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Must See: Azealia Banks Breaks Down In Tears On Hot 97 / Lashes Iggy Azalea, T.I, Tiny & Industry Race Politics

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Since blazing onto the scene with ‘212’, Azealia Banks has become as renown for her outspokenness as she has her music.

Indeed, many would argue that her various social media spats have not only overshadowed her success, but dented it too.

However, today arguably brought an interesting turning point.

Having veered away from the interview circuit in the wake of her numerous beefs, the rapper returned to the media trail today when she stopped by Hot 97.

Never one to hold her tongue, the 23-year-old sounded all the way off on Iggy Azalea, T.I., and Tiny. The New York native also extensively detailed her gripe with industry race politics.

After watching this we’re going to need Ms. Banks to talk more than she types. Because in audio-visual form, a lot of what she saying really resonates. Context, tone, elaboration are key differentials which help colour in many of her points and it really paints her in a new, more positive and enlightened light.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj Promotes ‘The Pinkprint’ On Controversial Episode Of ‘The View’

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‘Only‘ lyricist Nicki Minaj joined the ladies of ‘The View’ for some ‘Pink’ promo today, touching down on the series to discuss her third studio album, The Pinkprint.’

While there, Rap’s leading lady caught up with its hosts and their guest Laverne Cox, who had been engaged in a controversial debate on racism which has now seen Whoopi Goldberg face criticism for her interesting take on the topic.

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Hot Shots: Rihanna Shoots New Music Video In Paris

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The wheels are finally turning on the campaign for Rihanna‘s serially delayed eighth album.

Today saw the Pop puppet hit Paris to shoot the video for a new track from the as yet untitled set.

The star’s team assembled a large crowd of her Navy at Trocadero in the French capital for a scene in the visual.

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Hot Shot: Kelly Rowland Raises A Smile With Baby Titan

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The last few months have brought both happiness and sorrow for R&B diva Kelly Rowland.

Indeed, the singer gave birth to son Titan Jewell in November, yet is sadly grieving the loss of her mother Doris Rowland Garrison who passed away earlier this month.

Understandably silent of late, Rowland returned to Instagram today and uploaded the shot above with the caption:

#chillinwiththelilbigguy

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Kelly and family during this difficult time.

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Rita Ora Stuns In ‘The Voice UK’ Promo Pics

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Per our thermometer Rita Ora looks all sorts of hot in these newly unwrapped promo snaps for The Voice UK.

As reported, the singer/actress is the latest addition to the hit BBC1 show after she was signed up to replace a departing Kylie Minogue.

Due to hit British screens on January 10th, the show see the ‘Testosterone’ belter sit alongside fellow coaches will.i.am, Tom Jones, and Ricky Wilson.

In the meanwhile, check out another shot of the Roc Nation star below…

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Watch: ‘CRWN XV with Nicki Minaj and Elliott Wilson (Part 1 of 2)’

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Hip Hop tastemaker Elliott Wilson caught up with Nicki Minaj in NYC recently, inviting her to present ‘CRWN XV with Nicki Minaj and Elliott Wilson’, a moving interview which saw her discuss…everything.

The footage below is pulled from the first half of their conversation, digging deep into the guilt she feels over the recent murder of a relative, her unborn child, functioning as the CEO of her own company and much much more.

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Nicki Minaj Becomes The Face Of ‘Roberto Cavalli’

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65 million units sold worldwide may make Nicki Minaj one of music’s more bankable belles, but the rapper has a long way to go before making a splash quite as big in the world of fashion.

Fortunately, her journey to that point has been made far easier this year, thanks to an endorsement by  the world renown Roberto Cavalli who called on the rapper to become the new face of his company.

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Lupita Nyong’o To Star In ‘Americanah’ Movie / Brad Pitt To Produce

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Lupita Nyong’o‘s star continues to shine bright.

The Oscar winner, who rapidly rose to prominence in ’12 Years A Slave’ last year, has landed another major role.

Together with Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo, the actress has been confirmed to star in the movie adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s wildly popular novel ‘Americanah’.

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Chart Check: K. Michelle Flies Flag For R&B On ‘Billboard 200′ / Nicki Minaj Nabs New Top Twenty

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The good news train just stopped at K. Michelle’s station.

Though failing to debut at #1, the singer’s brand new album ‘Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart’ opened with sales of 83,404 units this week, debuting at #4 on the ‘Billboard 200.’

Standing tall as the highest selling R&B album in the country this week, the album’s numbers have seen outperform Pop releases launched by ‘AKA’ singer Jennifer Lopez, ‘Heartbreaker’ performer Mariah Carey, ‘Wiggle’ sensation Jason Derulo and the ever  ‘Fancy’ Iggy Azalea, all of whom failed to see the first week sales of their latest studio albums match hers.

In other chart news, Nicki Minaj will be pleased to learn that her new single ‘Only‘ now sits at #12 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100′, rising 20 spots in the last seven days.

This, adding a fresh pair of legs to the record she holds for being the only female rapper to have appeared in the ‘Hot 100’s Top Twenty as many times as she has.

Her latest chart win comes as global sales of her latest studio album ‘The Pinkprint‘ are set to push her overall album sales closer to the 8 million sold worldwide milestone.

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Watch: Fifth Harmony Belt ‘Bo$$’ Acoustically For ‘Shazam’

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Fifth Harmony continued the fervent push for their new album ‘Reflection’ this week with a new acoustic session for Shazam.

The eclectic quintet, comprised of Camila, Dinah, Normani, Ally, and Lauren belted the LP’s lead single ‘Bo$$’.

Check out the performance after the jump…

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