Nicki Minaj did everything to make her MTV VMAs performance as racy as possible, but couldn’t get a “mature audiences” rating from the network.

Sources tell us Minaj pushed to get the “TV-MA” rating for her writhing, twerk-filled routine to her song “Anaconda.” The video features the female rapper in a thong, giving Drake a lap dance. But MTV carefully filmed Minaj’s performance on the VMAs – rated TV-14 – with strategic camera angles focusing on her upper body.

The network last year took heat over Miley Cyrus’ raunchy number with Robin Thicke and sources believe the suits took steps to prevent any furor from scolds this year.

“It wasn’t as racy as we were anticipating,” admitted Melissa Henson, director of the Parents Television Council. “What we were expecting to see was what was in the video – a guy up on the stage and her performing lap dances.”

She added, “Her costume was less revealing during the VMAs than it was in the music video. The elements were there, but the most offensive content was edited out. Whether Nicki Minaj had anything to do with that or MTV or network standards and practices, I don’t know, but we were relieved to see that it wasn’t as bad as it might have been.”

But an MTV spokesperson denied there was any conversation between Minaj and the network about racy content for her performance, and Minaj’s rep didn’t get back to us.


METRICO Released on Aug. 5 Developed by Digital Dreams For PlayStation Vita Rated E (Everyone); mild fantasy violence

Every puzzle game walks a fine line between posing a challenge and frustrating players. Metrico, a puzzle game for Sony’s Vita mobile console that’s occasionally a victim of its own novelty, toes this line more delicately than many of its peers.

This is a platform game in the Super Mario Bros. tradition, with a fresh twist on established patterns of running and jumping over things. Playing it gives you the sense that the game’s small indie developer was implored to use every conceivable feature of the Vita hardware. You have to tilt the console at odd angles to solve puzzles, tap the front and back touchscreens to jump and to shoot projectiles in quick succession, and even turn the device’s camera toward different light sources to move platforms late in the game.

It’s not easy to appreciate Metrico, however, because the strangeness of some controls can make otherwise entertaining puzzles unbearably difficult. New ideas may not always sit well at first, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not worth pursuing. Metrico conducts so many wonderful experiments that the final game feels like a treat, even if some puzzles fall flat along the way.

HOHOKUM Released on Aug. 12 Developed by Honeyslug For PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita Rated E (Everyone); fantasy violence and crude humor

Hohokum is one of the strangest video games to come out in a long while. At its core, it’s about touching a world and puzzling out how its elements interact.

You control a kitelike character that can bump or glide into or through inanimate objects and living things, changing colors and making pinging sounds as it does. Everything in the game is shot through with so much charm – from the super-flat art style to the catchy, reactive electronic music – that you’ll find it hard to stop playing.

You’ll sometimes need to ferry Hohokum’s weirdly cute people-creatures on the kite being’s long, undulating back. As they float past symbols, you’ll eventually figure out the item that will need to go inside a particular nook or cranny. Hohokum explains very little, nudging you along to see what transpires. There’s a mysterious brand of cause-and-effect at play – doing Action A to Thing B makes Result C – but its exact nature is intentionally muddy until the epiphanies happen. The opacity results in a blooming sense of discovery and wonder that recalls heartwarming, childlike play.

KIM KARDASHIAN Hollywood Released on June 26 Developed by Glu Games For iOS and Android Rated 12+ (Players 12 and older) for infrequent/mild profanity, crude humor and mature themes

A satire on celebrity culture, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood invites its players to do everything they can in the name of becoming an A-list celebrity. This pursuit includes parties, photo shoots and the latest fashions – all of which sound like fun, except that players’ actions essentially equate to tapping blue bars until they fill up. And this free-to-play game limits how much you can do in a single session without spending real money.

Despite this design, the game is fascinating. It inspires musings on celebrity life and on Ms. Kardashian herself. And it’s easy to get sucked into the drama that comes with the absurd people you meet in your attempt to gain millions of fans. Even Kardashian haters might find themselves sharing screen shots on social media, or at least chuckling at how the game isn’t afraid to poke fun at itself.

ROAD NOT TAKEN Released on Aug. 5 Developed by Spry Fox For PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Mac; Vita forthcoming Rated E (Everyone); no description provided

Road Not Taken is a successful brew of the fairy tale adventure and the deep, deep puzzle game. The combination is as pleasing as it is punishing.

Contextually, Road Not Taken is about a person who lives in a village, makes friends and then heads out into the wilderness year after year to reunite lost children with their mothers. It is a dire, one-move-per-turn game played on a grid, designed for you to step carefully and not fail twice, lest you have to start over.

The game puts your hero on one square on a six-by-eight grid and allows you to do just a few things: move up, down, left, right; pick up almost anything; and hurl the item you picked up as far as it will go in a straight line or carry it at the cost of one digit of life energy for every step you take until you put it down. You’ll carry logs and goats and trees and different-colored spirits. You’ll hurl people to save them.

Crucially, you’ll come across some 200 things in Road Not Taken’s world, and you’ll learn that many of them can be made into other things. There are hidden recipes waiting to be discovered. The game is devilishly tough because little is explained.

Road Not Taken is a strange throwback to the mysteriousness of titles like the first Zelda, yet also a game that can demand concentration while inviting the mobile reflexes of a skilled Bejeweled player.


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Kim Kardashian was double-take sexy on the ‘Today’ show, Aug. 12, when she took to the set in a nude top so body hugging that her nipples appeared. Do you love it or loathe it? Vote below!

Kim Kardashian, 33, wore such a revealing skin-tight nude top, that her nipples were out for the world to see! The body-hugging top was so sheer, it revealed her breasts during her appearance on the Today show on August 12. The stunning Mrs. West, proved once more that she’s one hot momma.

Kim Kardashian’s ‘Today’ Show Outfit

Kim’s stretchy top clung to the outline of her body, like most of her tops, but this one especially seemed more revealing to the naked eye – if you look quick you’d think she wasn’t wearing a shirt. The optical illusion left you thinking her thin gold chain was the only thing she decided to wear on top.

The reality star finished off the look with strap nude heels and an hunter green skirt, with ruching around her hips and waist that hugged her curvaceous lower half. Her tan skinned matched perfectly with her pale pink lipgloss and shimmery eye-shadow.

Mrs. West also went with a sleek pin-straight hair style that draped down her back. Her petite necklace and stud earrings added to her more laid back look.

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Kim Steps Out In NYC Showering Off Her Assests

Kim decided to also expose her assets on August 11, when she stepped out in NYC in a sheer cleavage-revealing black top and tightly hugging skirt that left no room to the imagination.

The mother of one was proud to wear her jaw dropping ensemble as she strolled the streets of Manhattan. She is none to shy about showing off her goods and who can blame her, Kim’s body is rockin’!

So HollywoodLifers, love it or loathe it?

- Brittany King More Kim Kardashian News:

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One Nicki Minaj song replaces another as “Anaconda” overtakes “Bang Bang” on the iTunes single sales chart.
Update 2: Following a brief drop to the #2 slot, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” is back to #1 on the iTunes single sales chart. It overtook Lecrae’s “All I Need is You” late Tuesday morning.

Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” also charged past the Lecrae song, which leaves “All I Need is You” in the #3 position. Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang” is #4.

Update: It turns out there was another song in the mix.

While it seemed like Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” was at constant risk of losing its #1 iTunes spot to either her own (with Jessie J and Ariana Grande) “Bang Bang” or Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” that overview appearance left out another contender.

Lecrae’s “All I Need is You,” that contender, jumped to #1 on the iTunes overall single sales chart Tuesday morning. Included in the “Anomaly” pre-order, the song benefited from an initial spike that is unlikely to be sustained beyond the nearest of futures.

It does, however, mean that “Anaconda” slips, at least temporarily, to #2. “All About That Bass” follows at #3, while Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj are #4 with “Bang Bang.”

Wiz Khalifa’s “Promises” slides in at #5, besting Maroon 5′s #6 “Maps,” Sam Smith’s #7 “Stay With Me,” Alex and Sierra’s #8 “Just Kids,” MAGIC!’s #9 “Rude” and Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ it Down.”

Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” has officially reached the #1 spot on iTunes’ single sales chart.

It accomplished the feat after about 24 hours of availability. “Bang Bang,” which is credited to the superstar collaboration of Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Minaj, slipped to number two to make room for “Anaconda.”

Insofar as “Bang Bang,” “Anaconda” and Meghan Trainor’s #3 “All About That Bass” are all moving at roughly the same pace, it is possible they will play hot potato with the #1 spot over the next few hours.

What will not change, however, is the fact that Minaj’s “Anaconda” did officially get to the top of the chart.

Other Top 10 songs on iTunes include Maroon 5′s “Maps” (#4), MAGIC!’s “Rude” (#5), Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” (#6), Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ it Down” (#7), Sia’s “Chandelier” (#8), Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” (#9) and Becky G’s “Shower” (#10).


(Photo : Twitter/Shailene Woodley) Shailene Woodley has defended “Wrecking Ball” singer Miley Cyrus from concerned parents who usually raise their brows at the sight of the former Disney star’s racy antics, MTV has learned.

Shailene Woodley has defended “Wrecking Ball” singer Miley Cyrus from concerned parents who usually raise their brows at the sight of the former Disney star’s racy antics, MTV has learned.

It’s always nice to hear when a celeb defends a co-celeb, and this time its rising star Shailene Woodley who has come to rescue controversial actress-singer Miley Cyrus from all of her bashers comprising concerned parents for the most part.

The “Fault In Our Stars” actress, who plays cancer-stricken Hazel in the movie, is gracing Vanity Fair’s July issue, and in an interview for the magazine’s cover story, the 22-year-old celeb has strongly defended Miley’s more often than not risqué antics.

“Miley isn’t rude or mean or cruel to anyone in her actions,” Shailene said.

“She just does herself. And regardless of whether you agree with what she’s doing or not, it’s none of your business what she does. She’s not in the world doing mean things,” the “Divergent” star added.

Having known that most of Miley Cyrus’ bashers are concerned parents, Shailene continued by asking, “Why are all these parents or all these people freaking out about Miley being herself?”

“If you don’t want your kids to watch it, you know, you can change that situation at home, but don’t make a big deal of what she’s doing. Make a big deal about the bullies at school who are beating kids up,” Woodley resumed.

In the same interview, Shailene also gave props to Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks, according to Inquisitr.

“Her music has sort of been throughout my entire life. [Fleetwood Mac] was always a part of something I listened to. And I also just love sort of who she is and that there’s no one in the world like Stevie Nicks,” Woodley said.

“She was never the next anything. She was the first and only Stevie Nicks, and she was brave and she was strong, and she was her, no matter what that meant. She was her,” she added.

Shailene isn’t the only one who has been very vocal in defending Miley Cyrus from her bashers.

Country singer and godmother to the former “Hannah Montana” star, Dolly Parton, has also been very expressive in defending Miley.

“She’s a great talent, Miley, who I’ve known ever since she was a tiny little baby,” Parton told BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw recently, as per a Digital Spy report.

“She’s always been smart and quick and she is so gifted and I really, really hope she does great in this world of show business, and I believe she will,” Parton chimed.

“I believe she’s gonna make the right choices, she’s had to go a little drastic now and then just to prove her point, but I’ve got a lot of faith in her and I’m hoping she does great ‘cos she is gifted and special,” the country singer dished. “You know her comedic timing is very good, so she’s got all the goods – I’m just hoping she uses all of it well.”

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Why so serious?!

Brody Jenner’s comments about step-sister, Kim Kardashian, on the latest episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians have certainly caused quite a commotion.

During Sunday night’s show, Brody accidentally walked in on the 33-year-old beauty posing in an impromptu photo shoot with her assistant.

So what was the big deal? Well, the brunette was wearing a see-through white dress that, well, showed off everything!

As soon as Kim spotted Brody coming around the corner she blurted, “Leave!” and immediately covered herself up.

Jenner, who was understandably flustered by the run-in, went to talk to Leah and Brandon Jenner about what had transpired.

WATCH: Brody walks in on Kim’s sexy photo shoot

Leah asked whether or not he was turned on by Kim, to which he playfully replied that he had a “half chub.”

Um, gross?!

But relax, everyone. Brody assures E! News that “it was a joke.”

He adds, “I just wanted to give people a good laugh.”

This isn’t the first time Brody has come under fire for something in connection with his famous sister.

He recently addressed the rumors that he was dissing her by attending Reggie Bush’s wedding last month.

Despite the speculation, there’s no bad blood in the Kardashian-Jenner clan. “Not going to Kim’s wedding was not me trying to diss her and Kanye,” Jenner recently told reporters.

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Rising R&B singer August Alsina has teamed up with Nicki Minaj for a new song. When fans will hear it, though, remains to be seen.

Alsina announced the song over the weekend. He didn’t reveal the title, but he did give away a July 14 release date, which Minaj later contested. “Hmmmmmm my memo said the 15th Augusstttttttt,” she said on Instagram, as in July 15 – yes, today. Just as fans caught wind of the news, however, Minaj said on Twitter that the song may not drop today, but by the end of this week for sure. “prefer to wait on iTunes but…” she said, without adding anything else.

Fans suspect that the two collaborated on a remix of Alsina’s “No Love,” off his debut album Testimony. “No Love” just happens to be the lead single for Def Jam’s forthcoming Love & Hip Hop: Music From The Series soundtrack, out August 19. And as Singersroom notes, the song was to launch to radio on – you guessed it – July 14. For now, hear the VIBE cover star’s original track below.

Get an eyeful of even more pop music coverage, from artist interviews to exclusive performances, on Idolator’s YouTube channel.

The clever appeal of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

There’s a new way to keep up with Kim Kardashian – gaining fame while following her avatar in a virtual, Kim-centric universe on your smartphone. While it makes sense that Kim’s new game is fun and shallow, what comes as a surprise is the response: over 100,000 users have given the app a perfect rating.

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, released last month, has so far been awarded the maximum five-star rating by over 50,000 users each on Apple’s App Store – where the game currently holds the number 4 spot – and on Google Play. In the game’s virtual Hollywood, you too can become an A-list celebrity if you are willing to follow Kim’s advice: pose for some photoshoots, attend a few parties, seduce a couple of other celebs’ boyfriends, and you’ll be well on your way to frolicking with your mentor in Punta Mita, Mexico, a destination available in the app’s updated version. Despite its simplistic and at times unsettling goals – you can gain points and earn money by flirting, as “dating famous people will get you more fans” – the game has proven an instant hit among Kardashian admirers. Players over at Salon and Jezebel have also admitted to having fun while inhabiting Kardashianland, at least for some time. So what, other than perverse curiosity, drives fans (and some foes) to embrace this most recent extension of the Kardashian brand? What is the appeal of keeping up with virtual Kim?

For many users, it’s the same appeal that drives them to keep up with real Kim through her TV show, her blog, her Instagram, and her Twitter: a chance to feel as if they can understand how her glamourous life truly unfolds – and even be a part of it, however superficially. In fact, dozens of smartphone users who gave the (free!) game mediocre ratings explained in their comments that they didn’t dislike the experience, but rather thought the app does not feature enough opportunities to interact with Kim. “The story needs more interaction choices [with her] instead of just yes or no,” one user complained. “I think what I mostly love is the fact that I can talk and be friends with Kim in a virtual level,” wrote another. A third, who explained she had already exhausted the game’s features when it comes to her romantic relationship, wished for the option to get married – “just like Kim.”

“The engagement is a very important factor in the Kardashian brand… fans can think they engage with Kim,” says Amanda Scheiner McClain, assistant professor of communications at Holy Family University and author of Keeping Up the Kardashian Brand: Celebrity, Materialism, and Sexuality. “Without the engagement, you just have your typical celebrity.”

McClain explains that the Kardashians have used their presence on social media and television to “create a coherent brand that is simple and easily understood,” adding that the brand is rooted in the family’s ability to engage audiences across platforms. She notes that all Kardashian products, including Kim’s game, have been adjusted to fit within and extend the brand, yet fans – particularly teenagers – often perceive the Kim on their screens as authentic.

The game itself, however, eventually makes it clear that Kim Kardashian will not be your BFF. Most of the time, while she is off being Kim, you are left to interact with your demanding manager and slightly neurotic publicist, who scold your outfit – which you probably can’t afford to “kustomize” any further – and poke fun at your current job as a salesperson at a local boutique. Whenever Kim does find the time to squeeze you in, you don’t have much choice but to agree with what she is saying, the most common response options involving “Yes!” and “Okay!” Yet you can’t help but feel smug when she tells you that “You look great!,” even if you’re wearing the only dress you could afford to buy with your virtual money.

“Kim represents a mix of approachability and aura – she is both someone like you and someone who is better than you,” McClain says. “There is the ‘Hey, I can tweet at her,’ but also the, ‘Oh my gosh, she is wearing a $5,000 dress.’”

This dichotomy becomes more evident after you advance a few levels, as it turns out that keeping up with virtual Kim requires real money that most players just can’t afford to spend on an app. Money is easy to make on Kim’s territory, as cash explodes all over the screen whenever you sip some champagne on a date or smile with your eyes during a photoshoot. But the sum you earn is too meager to allow you to purchase the game’s more extravagant attire, real estate, or travel options – unless you’re willing to transfer some money from your actual bank account into your fictional one to make in-app purchases. Reality creeps up on your virtual world once again when your landlord reminds you that your rent is due ( too bad if you already spent it on clothes). And as higher levels open up, more desirable items remain beyond your reach – a reviewer complained that many features were still locked even after she had reached a relatively high level. One iPhone user summed up the opinion of most reviewers when she wrote that “Everything. Costs. Too. Much.-it’s almost not even realistic.”

Of course, it’s not supposed to be. In the game, like in real life, there are aspects of Kim’s lifestyle that remain forever elusive to non-Kardashian mortals. It’s the constant give-and-take, striving to emulate Kim while acknowledging that you ultimately can’t, that makes Kim Kardashian: Hollywood – and the wider Kardashian brand – captivating to some, infuriating to others, and irrelevant to most. Her universe excites you – it’s glamorous and sexy! – then undercuts you – but you can’t have it after all. The game isn’t trying to sell a fantasy, but rather the ultimate Kardashian reality – which is that everyone else is inferior to Kim and her krew.

Ultimately, survival in Kim’s Hollywood requires a tacit consent to an unwritten rule: she’ll always be one step ahead of you, or at least a few hundred dollars’ worth of steps. If this sounds frustrating, understand that you won’t make it far in the game – or in Kardashian fandom. Not to worry, though: when you’re having a rough day, you can still make a quick detour into Kardashianland for a quick meta-detour to your birthday bash in Vegas. If you can spare the virtual cash, that is.


“The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different,” she says “Do I look like someone who would throw shade at Iggy?” asks Nicki Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

A few days ago at the BET Awards, Nicki Minaj the award for the Best Female Hip-Hop Artist award for the fifth year in a row and gave a rambling acceptance speech about her career and how she recently thought she was going to die, but declined to elaborate what happened. One might think that would be the part of the speech that drew the attention of the media, but it was actually a segment when she declared her authenticity that people picked up on, believing that she was actually dissing fellow nominee Iggy Azalea.

“I thank god that I’ve been placed in a position to do something and represent women in a culture that is so male-driven,” she said. “But my point is, what I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj is, that when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it.”

All hair-flips and pursed lips, she added, “And no, no, no, no, no shade.” But many people, lovers and haters of Azalea alike, heard it as “yes, yes, yes, yes, yes shade,” thanks in part to persistent rumors that the New Classic rapper relies heavily on others to write her verses. Never mind that many artists in hip-hop and every other genre do this too – the masses were quick to suggest that Nicki’s comment was a pointed barb at Iggy.

Finally hearing of the non-troversy, Minaj took to Twitter today to refute the claims, beginning by saying, “The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us!” In a subsequent series of posts, she said, “I believe we’re smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. I’ve been saying this for 5 YEARS. I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation. I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness…. Did she read minds? It’s the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know she’s a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more. I’ve congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud. That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.”

After that, someone tweeted some slightly risqué photos of her, Beyoncé, and Rihanna with the hashtag #nippletrinity, which has seemingly grabbed her attention since. Now we must wonder what Iggy’s exclusion from that group means.