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Eminem Drops Surprise Album; Internet Loses Its Mind

Guess who’s back. Back Again. Shady’s back.

Tell … well, actually you don’t need to tell anyone, because apparently, every single person on Twitter found out about Eminem’s new album while you were sleeping last night.

Yes, just four months after the release of his twelfth release, Revival, Eminem is back with another full-length album.

The rapper announced the surprise project at midnight on Friday with a tweet reading simply:

“Tried not 2 overthink this 1… enjoy.”

And with that Kamikaze was released unto the world, and the reaction from fans to everything from the album’s Beastie Boys-inspired cover art to its byzantine wordplay has been downright rapturous.

The 13-track collection comes on the heels of the prolific period in Eminem’s career.

He first announced his return to the hip-hop scene back in … with a blistering freestyle attacking Donald Trump that debuted at the BET Awards.

On Kamikaze, Em addresses the controversy over those verses and reveals that he was the subject of a Secret Sewrvice investigation:

“Sent the Secret Service to meet in person / To see if I really think of hurtin’ him / Or ask if I’m linked to terrorists,” he raps at tone point.

While Mr. Mathers was brutal in his initial assessment of Trump supporters, he now says he’s more likely to view them as victims, rather than villains:

“I empathize with the people this evil serpent sold the dream to that he’s deserted,” he raps.

Other targets who incur Em’s famous wrath over the course of the album include various “Lil” rappers (Xan, Pump, Yachty, et. al.) 

The legendary emcee really brings the knives out when addressing feuds with Tyler, the Creator, Machine Gun Kelly and Joe Budden.

“I see why you called yourself a faggot, bitch,” Em says of Tyler, a line that’s sure to attract some serious criticism.

Elsewhere on the album, Slim Shady admits that he was unhappy with the lukewarm critical reception that greeted his last album.

Many fans see this new release as a sort of do-over, an attempt to make things right with fans who may have been disappointed by Revival.

Whatever the case, Em has proven that he’s still one of the most dynamic forces in hip-hop, becoming a worldwide trending topic on Twitter just minutes after releasing his latest.

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Nicki Minaj Shades Travis Scott, Says Kylie Jenner Made His Album #1

Last week, after Kylie announced that she was taking Stormi on tour with her baby daddy, Travis Scott’s album reached #1 on Billboard.

Which means that Astroworld is #1 the same week as the debut of Nicki Minaj’s new album, Queen.

Nicki went on a Twitter rant, blaming this on Kylie’s promotion — and on a plot by Spotify to “teach her a lesson.”

“I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album,” Nicki lamented in her first of several tweets.

Her album debuted, she writes, “only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi.”

While that wasn’t quite what she said, we did note last week that plenty of fans are likely to hope to get a glimpse of Kylie and her baby at Travis’ shows.

“lol,” Nicki continues. “Im actually laughing. #Queen broke the record of being number 1 in 86 countries.”

Nicki concludes that tweet with: “Thank Jesus & thank you to my fans.”

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“Travis sold over 50K of these,” Nicki writes in her next tweet, with an accompanying image, as you will see in a moment.

Nicki notes that Travis did this “with no requirement of redeeming the album! With no dates for a tour, etc.”

What’s more is that the queen of rap says that Travis himself knows that his position on the charts is overblown.

“I spoke to him,” Nicki claims. “He knows he doesn’t have the #1 album this week.”

Imagine what that alleged conversation must have been like!

“I love my fans for the #1 album in AMERICA!” Nicki writes, before teasing: “I’ll explain on #QueenRadio 4 albums in, #1 in 86 countries”

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Speaking of Queen Radio, Nicki has a major bone to pick with Spotify.

“Spotify put drake’s face on every playlist,” Nicki laments. “But told me they’d have to teach me a lesson for playing my music 10 mins early on #QueenRadio.”

Streaming platforms love their exclusivity.

Nicki says that they are doing this “even tho they’ve been giving away my music for free for years & I am one of the top Spotify artists of all time.”

“Spotify had to teach me a lesson,” Nicki accuses. “But rewarded the man who has had an Apple radio show the longest; inadvertently helping the Apple platform the most.”

“Oh I can’t wait for #QueenRadio on Tuesday,” Nicki says. “They took away my promotion they had promised for the 1st cpl days b/c of this. #Queen”

A number of fans suggested that Nicki’s label should be standing up for her with Spotify.

Nicki replied that her label has more to lose than she does.

“My label didn’t want to defend me,” Nicki explains. “For fear of Spotify trying to teach Ariana a ‘lesson’ too!”

Oh no! Ariana’s new album, Sweetener, just came out last week. It’s not her best album, but it’s still good, and “Goodnight n Go” is such a gift.

It sounds like Nicki suspects that Spotify would hold their ability to penalize other artists over the head of any record label.

Despite all of that, Nicki suggests that there are no real hard feelings.

“People are calling me thinking I’m huffing & puffing,” Nicki tweets. “Omg y’all this is sarcasm/dry humor. Yikes. I’m having the most iconNIC time.”

That sounds like a very different tone than than her earlier tweets.

“Come let me kiss you,” Nicki adds. “Who’s coming to the secret show? When people call me & hear me crackin up laughing they seem so puzzled. Loosen up.”

It is difficult to tell how much of that is just bravado. Perhaps she will reveal more on Tuesday.

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Nicki Minaj Slams Kylie Jenner & Stormi for Fueling Travis Scott’s Album to #1

Nicki Minaj is going nuclear, blaming Kylie Jenner and her daughter Stormi for Travis Scott’s victory over her on the charts. Nicki is furious because she believed she would soar to the top of the Billboard Chart with her new album, “Queen” … but…

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Selena Gomez Teases “Very Honest” New Album!

Selena Gomez is so much more than the queen of Instagram

In the video that we have included with this post, Selena confirms that her new album is in the works, though it's not quite finished yet.

She even teases some details about her new songs. This is, if you'll pardon our pun, music to the ears of fans.

Across multiple videos on Instagram, including some guest appearances with friends, Selena confirmed that she's working on a new album.

This will be a follow-up to Revival, which debuted in 2015.

Selena teases a few details about the nature of the album.

"It’s very honest," Selena says. "But playful."

"And," Selena continues. "I felt like creatively it is in a really great direction,”

Selena discusses the inspiration for this album.

“I just wanted it to feel like what is going on in my head," she admits.

"Which," Selena admits. "Was a lot."

Revival came on the heels of her revelation that she had been undergoing chemo as part of her battle with Lupus.

Since then, Selena has undergone a life-saving kidney transplant.

We imagine that she has no shortage of personal inspiration for her music. For many artists, art is how they process and cope.

As you will see in the video that we have included, Selena's friend shoots down her efforts to reveal more about the album.

The friend even refuses to name a track from it, despite Selena's emphatic permission to do so.

"I’m just so anxious because I want to play my music,” Selena admits.

Selenators, of course, are also very eager to hear it.

Selena tells her fans and followers: “I can’t wait for you guys to hear it."

She is usure of how to describe some of her music without revealing too much.

Her friend Raquelle says: "I like the fun ones that we can dance to."

Plenty of Selenators agree, but you don't need to have listened to Selena's new, unfinishe album to know that. That describes a lot of good music that Selena has produced over the years.

"I’m just anticipating like what," Selena says. "I don’t know what people are going to think."

"Like," Selena says, voicing her concerns. "Do you think they are going to think it is the same thing?"

That anxiety sounds very normal for any artist.

Obviously, we're all incredibly pumped about Ariana Grande's Sweetener dropping on Thursday night.

But contrary to what some hardcore fans — both Selenators and Arianators — seem to believe, it is possible and even ideal to enjoy music by both artists.

Selena has dropped a couple of singles since Revival, but as much as we enjoy "Wolves," having a whole album to consume will be a lot of fun.

Selena, who just turned 26 in July, has produced some bops over the years — from "Naturally" to "Stars Dance" to "Kill 'Em With Kindness."

We can barely contain our excitement for whatever she comes up with next.

Selena is one of the most talented singers in human history.

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Youngest Duggar Daughters Drop Debut Album!

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar became famous for raising a staggeringly large family.

Yet ironically, these days, it seems like half of their children have been shoved away from the spotlight.

We suppose that’s a natural consequence of life in such a massive family.

With the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle’s offspring getting married and popping out babies like there’s no tomorrow, it’s only natural that some of their younger siblings would get short shrift in terms of screen time.

Fortunately, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie have their sights set on something bigger than reality TV stardom.

Or at least something that could prove to be equally lucrative.

Along with their cousin — Josh Duggar’s daughter Mackynzie —  youngest of the Duggar daughters have released their first album as vocal group The Duggar Girls.

“We are SO excited to announce Happy Heart CD!” the Duggars wrote on their Facebook page.

“The younger girls have worked so hard on this and we love the results! We pray that it would encourage and bless you!”

While it would be incredible if The Duggar Girls turned out to be a rugged hip-hop crew, and the Happy Heart CD were a collection of speaker-rattling trap bangers, it seems the family has sadly chosen a much more traditional route.

The 10-track album consists of nine religious ditties and — for some reason — a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which you can hear Josie belting out in the clip above.

As The Ashley’s Reality Roundup reports, the Duggars have adopted an interesting strategy for marketing the younger members of the clan.

Perhaps fearing that they’ve oversaturated the market with pious young ladies, Jim Bob and Michelle have assured fans that they need not concern themselves with devoting extra brain space to new Duggar personalities, as the youngest daughters are just 2.0 versions of their older sisters.

“We’ve always said that the four youngest Duggar girls’ personalities are like the four oldest girls on repeat,” they wrote on The Duggar Girls’ official website.

“Everyone has a twin. Jana/Johannah, Jill/Jennifer, Jinger/Jordyn, and Jessa/Josie.”

Of course, this isn’t the first collaborative project among Duggar siblings.

Back in 2013, the eldest four sisters released a memoir called Growing Up Duggar.

And now, their youngest sisters — who have similar names and copycat personalities — are releasing an album, and if you think that’s slightly creepy … well, you’re right, but you’re also not in the Duggars’ target audience, so they probably don’t care. 

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Travis Scott: Did He Delete a Transgender Model From His Album Art?

Travis Scott’s new album, Astroworld, came out on Friday. With it, of course, came the album art.

But the final album cover seemed to have erased a transgender model who appeared in an earlier version.

This has left a number of fans wondering if Travis Scott has a problem with the transgender community. If so … yikes.

Reports say that Travis Scott is planning to propose to Kylie very soon.

Whether or not that’s true, he probably wants to maintain a close relationship with her family.

That would include her father, Caitlyn Jenner, who is the most famous trans woman on the planet. 

So why, some wonder, does the final version of his Astroworld album art seem to have conveniently excluded transgender model and performance artist Amanda Lepore?

Here is the version that Travis shared with the world.

That’s quite the image, depicting some sort of naughty erotic amusement park that might perhaps be entered through Travis’ own mouth.

It’s odd and salacious, but perhaps no one would have ever known that anyone was missing had Amanda Lepore not shared it herself.

“It was great being part of @david_lachapelle’s incredible photograph of @travisscott’s albulm cover,” Amanda wrote on Instagram.

“But,” Amanda continues. “I’m curious why I’m not on the picture @travisscott posted.”

Along with her comments, she included a look at the original.

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We’re not going to make you spot the difference — if you see her, off to the left, she’s just about mooning the camera. But not in the version that Travis shared.

“A girl can’t help it!” Amanda writes. “Too distracting for the eyes!”

Her theory, which she shares in the captions, is that she must have “upstaged everyone in the photograph!”

“Oh well………..” she writes to show that there is no ill will, adding: “I love @david_lachapelle and @travisscott! Love and kisses”

But what’s the real story?

A number of people, including celebrities within the LGBTQ+ community, were shocked and saddened to see that Amanda had been excluded.

Some commenters came right out and suggested that perhaps Travis Scott had personally ordered that Amanda be scrubbed from the image.

Honestly, that’s a major assumption — especially knowing that many artists may have their album art changed without their knowledge.

Fortunately, the photographer himself came forward to explain what had happened.

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“Amanda was taken out because she just upstaged everyone,” Dave LaChapelle writes, adding: “Lol.”

LaChapelle continued, affirming Amanda’s value as a model and performance artist.

“She is in my books and my heart,” LaChapelle writes. “She knows the T.”

T is a slang expression for truth, one particularly common within the LGBTQ+ community and also within African American Vernacular English.

LaChepelle was dismissive of accusations of bigotry.

“Everybody wants to explain everything with some phobia or whatever,” LaChapelle writes under another comment.

LaChapelle adds: “Ain’t notihing to do with hating.”

In fact, TMZ reports that Travis Scott didn’t delete Amanda from his cover. In fact, he apparently didn’t even know about the earlier version.

Sometimes artistic choices can accidentally look really positive or really negative when they’re just based upon the aesthetic of a photograph.

So, is this likely to get Travis in trouble with Caitlyn?

Probably not, actually.

For one thing, Cait may have caused trouble for the Kardashians, but Kylie is her youngest. We don’t know how willing she would be to stir thet pot.

But beyond that, Amanda Lepore is a performance artist. Amanda’s look is about more than just gender expression — it’s art in and of itself.

That’s a little different than the vast majority of transgender folks. Some have suggested that Cait wouldn’t race to defend Amanda’s honor because Amanda is outside of the mainstream.

But we can’t speak to Caitlyn Jenner’s thoughts or feelings on the matter until she actually comments. If she even chooses to do so.

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