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Thursday
May122016

One Heck of a Trek! Bad Company and Joe Walsh Kick Off Co-Headlining Tour Tonight

Courtesy of Live NationBad Company kicks off a new joint U.S. trek with Joe Walsh dubbed the One Hell of a Night tour this evening in Dallas. The veteran British band will be without one of its founding members on the road trip, as guitarist/songwriter Mick Ralphs decided recently that he wasn't physically up for the tour, prompting the group to hire ex-Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson to fill in for Ralphs.

Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers explains to ABC Radio, "Mick, bless his cotton socks -- I mean bless his heart, really -- he took one look at the itinerary and he said, 'You know what, man? I can't do this."

Rodgers says that he and his band mates were understandably disappointed about Ralphs not taking part in the trek, "because Mick has his particular sound and he wrote a lot of the songs," although he believes Robinson will "be great."

The singer says he got the idea to offer Rich the gig after performing with him at a special tribute event for Jimmy Page this past November at the EMP Museum in Seattle.

Rodgers also tells ABC Radio that he's excited to see how Robinson will collaborate with Bad Company's second guitarist, ex-Heart member Howard Leese, during the tour.

"I think the two of them will work well together," Paul maintains, "and I'm interested to see where we take this musically, because we'll be playing the Bad Company material, but it'll have a little different touch to it because of the new energy involved, I believe."

As for touring with Walsh, Rodgers says he goes way back with the Eagles guitarist and reveals that it was his idea for Bad Company to team up with him.

"It's a great combination, I think," Rodgers tells ABC Radio. "Our catalogs of music really complement each other in many, many respects."

Bad Company will alternate with Walsh as headliner throughout the trek, which runs through a July 3 concert in Nashville.

As for whether his band and Walsh might hit the stage together to jam during the tour, Rodgers says, "It's always a possibility. You never know with these things. I would love to. I think that would be fantastic." However, he admits that jamming can be difficult, logistically, since the opening act often begins traveling to the next gig while the headliner is playing its set.

Here are all of the dates on Bad Company and Joe Walsh's One Hell of a Night tour, according to PaulRodgers.com:

5/12 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/15 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
5/17 -- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
5/18 -- Chula Vista, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater
5/20 -- Inglewood, CA, The Forum
5/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
5/24 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/26 -- New Orleans, LA, Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
5/28 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
5/29 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
6/7 -- Darien Lake, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
6/9 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
6/11 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
6/12 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
6/14 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
6/16 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
6/18 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
6/20 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
6/22 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/23 -- Chicago, IL, FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
6/25 -- Hinckley, MN, Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheater*
6/26 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
6/30 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Chastain Park Amphitheatre
7/3 -- Nashville, TN, Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel
9/1 -- Tulalip, WA, Tulalip Amphitheatre*
9/4 -- Murphys, CA, Ironstone Amphitheatre*

* = Bad Company only.

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Thursday
May122016

Yuna Leaves EDM to “Crush” with Usher

Mike Pont/WireImageAs Malaysian singer Yuna breaks through with her hit “Crush” featuring Usher, she admits she was a failure recording electronic dance music.

"EDM was really confusing for me. I couldn’t embrace it,” she tells GQ. Her upcoming album Chapters, which features Jhene Aiko, reflects her current style. “I come from a jazzy, acoustic, folky background,” she says. “Everything has to work with melodies, the words have to have meaning."  

Her new album, Chapters, will be released May 20, and it represents a release of inhibitions for the 29 year-old-singer.

Yuna graduated from law school in Malaysia in 2009, however she discovered she was more interested in music than a law career.

"I’ve always been considered this nice, perfect Muslim girl from Malaysia," she says. "I couldn’t really express how I feel. There was a limit. I had to hold back a little.” Now with Chapters, “I decided to let go of my insecurities.”

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Thursday
May122016

Andy Black Worked with a "Mid-2000s All-Star Team" on Debut Album

LAVA/Republic RecordsBlack Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack recently released The Shadow Side, his debut album under his solo moniker, Andy Black. While The Shadow Side is a solo project, the album has quite a few high-profile guest appearances. The group of collaborators, which Biersack refers to as a "mid-2000s all-star team," included Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump, ex-My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.

"When you're working on a solo record, but you're used to working with a band you think...'I could build these songs and fake it, in Pro Tools and have session musicians come in and play it perfectly," Biersack tells Rolling Stone. "'Or, I could get everybody I've ever wanted to play on something to come in and jam and write with me and build it organically.' It was like having a different band every day."

The lead single "We Don't Have to Dance" allowed for a particularly star-studded recording session.

"On 'We Don't Have to Dance,' we had [5 Seconds of Summer's] Ashton [Irwin] come in and drum on it. But then we had Travis Barker come in and say 'Hey, I'd like to drum on this,'" Biersack remembers. "We had so many interesting vocals on it too, like Patrick Stump and Gerard Way."

As for Black Veil Brides, who are currently taking a bit of break, Biersack promises that his solo work won't take him away from his main gig.

"I can't imagine a world in which I would end [Black Veil Brides] because I'm interested in something else," he says.

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Thursday
May122016

Kid Cudi Reveals New Album Title

Roy Rochlin/FilmMagicKid Cudi announced the name of his new album due out this summer, and he promises it will not contain “sad, dark songs.”

The Cleveland rapper posted on Instagram that his sixth studio album is titled Passion Pain & Demon Slayin'. Cudialso included a snippet of a song with video of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars. When a fan commented on Twitter, “I hope this album doesn't make me cry as much as the last one," he replied, “Tears of joy hopefully!! No sad dark songs on this one. Only light!”

Passion Pan & Demon Slayin’ will be the follow-up to Cudi’s fifth studio album, Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven from 2015.

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Wednesday
May112016

Gene Simmons Apologizes, Sort of, for Saying Prince's Death Was "Pathetic"

Jason LaVeris/Getty ImagesKISS' Gene Simmons has apologized for comments in a recent Newsweek interview in which he called Prince's death pathetic and suggested that the famed entertainer, in effect, killed himself because of alleged drug abuse. In a message posted Tuesday night on his official Twitter feed, Simmons writes, "Needless to say, I didn't express myself properly here -- I don't shy away from controversy, and angry critics really don't bother me at all. If I think I'm right, I'll throw up a finger and dig my heels in and laugh. But this time, I was not. So, my apologies."

Simmons explains that he decided to issue the apology after getting "such s*** from my family for my big mouth again." He maintains that his remarks about Prince were colored by the negative experiences he's had with people who have abused drugs.

"I have a long history of getting very angry at what drugs do to the families/friends of the addicts," notes the 66-year-old rocker. "I get angry at drug users because of my experience being around them coming up in the rock scene. In my experience they’ve made my life, and the lives of their loves ones, difficult."

He adds, "I was raised in a culture/crowd where drug addicts were written off as losers, and since that's the narrative I grew up with, it's been hard to change with the times."

In the Newsweek interview, Simmons said of Prince's death, "[H]ow pathetic that he killed himself. Don't kid yourself, that's what he did. Slowly, I'll grant you...but that's what drugs and alcohol is: a slow death."

However, while many media sources have speculated that the artist's death may have been caused by a possible overdose of prescription painkillers, the cause has not officially been determined.

Simmons closes out his Twitter message by criticizing media members who he claims have depicted some of his past comments in a way that they seem more negative than he intended them to be.

"[T]here is part of this that is journalists quote-mining things I've said in the past and applying it to new situations," he writes. "It's doesn't make my past quotes any more tactful, but still -- be wary of click bait. The uglier they make it seem, the more views they will get."

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Wednesday
May112016

The Flaming Lips Featured in Upcoming "X-Men" Comic 

Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesHaving had experience battling pink robots, it was only a matter of time before The Flaming Lips would team up with the X-Men. Wayne Coyne's band will be featured in the upcoming August issue of Marvel Comics' X-Men '92 series, which follows Wolverine and his mutant pals in the '90s. You can view the issue's cover at Billboard.com.

"Being in an X-Men comic where they [the X-Men themselves] actually run security at one of our shows...I should have written a song about that," Coyne tells Billboard. "I mean...before it really happened."

If The Flaming Lips bring out their signature plastic bubble during the show, Wolverine will have to be extra careful lest he literally bursts their bubble.

The August X-Men '92 issue will also feature a cameo from The Toadies, another '90s alternative mainstay.

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Wednesday
May112016

White Zombie Shares Previously Unreleased Track, "Scarecrow #2"

Numero GroupThe forthcoming White Zombie box-set, called White Zombie: It Came from N.Y.C., features a batch of previously unreleased tracks from the early, noise-rock days of Rob Zombie's former band. One of those songs is called "Scarecrow #2," and you can listen to it now via The Wall Street Journal.

It Came from N.Y.C. will be released June 3. The collection includes White Zombie's first two albums, 1987's Soul-Crusher and 1989's Make Them Die Slowly, and four of the band's EPs: 1985's God's on Voodoo Moon, 1986's Pig Heaven, 1987's Psycho-Head Blowout and 1989's God of Thunder. All of the songs on It Came from N.Y.C. were remastered by White Zombie guitarist J. Yuenger.

Rob Zombie, meanwhile, recently released his new solo album, called The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser.

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Wednesday
May112016

Alicia Keys to Perform New Single on "The Voice"

RCA/Paola KudackiAlicia Keys will sing her brand new track next week on The Voice.

The fifteen-time Grammy Award winner, who’s set to become a new Voice coach next season, will perform “In Common” on the Tuesday May 17 episode of the singing competition. The song is the first single from her upcoming, sixth studio album, which is due out this summer. The album will be the follow-up to her 2012 Girl on Fire.

“In Common” presents a new world-music sound for Keys, blending Latin and dancehall styles with electronic beats. She performed the song for the first time on television May 7 on Saturday Night Live

The Voice airs at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Wednesday
May112016

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato Celebrating Fourth of July in Boston

Photo by David Livingston/Getty ImagesNick Jonas and Demi Lovato aren’t just touring together this summer -- they’ll be ringing in the Fourth of July together, too.

According to Boston.com, the singers will both perform at the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular at the Charles River Esplanade. Nick and Demi will sing some of their most popular hits, backed by the Boston Pops Orchestra.

The free concert will be broadcast live during a two-hour special on CBS starting at 9 p.m. on July 4.

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Wednesday
May112016

Jussie Smollett Debuts “Hemmingway” Song Tonight on "Empire"

Chuck Hodes/FOXJussie Smollett premieres a new track tonight on Empire, and he warns that if you date him, he will write a song about you.

In the song “Hemmingway,” he croons about an eternal love, singing, “I know I loved you from the first day/Don't know just how you turn the gray skies to blue/But it's true that I'm gonna keep on loving you."

In describing the song, Smollett comments, “It's a fairy tale put to a beat. It is one of those classic love songs.” He adds, “Anybody who has ever felt just an inkling of love can understand what I'm saying and how I feel in the song." 

The actor/recording artist advises anyone who may go out with him that he will sing about them. “The saying is don't date a writer, you'll become a storyline. Don't date a lyricist, you'll become a lyric. Don't date Jussie Smollett because you'll become an entire song.”

You can view the behind-the-scenes video on the Empire YouTube channel.

Empire airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Wednesday
May112016

Alicia Keys and OneRepublic Bringing New Singles to "The Voice"

ABC/Lou RoccoAlicia Keys and OneRepublic are heading to The Voice next week. The singer and the band will both be performing their new singles on the singing competition’s Tuesday, May 17 episode.

Alicia -- who’s set to become a new Voice coach next season -- will sing “In Common,” the lead track from her upcoming, sixth studio album.  OneRepublic, meanwhile, will debut their new song, “Wherever I Go.” It’s the first single from their upcoming fourth studio album, set to be released later this year.

The Voice airs at 8 p.m. on NBC.

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Wednesday
May112016

Lady Gaga Is Becoming a Pop! Figure

Suzanne Tenner/FX NetworksFrom pop star to Pop! figure: Lady Gaga is getting her very own Funko Pop! figure based on her American Horror Story: Hotel character. Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the toy version of The Countess.

The vinyl figure has The Countess clad in a red dress with a high slit and her lethal silver glove. She also has a trickle of blood dripping down her red lips.

The Gaga Pop! figure will be available soon. In the meantime, you can check out the other American Horror Story figures on the Funko website.

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Wednesday
May112016

"SNL"’s Leslie Jones Wants to Spank Drake

Photo credit: Dan MartensenDrake is hosting Saturday Night Live this week, and if cast member Leslie Jones get her wish, SNL will become S&M.

The duo is featured in four new promos for the show, and the female comedian gets comically aggressive with Drizzy, saying that she “spank him like a baby” in a skit. Jones is definitely not shy, causing Drake to ask, “Could you not put your hand on my butt?” She responds, “I’d like to tell you I won’t, but I can’t make no promises.”

In the final segment, Jones tells him to sit on her lap during the promo, and after realizing she is not joking, he reluctantly assumes the position.

This will be Drake’s second appearance as SNL host, two years after he imitated Lil Wayne and Katt Williams on the show. 

Check out the promos on the Saturday Night Live YouTube channel.

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Wednesday
May112016

Let's Get This Party Started: Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker & More Kick Off CMA Music Festival Week at the Opry

ABC/Image Group LAThe Grand Ole Opry is planning a star-studded kickoff for this year’s CMA Music Festival. Carrie UnderwoodDarius RuckerChris Janson, and Nashville’s Charles Esten are just some of the performers who’ll take the famed stage on Tuesday, June 7, in the days leading up to the gathering formerly known as Fan Fair.

Chris gets the festivities started that afternoon, playing his hits like “Buy Me a Boat” during a free Opry Plaza Party. Kimberly Williams-Paisley will also sign copies of her new book Where the Light Gets In at The Opry Shop, before serving as guest announcer for the evening’s two shows.

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Wednesday
May112016

John Mellencamp Reissuing Classic 1980s Albums on Vinyl Next Month

PRNewsFoto/Mercury/UMeYou can't spell Mellencamp without LP! With that in mind comes word that John Mellencamp will be reissuing five of his classic 1980s albums on 180-gram vinyl June 10, both individually and in a box set titled The Vinyl Collection 1982-1989. The LPs getting re-released are 1982's American Fool, 1983's Uh-Huh, 1985's Scarecrow, 1987's The Lonesome Jubilee, and 1989's Big Daddy.

American Fool was Mellencamp's breakthrough album, released when he was known by the stage name John Cougar,although the liner notes declare the album was written and co-producer by John Cougar Mellencamp.The chart-topping record features "Jack and Diane" and "Hurts So Good," which peaked at #1 and #2, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. American Fool has sold more than five million copies in the U.S.

Uh-Huh saw the singer/songwriter officially reintroduce his surname into his moniker. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard 200, and included the top 10 hits "Pink Houses" and "Crumblin' Down," as well as "The Authority Song." The record has sold more than three million copies in the U.S.

Scarecrow reached #2 on the Billboard 200, and yielded the top-10 singles "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.," "Small Town" and "Lonely Ol' Night." Like American Fool, it was certified five-times platinum for sales of more than five million copies.

The Lonesome Jubilee made it to #6 on the Billboard albums chart, and included the top-10 hits "Cherry Bomb" and "Paper in Fire," as well as "Check It Out." The album moved three million copies in the States.

Mellencamp closed out the '80s with Big Daddy, which peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200. The platinum-selling album included the top-20 single "Pop Singer" and the memorable tune "Jackie Brown."

The new vinyl versions of all five albums have been cut from the original analog master tapes.

As previously reported, Mellencamp is scheduled to return the road this fall for a new series of U.S. tour dates in support of his latest album, 2014's Plain Spoken. The trek kicks off with an October 11 show in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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Wednesday
May112016

Kelsea Ballerini Kicks Off Makeover Mania in NYC for a Good Cause

ABC/Image Group LANot only will Kelsea Ballerini perform “Peter Pan” on Live with Kelly & Michael on Thursday, she’ll also give makeovers to 50 deserving women. The Knoxville, Tennessee native will have a little help, as she’s partnering with beauty giant Mary Kay.

Kelsea will be the face of Mary Kary’s Global Day of Beauty on May 12, and that’s only the beginning. Though the “Dibs” hitmaker will kick off the worldwide campaign by treating New York City-area survivors of domestic abuse to a day of pampering, the goal is to eventually do a million makeovers in the United States alone.

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Wednesday
May112016

Dolly Parton Completes the "Circle of Love" with "Coat of Many Colors" Sequel

CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/Webster PRAfter the huge success of Dolly Parton’s made-for-TV movie based on her classic, “Coat of Many Colors,” it’s now official -- NBC is making a sequel.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors:  Circle of Love will recount the rural Appalachian family’s struggle through an unexpected blizzard, as Robert Lee Parton strives to give his wife Avie Lee the wedding ring he’s never been able to afford. At the same time, a pivotal figure in Dolly’s life starts to recognize her budding talent.

The entire cast of the original movie will return, with Jennifer Nettles playing the superstar’s mother and Ricky Schroder starring as her dad. Alyvia Alyn will reprise her role as the childhood version of the entertainment icon.

Last year's Coat of Many Colors was the most-watched made-for-TV movie in close to seven years. The premiere date for Circle of Love is yet to be announced, though it's expected during the 2016 holiday.

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Wednesday
May112016

Ouch! Azealia Banks Gets Dragged Online by Child Actor 

Credit: Cassandra Hannagan/Getty ImagesHarlem rapper Azealia Banks had her ego handed to her by a fourteen-year-old girl Tuesday night after the "212" rapper went after former One Direction member, Zayn Malik.

The social media rap star got into a war of words with 14-year-old Disney actress Skai Jackson, who tweeted, "Azealia Banks needs to simmer down a little."

Banks, who now has deleted the tweets targeting Jackson, fired back by writing, “And you need to grow some hips and start [your] menses. Stay in a child’s place.”  Skai responded with the blunt tweet, "When a no hip having 14 year old has more class than you. Worry about your career. Get one."

Banks, apparently not interested in being dismissed by someone 10 years her junior, continued her tirade calling the Bunk'd star a "lil black b****" and a "thot in training." 

Jackson, clearly taking the high road, left the social media battle telling the rapper, "You give black women a bad name. I'll be praying for you," and to "take your L like a champ!"

The Slay-Z rapper later returned to her newly scrubbed social media account to offer an explanation and apology to both Malik and Jackson. In a cropped message taken from a phone screenshot, Banks attributed her behavior towards Zayn as being motivated by anger and feeling like the former boy band member "was too good to acknowledge" her.

Banks' response to Jackson was less tame. The rapper claimed that Jackson's mother was controlling the actress' account and therefore Banks was in the right to say what she did. "I felt that since she's a child she had no place in that argument," she wrote.

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Wednesday
May112016

Kevin McCall Calls Out Chris Brown, Threatens Him with the Fade 

Credit: (ABC/Randy Holmes)Singer Kevin McCall took shots at Grammy Award winner, Chris Brown, threatening to fight the singer who he alleges wrecked his deal.

McCall who is currently signed to Chris Brown's management team and wants out, accused the "Loyal" singer of refusing to end their business relationship. "When I no longer have any ties to I'll chill. He stole from two babies and stole from me HE knows that. Fade and paperwork?" he tweeted posting a bulging bicep emoji to kick off the the night-long feud.

McCall continued on Instagram saying in part, I ran out of room but...how many songs did you write for ME again? Lol what do you do on your own? Are u what the industry calls a '100% er' or am I ????? and that's exactly why YOU fear me?" he wrote.

After hours of McCall's social media tirade including accusing  the "Run It!" singer of being a fake gangster, Brown finally responded posting a meme on his Instagram page of a stadium with empty seats, writing, "pictures of kevin mccalls fans at his concert."

He continued adding two more video posts making fun of the "Let it Reign" singer saying, YALL NEED TO COME GET KEVIN MCCALL! New mixtape called 'IM NOT CRAZY, EVERYONE ELSE IS'" and "KMAC AFTER THE CHECK!"

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Wednesday
May112016

Nicki Minaj Calls Out Ex, Safaree Samuels, for Allegedly Stealing, Harassing Her

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images via ABCThe Twitterverse was buzzing Tuesday night as rap superstar Nicki Minaj went off on her ex-fiance, Safaree Samuels, accusing the rapper of being a thief who constantly harasses her and her family.

Minaj, who was recently served with a lawsuit just days after celebrating the birthday of her current boyfriend, Meek Mill, went off about her ex, saying, "Two years later this poor excuse of a man is suing me & claiming to have been physically & emotionally abused. Lol. He's so miserable."

According to TMZ, Samuels is suing Minaj for the contributions made to three of her albums, which he claims he can prove. Minaj denies the claim, saying that he's the one who stole from her.  "Caught him stealing money and never prosecuted him!!!!  Now I'm DOING IT." Nicki writes.  "ENOUGH!!!!!!"

In another tweet, Minaj claims she's still harassed by her ex via email, despite being warned by both her and Meek Mill to stop. "Calling my mother crying. I said I'd help. But as soon as meek asked him to stop emailing me it's a problem. LEAVE US ALONE!!!!!! PLEASE!!!," she pleads.

Although there has been no direct response from Safaree on Minaj's accusations, the rapper did post a video on his Instagram after Nicki's statements, saying, "Leave me alone."

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