January 25, 2012


News Notes: Nicki Minaj Breaks Vevo & More

Nicki Minaj Breaks Vevo Record: Y’all like stupid hoes. Nicki Minaj’s Hype Williams-directed video racked up nearly 5 million views during its first day on Vevo, breaking a site record. [HipHopDX]

Ne-Yo Jumps Ship: Ne-Yo is hopping from Def Jam to Motown and becoming a Senior VP of A&R at the label, where the singer will be producer and mentor and “discover and sign new talent.” Look for new hits by More-phe-us, Ho-racle and Tri-knee-tee in 2012. [Billboard]

Chelsea Takes on Mariah: Cougar beef! Walking insult Chelsea Handler fired shots at Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, dissing Cannon’s comedy and Carey’s weight fluctuations. No word yet on whether she will go after less obvious targets. [AOL]

Don't Mess With Garth Brooks: Apparently, U.S. law prevents you from accepting $500,000 from Garth Brooks and, rather than naming a building after his late mother, doing nothing. Stupid healthcare bill. [Rolling Stone]

Madonna's Rumored Super Bowl Guests: Will Nicki Minaj and M.I.A. join Madonna during the Super Bowl halftime show? More importantly, will you care? Asked if the rumors were true, Madge replied, "Pom poms. That's all I can tell you." Make of that what you will. [MTV]

Mick Jagger Not Down With Conservatives: Mick Jagger was supposed to appear at the Great British Tea Party, a concert celebrating UK Prime Minister David Cameron, but backed out at the last minute. The event marks the first time Mick Jagger has said “No” to anything. [Pollstar]

Daniel Radcliffe is Now a Beat Poet: Since a dainty, 22-year-old British wizard is obviously the first choice to play Beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg, please welcome Daniel Radcliffe to play the role in the upcoming film Kill Your Darlings. “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by Slytherin.” [Rolling Stone]

Joe Perry Defends Steven Tyler: After Steven Tyler’s mangled rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the AFC Championship game last weekend, bandmate/frienemy Joe Perry took time out from calling him a bitch to confer that title to "The Star-Spangled Banner." “That song is a bitch,” said Perry. “Why can’t somebody interpret it the way that they want?" Best Fwends Forever. [Spin]

Rihanna Gets Tupac-Inspired Tats: Gangsta rapper Rihanna added to her 14 tattoos by getting “Thug Life” inked across her knuckles. There is also a photo of her with Danny Trejo because cool runs in packs. [Rap-Up]

Joy Division and Disney (Sorta) Team Up: “Who’s the leader of the club filled with depressing men? J-O-Y, D-I-V, I-S-I-O-N!” Peter Saville’s iconic cover for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures has been Disneyfied. But Peter Hook is cool with it, so stop rolling your eyes. [NME]