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Willow Smith releases new track 'Your Love'

Willow Smith releases new track 'Your Love'

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 8 (UPI) --Willow Smith's has released a new track called "Your Love."
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Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J top U.K. charts with 'Bang Bang'

Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J top U.K. charts with 'Bang Bang'

LONDON, Sept. 29 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj took to social media over the weekend to announce her excitement over her new single featuring Ariana Grande and Jessie J reaching No. 1 in the U.K.
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Jessie J details new album 'Sweet Talker'

Jessie J details new album 'Sweet Talker'

LONDON, Sept. 26 (UPI) --Jessie J says new album "Sweet Talker" includes songs about "all of those things that you go through as a woman."
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Nicki Minaj announces fall release date for new album 'The Pink Print'

Nicki Minaj announces fall release date for new album 'The Pink Print'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj announced in a tweet Monday her upcoming album {i:The Pink Print} would be released on November 24.
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Jennifer Lopez teases 'Booty' music video with Iggy Azalea

Jennifer Lopez teases 'Booty' music video with Iggy Azalea

NEW YORK, Sept. 4 (UPI) --Jennifer Lopez released a preview of her new, NSFW music video for "Booty" on Thursday that sees the singer get wild with Iggy Azalea.
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Kylie Minogue says her butt doesn't compare to Nicki Minaj's

Kylie Minogue says her butt doesn't compare to Nicki Minaj's

LONDON, Aug. 28 (UPI) --Kylie Minogue may be known for her shapely posterior, but the singer says her behind is not in "the same zone" as Nicki Minaj's or Iggy Azalea's.
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Usher releases new single 'Believe Me,' announces tour

Usher releases new single 'Believe Me,' announces tour

ATLANTA, Aug. 26 (UPI) --Usher released new single "Believe Me" from upcoming album "UR," and announced the first stops on his "UR Experience" tour.
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Ariana Grande, Big Sean spotted holding hands at 2014 VMAs

Ariana Grande, Big Sean spotted holding hands at 2014 VMAs

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) --Rumored couple Ariana Grande and Big Sean were spotted holding hands backstage at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
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Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J kick off the MTV VMAs

Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J kick off the MTV VMAs

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) --The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards kicked off Sunday nigh with an explosive performance by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J.
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Nicki Minaj backup dancer bitten by snake during rehearsals

Nicki Minaj backup dancer bitten by snake during rehearsals

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23 (UPI) --Backup dancer for Nicki Minaj bitten by boa constrictor during rehearsals, has non-life threatening injury.
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Nicki Minaj releases derriere-filled video for 'Anaconda' ft. Drake

Nicki Minaj releases derriere-filled video for 'Anaconda' ft. Drake

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj, and her dancers, show a lot of skin in the music video for her new single "Anaconda."
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Nicki Minaj sued for arriving late to NBA performance, leaving early

Nicki Minaj sued for arriving late to NBA performance, leaving early

NEW YORK, Aug. 14 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj was sued in Manhattan's Supreme Court Wednesday for breaching an agreement with IMP Entertainment in 2011.
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Nicki Minaj explains controversial 'near death' remark from the BET Awards

Nicki Minaj explains controversial 'near death' remark from the BET Awards

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj expanded on her comment that she had a near death experience during an interview for the September issue of The Fader.
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Nicki Minaj delays single release, teases controversial cover

Nicki Minaj delays single release, teases controversial cover

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj took to Instagram Sunday to announce her new her single "Anaconda" would be delayed until next week.
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Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea address their alleged feud

Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea address their alleged feud

NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) --Nicki Minaj says she didn't mean to outright diss Iggy Azalea at the BET Awards, and Azalea claims she's "unbothered" anyway.
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Rap singer Nicki Minaj appears backstage at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 5, 2011. UPI/Jim Ruymen
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Onika Tanya Maraj, better known by her stage name Nicki Minaj (pronounced ), is a Trinidadian hip hop and R&B recording artist and songwriter. She first saw fame when she signed a record deal with Young Money Entertainment and then later Cash Money Records. She has successfully released her first debut album, which charted at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

In August 2009, Minaj signed to Young Money Entertainment with distribution from Universal Motown. In Minaj's early career, she released three mixtapes, Playtime Is Over, Sucka Free, and Beam Me Up Scotty. Minaj was discovered by fellow American rapper Lil Wayne and, after the three mixtapes, Minaj signed a deal with Young Money Entertainment. After signing the deal, Minaj began working on her debut album, titled Pink Friday, which charted at number-two on the US Billboard 200, kept off the top spot by Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Minaj became the first artist ever to have seven songs within the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. Her second single, "Your Love", reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart, making Minaj the first female artist to top the chart unaccompanied since 2002. Minaj became the first female artist to be included on MTV's Annual Hottest MC List One month after the release of Pink Friday, Minaj's album gained a Platinum certification in the United States. Minaj is known for collaborating with numerous artists and guest raps on many popular singles.

Minaj was born in 1984 in Saint James, (a suburb of Trinidad and Tobago's capital city Port of Spain). She celebrated her 26th birthday (December 8, 2010) on December 9, 2010. Her parents were of Indian and Afro-Trinidadian ancestry and she lived in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago with her grandmother until age five, because her parents were looking for a place to live in the Queens borough of New York City at the time. Her mother would occasionally visit, and one day, when Minaj was five, her mother picked her up to move to Queens. According to Minaj, her father drank alcohol, took drugs, and once tried to kill her mother by setting the house on fire.

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