Nicki Minaj is following Mariah Carey out the door on “American Idol.”
The hip-hop diva posted Thursday on Twitter that it was “time to focus on the music,” just a few hours after Carey announced she wasn’t coming back to the Fox talent competition so that she could focus on her upcoming tour.
Minaj and Carey became new judges on “Idol” this season, along with country singer Keith Urban. Minaj and Carey frequently bickered on the show, creating a feud that was uncomfortable for both viewers and contestants.
Randy Jackson, the show’s lone remaining original judge, announced earlier this month that he was leaving the show ahead of its 12th season finale, which crowned booming R&B vocalist Candice Glover as the latest “Idol.”
Hollywood actor Danny Glover has made an appearance at a union protest in downtown Johannesburg.
Glover, also a labor rights activist, is in South Africa as part of a trade union delegation from the United States that seeks international support for auto workers in Canton, Mississippi. The workers want to form a union at an auto manufacturing plant operated by Japanese company Nissan in Canton.
On Thursday, Glover attended protests by South Africa’s Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union that drew hundreds of protesters. They want police officials to improve administrative staff pay and work conditions.
When Elvis Costello and The Roots teamed up for a new album, they knew their pairing was unlikely and unconventional, so they secretly recorded music without the approval of their record labels.
“Sometimes if you ... get the record company involved, then people have ambition rather than starting to play, so we started to play,” Costello said in a recent interview.
“We did it without a label or deadline pressure,” said Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson as he sat next to Costello. “This absolutely was a passion project.”
Bette Midler is box office gold — her one-woman Broadway show has recouped its $2.4 million investment in just over eight weeks.
On Broadway for the first time in 30 years, Midler is playing the wondrously snooty super talent agent in “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers.”
The show didn’t get a single Tony nomination but has been a tough ticket, pulling in $808,816 last week with only seven shows at full capacity.