Collaborating with Rihanna would be ‘incredible,’ guys tell MTV News.
By Jocelyn Vena
In addition to girls all across America, the fivesome of One Direction are also winning the hearts of some of Hollywood’s most A-list starlets and singers, who have been tweeting and talking about — and dancing to — the boy band now that they are keeping everyone Up All Night with their sunny pop tunes.
At the Kids’ Choice Awards in March, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez were all spotted in the audience boogying to the band’s single “What Makes You Beautiful.”
When MTV News caught up with the fellas, they opened up about all the famous-female attention they’ve been receiving lately. “How cool was that?” Louis Tomlinson said of the KCA love.
“ really exciting, I suppose,” Liam Payne added. “And even following Katy Perry on the stage as well was a big thing for us. It’s just amazing to be in the same room as these sort of people, for us to just come over from England and just be involved.”
With so much love from celebrity fans, the guys are also feeling love for the ladies and appreciate the support they’ve been sending their way. Harry Styles explained, “I feel good. I think the people who were getting involved are all great performers, so for them to enjoy our performance was nice. … Katy Perry was there, Selena Gomez. There was Ashley Tisdale. Taylor Swift was dancing as well.”
As for which of those ladies would top their list of possible future collaborations, they said working with Perry or Rihanna would be “cool” and “incredible.”
While they didn’t mention working with Gomez in the future, One Direction had been rumored to be working with her beau, Justin Bieber, but they’ve since shot down talk that a duet is in the works.
“We actually went down to the studio to listen to some of Justin Bieber’s tracks,” Payne explained. “He invited us down, and we had a good listen, but there’s no real collaboration or anything.”
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‘I know I’m always gonna be street, because I can’t pretend to be street,’ Nicki tells MTV News.
By Rob Markman
Nicki Minaj has come a long way since her mixtape days in Queens, New York, but the Young Money star hasn’t forgotten where she came from.
In her “Beez in the Trap” video, Nicki the Ninja ditched male alter ego Roman and proved she was all woman as she danced on the video’s strip-club set. “I love my ‘Beez in the Trap’ video. This is my ‘hood video, obviously,” she told MTV News last week after she threw a surprise performance in Times Square.
Since her pop success, Nicki has heard all the whispers and criticisms that she may have forgotten her Queens roots. It’s all pretty laughable to rap’s reigning queen. On “Moment 4 Life,” she vowed to never forget her humble beginnings when she spit: ” ‘Cause I’m still hood, Hollywood couldn’t change me.”
“What can I say? I don’t know what I gotta do anymore. I don’t know what I can possibly do. What I gotta do? Go and rob a bank?” Nicki asked with a chuckle.
No matter her success on the pop charts, Nicki still considers herself hip-hop. On her recently released Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, Ms. Minaj mixed her creative raps with crossover sounds on songs like the RedOne-produced “Starships” and the kinetic “Pound the Alarm.” She’ll never forget her roots, though. “I’m still me, hip-hop culture is still in my heart,” she said. “That can never leave me.
“I know I’m always gonna be street, because I can’t pretend to be street. It’s a lot of people walking around here pretending to be that, but I ain’t gonna call nobody out right now.”
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Album is on pace to suffer an 88 percent drop in week two on Billboard charts.
By Gil Kaufman
Though final figures will not be available until Wednesday morning, on Tuesday (April 10), Forbes reported that the “Girl Gone Wild” singer was on pace to put up the biggest second-week sales drop in chart history.
Reporter Roger Friedman wrote that he was told that after debuting at #1 on sales of 359,000 copies in its first week, MDNA is on pace to tumble 88 percent to around 46,000 copies for the week ending Sunday. The piece even calls into question whether Madonna truly topped the charts in the first place, noting that “most” of the first-week sales were for albums included in the sale of tickets to the star’s upcoming tour. “That promotion artificially inflated Madonna’s numbers, putting her first before Lionel Richie and his Tuskegee album,” Friedman claimed.
“I do think that all the people involved in the Madonna ticket-CD deal should apologize to Richie for denying him his rightful place at number 1,” he wrote. Madonna has done some high-profile promotion of the album, including playing the Super Bowl halftime show, a pop-in at the recent Ultra Music Festival in Miami, a Facebook interview and Twitter Q&A, but the combination of lukewarm reviews and two singles that failed to gain traction may have done the album in.
If the numbers hold, Madonna’s drop will outpace one of her biggest acolytes, Lady Gaga, who suffered an 84 percent dip in week two for Born This Way. (That album’s sales were goosed by a discount 99-cent sale in its first week.) Then again, Gaga moved more than 1.1 million copies in her bow.
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