Nicki Minaj has revealed that she almost walked away from being a judge on American Idol, because she felt that America may think that she was too mean. She explained in a media conference call yesterday (March 25th),
"I didn't know what to expect going into the show. I was so nervous. I had a lot of anxiety. I felt like 'Ok, I know everybody's gonna hate me. Oh well!' There were moments in the audition process that I would say to the producers, 'I can't do this anymore because if everyone's gonna give good critique and I'm gonna be the only one being honest, then America's gonna hate me. I'm gonna be seen as mean.' And the producers said, 'Nicki, trust me. America is going to appreciate the honesty. And that's all I had to go on and I came in there everyday and was myself. I can't come up there and pretend. I just can't do it. I can't be someone I'm not, I can't sit there with a phony smile on my face. I just can't do it."
WILL SMITH EXPLAINS WHY HE TURNED DOWN 'DJANGO'
Will Smith has explained why he decided to turn down the lead part of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor said, "Django wasn't the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!" The character that Will was referring to is bounty hunter King Schultz, played by Christoph Waltz.
Will continued, "I was like, 'No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!'" As the result of Will passing on the role, Jamie got the part." He added, "I thought it was brilliant. Just not for me."
Last summer, Will claimed that he passed on the part due to scheduling. He said in a previous interview,"I came really close, it was one of the most amazing screenplays I had ever ever seen. I was in the middle of 'Men In Black 3' and [Tarantino] was ready to go, and I just couldn't sit with him and get through the issues, so I didn't want to hold him up. That thing's going to be ridiculous. It is a genius screenplay."
Beyonce's dad has opened up about parting ways his superstar daughter two years ago. According to The UK Sun, Mathew Knowles said that the split was incredibly painful. He explained, "It was hard for me to let her go - it was hard for both of us to let each other go. And let's be clear on that. She didn't let me go, we both let each other go. That's a big difference."
He continued, "This was not a normal ending of a business agreement. This was a dad and a daughter and it was incredibly painful and it had some difficulties. Normally I hate to talk about anything personal, but it would be a lie if I did not say it has been difficult.
He added, "...I try to always have a positive mind about things and you got to do it the right way."
MATHEW SPEAKS ON BLUE IVY
Mathew also had some things to say about his granddaughter Blue Ivy, saying, "The beauty of being a granddad is you can always give them back. You get to do all the fun stuff and not the harder things."
A$AP Rockyhas opened up about the hip-hop community being homophobic. According to Interview Magazine, the Harlem rapper said, " . . . one big issue in hip-hop is the gay thing. It's 2013, and it's a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It's crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid -- and that's not the case. We've got people like Jay-Z. We've got people like Kanye. We've got people like me. We're all prime examples of people who don't think like that. I treat everybody equal, and so I want to be sure that my listeners and my followers do the same if they're gonna represent me. And if I'm gonna represent them, then I also want to do it in a good way."
He also talked about his fashion sense, saying that growing up in Manhattan helped mold it. He explained, "I came up in a world that was just crazy -- and it was hectic and kind of radical at the same time. For me, growing up in Harlem and then migrating down to SoHo and the lower East Side and chillin' down there and making that my stomping ground . . . That was a big thing, because I'm from Harlem, and downtown is more artsy and also more open-minded. So I got the best of both worlds. It was like being on the streets and then being in school at the same time, and I tried to keep my hands in everything just so I wasn't missing out on any fun. I just always wanted to be knowledgeable of my whereabouts, my surroundings, and what was going on with our generation."
Rihanna's tour bus was stopped once again at the Canadian border on Monday (March 25th). The singer -- who is currently on her Diamonds World tour tweeted, "They held my trucks at the border!!! This is not a good luck for Winnipeg! My stage is in those trucks, disassembled! This means, the entire production could potentially start at a later time," she added. "#staytuned #WINNIPEG #tourlife #DiamondsWorldTour"
Last week RiRi's tour bus was stopped by U.S. Border Patrol when they thought they smelled marijuana. A drug-sniffing dog found a small amount of marijuana on one of the passengers (not Rihanna), and a civil penalty was assessed. The buses were then allowed to continue on their way to the U.S.
It seems that Justin Timberlake's massive promotion of his first album in seven years is working. The 20/20 Experience is expected to debut with close to 1 million in sales on the album chart this week. It is reportedly expected to become the biggest selling album of the year.
Timberlake will reportedly top the Billboard 200 countdown with his first-week of sales. If Justin's album tops a million, he will be only the 19th album to do so.
In other Justin news, it seems that in addition to his massive summer arena tour with Jay-Z -- Justin is intending on promoting the second part of The 20/20 Experience witn a solo tour this fall. According to Justin's manager Johnny Wright, the plans are in the works.
He said, "Yeah. Probably he'll go out sometime in the fall. We haven't routed that yet or figured out what cities we're going to play. I know we'll start in North America first. But again, our focus is getting the album out and getting the Jay/Justin piece done."