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Nicki Minaj Is the queen of rap’s crown fading? She canceled her entire tour

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Nicki Minaj Is the queen of rap’s crown fading? She canceled her entire tour:

Nicki Minaj and Future have canceled the entire North American leg of their joint tour.

The rapper has apologized saying she “simply doesn’t have the time to rehearse… to give the level of a show I need to give”.

But there are unconfirmed reports of low ticket sales.

In a video, she said she was “working tirelessly to give you the best show of my life. I really apologize but it’ll be worth it”.

The tour was due to start in September but other legs – including Europe and Australia – will go ahead as advertised and she’s rescheduling the US dates for May 2019, but with no specifics.

It caps an eventful couple of weeks for Nicki, in which her album release campaign was fuelled by various head-to-heads and controversy.

Is the queen of rap’s crown fading?

Nicki v Travis Scott & Stormi

Both Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj performed at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

Both Travis Scott and Nicki Minaj performed at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards

Nicki’s fourth studio album, Queen, failed to top the US Billboard 200 on its week of release – despite strong sales.

Reviews were also favorable, with aggregator site Metacritic scoring 70 so far.

So while definitely not a flop, it was beaten by Travis Scott’s Astroworld, which was already in its second week of release.

For all the hype, the delays, the promo, and the buzz about Queen, it was likely Nicki was expecting a number one album.

As a result, she claimed that Travis Scott and girlfriend Kylie Jenner were using their baby Stormi to help promote Astroworld (more on that below).

She also criticised Travis’ marketing tactics, which involved selling “bundles” to fans including merchandise and discounts on live shows.

Following her tweets, the rapper repeated her criticism on her Apple Beats radio show – although using far more colorful language.

She went on to talk about the Kardashian-Jenner clan saying: “I love Kylie, I love Kim. I actually love all of them.

“I know that you guys are saying me and baby Stormi has beef. Yes, we do.”

We don’t know if Nicki holds Stormi personally responsible for her failure to get to number one. No response from Stormi so far.

Nicki Minaj, Kylie Jenner, and Travis Scott all went to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards too. They were apparently due to sit near each other until Kylie and Travis swapped seats.

Nicki v Spotify

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She also directed criticism at Spotify, alleging they didn’t promote her new material as much as she had expected or wanted.

She claimed the streaming service was “teaching her a lesson” for playing her music 10 minutes prior to its release on (Apple Music’s) Queen Radio.

The streaming service responded with a statement: “Spotify supported Nicki Minaj with a Times Square billboard, a host of the largest playlists – new music Friday and the new music release shelf.

“Her song Bed actually saw an increase based on the promotions put behind the campaign. The company continues to be big fans of Nicki.”

Nicki v the fan

Before the release of Queen, there was the DM apparently sent by Nicki to music journalist – and Nicki Minaj fan – Wanna Thompson.

She’d criticised the rapper which provoked a backlash from other fans and apparently even the rapper herself.

Wanna Thompson was abused by Nicki Minaj's #Barbz after saying the rapper should write more mature lyrics

Nicki Minaj v fan

Nicki Minaj v fan

“It was a bit heartbreaking in a weird way,” Wanna told Newsbeat.

“I memorized a lot of Nicki’s stuff so it was heartbreaking to see someone you actually like do that to you on a personal level. It was weird.”

Newsbeat contacted Nicki Minaj’s record label but had no response.

Is the crown fading?

Is the crown fading

Is the crown fading

It seems lazy to compare the two, but in the past year, Cardi B has definitely put a dent in Nicki Minaj’s crown.

Cardi’s Bodak Yellow topped the Billboard Hot 100, something Nicki has – so far – never managed to achieve.

That’s not to take away from Nicki’s immense talent, her musical relevance and her status as a world-class artist.

But you could argue that her recent singles have failed to make as big an impact as earlier mega-hits like Anaconda and Starships.

Obviously, it’s brilliant for music fans to have a wider selection of female rappers making it big, but when you’ve dominated for so long, no-one likes being nudged off their perch.

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Johnny Cash wife: Who was Johnny Cash’s first wife? When did he marry June Carter?

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Johnny Cash’s music is iconic in the country and folk worlds. Along with his wife, June Carter, he made some incredible music, as well as on his own. Before June became his wife, however, Johnny was married to someone else, with whom he had children.

Who was Johnny Cash’s first wife?

Johnny Cash’s first wife was called Vivian Liberto, and their meeting was rather adorable.

According to Robert Hilburn’s 2013 biography Johnny Cash: The Life, Johnny and Vivian met in July 1951, when he and a friend in the Air Force stopped by a local skating rink.

He saw Vivian and, in the biography, is said to have described her as “the prettiest girl he had ever seen.”

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After his return from abroad, Johnny and Vivian married on August 7, 1954, at St. Ann Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, despite Johnny being a protestant.

However, their relationship was not to continue in such harmonious terms.

In 1961 the family moved to California, however, this and Johnny’s career started to cause the family unit to break down.

Despite this, the couple had four daughters: Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, but divorced in 1966 after 12 years of marriage.

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Vivian eventually filed for divorce in 1966, claiming Johnny’s constant tour, drug and alcohol abuse and run-ins with the law were behind their split, and she gained full custody of the children.

While this has not been suggested as the reason for their divorce, Johnny had, sometime before, met his long-term love, June Carter.

While married to Vivian, Johnny met June backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, in 1955.

They started touring together with Johnny as a solo artist while June was part of The Carter Family in the early 1960s, and became very close.

On February 22, 1968, which was 13 years after they met and two years after his marriage split, Johnny proposed during a live performance in Ontario.

The couple married on March 1, 1968, in Kentucky, and had their only child together, John, on March 3, 1970.

Johnny also became step-father to June’s daughters from her first two marriages, Carlene and Rosie, who lived with the family.

The couple continued to work and tour together for years, right up until June’s death in May 2003.

Johnny died four months later in September 2003.

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‘Elvis left me for Priscilla’ says girlfriend Anita Wood ‘but he wanted us BOTH’

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Elvis started dating Anita in 1957, when she was a rising Hollywood starlet. A year later, things were going strong and she wanted to go with him or at least visit when he started his two-year military service in Germany. Elvis’s Machiavellian manager Colonel Parker blocked her attempts, believing it was better to leave his heartthrob client appearing less tied down to his adoring fans. The irony is, of course, that the singer met 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu in Germany instead. 

Wood became aware of the rumours surrounding Elvis’ relationship with the teenager who he met just weeks before he was due to return to the US in 1960. Press and fan groups had already started to refer to Priscilla as Elvis’ ‘sweetheart’. 

When he came home, she found a letter from Priscilla begging Elvis to convince her father to let her visit. Wood confronted her boyfriend, but he said it was just a friendship and implored her not to say anything which could potentially ruin his career and reputation.

This went on for two years, with Priscilla sending Elvis letter in bright pink envelopes, but it wasn’t until 1962 that Wood realised Elvis had actually seen her rival. He had flown Priscilla tpo America, promising her parents he would not take her out of Memohis, but instead whirling them away on a romantic trip to Las Vegas.  

READ MORE: Elvis and Priscilla: Sex games, role play, threesomes and polaroids

One evening at home, Wood overheard a conversation between the star and his father, Joe.

Wood recalled: “When I was coming down the back stairs into the kitchen, I heard Elvis say’, I’m having the hardest time making up my mind between the two.'”

Devastated, she marched into the room and forced Elvis to admit what was going on.

Elvis took me into the dining room and his dad was sitting at the table. And we sat down at the table and I said’, I’m gonna make that decision for you, I heard what you said and I’m leaving’.

And I remember that I started crying, it was a very difficult decision to make. I must say that was probably the most difficult decision that I’ve ever made in my life.

Wood described the emotional scene: “When I left, I knew there would be no going back. I would never have come back, never.

“So anyway, I said, ‘I’m leaving’, and I called Andy, my brother, to come pick me up and we sat there and talked a little bit longer. Nobody could eat, there was food, but nobody could eat.”

Anita had become very close to Elvis’ family over the years, often staying at Graceland while Elvis was away and even his father hoped this wasn’t the end.

Wood added: “I remember Mr. Presley said’, Well if you must leave Anita, ya’ know, maybe you’ll meet again. There are people that sometimes separate and they get back together, and you’ll get back together again’.”

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Wood, however, knew she woudln’t be back: “I said, ‘I don’t know, I’m not planning on it’. And I was crying and Elvis was crying.

“And he just said, ‘I pray to God that I’m doing the right thing by letting you go’. And I said, ‘You can’t keep me from going, I’m going’.

“I mean I was really upset, I was mad, I was hurt and he wasn’t going to have to make that decision.

“So my brother came and we got some things that I had there and we left, and I never went back again as his girlfriend.”

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Ozzy Osbourne marriage: How long have Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne been married?

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Ozzy began his relationship with Sharon, his then-manager, and the couple married in 1982, the same year his divorce from Thelma was finalised.

Sharon and Ozzy have three children together: Aimee, born September 2, 1983; Kelly, born October 27, 1984; and Jack, born November 8, 1985.

As a result, the couple have been married for 38 years in total, though it has not been an easy ride.

Ozzy has had his problems with alcohol and drugs in the past and in 1989 he was arrested for attempted murder, which Sharon described in The Guardian.

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