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Nigerian author Chinua Achebe dead at 82 ... Bon Jovi discusses daughter's heroin use ... Harper to guest star on 'Hot in Cleveland' ... Paul Jolley booted from American 'Idol ... News from United Press International.
Paul Jolley booted from American 'Idol;' 8 contestants remain

Paul Jolley booted from American 'Idol;' 8 contestants remain

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- Paul Jolley, a 23-year-old Tennessee native, has been eliminated from Season 12 of "American Idol" in Los Angeles.

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Country singer Jack Greene dead at 83 ... Curtis Finch Jr., first Top 10 contestant, eliminated from 'Idol' ... Howard Stern says he's not interested in 'Late Night' gig ... TV's Jillian Barberie Reynolds to divorce Grant Reynolds ... News from United Press International.
Curtis Finch Jr., first Top 10 contestant, eliminated from 'Idol'

Curtis Finch Jr., first Top 10 contestant, eliminated from 'Idol'

LOS ANGELES, March 15 (UPI) -- Curtis Finch Jr. was the first Top 10 contender eliminated from "American Idol" in Season 12.

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Jackman addresses gay rumors ... Injured Lady Gaga cancels rest of concert tour; will undergo surgery ... Paperback editions of 'Harry Potter' books will feature new cover art ... 'Thrift Shop' No. 1 on U.S. record chart for fourth week ... News from United Press International.
'Thrift Shop' No. 1 on U.S. record chart for fourth week

'Thrift Shop' No. 1 on U.S. record chart for fourth week

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a fourth week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

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'Thrift Shop' tops U.S. record chart for a third week

'Thrift Shop' tops U.S. record chart for a third week

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a third week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

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'Bodies' warms up weekend box office ... Idol's Iraq story was 'all lies' ... Directors guild honors Ben Affleck ... Celebrities in New Orleans for Super Bowl ... News from United Press International.

Idol's Iraq story was 'all lies'

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- "American Idol" season 12 contestant Matthew Farmer said he lied about receiving a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq.

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Dan Marino fathered girl during 2004 extramarital affair ... Porn star Ron Jeremy undergoes two operations to treat aneurysm ... 'How I Met Your Mother' renewed for a ninth and final season ... Macklemore and Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' tops U.S. record chart ... News from United Press International.
Macklemore and Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' tops U.S. record chart

Macklemore and Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' tops U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a second week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

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'Crazy Love' film subject Linda Pugach dead at 75 ... Country singer Chely Wright pregnant with identical twins ... Cyclist Lance Armstrong turns down 'DWTS' ... 'Thrift Shop' is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart ... News from United Press International.
'Thrift Shop' is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart

'Thrift Shop' is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

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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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