Christina Perri dazzles in Nashville

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I had the joy of seeing singer/songwriter, Christina Perri, last night for the first time!

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I bought my ticket a while back for this show at Nashville’s own Cannery Ballroom because I had never seen Christina on tour before, and had always wanted to! I’m a big fan of her powerful songwriting and the inner-strength she shows in the delivery of her lyrics! 😀

My friend Heidi accompanied me to the show and of course we took a selfie…

That’s a good one 🙂

Christina Perri is 27 years old and hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania!

Most people remember her for her debut single “Jar of Hearts” after it was featured on my favorite talent show: “So You Think You Can Dance” in 2010…

 

“Jar of Hearts” went on to sell over 3 million copies in the US & became a global hit!

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A few months later, Miss Perri released her first EP: The Ocean Way Sessions

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When “Jar of Hearts” gained global attention, Christina was approached by record labels and she ended up signing a record deal with Atlantic Records!

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Then on May 10, 2011, Christina released her debut album “Lovestrong”

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My favorite song from that album besides “Jar of Hearts” is “Arms”:

 

That song is just so pleasant and adorable 😀

Then in 2012, she wrote & recorded “A Thousand Years” for the movie: “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”. That song was a game-changer for me! It is so beautiful and such a well-written love song! Not to mention…perfect for Twilight!

See the beautiful music video here:

I love all the candles so so sooooo much!!!

That gorgeous song went on to sell over 4 million copies in the US (certified 4× platinum).

Christina’s second EP, A Very Merry Perri Christmas, was released in October 2012:

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I love every song on this EP so much 😀 #ChristmasSpirit

This tour is known as “Head Or Heart” & is in support of Christina’s incredible followup to her debut album: “Head or Heart” which was released on April 1, 2014!

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The debut single “Human” was released on November 18, 2013:

 

Last night, Christina showcased the opening act “Birdy” who turned out to be another female singer/songwriter.

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A nice photo I took of Birdy from last night

It wasn’t until Christina told us “Can you believe she’s only 17?!” that I realized she was! I had no idea Birdy was that young when she was onstage! HAHA

Birdy focused on beautiful vocals and catchy melody loops for days! 😀

She was very delightful and I knew that I knew her name because of her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” when she performed it last night 🙂

Her cover is so beautiful:

 

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This was one of the earliest shows I’ve been to in awhile!! The show started right on time with Birdy at 7:30 (that rhymed hahaha) and Birdy was done and flew backstage by 8 pm!

Then there was a 33 minute intermission and Christina came on stage at 8:33 pm 😀

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 That picture made my day…maybe even my year! #Beautiful

And here’s the Very Perri setlist from our friends at: http://www.setlist.fm/

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The songs were breathtaking! I was definitely reminded that:

A) I should listen to her music more

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B) I need to listen to singer/songwriters more in general!!!

What I can tell you about Christina is that she is way more amazing than what I realized! She sang incredibly the whole night and to my delight…she was VERY talkative to the audience!! She even told us in the beginning that she would try to stop being goofy, but my friend & I were like “No! No!” hahaha 😀

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Butterfly was breathtaking with the introduction: “This is about an a**hole” HAHA!

We heard favorites like “Arms” & the captivating “A Thousand Years” as well as a crazy cover song I’ve never heard played out…”Lollipop” by The Chordettes!

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Then Christina sang “Human” and hit a note that was just one of the most beautiful things that I’ve ever heard! It was incredible!

Check out that performance here (the note starts at 2:58):

 

Then she sang a song called “I Believe” and said it was her favorite part of the show! 😀 She divided the crowd in a way I had never seen done before! HAHA She divided the front section into section A, the middle into section B, and the last section into section C.

Section A (my section) was to sing “This is not the end of me. This is the beginning.” Section B was to sing “Hold On.” And finally, Section C was to sing “I am still alive.”

Here’s that performance from last night:

 

So we sang all of those parts and then kept singing them while Christina and the band went offstage! We sang that for a minute before they came back on! HAHA

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Then Christina came back and sang her adorable acoustic song “Penguin” while telling the crowd that if you brought anyone special…this is the time to makeout! HAHAHA She’s such a goofball and I just love her goofiness!

Then Christina sang “Jar of Hearts” flawlessly, which was what she described as “the song that changed my life” 😀

Overall the show was delightful and featured some incredible vocal talent! I’m not sure at precisely what point of the show it was, but Christina told us that she had a lot of trouble trying to become an artist in the beginning due to fear! She told us that she was afraid at first to release her music and she thought that her songs were “diary songs” and nobody would want to hear them!

*Boy was she wrong!* 🙂

Thanks for reading and check out some of my best photos from the show:

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Jessie J is working on her third album!

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Jessie J is one of my all-time favorite female singers & is currently busy in the studio!!!

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There are so many videos on Jessie’s Instagram from the studio…18 to be exact!

Check out all 18 videos here: http://instagram.com/isthatjessiej

Then there were a few amazing tweets:

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So it’s safe to say that Jessie is getting down to business and preparing to grace the world with another collection of amazing music! 😀

I’m excited to hear new music from Jessie even though I just got her 2nd album!

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Christmas came late last year, but Jessie still gave me the best 17 song present to celebrate the holiday season!

Alive has not been released in the US yet…I repeat…Jessie’s J’s second album is not available in the United States of America! 😦

I didn’t fly out of the country…even though it was tempting to do so! Instead, I let my friends at Amazon.com send me an Import from Thailand! 😀

The album is incredible and I have no idea why Jessie’s label is holding “Alive” back from being released in the US. They say they want to throw US producers on it to make it more friendly to the domestic market, but c’mon! This album is PURE PLATINUM! 🙂

Here is the official tracklist:

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I know I said 17 songs which is true because I have the Deluxe version! 😀

My favorite songs are Thunder, Square One, Breathe, Harder We Fall, Wild, Gold, Alive, and the power-ballad: I Miss Her. There are so many stand-out songs!!!

Check out the song/music video for “Thunder”:

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I really want to play “I Miss Her” for you too…

 

That song is so crazy! WHAT a voice! #Powerhouse

I first heard of Jessie J from my dad! Yes…my dad! LOL

My dad was watching Saturday Night Live one night and he called me into the room and said “Hey Stell, there’s this girl performing on Saturday Night Live. Her name is Jessie J. Have you heard of her?” And I said “Uhhmmm. No!”

So that was my introduction to Jessie which is quite special really! 😀 After that SNL performance, I got intrigued about who in the world Jessie J was since I had never heard of her before.

And then “Price Tag” happened:

That song features the rapper B.o.B and made her famous in the US!

Just so you know…Jessie J’s real life name is Jessica Cornish and she’s only 26 years old 🙂 She was born in Chadwell Heath (East London) and raised in London, England.

I had to get her second album right away…even if I had to import it…because I was dying for new music from Jessie since her first album “Who You Are” was released in 2011.

jessie-j-who-you-areJessie was the queen of “lip art” in promotion for her debut album!

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Jessie is a real talent and showcased that in the song “Big White Room”:

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I really need to see Jessie J on tour considering I’ve never seen her before! #Soon

I’m happy to see a truly phenomenal songstress back in the studio! 😀 #jessiealbum3

Check out this wonderful live performance & import your own copy of “Alive”!!!

The Veronicas sign deal/new album coming!

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I just about had a heart attack when I read the news about The Veronicas! They are one of the best duos that I know and one of my favorite bands!

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The news just broke early this morning that the sister-act will release a third studio album later this year, through their new global deal with Sony Music Entertainment!

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Lisa & Jess formed the Veronicas in their hometown of Brisbane, Australia back in 1999! Here we are 15 years later with only two full length albums 😦 #Sadness

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“The Secret Life of…” (Oct 18th, 2005) & “Hook Me Up” (Oct 30th, 2007)

I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer because to be completely honest…the news of their new global record label deal & an album that is seriously coming out this year made me fist pump like a young, agile Tiger in the Woods!

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The Veronicas have amazing voices, music, and harmonies you guys!!! I reallyyyyyy encourage you to check out their previous music and get your winning red polo-shirt on (like Tiger Woods) when the album comes out! 😀

I was lucky enough to see The Veronicas open for The Jonas Brothers back in the day and I also saw them on their solo tour at my favorite concert venue besides The Ryman:

St. Petersburg, Florida’s very own State Theatre

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A quick photo from the show & that gorgeous place I love! #Shoutout2State

I met The Veronicas that night as part of a formal meet & greet with my best friend Christina and my mom! They were so kind and they loved my mom! HAHA They were like our best friends by the time we left!!!

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My mom with Lisa (black hair) & Jess / With her autographed t-shirt 😀

That show was May 1st, 2009 so I haven’t seen them in almost 5 years! 😦 The show was the day after my birthday and they even signed something for me with the message “Happy Birthday”

So now you know who to celebrate on Wednesday 😉 hahahaha

My favorite twins are considered to be as famous as Paris Hilton in their homeland of Australia! #Impressive

If you don’t know their music…I recommend listening to the songs that they are most-known for…”4ever” and “Untouched”:

 

Untouched is easily one of the best songs ever written and has sold more than 1.7 million downloads worldwide!!!

The Veronicas released a new sound in the single “Lolita” on July 27th, 2012:

 

That song is very, very amazing!

I do love me some Warner Music artists, but I am happy to see Sony Music step up to the plate and make something happen! #GoSonyGo

I am soooooo excited for a new album from The Veronicas since I’ve been waiting 6 years, 5 months, 29 days since Hook Me Up came out! 😦

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I will say that you have to see their version of “Burning Up”:

 

My mom and I have watched that video easily 100 times! #BestCoverSongEver

“Later this year” is the word on when the album will be released and trust me Lisa & Jess…

WE CAN’T WAIT!!! 😀

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Discover: G.R.L.

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Here at Music Row Girl, I am Pro-Girl Groups and this new one is noteworthy!

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G.R.L. (left to right): Lauren, Natasha, Simone, Paula, & Emmalyn

G.R.L. was formed by Robin Antin in February 2013.

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Robin, or as I like to call her: the Fairy Godmother of girl groups, was the lady responsible for forming The Pussycat Dolls, Girlicious, and The Paradiso Girls.

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The Pussycat Dolls (original members), Girlicious, & The Paradiso Girls

What I thought was originally cool about G.R.L. is that I feel like I already know them kind of…well at least 2 of them!

G.R.L. features 2 girls that I’ve known from former exposure to the music industry’s limelight. The 5 member girl group features Lauren Bennett (a former member of The Paradiso Girls) and Simone Battle (who almost got to the Top 12 on the US version of Simon Cowell’s The X Factor).

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Although being a member of two girl groups isn’t all that Lauren Bennett is known for…she was also the girl featured in “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO!!!

I will insert that song here, because I’m sure you’ve never heard it! 😉

EVERYDAY I’M SHUF-FULL-IN!

As for the other 3 G.R.L. members, I can tell you that Paula was on Season 6 of So You Think You Can Dance, she danced in the movie Burlesque alongside Christina Aguilera & Cher, and she was in the re-formed version of The Pussycat Dolls.

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Paula on SYTCD, on the Burlesque set, and now: still rocking the short hair 🙂

Emmalyn Estrada is a Canadian pop singer of Filipino descent which is a pretty amazing thing! 🙂 And she can do “Cups” which I highly respect…

I’ve never heard or seen “Knife song” and that made me squirm! OMG

And last, but not least: Natasha Slayton began dancing at age four, studied piano and music theory at eight, and starting writing songs at nine! She began acting professionally at age 9 too and appeared in several TV shows including playing William H. Macy’s daughter on the animated show The Lion Hearts! She also took up guitar at 13 and performed her own soulful, acoustic songs at live music venues around L.A., including The Troubadour and The Knitting Factory! Gosh! Talk about talented!!!

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The ever-talented Natasha then & now 😀

So there is a fair share of talent in the group and it sure seems like Robin Antin chose the right girls for the job!

On June 16th: G.R.L. released their debut single “Vacation”:

I want to high five the person who made them sing “new” like that! LOL 🙂

You’ve got to love the video considering there is a stack of multicolored pancakes and an appearance from Paul DiGiovanni of my beloved boy band Boys Like Girls. If you have the chance to see them…RUN don’t WALK! They played my favorite show so far in Nashville, and in this town: that’s saying A LOT! 😉

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“Vacation” was included on the soundtrack for the animated movie The Smurfs 2 so congratulations girls!! It also goes down in history as the “first material” AKA first song released by G.R.L.

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The girls have confirmed that they are working with superstar producers: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut, Darkchild, and Lukas Hilbert, for their debut album which is set to release sometime in 2014!

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Left to right: Dr. Luke, Max Martin, Cirkut, Darkchild, & Lukas Hilbert

On January 28th it was announced on G.R.L.’s Facebook page that “Show Me What You Got” will be included on the 49th volume of the Now That’s What I Call Music! 🙂

G.R.L. are featured on Pitbull’s new single, “Wild Wild Love” too:

Pitbull is so lovable! My goodness, I love that guy! HAHA 😀

On March 14, the girls performed at the iTunes Festival at SXSW, and opened for the incredible DJ Zedd and their new friend Pitbull.

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At the festival, G.R.L. performed the songs “Girls Are Always Right”, “Show Me What You Got”, “Vacation”, “Rewind”, and “Ugly Heart”. Then they returned to the stage to join Pitbull for “Wild Wild Love” 🙂

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The girls went to see fellow Smurfs 2 soundtrack girl, Britney Spears, in Las Vegas last night and even had a performance of their own at the Flamingo!!!

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“Had wayyyyyy too much fun today performing at @flamingovegas”

Check out their official website: http://www.grlmusic.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GRL

Twitter: https://twitter.com/grl

Instagram: http://instagram.com/grl

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCftbXyY6prFBA92vlXdWDpw

I hope their album comes out soon because I can hardly wait!!! 😀

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Thirty Seconds To Mars “Artifact” Documentary

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Thirty Second To Mars frontman Jared Leto is going to come clean to us tonight…

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Thirty Seconds To Mars (left to right): Tomo Miličević, Jared Leto, & Shannon Leto

I totally just realized that Shannon is the older brother of Jared! OMG! #NeverKnew 😀

Tonight (4/26/14) marks the premiere of the Thirty Seconds To Mars documentary “Artifact” on Palladia & VH1!!!

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The add for the documentary on http://www.palladia.tv/ with Jared relaxing on a dock 🙂

30STM’s lead singer Jared Leto is a now considered to be a “free agent” and he just recently won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club!

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Oscar winners for Dallas Buyers Club: Matthew McConaughey & Jared Leto

That golden statue proved to the world that Jared was a legit actor, yet I already knew that long ago when I saw him play Mark Chapman in Chapter 27!

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Jared gained 67 lbs to play John Lennon’s murderer (opposite Lindsay Lohan)

Mr. Leto’s band has recently parted ways with Virgin Records/EMI after a rough track record together! Leto has confirmed a 30 million dollar lawsuit!

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All the other crazy details will be divulged in their documentary “Artifact” that airs at 11 pm eastern on VH1 & Palladia TONIGHT!!!

Thirty Seconds To Mars’ album “This Is War” that was released in 2010. Their contract with Virgin & EMI was fulfilled with their newest album “Love Lust Faith + Dreams” that was released in 2013.

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This Is War and Love Lust Faith + Dreams

Leto said in a recent phone interview with Billboard: “We’re free and clear and excited about the future. It’s the most wonderful place to be.”

If Jared Leto wasn’t talented enough already…he directed the documentary too!!! 😀

There are appearances in this film from industry heavy-hitters like Irving Azoff (their manager), Ian Rogers (Beats Music CEO), and Bob Lefsetz (Music Journalist).

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Left to right: Irving Azoff, Ian Rogers, & Bob Lefsetz

The band was more than $2 million in debt as they began making the album “This Is War,” and the movie documents their attempt to exit their 9-year-old contract with EMI!

Quite an interesting documentary indeed if you ask me!

Jared claims: “Artifact is not anti-record label, it’s anti-greed. It’s about artists examining the difficulty between the conflict of art and commerce, how corruption can kill dreams.”

This movie seems like it will bring a lot more attention to the band…as if they need it though! They are on tour now through September and they have already set the Guiness World Record for “most live shows played in support of one album” 😀

300 shows and counting!!!!!

This song from MTV Unplugged will show you the talent that is Jared Leto:

Exactly! HAHA 😀

Make sure to tune in tonight to “Artifact” and check out the trailer here:

Drake + Lint Roller = social media frenzy

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I saw this story yesterday after writing a post about Nicki Minaj and I can’t stop laughing!

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That is Drake. And that is a lint roller.

YMCMB (Lil Wayne’s record label) rapper, Drake, was seen using a lint roller “court-side” at a Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets game on Tuesday night and he singlehandedly set social media ablaze!!! 😀

It happened to be so convenient that the cameras caught him taking out a lint roller and doing work on his pants! HAHA Good job to the camera man who filmed it!!! 🙂

Check out the man in the gray hoodie behind the Air Canada logo on the court:

Isn’t it priceless?!

My family had a thing for lint rollers a few years ago when we had a short-haired white cat that shed on every piece of clothing that we owned! We had to lint roll things all the time and we easily had 2 rollers in every room of the house and 12 in the hall closet!

So I’m no stranger to lint rollers at all! 😉

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Now Mr. Champagne Papi (best nickname ever) was not ashamed of his LR!

He posted it to his Instagram with the caption: “Lint rollers on deck”

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Drake is seen going at it with the roller in the right corner hahahaha 🙂

I’m just so blown away at the media attention that this has caused and also the amount of gifs AKA motion images that I use here frequently on Music Row Girl!

Check them out:

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At Obama’s second inauguration with Beyoncé singing! HAHA

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On 50 Cent’s shoulder when he cursed out a critic of his! 😀

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Watching over Rihanna…like usual 😉 hahahaha

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At the Outkast reunion at Coachella 2014! 😀

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And in the latest Hunger Games saga “Game of Thrones”

In addition to those gifs…these pictures make me SO HAPPY:

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So there you have it! The lint roller is officially trending thanks to Drake!

If you’re sitting here like…who is Drake and what does he sing? Let me just tell you that he rarely sings and mostly raps! 😀 Not to mention, he is one of the most amazing rappers on the planet!

Grab your lint roller and roll while you watch this (skip to 0:30):

Nicki Minaj adds actress to her list

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Nicki Minaj is one of my favorite people & my favorite rapper in the game of Hip Hop!

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Now miss Minaj comes from very humble beginnings as a girl born and raised Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago.

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It’s that teeny tiny island above Venezuela!

Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj and she decided to use Nicki Minaj as her stage name.

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Nicki was born December 8, 1982 and is currently 31 years young 🙂

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The queen of wigs has gone natural!

I just read a couple days ago / watched an interview where Nicki says that she knew she was going to go back to her natural hair eventually and I guess we can say she’s very grown up! No more wig-a-palooza for Miss Minaj! 😉

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Rainbow wig (my fave), Leopard Poof, Blonde & Green split personalities, & Golden Girl

But if she sells her incredible unicorn headpiece from Va Va Voom…I’ll be the top bidder!

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That thing is so incredible! I’ve had my eye on it! LOL 😉

Nicki lived in a broken home from a young age…mother was a career woman, father was an alcoholic/drug addict…and found herself living with her grandmother at age 5! 😦

Nicki has stated that her upbringing lacked discipline, and caused her to “seek out and practice self-discipline”…which is definitely the best idea a young girl could have in that situation 😀

Despite her difficult upbringing, Nicki Minaj has rose to stardom as Lil Wayne’s pride and joy! She’s of course signed to his label Young Money Cash Money Baby (YMCMB) alongside superstar rapper from Toronto, Drake!

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From left: Drake, Nicki Minaj & their daddy Lil Wayne 😀

Nicki is known to be a singer, rapper, dancer, former American Idol judge, diva, fashionista, and a girl that will put her name on anything because people will buy it all day long!

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And she even has her own clothing line at Kmart:

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Nicki is the first female rapper to ever have an empire…Lil Kim, stop talking. #YouAreIrrelevant

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Now Nicki is expanding her empire even more to include acting in her repertoire!!! Nicki Minaj is a very theatrical performer if you know her as enough as I do. She’s very much an actress in her own right so I see that it’s only fitting for her to act on the big screen!!!

I’ve heard the buzz and seen promos that Nicki will star in a film opposite Cameron Diaz!!!

The movie is called “The Other Woman” and here’s an interview with our It Girl…

 

She’s so lovable…like a puppy! HAHA 😀

Here’s a teaser clip that was posted on YouTube:


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The movie stars Leslie Mann and Kate Upton too!!!

Congratulations Nicki! Can’t wait to see the movie that comes out TOMORROW, 4/25!!!

Here’s the trailer for the movie and everyone go see this one for Nicki 🙂