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Nicki Minaj Reacts to Ellen DeGeneres' 'Anaconda' Video

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Everyone can't get enough of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" video -- including Ellen DeGeneres. But unlike the milions of other people who've checked out the racy video, DeGeneres then took the additional step of inserting herself into Minaj's ass-heavy viral video for the tune.
On Ellen earlier this week, Minaj kept a jokingly terrified look on her face the whole time she -- along with the studio audience -- was viewing the clip, but DeGeneres is clearly pleased with the finished project. And who could blame her? As Minaj concludes, "Ellen, you are hilarious."

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Big Bang Theiry Actress Has A Problem with Ariana Grande's Billboard

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Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik isn't too pleased with a recent Billboard advertisement of pop star Ariana Grande. In a Sept. 12 blog post titled "The Problem With That Giant Billboard of Ariana Grande," the 38-year-old actress and mother takes issue with several sexy ads, including one of 21-year-old Grande wearing lingerie.

"There is one for Ariana Grande, and I will go ahead and admit I have no idea who she is or what she does. Based on the billboard, she sells lingerie. Or stiletto heels. Or plastic surgery because every woman over 22 wishes she has that body, I'm sure," Bialik wrote.

"Why is she in her underwear on this billboard though? And if she has a talent (is she a singer?), then why does she have to sell herself in lingerie? I mean, I know that society is patriarchal and women are expected to be sexy and sexually available no matter what we do in society, but I guess now I need to explain that to my sons?"

Grande wasn't the only one she targeted. The actress also complained about overly sexual ads for Masters of Sex and Levi's.

"Am I a crotchety old lady? I guess so. But I just don't understand why this is what ads need to look like. What good does it do for humanity or society? Why do I have to be OK with young women literally in lingerie on gigantic billboards? If I want to see women in lingerie, I can walk through any mall with a Victoria's Secret," she wrote.

Bialik has apparently received some harsh feedback from the blog post. On Sunday (Sept. 14), she tweeted, "Nothing personal against Ariana Grande or sexy women. Chill out, people. My @Kveller post was social commentary! Have a sense of humor!"

Grande's new album, My Everything, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, giving the singer two No. 1 albums in less than a year. She's the first woman to debut at No. 1 with her first two albums since 2010.

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One Direction Announces Four Album Lead Single

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One Direction has revealed the title and artwork for the pop group's lead single from it's upcoming album FOUR. 1D's Liam Payne tweeted on Sunday (Sept. 14) that the new single is called "Steal My Girl" and will be available on Sept. 29. The group also tweeted a photo of the single's artwork.

"Steal My Girl" was written by 1D's Louis Tomlinson and Payne, with Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, Julian Bunetta and John Ryan. It's produced by Bunetta, Ryan and Paro Westerlund. In a news release, Columbia Records said the track features "cascading stadium piano chords."

One Direction recently announced the title and release date of its fourth album, FOUR, which will be released Nov. 17 on SYCO/Columbia. To celebrate the announcement, the group gifted fans with a free download of the new song "Fireproof," which scored 1.1 million downloads in 24 hours.

The pop group will celebrate the release of FOUR with a performance on NBC's Today from Universal Orlando Resort in Florida on Nov. 17.
FOUR follows 1D's chart-toppers Up All Night and Take Me Home (both released in 2012) and last year's Midnight Memories. The group is touring stadiums and arenas across the globe through April 2015.

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An Emotional Beyonce, Jay Z End Tour In Paris

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PARIS (AP) -- An emotional Beyonce was in tears as she and husband Jay Z wrapped up their "On the Run" stadium tour Saturday night in Paris, where the duo said they got engaged years ago.

The performers told the audience at Stade de France that Paris was also where their 2-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, was conceived. "We love Paris. It's special to us because we got engaged here and this is where baby Blue was conceived," the rap star said. Beyonce and Jay Z were married in 2008.

Nicki Minaj joined Beyonce onstage for their collaboration, "Flawless," which excited the crowd of nearly 80,000. Beyonce and Jay Z off kicked the three-hour show with "'03 Bonnie & Clyde." They also performed the hits "Crazy In Love," "Single Ladies," "Big Pimpin," "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" and "Drunk In Love."

"I'm your biggest fan. I love you," a teary eyed Beyonce, 33, said looking to Jay Z, 44. He replied: "Greatest entertainer in the world. I love her. She's my wife."

The Saturday night concert mirrored the sentiments from last month's MTV Video Music Awards, where a teary Beyonce was joined onstage by Jay Z and Blue Ivy, amid the numerous rumors surrounding their marriage. The Paris show was being filmed for an HBO special to air in September. The duo also performed Friday in Paris.

Beyonce and Jay Z kicked off the "On the Run" tour in June.

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Does Ellie Goulding Have Royal Baby Fever?

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Ellie Goulding's next gig just might turn into a royal affair. Just days after Prince William and Kate Middleton announced they are going to be parents again, Goulding opened up about the news.

"I sent my congratulations already because I'm friends with Harry," she told Us Weekly."I think I may be seeing them all this week pending on how Kate is feeling."

And Goulding just might run into the parents this weekend. She is slated to perform at the Invictus Games Closing Concert, which will take place on Sept. 14 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. Other performers include Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs, Ryan Adams, The Vamps, Rizzle Kicks, James Blunt, Diversity and Military Wives Choirs.

However, her connection runs even deeper. Goulding is not only a pal to William's brother, Prince Harry, but also performed at Will and Kate's wedding in 2011. The royal couple confirmed they are expecting their second child together earlier this week. They are already the parents to 1-year-old Prince George.

"I just think it's beautiful," the "Lights" singer added. "They're an incredible couple and I'm sure they're incredible parents. I'm just very happy for them."

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Billboard's All Women in the 5 Top Slots in Hot 100's

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On the Billboard Hot 100 this week, Iggy Azalea and featured artist Rita Ora's "Black Widow" (6-5) overtakes Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" (5-6) to secure a place in the top five. So, the top five is now composed of: Meghan Trainor, Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Azalea and Ora. Seven women!

This week's top five:

1. Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass"
2. Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"
3. Nicki Minaj, "Anaconda"
4. Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang"
5. Iggy Azalea featuring Rita Ora, "Black Widow"
Women last dominated the Hot 100's entire top five … actually not that long ago. Here's how the top five looked the week of March 3, 2012:
1. Katy Perry, "Part of Me"
2. Adele, "Set Fire to the Rain"
3. Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You"
4. Kelly Clarkson, "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"
5. Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"

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