■ In a new interview with Vlad TV, Tupac’s brother Mopreme Shakur says Janet Jackson requested Pac get an AIDS test before participating in their kissing scene in Poetic Justice movie. He also admits the late rapper hooked up with Madonna back in the day, saying:
“[Madonna and Tupac] were a thing for a minute,” he said. “They were kicking it. I don’t think it was super serious, gonna get married or some shit. You know how those entertainment relationships go. They both respected each other, so it ended cool.” [Billboard]
■ The Weeknd’s “Can’t Feel My Face” topped the Billboard Hot 100 finally. It spent three weeks at No. 2, but it finally replaced OMI’s “Cheerleader” which now slides to No. 2. Making their chart debut is One Direction with “Drag Me Down” at No. 3, marking the Hot 100’s highest debut of 2015 and the group’s best sales week of its career.
“It’s so hard to imagine that we’ve come this far, but it seems all the hard work has paid off,” Weeknd tells Billboard. “I’m excited for the world to hear the full body of work and experience the vision. It’s an honor to be a part of such a great team like Republic Records and to collaborate and learn from such a seasoned producer [and writer] like Max Martin. [Billboard]
■ Iggy Azalea humps the air during her cover of “Freak You” by Silk on an upcoming episode of Lip Sync Battle.
■ Tori Kelly did a cover of Bad Blood featuring YouTube star Miranda Sings:
■ Preview dumblonde’s brand-new self-titled album right now. They’ll preview tracks from the LP at their very first show at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Cop your tickets here. Oh, and try not to bust out a dance during “You Got Me.”
■ Major Lazer, DJ Snake and MØ dropped by Good Morning America for a performance of “Lean On.”
■ Nathan Sykes premiered the music video for his “Kiss Me Quick (Jump Smokers Remix).”
■ Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan use a karaoke app named Sing! to tackle Derulo’s “Want To Want Me.”
■ Nicki Minaj is NOT pregnant despite saying “baby father” to Meek Mill at her concert over the weekend. Sigh.
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■ Tyga premiered his new music video for “Don’t C Me Comin” featuring A.E..
■ Years & Years‘ iconic “King” track sees a remix from Russian DJ Arty. [Billboard]
■ Grammy Award Winning and producer/writer, Josh Stevens (Calvin Harris, Jennifer Lopez), released his new single titled “Hill Top” featuring Spencer Ludwig:
■ And finally, Ed Sheeran and Nicole Scherzinger are reportedly an item. [DailyTelegraph]