Madonna has cemented her position as the Queen of Pop after she was named the all-time top female artist in the 60-year history of the Billboard Hot 100. The Vogue hitmaker has racked up 57 entries and 12 number ones on the pop chart, while she also holds the record for the most top 10 mentions among all acts with 38. Interestingly, the Billboard countdown was first published on 4 August, 1958 - just 12 days before Madonna was born. She will celebrate her 60th birthday on 16 August (18). She tops Mariah Carey, who takes second place among the top-performing female solo artists with 18 Hot 100 chart-toppers - the most for any solo act - while she also boasts the most cumulative weeks in first place of any act with 79. Rounding out the top five are Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Rihanna, who made her chart debut in 2005 and already has the third-best track record when it comes to Hot 100 number ones with 14. Olivia Newton-John, Aretha Franklin, pop rivals Taylor Swift and Katy Perry, and Diana Ross complete the top 10. The list of the all-time top female artists on the Hot 100 emerges shortly after Elton John was named the most successful male solo act with nine number ones, 27 top 10s, and a total of 67 entries, according to Billboard. He beat Elvis Presley and Stevie Wonder to pole position, while Michael Jackson, and Paul McCartney also scored spots in the top five, with Usher, Prince, Rod Stewart, Drake, and Marvin Gaye making up the rest of the top 10.
Justin Bieber is reportedly planning a lavish wedding for him and fiance Hailey Baldwin. The couple got engaged while they holidayed in Barbados earlier this month (Jul18), and the singer took to Instagram two days later to officially announce he was marrying the model. Though it's still very early days in their engagement, a source has alleged that the Sorry hitmaker is already making preparations for the big day. "Originally, Justin wanted an intimate wedding like his dad had earlier this year, but now he's in two minds - part of him would like to go all-out and give Hailey a day fit for a princess," they told Britain's Heat magazine. "He's talking about hiring a huge estate for about 500 guests and having her dad (actor Stephen Baldwin) officiate. Hailey's just happy they're engaged and is going with the flow, but Justin's drawing up guest lists and auditioning wedding planners online as he wants it to happen ASAP." The source added that the Grammy winner wants to host the "wedding of the year" fit for "Hollywood royalty." In his engagement reveal, Justin insisted his 21-year-old bride-to-be is the "love of my life", and jeweller Jack Solow, whom sold Justin the engagement ring rumoured to be worth $500,000 (£380,000), recently recalled the moment the 24-year-old realised he had found the perfect diamond for her. "I showed him all the details and all the intricacies like I would give any other 25-year-old (sic) boy who would come to the office to buy an engagement ring," he told the publication. "He seemed really excited. He was looking inside the diamond with the loupe (magnifying glass), and said, 'I think I see Hailey's face.'" The fashion star's aunt, Kim Basinger, has claimed that Hailey's 25-year-old sister Alaia and 22-year-old cousin Ireland will both be bridesmaids on the day.
As if the first wave of VMA performers wasn’t thrilling enough, another superstar has been added to the lineup: Kendrick Lamar. Lamar, who leads the field of nominees with eight nods, will perform at the star-studded event along with Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, Lorde, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and the show’s host, Katy Perry. The DAMN. rapper is nominated for some of the evening’s most coveted prizes, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year for “HUMBLE" Lamar’s can’t-miss performance at the August 27 show will mark just his second VMA appearance. In case you forgot, he previously performed alongside 2 Chainz, Miley Cyrus, and Robin Thicke during that opening number at the 2013 VMAs in Brooklyn. He’s clearly come so far.
Nicki Minaj has broken her silence following a Friday night (07Sep18) scuffle with rap rival Cardi B. The two MCs clashed at a star-studded Harper's Bazaar party for New York Fashion Week after Cardi accused the Super Bass hitmaker of disrespecting her and her baby daughter, Kulture. At one point, Cardi lunged and reportedly threw a shoe at Minaj, but Nicki declined to press charges and she addressed the drama on her Apple Music Queen Radio show on Beats 1 on Monday, revealing she still felt "humiliated" about their headline-grabbing encounter. "The other night I was a part of something so mortifying, so humiliating to go through in front of upper echelon people - it's not about black or white - people who have their lives together," she said. "I was mortified... I could not believe how humiliated I felt... how we - and I use the term 'we' loosely - made ourselves look." Taking aim at reports suggesting she poked fun at her rival's baby, Nicki added, "I would never discuss anyone's child. "It's so sad for someone to pin that on me. I would never talk about anyone's child or parenting, I don't give a s**t... You know I didn't say or never did talk about anyone's child... I am not a clown, that's clown s**t." Minaj insists she didn't retaliate after Cardi's shoe came flying at her because, "I'm such an ill n**ga, I didn't feel the need to defend myself that night." Security staff at the party escorted a shoeless Cardi out of the venue. The Bodak Yellow star has since confirmed it was a comment Nicki allegedly made about her baby that upset her: "I've let a lot of s**t slide!" she wrote on Sunday (09Sep18) via Instagram. "I let you sneak diss me, I let you lie on me, I let you attempt to stop my bags (money), f**k up the way I eat! "You've threaten other artists in the industry, told them if they work with me you'll stop f**kin with them (sic)!! I let you talk big s**t about me!! I addressed you once in person, I addressed you a second time in person, and every time you copped the plea!! "But when you mention my child, you choose to make comments about me as a mother, make comments about my abilities to take care of my daughter is when all bets are f**kin off!! I've worked to hard and come too far to let anybody f**k with my success (sic)!!!!" Cardi previously played down reports of a nasty feud between herself and Nicki, but confessed the two had "issues".