tonight. Unsurprisingly, with this being the audition phase, the talented and talent-challenged came out in equal measure for a crack at progressing to the next stage. Judging the hopefuls are new additions Gary Barlow, Tulisa Contostavlos, original panelist Louis Walsh, and newcomer Nicole Scherzinger.

{An international phenomenon, local versions show now air in the US, Italy, France and beyond. The brain-child of Simon Cowell, the show is responsible for birthing the careers of Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Cher Lloyd and JLS.}.
The Best and worst of the 3rd week of auditions below…

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Very few artists share the bond Lady GaGa does with her militant fan base the ‘Monsters’.

Crediting them for inspiring much of her material, this week saw the budding icon go above and beyond the call of duty when she invited members of the base backstage after a recent showing of her ‘Born This Way Ball‘.

Giving them, exclusive details on the premise of her new project ‘ARTPOP‘.

Details below…

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Whether her detractors will accept it or not, Christina Aguilera’s 13 year long career has enjoyed more ‘highs’ than the well publicized lows often blown out of proportion.

More recently, the singer has found herself on the receiving end of taunts targeted at her alleged weight gain which- quite unfortunately- has become all too popular topic of discussion.

Now, in an interview with Lucky Magazine, the ‘Your Body‘ vocalist has addressed the matter- opening up like never before.

Her comments below…

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