Robin Thicke Song Releases Continue; Preview New Song "Ooo La La"


Robin Thicke may be on to something, perhaps a song a day will keep the album leaks away?

Whether it was strategy or pure generosity, the singer has unleashed yet another track off his upcoming album, Blurred Lines.

On the smooth record, "Ooo La La," Robin sings, "You can have my money/You can have my soul if you want it too/ You become a problem/But I don't want to solve it because I can't get over you."

The funky tune was produced by Pro-Jay and can be previewed on Interscope Record's official SoundCloud page now.

Blurred Lines lands on July 30.

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New Donovan Album, "Shadows of Blue," Available Now as a Digital Download

Jeremy Loscher/Donovan DiscsDonovan has pulled something of a David Bowie.  The folk-rock legend quietly and without much fanfare has released a new studio album titled Shadows of Blue that he recorded in Nashville last fall and winter.  The country-flavored collection currently is available for purchase as a digital download exclusively through the singer/songwriter's official website, Donovan.ie.

In an official statement about Shadows of Blue, Donovan explains that his connection to Nashville goes back to the beginning of his career, as the Hickory Records label, which was based in the city, released his first U.S. single, "Catch the Wind."

Donovan says, "I never forgot Nashville and I knew I would go back to Nashville one day with a set of songs I have kept in my back jeans pocket."  The 67-year-old singer describes the tunes he put aside for the project as "Broken Hearted ballads and Outlaw songs."

Shadows of Blue was recorded at Treasure Isle Studios with help from Grammy-winning producer Michael Knox and a set of respected local session musicians.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also enlisted former Lovin' Spoonful frontman John Sebastian to play harmonica on a new tune titled "The Harmonica Girl."

That song and another track titled "To Love You" have been chosen as the first singles from Shadows of Blue.  The entire album currently is streaming at Donovan's SoundCloud page.

Here is the track list for Shadows of Blue:

"Blue Jean Angel"
"Resurrect Your Love"
"To Love You"
"River of Ruin"
"Shadows of Blue"
"Rock & Roll Gypsy"
"The Loving of You"
"The Blame Game"
"The Harmonica Girl"
"The Bungalow"

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Jennifer Nettles Shares New Music and Yoga Poses with '80s Rocker Richard Marx

Facebook.com/JenniferNettlesMusicJennifer Nettles shared her new album with '80s rocker Richard Marx Friday and walked away with some new exercise inspiration. Jennifer posted a photo of Richard on Instagram balancing on one leg. The caption reads, "Saw @richardmarx. Made him listen to some of my new record. AND made him offer you a #yoga pose of the week. You're welcome."

Richard liked what he heard.  He tweeted Jennifer back, "You forgot the words 'Muthafrickin' awesome" before 'record.' Oh, and...ow, that hurts."

Jennifer is expected to release a single from her new solo project very soon.

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Chante Moore Resurfaces with "Talkin' in My Sleep"

Facebook.com/ChanteMooreEarlier this month Chante Moore jokingly tweeted about somniloquy, but it seems she was hinting at her new single, "Talkin’ in My Sleep."  Now Chante has released a lyric video for the song, the lead offering from her comeback album, titled Moore is More.

The album, Chante's first studio project since 2008's Love the Woman, will hit stores on July 30, with pre-orders available now via iTunes.

In the meantime, you can catch her every Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET alongside Kelly Price, Dawn Robinson formerly of En Vogue, Michel'le, Lil Mo and Claudette Ortiz from City High on TV One's hit show R&B Divas: Los Angeles.

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Moby Drowns His Sorrows in “A Case for Shame” Video

Facebook.com/MobyMusicMoby spends quite a bit of time underwater in the new video for “A Case for Shame,” the first single from his upcoming album, Innocents. The singer says that he took a do-it-yourself approach to making the clip, which was shot in his pool at his home in Los Angeles, CA.

“’A Case For Shame' is the first video I've shot and directed for one of my songs, as in addition to directing I was also the camera person,” he says in a statement. “The video narrative is as follows: I've drowned, and I've gone to an after-life inhabited by people who are concealing themselves because of shame.”

Innocents will arrive at all the usual outlets on October 1.  It features guest appearances by The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, goth-rockers Cold Specks, singer/songwriter Skylar Grey, indie-folk singer Damien Jurado and vocalist Inyang Bassey.

Moby will support Innocents by staging three concerts in Los Angeles.  Details of the upcoming shows will be revealed in the coming weeks.

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Christina Aguilera Feels "Refreshed" Working on New Season of "The Voice"

Art Streiber/NBCAfter a one-season hiatus from The Voice, Christina Aguilera is back at work on the NBC singing competition. She says she’s benefited from the time away from the show, and she’s looking forward to helping out up-and-coming artists again.

Christina tells Zap2it.com, “I want to learn from them, too.  I'm refreshed coming back.  I'm the type of artist that needs to step away from the camera sometimes in order to regroup and center myself."

Christina is happy that the original panel -- which also includes Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and the returning Cee Lo Green -- is together again for season five.  She says, "I'm glad these guys were down to hold the original roots of the show together.  It's like being reconnected with old family."

Adam agrees, and that’s why he calls the upcoming season the best one to date. He declares to Zap2it, "I think this is the best we've ever been, all four of us together.  I'm really happy.  I think why the show has been special from the beginning is because it has more of a soul.  That's what's great about us getting back together."

Shakira and Usher filled in for Christina and Cee Lo this past spring.  They’ll be back for season six.  In the meantime, the fifth season of The Voice debuts on NBC September 23.

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Rush Among Bands Honored with Their Own Canadian Stamps

CNW Group/Canada PostAfter becoming the first Canadian band to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, Rush is back in the limelight thanks to a special new honor in their homeland.  The power trio is one of four music groups being recognized with Canadian postage stamps that went on sale Friday.

Rush's stamp features the band's famous "Starman" logo that appears on the back cover of their landmark 1976 album, 2112.

Also among the Canadian groups receiving their own stamps is The Guess Who, The Tragically Hip and Montreal-based "folk-rock-urban" outfit Beau Dommage.

The new stamps are part of Canada Post's Canadian Recording Artists series, which honors the living legends of the country's recording industry.  Members of each group had input into the design of their respective stamps.

The stamps can be purchased now online at CanadaPost.ca/shop.

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Selena Gomez Marks 21st Birthday with Festive Video

Facebook.com/SelenaGomezSelena Gomez officially turns 21 today, and she's marking this huge milestone with a festive video for her fans. 

In the clip, Selena and her pals are shown partying in a club -- or perhaps it's somebody's basement -- along with a deejay and a bunch of naked mannequins.  Clad in a black midriff-bearing top and short plaid skirt, Selena looks like she's having a blast getting down to the song "Birthday," from her new album Stars Dance.  At the end, the music stops and all her friends sit on the floor and sing "Happy Birthday" to her.

Selena wrote in the video comments field, "I wanted to celebrate my 21st Birthday with all of you, so we made this video for us all to celebrate to. Thank You for all the love and support you have shown and continue to show me. I love you all so much!!...Thanks to all my fans for being so amazing and making me want to make this video for you."

On Facebook, Selena revealed that her birthday "cake" was actually "Jack in the Box tacos," adding, "Yes!"

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Alabama Announces Track Listing for Superstar-Studded "Alabama & Friends" Tribute Album

Show Dog/UniveralAlabama teamed up with some of country's biggest stars -- including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Florida Georgia Line -- for their new Alabama & Friends album. The project, which hits stores August 27, also features two brand-new songs from the group.

As for the superstar guests on the album, Alabama guitarist Jeff Cook says, "It's very much an honor that they'd take part in an Alabama tribute. We had a lot of fun working with them, and I think the finished product testifies to both the fun and the quality that went into it."

Eli Young Band, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts and Trisha Yearwood are among the other stars performing with Alabama on the album. Jamey Johnson closes the album with the Alabama classic, "My Home's in Alabama."

Alabama is currently selling out shows on their Back to the Bowery tour. They've just added a date at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Sunday, November 3.

Alabama & Friends track listing:

"Tennessee River," Jason Aldean
"Love in the First Degree," Luke Bryan
"Old Flame," Rascal Flatts
"Lady Down on Love," Kenny Chesney
"The Closer You Get," Eli Young Band
"Forever's as Far as I'll Go," Trisha Yearwood
"She & I," Toby Keith
"I'm in a Hurry (And Don't Know Why)," Florida Georgia Line
"That's How I Was Raised," Alabama
"All American," Alabama
"My Home's in Alabama," Jamey Johnson

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Ne-Yo "Honored" to Be Tapped for New TLC Album

Photo by Simon Russell/WireImage for Malibu RedIn addition to his own career as a solo artist, Ne-Yo is constantly in demand as a songwriter for other artists, from Beyonce to Celine Dion and beyond.  But he says he's really excited about one particular project that he's been asked to work on: the first new album in a decade from '90s superstars TLC

Ne-Yo tells ABC News Radio that it all started when VH1 announced that it was producing a biopic of the girl group, called Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story, which will air later this year.  It's being executive-produced by the two surviving members of TLC, T-Boz and Chilli. 

"It was brought to my attention that VH1 is doing a movie about TLC's journey, from where they began to where they are now," says Ne-Yo.  "They initially pulled me [to write] the end credits song, so I did that song [and] the girls loved it."

As a result, Ne-Yo says, L.A. Reid, the head of TLC's record label, called him and told him he wanted him to "do some more music for their forthcoming project."  He says he jumped at the chance.

"I've been a huge fan of TLC for a really, really long time, from 'Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg' on down, I've been there," he tells ABC News Radio. "So I'm honored that they called me. I know I'm not the only songwriter that they called...but the fact that they called me at all, thinking that I would have something to bring to that, is beyond an honor, so I'm happy about it."

According to Billboard, Chilli and T-Boz have also re-recorded some of their hits for the biopic's soundtrack.  There's no planned release date now for the new album, which will be TLC's first since 2003's 3D.  Chilli and T-Boz will perform July 27 at the Mixtape Festival in Hershey, Pennsylvania, along with New Kids on the Block, The Jonas Brothers, Boyz II Men, Train, OneRepublic, The Script and many more acts.

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First of Two Cinematic Screenings of New Bruce Springsteen Documentary Happening Tonight

SpringsteenandI.comJust a reminder that the first of the two scheduled theatrical screenings of the new Bruce Springsteen documentary, Springsteen & I, is scheduled to take place tonight at hundreds of U.S. theaters.  You can buy tickets for the movie and find out all the locations where it will be shown by visiting FathomEvents.com.

Springsteen & I features interviews with many of the New Jersey rock legend's passionately devoted followers, and also boasts previously unseen footage of the Boss and his E Street Band in concert.  As an added bonus, the movie screenings will offer six performances by Bruce and company from their set at the 2012 Hard Rock Calling festival in London, including a guest appearance by Paul McCartney.

The documentary also will be shown in many U.S. cinemas on July 30.  Meanwhile, the film's official website, SpringsteenandI.com, has launched a special interactive area called Springstream that helps the Boss' fans connect with each other via various online social-networking outlets.

In other news, Springsteen has just added a September 12 concert in Santiago, Chile to his Wrecking Ball tour itinerary.  He's currently winding down a European leg that finishes up with a July 27-28 stand in Kilkenny, Ireland.  He also will be making an appearance at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 21.

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Country Star Trivia 

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country legend originally recorded Blake Shelton's hit "Goodbye Time"? ANSWER: Conway Twitty.

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Tyler Farr Trades in the "Redneck Crazy" Life for Golfing and Fishing This Summer

Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr may get a little "Redneck Crazy" on stage performing for his fans, but he's much more sedate during his off time. Now that summer is bearing down on Nashville, Tyler admits he'd just as soon stay indoors where it's nice and cool.

He says, "I keep my AC pretty cold, so there’s been a lot of watchin’ some Duck Dynasty videos in the house and drinkin’-cold-beer moments."

When the weather isn't so hot and humid, Tyler likes to get out and fish and play golf. He's set to take part in his buddy Colt Ford's golf tournament this fall, and Tyler has been hitting the links quite a bit for practice.

"I don’t want to be the guy that’s hittin’ caddies with balls and hittin’ ‘em on roofs and stuff," Tyler says, "so I’ve been tryin’ to perfect my golf swing, but it’s still a ways away."

Tyler is very happy with the music on his debut album, Redneck Crazy. It hits stores October 15 featuring the hit title track.

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Rod Stewart's Still Loving Vegas: "They Treat Me Like I'm Elvis There"

Mike Coppola/WireImage for New York PostRod Stewart started the latest run of shows in Las Vegas on Saturday -- he'll be performing at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace through August 4.  And he says now, two years into his residency, he's still loving rocking Sin City as much as ever.

"I mean, they treat me like I'm Elvis there, they really do," Rod tells ABC News Radio, adding that he loves the fact that he can do his show and then fly right back home to L.A. that same evening.  "I'm home in bed by half-past 11," he brags. "So it's paradise for me."  Not only that, but the Colosseum itself, he says, is a pleasure to perform in: "It's a great building, it's great, great, there's not a bad seat in the house, sound's great -- I love it there."

So, would he recommend a Vegas residency to all his rock star pals?  Well, not necessarily.  Rod says that anyone who agrees to do a Vegas show needs to be able to have a real rapport with fans, and speak about their music onstage.

"The thing with Vegas is you're very exposed, and I think you've got to connect with an audience," Rod explains. "You've got to talk to the audience, tell a story, and anecdote or two. And if you can't do that, then there's no point in doing it."

"I think when you've got an intimate crowd together it's like, you want to talk to them and educate them on the history of the songs," he adds. "So, that's why I love doing it."  

Rod's two-year residency is technically over in August, since it started in August of 2011, but who knows?  He may extend it, as his pal Elton John has done in the past with his own Vegas residency.  Those fans who can't get to Vegas to see him will be able to catch him on tour all over the U.S. this fall: he's hitting the road with Steve Winwood on a double bill.

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Andrew W.K., Pixies, Suicidal Tendencies Added to Riot Fest in Chicago

RiotFest.orgAndrew W.K., Pixies and Suicidal Tendencies are among the artists who have been added to the lineup for the Chicago edition of this year's Riot Fest, which takes place September 13-15 at Humboldt Park.

The bands join previously-announced artists Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, recently-reunited 80s rockers The Replacements, Rancid, AFI, Dinosaur Jr., Bob Mould, Against Me!, Sublime with Rome, Taking Back Sunday and Brand New.

Tickets are available now, with three-day passes at $149.98. Single-day tickets for the event will be available starting Wednesday, July 24. To see the complete artist roster and purchase tickets, head over to RiotFest.org.

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Surviving Nirvana Members Join Paul McCartney for Encore in Seattle

Suzi Pratt/Getty ImagesThe surviving members of Nirvana joined Paul McCartney on stage for the encore of his concert in Seattle on Friday night. 

Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear hopped on stage at Safeco Field and performed "Cut Me Some Slack," the song they played with McCartney for Grohl's Sound City documentary. They previously performed it live at the 12-12-12 Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York City.

McCartney and the Nirvana members continued with a few Beatles classics, including "Get Back," the Little Richard cover "Long Tall Sally," "Helter Skelter" and "The End, " reports RollingStone.com

Novoselic tweeted after the performance, "Thank you @PaulMcCartney for a great show and for having us play with you all."

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Report: Kanye West a Felony Suspect for Attempted Robbery

Universal Music GroupKanye West has reportedly been named a felony suspect in a Los Angeles International Airport attack on a paparazzo on Friday afternoon. The snapper was injured during the scuffle, and paramedics were called the scene.  

The man allegedly asked Kanye a few too many questions for his liking.  Kanye reportedly told the man to stop peppering him with questions and when he wouldn't stop, Kanye attempted to wrestle the photographer's camera from his hands.

Police tell TMZ.com that Kanye committed an attempted robbery when he assaulted the photographer and tried to take his camera.  The case was transferred to the Robbery Homicide Unit and is under review. 

A source tells TMZ the case was referred to the L.A. County District Attorney for prosecution as a felony attempted robbery and not a battery case, since the felony attempted robbery is the more serious charge of the two. 

The photographer, who goes by the name Dano, is the same paparazzo who was attacked by a then-bald Britney Spears in the infamous umbrella incident back in 2007.

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The Black Crowes Announce Expansive New US Tour Leg

Photo: Ross HalfinThe Black Crowes just launched a month-long co-headlining tour with the Tedeschi Trucks Band on Friday in Nashville, but the band has plenty more concert action in store for fans later in the year.

The Crowes have unveiled a new U.S. leg of their Lay Down with Number 13 trek that's scheduled from a September 5 concert in Cooperstown, New York, through a December 14 performance in San Francisco.  Among the newly-announced shows are multiple-night stands in New Orleans, Denver and Los Angeles.  The band's upcoming itinerary also includes performances at the Gathering of the Vibes, the Lake Champlain Maritme Festival, The Allman Brothers Band's second annual Peach Music Festival, and the inaugural Interlocken Festival.

More dates are expected to be added to The Black Crowes schedule soon.  Here is the band's complete upcoming itinerary, according to BlackCrowes.com:

7/23 -- Raleigh, NC, Red Hat Amphitheatre*
7/24 -- Columbus, OH, LC Pavilion*
7/27 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook*
7/28 -- Bridgeport, CT, Gathering of the Vibes
7/30 -- Boston, MA, Bank of America Pavilion*
7/31 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC*
8/2 -- Cherokee, NC, Harrah's Cherokee Event Center
8/4 -- Sturgis, SD, The Broken Spoke Saloon & Campground
8/6 -- Boston, MA, Bank of America Pavilion*
8/7 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE*
8/9 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center*
8/10 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach*
8/11 -- Philadelphia, PA, Mann Center*
8/13 -- Indianapolis, IN, Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River*
8/14 -- Chicago, IL, Charter One Pavilion*
8/15 -- Rochester Hills, MI, Meadow Brook*
8/17 -- Burlington, VT, Lake Champlain Maritime Festival
8/18 -- Scranton, PA, The Peach Music Festival at Montage Mountain
9/5 -- Cooperstown, NY, Ommegang Brewery
9/7 -- Arrington, VA, Interlocken Festival
9/8 -- Arrington, VA, Interlocken Festival
9/10 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
9/11 -- Fayetteville, AR, Arkansas Music Pavilion
9/13 -- Telluride, CO, Telluride Blues & Brews
9/15 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
9/22 -- Madison, WI, Orpheum Theatre
9/24 -- Huntsville, AL, Mark C. Smith Concert Hall at Von Braun Center
9/25 -- Jackson, MS, Thalia Maria Hall
9/27 -- Thackerville, OK, Winstar Casino
9/28 -- Austin, TX, ACL Live at The Moody Theater
10/1 -- New Orleans, LA, Civic Theatre
10/2 -- New Orleans, LA, Civic Theatre
10/5 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
11/11 -- Boulder, CO, Boulder Theater
11/13 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
11/15 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
11/16 -- Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
11/19 -- Friant, CA, Table Mountain Casino
11/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
11/22 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
11/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
12/6 -- Portland, OR, Schnitzer Hall
12/7 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
12/10 -- Bakersfield, CA, Majestic Fox Theater
12/11 -- San Diego, CA, Avalon San Diego
12/13 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
12/14 -- San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

*with Tedeschi Trucks Band.

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Marques Houston Talks "Give Your Love a Try," Status of Next LP


Marques Houston has returned to music after a three-year hiatus.

During his time away from music the singer, who began his career as the lead singer of Immature in the '90s, was able to focus on acting, executive producing films and launching his own production company.

While he occasionally performed spot dates singing hits from his extensive catalog, Marques began to notice that there was something missing.  His fans constantly would inquire about when they would get new material, which motivated him to give the people what they wanted.

"You know, the inspiration behind this album was very, very fan driven and the people out there that were asking for music," he tells ABC News Radio. "So I was like 'You know what, I gotta get back in the studio.'"

Marques is back with a new sense of urgency on his new single, "Give Your Love a Try," featuring rapper Problem. The singer explains how the lead offering came together.

"Well, after we finished the record, you know Problem is one of the hottest rappers out right now, and I'm a big fan...," he says.  "I told my people, I was like, 'Let's reach out to Problem, I think he'd be perfect on this record.'  We reached out to his people, he was with it.  He was like 'I'm down, let's do it,' and he jumped on it."

"Its was a match made in heaven," Marques laughs.  He recently posted a video teaser for the song.  The full video will premiere in its entirety in coming weeks.

Since his last album was 2010's Mattress Music, Houston understands that people are expecting a substantial follow-up.  So, Houston says he put a lot into his sixth solo effort.

"Well, we did about thirty songs for this album, but I think there's only going to be about 12 that's on the record," Marques explains.  "I am very, very excited about it because it's very different for me. Because it's a lot more mature. You know, I've always been like a really big Prince fan and a really big D'Angelo fan, Marvin Gaye fan and cats like that, that give that real soulful music."

While his upcoming album, Famous, won't hit stores until August 27, you can check out 30-second snippets of the disc's tunes via his SoundCloud page now.

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Nicki Minaj Readies New Clothing Line, Issues Video from Kmart Meeting

Facebook.com/NickiMinajNicki Minaj recently tweeted about making major progress in the production of her upcoming clothing line.

The rapper treated her Barbz to video footage from her recent creative meetings with the Kmart design team -- the forthcoming Nicki Minaj Collection will be released exclusively through Kmart later this fall.

During the three-hour meeting, the Queens native took a hands on approach, ensuring that certain pieces will be available in the fall as well as approving samples and designs for the collection.

While reviewing a blue dress, Nicki shares, "That's fly. Because my fans reacted to that. They were like 'We want grown and sexy stuff, don't treat us like we're kids.' So these 21- and 22 [-year-olds], they want to go to the club and wear freakum dresses."

She then gushed over a monogram bracelet, "I love this, this is so rich. Oh my God."

Nicki also revealed the complete outfits displayed on mannequins and expressed that she wants an expanded denim selection.

The Young Money rapper continues to expand her brand. She recently launched her first beverage, Myx Fusions Moscatos, as well as her Pink Friday fragrance -- which was the best-selling women's perfume launch this quarter in the U.K., according to a release from market research firm NPD which Nicki posted to her Instagram account.

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