Performances


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Nicki Minaj’s busy promo run the last seven days in support of her new album The Pinkprint included appearances on ESPN’s SportsCenter, Ellen, The Tonight Show, Today, and Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live. Nicki’s busy schedule continued on Thursday with stops by The View, BET’s 106 & Park, and finally TNT’s Inside the NBA.

During her visit to TNT studios in Atlanta, Minaj along with Inside the NBA‘s Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Grant Hill huddled up for one unforgettable rap cypher during the late-night show. After rejecting Shaq’s marriage proposal, the Queen Barbz took to the mic, spitting a flawless acapella to a round of applause from the show’s analysts. “I won. TNT was the best thing that ever happened to me,” Nicki posted on Instagram of the hilarious moment that was quickly the talk of Twitter. Watch below.

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After stopping by HOT 97’s Ebro In The Morning show, Fabolous paid a visit to Sway In the Morning on Thursday. The Brooklyn rapper spoke on Nas and Eminem remaining on his wish list of collaborators, the ’90s influence behind his new album The Young OG Project, prior social media beefs, and the current state of battle rap culture.

Before leaving, Fabolous got into lyrical exercise mode with a live freestyle on-air (27:00 mark).

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Today’s hottest artists converged on NBC’s The Voice season finale on Tuesday night. Bruno Mars, taking the stage with hair curlers, joined Mark Ronson as the studio audience danced along to their new smash-hit “Uptown Funk.” Ed Sheeran slowed things down a bit, playing the guitar while performing his acoustic jam “Thinking Out Loud,” while Jennifer Hudson and The Voice finalist Damien did a soulful duet of “It’s Your World.” Another finalist Chris Jamison joined U.K. star Jessie J, as the pair were backed by a grand orchestra to perform the song “Masterpiece.”

When it was all said and done, country singer Craig Wayne Boyd for Team Blake Shelton was crowned the new Voice champion. Check out the performances below.

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Tuesday was a busy one for Nicki Minaj, whose new album The Pinkprint hit stores. The Queen Barbz stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where she sat down to discuss working in a office and as a waitress at Red Lobster in her early days. Minaj also touched on her transition from wanting to be an actress to finally settling with rap, and Beyoncé wishing her a Happy Birthday. Hitting the studio stage draped in a mink coat, Nicki and guest Skylar Grey performed their single “Bed of Lies.”

Earlier in the day, Nicki stopped by The Today Show where she touched on creating The Pinkprint, impersonating Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian on SNL, her fragrance Onika, and more along with performing “Bed of Lies” with a live band. According to Hits Daily Double, early projections have Nicki Minaj’s third solo LP selling 155k-165k in opening week.

Watch both appearances below.

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Keeping the television appearances very minimal in 2014, Kendrick Lamar paid a visit to The Colbert Report on Tuesday night. The Compton rapper first sat down with political satirist Stephen Colbert to discuss his come-up as an artist, growing up in the tough neighborhood of Compton, and the impactful single “i.” Also serving as the last ever musical guest on the show, K.Dot used the moment to world premiere a new record.

Backed by Thundercat, Bilal, Anna Wise and Terrace Martin on saxophone, the jazzy record with elements of soul and funk has no title currently, Kendrick told Colbert. Produced by Parisian producer Astronote, watch and listen to the new record from TDE’s finest below.

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The day is finally here for Nicki Minaj, who new album The Pinkprint is out in-stores today. Celebrating the release of her third solo LP, the Queen Barbz appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show for plenty of girl talk. Hitting the studio stage, Nicki Minaj and special guest Skylar Grey perform the current single off the album in “Bed of Lies.”

With guest appearances from Beyoncé, Drake, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Meek Mill, Ariana Grande, Jeremih, Skylar Grey and Lunchmoney Lewis, stream the deluxe edition in full here and head to iTunes and purchase a copy.

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A day after attending Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday party in NYC, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z got together again on Sunday evening. Timberlake, whose “The 20/20 Experience World Tour” kicked off in Brooklyn last November, returned to Barclays Center for the second leg of the North American tour last night as Jay Z joined him on stage to perform their Magna Carta…Holy Grail single “Holy Grail.”

Nothing like being at sold-out Barclays with the King of Brookyln… #JT2020Tour,” tweeted Justin, as Beyonce and Taylor Swift were spotted in the crowd dancing during J.T. and JZ’s moment on stage.

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Late pass, but here’s something that will make even the most stubborn Travi$ Scott hater want to cop a ticket to his show. Already a well traveled artist, La Flame flew to the cold, harsh shores of Russia last weekend for a solo headlining performance, and judging by this recap video from Aleksey Rozhkov, he had the place going all the way up. Days Before Rodeo in the home of vodka was always a recipe for fun.

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The biggest boss invaded The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday night. A week after rocking Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rick Ross took to the stage in NYC with special guest K. Michelle to perform their single “If They Knew” for the first-time together.

The Timbaland-produced song appears on Ross’ latest album Hood Billionaire, while K. Michelle’s Anybody Wanna Buy A Heart? sophomore LP is also available now.

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With his new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive in-stores now, J. Cole promoted the project with an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday. In light of the various deaths involving police brutality making headlines across the world, the Dreamville MC passed on performing a new song off the album, instead giving the audience a powerful performance of the song “Be Free,” with a new unreleased verse at the 2:28 mark.

Available now on iTunes, industry projections have J. Cole’s new album set to debut No. 1 on Billboard next week. Estimated to sell 320-350k copies opening week, it would be the biggest opening week for a rap album in 2014.

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