Iggy Azalea has scored another chart record in the U.S. by becoming the first female rapper to land six weeks at number one with the same tune.
The Fancy hitmaker became the first act to score a one-two punch at the top of the countdown with her chart debuts, and now she's the Billboard Hot 100's queen of rap.
She passes Lil' Kim, who spent five weeks at number one with the all-star collaboration Lady Marmalade in 2001.
Meanwhile, MAGIC!'s Rude rises a spot to two on the new chart, swapping places with Ariana Grande's Problem, which features Azalea, and pop duo Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong stays put at four. Sam Smith rounds out the new top five with Stay With Me.
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian has urged fellow celebrities to give up a boycott of the Dorchester Collection hotel chain as she fears staff will suffer during the protest. Kanye West's new wife has switched sides in the Hollywood-fuelled debate, in which stars have refused to stay in or visit the hotels since the owner - Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah - adopted a harsh Sharia Law penal code calling for homosexuality to be punishable by death in his home country.
Kardashian originally planned to host her bridal shower at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California earlier this year (14), but joined stars including Sharon Osbourne and Ellen DeGeneres in boycotting the venue and moved the pre-wedding party to the nearby Peninsula Hotel. However, in an entry posted on her blog on Monday (23Jun14), Kardashian now encourages her fans and fellow celebrities to call off the boycott.
She writes, "My best friend Allison and I wanted to take our babies out to lunch a few days ago... We were planning on taking them to the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is where we always go because they respect not having any paparazzi drive onto their property, but I reminded Allison that my bridal shower was moved from that hotel due to the actions of the Sultan of Brunei. "Allison shared with me her view on the situation and we 100 per cent agree that the actions and law enforcements of the Sultan are completely against everything we believe in." She continues, "However, I started to realise that maybe boycotting the hotel isn't the best solution either. For a sultan that has 20 billion dollars, this loss of business doesn't even make a dent in his fortunes. But the hotel staff are being negatively affected every day with the boycott that has gone on for weeks now... "We shouldn't punish the amazing hard-working people who have been so good to us for years!... "There must be other ways to express our views without punishing the workers, some who I know personally have families at home and depend on the city's business and tips to survive... "The unjust treatment and violation of rights of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community around the world is never justified and I will continue to proudly support the LGBT community in every way imaginable. I do believe though that instead of this boycott, there has to be another solution. "I hope we can come together and stand up for our beliefs while still making sure good people aren't wrongfully hurt in the process. Boycotting the hotel won't affect the sultan, just our dear friends who work there."
Kanye West has moved to clear up reports suggesting he is feuding with Annie Leibovitz after the fashion photographer pulled out of plans to shoot the rapper's official wedding snaps with Kim Kardashian. The Stronger hitmaker appeared to take aim at Leibovitz while speaking at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity conference in France on Tuesday (17Jun14) after revealing she had cancelled on the couple on the eve of its big day in Italy last month (May14).
A representative for the snapper subsequently insisted Leibovitz had never been confirmed for the gig, although she was "disappointed it didn't happen".
Now the pair has issued a lengthy joint statement to news outlets to silence any suggestion of a fall out.
In the press release, a spokesperson for West claims his comments have been "taken out of context and sensationalized", adding, "Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding, he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way.
"Kanye and Annie's representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding."
The statement continued, "Annie Leibovitz - the legendary photographer responsible for Kim and Kanye's recent Vogue cover - is not known to shoot weddings. But Kanye West dreams big. He loves and respects Annie as a true artist and wanted to bring her eye for beauty to the imagery of the event."
We've been getting little peeks at Ciara's newborn baby since his birth a few weeks back, and today she reveals the baby behind all those shoes. Here's our first official look at Future Zahir:
She also shared one other photo for Father's Day with the following caption: "From The Moment Baby Future Arrived, He Was Holding Your Hand So Tight, He Knew You Were Dad. Seeing That Melted My Heart... When I Look At Him, I See You Shining Through, And That's One Of The Most Beautiful Things Ever! You Are Truly One Of The Realist, Most Caring, Hard Working, Loving Dads In The World, and I'm So Proud Of You.I Love You. Happy Fathers Day @Future."
Well, he's got some stiff competition in North West, but this may very well be the fanciest baby on the planet. All that leather? And it's probably Givenchy? It's nice to meet Mr. Baby Future. We're assuming he takes a little caviar with his bottles.
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Kim Kardashian currently holds the record for the most "liked" Instagram photo of all time. That picture of her sharing her first kiss with new husband Kanye West sent the internet into a frenzy, but this new photo is a winner too. After weeks and weeks of specualtion, Kim finally revealed this photo of baby North West in her Givenchy dress at the wedding:
The blushing bride captioned the photo with, "My everything."
Right now the photo has over 1.3 million "likes." The famous wedding photo has 2.8 million, so there's quite a ways to go. But those super-mushy baby cheeks deserve all the "likes" in the world. Seriously. All of them.
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Kanye West gave his new wife Kim Kardashian a semi-naked portrait of herself as a wedding present. The showbiz couple married in Florence, Italy on 24 May (14), and now it has emerged the rapper commissioned a special painting of his bride, dressed in nothing but a G-string and high-heeled shoes, by street artist Bambi as a special gift.
The portrait is titled Perfect B**ch and shows Kardashian squatting in a provocative pose.
Bambi's agent and manager Leonard Villa reveals the rapper asked for "something regal but typically Kim", telling Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, "This has been done on metal and just completed in time for the couple's return (from honeymoon). It was a recent commission and Bambi has turned it around in three weeks. The request came through an agent and the fee is in five figures... So far it's a one-off..."
"Everyone please say a prayer for my family. Sarah Porter, the grandmother of my children and the mother of (ex-fiancee Kim Porter) has passed on. She was the nicest person I have ever met, had a heart of gold, and truly a great grandmother... and mom..." Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs mourns the death of his four kids' maternal grandmother. The loss is the second tragedy to hit the star in as many weeks - his beloved dog Honey died earlier this month (Apr14).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filled — and I mean jam-packed — with genre-bending, action-heavy, sportily tense and relentlessly sinuous, sky-high-concept and maniacally bonkers stuff. Polygonal mayhem that aims, and impressively so, to top the Marvel lot in ideas, deconstructing every thriller staple from government corruption to talking computers to odd couple agents gone rogue. But oddly enough, the moment in the Cap sequel that I find most arresting several weeks after seeing the film is our peaceful reunion with Steve Rogers, trotting merrily around the Washington Monument as the sun rises on our nation's capital.
The scene is shot from far overhead, a low pulse/high spirits Chris Evans reduced to a shapeless blur as he repeatedly (but politely!) laps fellow jogger and veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie)... and yet it might be the closest we feel to Cap throughout the movie.
The Winter Soldier has a lot to worry about in the delivery of its content. Managing a plot as ambitious and multifaceted as its own, with themes as grand as the scope of the American mentality — as represented by Steve Rogers, raised in the good old days of gee-golly-jingoism — it doesn't always have the faculties to devote to humanizing its central troupe. Cap isn't left hollow, but his battles with the dark cloud of contemporary skepticism play more like an intriguing Socratic discussion than an emotional arc. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, a character who ran circles around her Avengers co-players in flavor, feels a bit shortchanged in that department here (in her closest thing to a starring role yet, no less).
Mackie's Falcon, a regular joe who is roped into the calamity thanks largely to his willingness to chat with a fellow runner — a rare skill, honestly — is less of a problem. He doesn't have much to do, but he does it all well enough. Dynamic though he may be, Mackie keeps things bridled as Cap's ad-hoc sidekick, playing up the along-for-the-ride shtick rather than going full (or even half) superhero. We might want more from him, knowing just how fun he can be, but it's a sating dose. The real hunger is for more in the way of Black Widow, Cap, and — perhaps most of all — the titular villain.
Still, these palpable holes pierce through a film that gets plenty right. As elegantly as Joe Johnston did the Spielberg thing back in 2011, Joe and Anthony Russo take on the ballots of post-innocence. They aren't afraid to get wild and weird, taking The Winter Soldier through valleys that feel unprecedented in superhero cinema. We're grateful for the invention here — for Robert Redford's buttoned-up Tom Clancy villain, for the directors' aggressive tunneling through a wide underworld of subterranean corruption, and especially for one scene in an army bunker that amounts to the most charmingly bats**t crazy reveal in any Marvel movie yet. We might be most grateful, though, for a new take on Nick Fury; here, the franchise gives Samuel L. Jackson his best material by a mile.
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But in the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece... which, justly or otherwise, is what we've come to expect and demand from these things.
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Kim Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner has turned to police for help amid reports suggesting she has become the target of an extortion plot over a non-existent sex tape. The reality TV matriarch claims she has been bombarded with up to 300 phone calls, voice mails and text messages every day for the past few weeks from a person who claims to have obtained explicit footage of Jenner engaged in a steamy romp.
The mystery caller has allegedly demanded the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star pay up in a bid to keep the tape under wraps, prompting Jenner to call in the cops.
Officers from Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department paid a visit to the family home on Tuesday (25Mar14) to take down details about the incidents for a police report, according to TMZ.com.
Jenner is adamant the sex tape does not exist, despite previously confessing to once filming herself and her estranged husband, former Olympian Bruce Jenner, making love early on in their relationship.
The couple separated last year (13) after 22 years of marraige.
Expectant pop star Ciara celebrated the impending birth of her first child with a baby shower in Los Angeles on Saturday (22Mar14). The singer proved she was still very much pregnant following false reports suggesting she had gone into labour earlier this month (Mar14) by joining a number of famous friends, including reality TV stars Kim Kardashian and LaLa Anthony, for the party at a friend's home in the city.
Kardashian posted a number of pictures from the animal-themed shower on her Instagram.com page, adding in one of the captions, "Celebrating Ciara's baby shower today... mommy memories."
Ciara is set to welcome her first child with her rapper fiance Future in the next few weeks.
Her singer pal Monica was unable to attend the baby shower but sent her love to Ciara in a post on Instagram, writing, "@ciara #ThinkingOfU #BothOfU (sic) I love u guys to the moon and back!! There will be many special moments and I don't want to miss any of them... Hugs & Kisses to u & my new #BabyBoo #AuntieMoLovesU #PlentyPlaymatesWaitingOnU LOL (laugh out loud) (sic)".