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Friday
Feb152013

Nicki Minaj Gets Her Own New Comic Book 

Michael Becker / FOX(NEW YORK) -- Nicki Minaj has always been a real character, but now she's getting her own comic book.  The biographical comic Fame: Nicki Minaj is available now in print and digital form, and illustrates the entertainer's story from childhood to the present.  There's even a glimpse into her drama with fellow American Idol judge Mariah Carey.

Fans can choose from two different Nicki covers, including one that shows her wearing a pink and blue strapless leotard with gold trim, and a belt bearing her "NM" initials.  Her superhero look is completed with a pair of pink and blue gloves, which match her pink and blue-tinged blonde hair.

The other -- "standard" -- cover shows a toned-down Nicki up close.  In this one, the YMCMB star tilts her head, lowers her eyes and throws a hand in front of her face.  The gold polish on her nails, of course, matches her big gold earrings.      

The print edition of Fame: Nicki Minaj is available exclusively from Comic Flea Market.  Digital versions are available at various digital retailers.  Print versions cost $3.99, while digital copies go for $1.99.

Bluewater Productions, which produces Fame, a line of biographical comics featuring musicians and celebrities, will create an upcoming issue around British singer Adele.  Other stars who've appeared as part of the Fame series include Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, the cast of Glee and the cast of Twilight.

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Thursday
Jan242013

"American Idol" Recap: Nicki Minaj's On-Set Meltdown During NC Auditions

Brad Barket/PictureGroup(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Nicki Minaj's rant on the set of American Idol made headlines this past summer, and Wednesday night's Idol broadcast from the Charlotte, N.C., auditions revealed what got Minaj so upset.

It all started as the judges were listening to Idol hopeful Summer Cunningham try out with Bill Withers' "Lean On Me."  The judges all liked the performance, and judge Randy Jackson told her she should sing country.

Cunningham told the judges she'd "tried the country thing" and was now trying to go more R&B.  Country star judge Keith Urban didn't know what to make of her statement about trying out country, and fellow judge Mariah Carey thought Cunningham had a good country voice too.

Minaj clearly didn't like all the debate about where Cunningham's voice fell in the spectrum between R&B and country.  She accused Jackson and Carey of trying to put the singers in specific genres, and everyone in the panel started talking over each other, defending their positions.  Urban interrupted and confirmed that Cunningham was going to Hollywood, but the argument was far from over.

After Jackson brought up his 30 years experience in the music industry, Minaj took offense and said, "I'm sorry.  I can't help her.  Let me get off the f***ing panel."  She then walked off the set.

The specific footage shown on the leaked tape of Minaj's full-on meltdown that set the Internet on fire this past summer was not shown on Wednesday night's show though.  The rest of the auditions weren't nearly as dramatic either.

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Thursday
Jan172013

"American Idol": 12th Season Kicks Off with Tense Moments

George Holz / FOX(NEW YORK) -- All eyes were on American Idol's season 12 premiere Wednesday night hoping to see fireworks between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and they definitely delivered the drama.

Carey and Minaj started the night off with a little tiff over Minaj's feathered hat sitting on the judges' table.  It got worse from there when one of the contestants told Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is the best modern-day Christmas song. 

As Carey noted the song went back to number one again last year, Minaj started calling Carey a bitch to the camera.  Carey shot back, "If she's calling me something that begins with a b, I rebuke it."

More disagreements between Carey and Minaj were featured on the Idol season premiere, but there were actual auditions happening in between the fighting.  Fellow newbie Keith Urban and veteran judge Randy Jackson sat in between the dueling divas as the panel listened to Idol hopefuls in New York City.

Here's a sample of what they heard:

The Good

Carey super-fan Teena Torres actually went to the diva's youth camp when she was 13.  Torres sang a song by one of Carey's own idols -- Carole King's "You've Got a Friend."  Carey and Minaj actually agreed on it, and all four judges gave Torres the go-ahead to Hollywood.

Christina "Isabelle" Pasqualone put a smile on Urban's face with her take on "Summertime" from Porgy & Bess.  Minaj said she saw Pasqualone going very far this season.  Urban thought she was a natural singer, and he loved Pasqualone's vulnerability.  Carey loved her song choice, and Pasqualone made it to Hollywood.

Shira Gavrielov has already scored a number one hit in her native Israel, and she's hoping for a shot at the American charts.  Minaj called Gavrielov a "superstar" after her tryout with Amy Winehouse's "Valerie."  The judges all voted to send her through to Hollywood.

Frankie Ford sings for tips on the subway in Manhattan, and he's hoping to take his act above ground to the Idol stage.  He started off singing Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," but stopped after two lines due to nerves.  Once he started again, Ford had the judges smiling with delight.  Urban loved Ford's big voice and personality.  Carey said Ford had an "inner glow," and he promised to work hard after the judges sent him on to Hollywood.

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Restuccio had a country flair even though she comes from New Jersey.  Minaj liked her tone on Carrie Underwood's "Mama's Song," and Carey said she saw a complete package in Restuccio.  Things took a left turn as Restuccio delivered a spot-on rendition of Minaj's hit "Super Bass."  Urban and Carey didn't quite get who Restuccio was as an artist, but Minaj defended her.  In the end, the judges all sent her on to Hollywood.

Angela Miller suffers from hearing loss, but you couldn't tell it from her rendition of Jessie J's "Mama Knows Best."  Minaj said she felt Miller's performance in her soul, and Carey loved her soulful tone.  Miller is headed to Hollywood.

Gurpreet Sangh Sarin matches his turban with every outfit and told the judges he sometimes goes by "The Turbanator."  He sang Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning" for his audition, and Jackson had him sing some Indian scales before he left.  The judges thought Sarin's voice was pretty, but they thought it might be a little too light for the competition.  Jackson and Carey gave him a yes, but Urban passed on him.  Minaj ultimately gave Sarin the ticket to Hollywood.

Ashley Feliciano tried out with Corrine Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On," and Minaj called the performance inspiring.  Carey thought Feliciano had big potential, and Urban complimented her tone.  Feliciano comes from a big family that adopts kids with medical issues.  The entire clan came in to hear that Feliciano made it to Hollywood.

The Bad

Evan Ruggierio started off as a singer and dancer with dreams of going to Broadway, but his dreams got derailed a few years back when a battle with cancer forced doctors to amputate his leg.  Ruggierio hoped a spot on Idol would help revive his dreams of stardom.  He tried out first with Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," but he was a little stronger singing and playing Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive."  Urban liked Ruggierio's voice.  Minaj didn't think Ruggierio was strong enough for Hollywood.  The judges all said no, but Carey and Minaj both said he'd encouraged them being there.

Jessica Kartalis from Long Island actually got a visit from Jackson inviting her to come audition, and she tried out singing an original song.  She had a little trouble playing guitar, and Minaj thought Kartalis needed to come back next year.  The rest of the judges agreed with Minaj but encouraged Kartalis to not give up.

Rozanna Shindelman sang the Teddy Bears' 1958 hit "To Know Him Is To Love Him," and she admitted it was a last minute song choice.  Before her audition, Shindelman told the judges she only sang at home in front of her parents, and it was a performance only a mother could love.  Jackson said, "Dude, it was bad."  Urban agreed, and it was a no for Shindelman.

Brett Holt tried out for American Idol for a seventh time this year, and he was hopeful this was his time to make it to Hollywood.  After his off-pitch performance of the standard "When I Fall in Love," it was obvious Holt will never make it to Tinseltown.

The Really Bad

Michael Buonopane came into the audition room singing a version of Queen's "We Will Rock You" with rewritten lyrics geared towards the judges.  He then attempted to recreate turning the dial on a radio station singing different styles of music.  He was clearly in his own little world as the judges started telling him it was a definite no.

Fifteen-year-old James Bae hopes to become the next Justin Bieber, and he tried out with a tone-deaf, mostly spoken take on Bieber's "One Less Lonely Girl."  It was so bad, Jackson actually commented on how nice it was outside in Manhattan that day.  Carey suggested James might want to look into DJing, and Jackson asked James to never sing again.  Minaj gave James a kiss on the cheek before he left, so at least he'll have that to hold on to.

Benjamin Gaisey showed up in a ridiculous curly wig and a red, plastic suit he wore a few Halloweens ago.  Benjamin sang a lackluster medley of Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" and Babyface's "Every Time I Close My Eyes" addressing the lyrics to Minaj and Carey.  He continued with Mario's "Let Me Love You," and accentuated the song with pelvic thrust.  Urban hid under the desk after the thrust saying, "It's not safe up there."  The judges tried to let Benjamin down easy, but Jackson finally told Benjamin his voice was terrible.

Albert Chang didn't seem quite sure where he was before entering the judges' room.  His pitiful rendition of "Phantom of the Opera" had Minaj giggling and Jackson throwing up his hands.

Forty-one contestants from New York City made it to Hollywood.  Idol auditions continue in Chicago Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.

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Tuesday
Jan082013

Mariah & Nicki Address 'Distracting' "American Idol" Feud; First Episode Airs in Theaters Wednesday

Michael Becker / FOX(NEW YORK) -- With all the reports of feuding and fighting on the set of American Idol, will viewers see something that looks more like an ultimate fighting match than a reality show when the new season of the show premieres?  We'll find out Wednesday, when the first episode of season 12 premieres in movie theaters in 11 cities nationwide, followed by a live Q&A at 8:30 p.m. ET with all the judges and Ryan Seacrest on AmericanIdol.com and LiveStream.com.

"I think it was a good [decision] for us to do it like a big Hollywood premiere and get a chance to show it off," Ryan tells ABC News Radio. "You know, they do it all the time with movies.  Why can't we do it for TV?"

Meanwhile, judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj addressed their feud, speaking with reporters during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday that also included the show's executive producers.   While executive producer Nigel Lythgoe insisted that the feuds were "genuine," and not manufactured for press reasons, Mariah labeled them "a distraction."

"The fighting is what it is," Mariah told reporters.  "This is American Idol.  It's bigger than all that. It's bigger than some stupid, you know, trumped up thing.  I think that it's about the next huge talent, superstar that will come from this show."  Calling the reports of her and Nicki's fight "convoluted," the exasperated diva said, "You know what it is?  It's a distraction from the show and it's a distraction from the contestants and I think it's, like, unfair to them."

"We're professionals," added Nicki. "Have you ever had an argument with someone you worked with?"

"This is a very passionate panel," Mariah continued.  "I think there are a lot of strong personalities and, starting this process, I felt like it was a possibility that there could be...differences of opinions.  But one thing I think is great is that...it's such a diverse group of people."

In fact, American Idol executive producer Trish Kinane said that was exactly what they were going for when they cast the judges, because the audience demanded it.  

"One of the things they told us that was that on the judging panel, they wanted people who were experts in their own right, they had talent and they had a right to be here and they also told us that they wanted honesty," Kinane told reporters.  "We very much took that into consideration when we were talking to Mariah and Nicki and Keith [Urban] and Randy [Jackson], and I think we've got it.  You know, they're not shrinking violets.  They say what they think and we encourage that."

Meanwhile, one reporter attempted to force Nicki and Mariah to get along by asking each to say something nice about the other.  "I say nice things about Mariah all the time," retorted Nicki, "and I even tell her all the time how much of a fan I am of her.  She's one of my favorite artists of all times."

She added, "I think she's really shaped a generation of singers and to be on a panel with her...it's kind of crazy, because, all these singers that come in, they aspire to be a Mariah Carey in terms of their talent...and so I feel excited to see them see someone who they look up to so much, and to be given a chance to sing in front of her, and hear her critique."

Mariah said Nicki's comments were "a very sweet thing to say."  As for her "nice thing" about Nicki, Mariah recalled working with the rapper early on in her career, on a remix of Mariah's song "Up Out My Face."  She told reporters, "I did feel that she was going to go very far, and still have that feeling, and am grateful for anything nice that she or anyone were to say about me."

But leave it to Nicki to get the biggest laugh.  When when reporter asked how Mariah and Nicki managed to bury the hatchet, Nicki said, "I put out my sex tape."  As the flustered reporter replied, "You did what?" and everyone cracked up, Nicki repeated, "I put out my sex tape.  I'm serious.  You didn't see it?"

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Thursday
Dec132012

"American Idol" Judge Mariah Carey Says She Would Have "Hated" Being a Contestant; Nicki Minaj Claims All Judges Now Have 'Great Chemistry'

Steve Mack/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Back when Mariah Carey first got into the game, there were no music reality shows around to help her get her big break.  But the American Idol judge says even if there were, she wouldn't necessarily have wanted to try out for one.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mariah told reporters while on a break from taping American Idol's new season that she's "glad" she didn't "do a show like this" back in the day.  "I would've hated it!" she says of the experience of being judged.

She added, "I learned on stage how to perform, and what I realized is the best advice for [the contestants] is to just be themselves, because that’s what really sells now."  Describing her judging style, Mariah says she thinks of herself as "more of a fairy godmother” than a judge.  She explains, "I try to speak frankly but as kind as possible.  But not sugar-coating ... that won’t do anyone any good."

Mariah also admits that she, "had my own kind of reservations" about whether or not she should even join the Idol team.  "I didn't know how I would adapt to this situation," she says.  But her husband Nick Cannon convinced her to do it and now, she says, "It’s great to be here."

But what about that much-hyped feud with fellow judge Nicki Minaj?  According to People magazine, at the same event, Nicki told reporters that it's all good now.  "We've jelled really, really well as a group," the rapper claimed. "We have a great chemistry.  We have a great rhythm now together, and we really are taking it serious."

Mariah, however, doesn't seem to agree with the whole "great chemistry" thing.  People reports that when she was asked what Nicki brings to the show, she smiled and said, "You know, I wouldn't feel comfortable commenting on that.  But thank you for the question."

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Tuesday
Nov202012

Nicki Minaj on "Idol" Debut, Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey

Michael Becker / FOX(NEW YORK) -- Nicki Minaj makes her debut as a judge on American Idol in January and it seems she wants to bury the hatchet with fellow judge Mariah Carey before then.

“[Mariah's] been one of my favorite artists of all time since I can remember, so it’s weird that everything kind of, was blown up like that. It didn’t make me happy at all,” Minaj, 29, said Tuesday on Good Morning America, addressing the reports of feuding and friction between the two superstar judges.

The always colorful singer lauded praise on Mariah Carey’s legacy and vocals, but had no apologies about being her bold self at the judges’ table.

“I can’t take away what she’s done in my life and just in pop culture in general and just having one of the most amazing voices in the world,” Minaj said. “Having said that, I’m an adult and we are passionate on the set and sometimes when you’re a passionate woman, you know, sometimes it kind of ruffles other women’s feathers, but I’m going to continue to be Nicki Minaj.”

The electrifying singer said she wouldn’t consider herself a “tough judge,” but instead an honest one.

“I would consider myself an honest judge. That’s all I’m doing. I’ve said before, I want them to leave with the truth. I feel like the truth has always fueled me to get better. So sometimes criticism helps in order for you to go and like perfect your craft. And I think that’s what they want,” she said. “They’re not coming there for everyone to say, ‘Yeah, you’re great, you’re great, you’re great.’ They’re coming there for us to tell [sic] how we feel and we represent the viewers at home.”

Minaj picked up two American Music Awards Sunday night for favorite rap/hip-hop artist and rap/hip-hop album, and took to the stage twice: first performing her single “Freedom” from her reissued album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up, and then singing a duet with the other big winner of the night, Justin Bieber.

Minaj said she was surprised to be asked to perform with Bieber, but said it was nerve-racking because they didn’t get to do a full rehearsal together before hand.

“That was interesting,” she said. “We never really rehearsed it together. Everything was just so quick. I had rehearsals the day before so I had to go try on outfits and stuff like that, so when I got up there with him, I kind of felt like, OK, let’s make sure everything works and I get my cue when I walk out on time.”

Minaj said she loves performing at the AMAs and that there’s something about the show that sets it apart from other music award shows.

“I had such a good time. ….The [AMAs] always treat everyone so well and they make us feel so comfortable so when you go out on stage it just feels like a family atmosphere,” she said. “Something about the way they do it…it just feels way more comfortable and super cool.”

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Friday
Nov022012

Nicki Minaj Won't Talk About Mariah, Won't Choose Sides in Election

Brad Barket/PictureGroup(NEW YORK) -- Nicki Minaj will be peeling back the layers for Nicki Minaj: My Truth, her trio of E! specials that kick off Sunday at 10:30 p.m ET.   Over the course of the shows, Nicki takes viewers inside her world and shows them private aspects of her work and her love life, and even opens up about her future on American Idol.

In an interview with USA Today, Nicki explains, "I'm not trying to have a facade.  I'm showing exactly what goes on in my life.  I think people will be surprised at seeing that."  Nicki's best guess is that people will be surprised by her honesty, but also inspired.  Nicki says the reality series is "inspirational for women who feel like they want to push more and get more done."

Nicki admits, though, that doing the series was a challenge. "I'm such a private person, it was a bit hard. When I'm around my circle, I just kind of loosen up," she says.  But by the end of the first episode, Nicki says she "didn't care the cameras were on."

When USA Today asked Nicki about her so-called feud with her fellow American Idol judge Mariah Carey, the interview was interrupted by her rep, who said, "Next question, please."  However, in a preview of the special, Nicki is seen saying, presumably in regards to Idol, "Ain't nobody gonna run me off that mother-f***ing show."

As for another face-off between two powerful individuals -- the presidential election on Tuesday -- Nicki refuses to take sides.  Though she's previously rapped pro-Mitt Romney lyrics and afterward exchanged tweets with President Obama, Nicki tells USA Today that she'd "rather not say" who she's voting for.

"I want my fans to research people and policy, not research their skin color, and think of this election in a broader way," she says, adding, "I'm not a fan of ridiculing people for who they're voting.  I'm a fan of being open-minded and everyone voting for whoever they want to vote for."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct252012

Mariah, Nicki and Keith's "American Idol" Debut Set for January 16

Michael Becker/FOX(NEW YORK) -- The revamped American Idol will make its debut Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Fox has announced that the 12th season of the music competition, featuring Randy Jackson plus new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, will have a two-night premiere on Jan. 16 and 17.

The Kevin Bacon thriller The Following will debut on Fox on Monday, Jan. 21.  He plays an ex-FBI agent who comes out of retirement to search for a serial killer.

The second season of the Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch will begin Friday, Feb. 1.

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Wednesday
Oct102012

Stevie Nicks Apologizes for Comments on Nicki Minaj

Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stevie Nicks has apologized for her remarks about strangling Nicki Minaj had she been in Mariah Carey’s shoes during their taped altercation last week.

American Idol judge Carey seems to have taken the high road in her much-hyped “feud” with fellow new judge Minaj. The tiff involved Minaj’s cursing at Carey and, according to Carey, threatening her.

During a recent promotional interview, Nicks said that had she been in a similar situation, she would have responded with violence.

Speaking to The Daily while promoting her new documentary, In Your Dreams, Stevie Nicks said, “How dare this little girl. … If I had been Mariah, I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there.”

Nicks, 64, who got rave reviews as a mentor on American Idol last season, added, “I would have killed her in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it.”

Nicks Wednesday issued a statement saying she regrets her remarks.

“I want to apologize for my remarks about Nicki Minaj’s behavior toward Mariah Carey, which I said during a long and exhausting day of interviews,” Nicks said. “It was very out of character for me and I deeply regret what I said."

“I feel very protective toward Mariah Carey, who has gone through many difficulties in her life, and I spoke without thinking. I think all artists should be respectful toward one another and that includes me. I am truly sorry,” she said.

The taped incident, in which Minaj is seen screaming and swearing at Carey, hasn’t soured Nicks on the concept of American Idol, however.

She tells The Daily that if she and [fellow Fleetwood Mac member] Lindsey Buckingham were starting out today, they would “absolutely” have auditioned for the show, or The Voice or The X Factor, for that matter. But Buckingham, she said, would have probably resisted.

“I would have had to drag [him] kicking and screaming,” she said. “He probably would have given them the finger.”

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Thursday
Oct042012

Mariah Carey-Nicki Minjaj Fight a Publicity Stunt?

Michael Becker/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- The much-publicized spat between American Idol stars Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj may have all been a publicity stunt.

The Hollywood Reporter quotes a source saying, “The Mariah-Nicki diva battle is exactly what Fox executives wanted all along,” suggesting the two women were in on the joke.  “No one's really worried.  They know the parts they’re supposed to play.”

However, another insider claims "Nicki went off and threatened Mariah."

There was no encore between the two on Wednesday, according to TMZ.com.  The website's sources say Carey and Minaj acted in a civil manner towards one another during another day of auditions in Charlotte, N.C.

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