Nicki Minaj Delays Album By Two Months

Rap superstar Nicki Minaj has pushed back the release of her new album by two months to give her time to “perfect” the project.
The Starships hitmaker took to Instagram on Thursday for a live session with fans to provide an update on her first album in four years, titled Queen, which had previously been due to drop on 15 June.
Nicki explained she had originally been planning to share the news, one of two major announcements, during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this week, before a bad bout of the flu forced her to scrap the flight to Los Angeles to tape the interview.
Instead, she used social media to reach out to fans and explain why she was delaying the follow-up to 2014’s The Pinkprint.
After revealing there would be “three surprises happening between June 11th and June 15th,” Nicki said, “The album itself I think I wanna put out on August 10th…”
Admitting bosses at her labels, Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records, had urged her to stick to the June release, she continued, “Trust me, it’s the better choice, so it’s August 10th, and I’m so excited. This album is just so f**king incredible. I can’t give y’all half a**ed s**t (sic). The label can’t understand that level of perfection…”
Nicki wants to use the extra time to put the finishing touches to a few collaborations and “make them even doper”, while she also suggested there were other production issues.
“Some other stuff happened with some beats,” she remarked, although she didn’t expand on the problem.
“Trust me, I know what’s best… for the execution of this project,” Nicki added.
However, the hip-hop star is working on ways to make it up to her loyal fanbase, including possibly staging special album listening parties, and inviting some lucky devotees to attend rehearsals for her upcoming tour, which will kick off in September.
Nicki will also be releasing a documentary chronicling the making of Queen, but in the meantime, she has another new track lined up with fellow rappers YG, Big Sean, and 2 Chainz, which will hit the Internet on Friday.
“I love you and I thank you for your unconditional love and support,” she said.
Elsewhere in the Instagram Live session, Nicki announced she would be holding another Twitter giveaway later on Thursday, to help A-grade students pay off their college tuition, student loans, and other school-related fees.
She previously showed her generosity a year ago, when she responded to a number of requests for financial aid from devotees.
This time around, she wants to give away between $25,000 and $50,000.
“So guys, have your tweets ready…,” Nicki urged. “The last time we did it, it was really really dope (great), I was really proud of it.”

SZA Pounding Steroids To Fix Vocal Cords

R&B star Sza is taking “as many steroids” as possible to heal her damaged vocal cords, explaining her voice “just won’t work”.
The Weekend singer was pulled from the line-up of the TDE Championship Tour with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q earlier this week after Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) label founder Anthony ‘Top Dawg’ Tiffith announced her vocal cords were “swollen”.
“she have (sic) to rest her voice to prevent any permanent damage,” he explained in a post on Twitter.
SZA has now reached out to fans to detail the extent of her problems, insisting it’s a serious issue which she has been trying to deal with while “touring for 11 months”.
“This didn’t happen overnight,” she explained in a note on Instagram. “Ive been troubleshooting for a while now and Usually steroids and pushing through help. They don’t this time. I’m not sick my voice just won’t f**king work (sic).”
She went on to apologize to fans for missing gigs in Arizona and New Mexico last week, after facing some criticism online before Tiffith announced the reason for her tour absence, and promised she was doing everything possible to get back onstage.
“If I don’t pause now I’ll be forced to pause permanently,” she continued. “I’m genuinely sorry for every face, voice, and energy field I won’t be touching! I’m literally taking as many steroids as I can to speed this up!! Its a waiting game and super weird to be blamed for stuff outta my control but I get it (sic)!”
The TDE Championship Tour, which began in Vancouver, Canada on 4 May, runs until 16 June, when it will come to a close in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Andrew Ridgeley Backs Permanent Memorial To George Michael

Andrew Ridgeley has given his backing to plans to build a permanent memorial to his late Wham! bandmate George Michael
Since George’s death at the age of 53 at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on Christmas Day 2016 fans have called for a statue to be erected in the picturesque English village. However, plans stalled after locals objected to the idea and councilors called the proposals “too vague”.
In an interview with U.K. breakfast TV show Good Morning Britain, Andrew gave his backing to those calling for the Careless Whisper singer to be immortalized.
“I think there’s a very good case for that,” he said. “There’s an appetite…I don’t see why there shouldn’t be some sort public place for a memorial. He was much loved and there seems to be a desire for it.”
One other potential memorial site would be the musician’s North London home – but tributes to him left there by fans have also angered neighbors, and George’s family eventually released a statement asking people to come and collect their mementos from both properties.
Family members indicated they were looking at ways to memorialise him permanently – however plans for a tribute concert last month were abandoned.
Explaining how he still missed his old friend and musical partner, Andrew added, “As anyone would miss an old friend, sometimes, not all the time of course. There are occasions where it springs to mind one of your close group has gone. It’s a great sadness. It was a great sadness for everyone.”
The 55-year-old led a tribute to George at last year’s BRIT Awards, where he was joined by Wham! backing singers Pepsi & Shirlie.
“On Christmas Day 2016 the greatest singer-songwriter of his generation, an icon of his era and my beloved friend George Michael was lost ” Andrew gushed in an emotional speech. “A supernova in a firmament of shining stars has been extinguished and it felt like the sky had fallen in.”

Adam Levine And James Corden Pulled Over By Cops During Carpool Karaoke

Adam Levine and talk show host James Corden were stopped by police while filming Carpool Karaoke.
The Maroon 5 singer is the latest star to take part in the The Late Late Show with James Corden segment, and in a preview clip for Thursday’s episode, the duo are seen having a run-in with the law while driving around Los Angeles singing songs.
Sirens can be heard and then a sheriff’s car is seen driving alongside their vehicle as James winds the window down and says: “What do the police want? Hello, sir?”
It was then revealed that they hadn’t broken any laws, but the officer simply wanted to pull them over as he was a fan.
“I got to pull you over so he can sing a song for me,” the officer yelled from his vehicle. James repeated his words as a question, and the man replied, “Yes, because you’re causing a traffic hazard.”
During the segment, 39-year-old Adam sung hits like Moves Like Jagger, his collaboration with Christina Aguilera, and Sugar, and also got behind the wheel to test out his driving skills on a racing track. And pushing him even further, James decided to call out trivia questions like “What’s the capital of California?” as Adam spun around tight corners.
The Late Late Show Twitter account shared the clip with the caption: “We’re shifting gears and hitting the road in a shiny new ride thanks to @Porsche. #CarpoolKaraoke with @AdamLevine drops tomorrow.”
Adam, who follows in the footsteps of singers such as Justin Bieber, Britney Spears and Adele, appeared on the show to promote the North American leg of Maroon 5’s Red Pill Blues Tour, which kicks off on 30 May.

Ed Sheeran Models Victoria Beckham’s Red Nose Day T-shirt On The Even Of Telethon

Ed Sheeran and Debra Messing are among the stars getting into the Red Nose Day spirit early by showing off new T-shirts Victoria Beckham has designed for America’s charity telethon.
Ahead of the fourth annual Red Nose Day on Thursday, Beckham has created a special Spice Girls-themed shirt to promotethe message of “Girl Power” around the world, and Sheeran has posted a photo of himself wearing it online.
The T-shirt features the recently reunited girl group donning red clown noses.
Ed took to Instagram on Wednesday and posted a shot of himself wearing the T-shirt, which fans can buy to support the cause.
The Shape of You singer also joked about watching Spice World: The Movie “on repeat for 24 hours” to mark America’s Red Nose Day.
Messing and actress Jodie Sweetin also shared photos of themselves wearing Beckham’s T-shirt.
The three-hour Red Nose Day broadcast will air live from Rockefeller Plaza in New York on Thursday night.

Case Closed On Offset’s Car Crash

Migos star Offset has escaped charges in his recent car crash.
The rapper was hospitalized on 17 May after losing control of his Dodge Challenger and crashing it into a tree, and he shared snaps of his gruesome injuries on social media, explaining he was lucky to be alive.
His fiancee, Cardi B, who is expecting the couple’s first baby, blamed a “crackhead” for the accident in a now-deleted post on Twitter.
“Crazy how Set had to swerve and hit a tree cause a crackhead was in the middle of the road trying to get hit or kill himself,” she wrote. “But God do unexplainable things! Luckily a man was walking by, walked him home and just vanished. The Lord is real.”
Police officers were investigating the crash and Offset’s decision to leave the scene, but it seems they’re happy it was just an accident.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the investigation is officially closed, and no charges will be filed.
The crash will be treated as an abandoned/recovered vehicle case, with only a tree being hit and nobody but Offset being hurt or injured.

Ariana Grande Defends Herself Over Mac Miller Criticism

Ariana Grande is defending herself against a Twitter troll who suggested she was to blame for her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller’s recent DUI arrest.
The No Tears Left to Cry hitmaker and Miller parted ways earlier this month and this week, it was reported she is casually dating Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson.
The dating report came days after the rapper was arrested for drink driving after losing control of his white Mercedes-Benz G Class on 17 May in San Fernando Valley, California, and ramming it into a power pole.
On Monday, a fan took to Twitter to comment on the situation, insisting it was “heartbreaking” to see what Miller was going through.
“Mac Miller totalling his G wagon and getting a DUI after Ariana Grande dumped him for another dude after he poured his heart out on a ten song album to her called the divine feminine is just the most heartbreaking thing happening in Hollywood,” the social media user wrote.
Ariana spotted the tweet and hit back, insisting the Twitter user had no right to suggest she should stay in a “toxic relationship” just because Miller poured his heart out in his music.
“How absurd that you minimize female self-respect and self-worth by saying someone should stay in a toxic relationship because he wrote an album about them, which btw (by the way) isn’t the case (just (the song) Cinderella is (about) me),” she responded.
“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming/blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s**t together is a very major problem.”
“Let’s please stop doing that. of course I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was,” she added. “I will continue to pray from the bottom of my heart that he figures it all out and that any other woman in this position does as well.”
The social media user has now apologized and Grande has thanked him for “hearing” her.