Nicki Minaj on the red carpet before her surprise Times Square performance.
+ Nicki Minaj performed a surprise set on Good Friday in Times Square. “It’s an honor for me to be here tonight. I’m from New York,” she said before announcing that the show and audience were being taped for a “Starships” DJ Doorly remix video. (MTV News)
+ Nicki Minaj also canoodled with the Easter Bunny and fans in Los Angeles on Saturday, where she signed autographs to promote Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded at Best Buy. She’ll also be on “Nightline” tonight. (Rap-Up)
+ Big Sean had a big day on Friday with his collab on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music single, “Mercy.” He also announced on a radio show that he’s collab’d with Justin Bieber. “You gon’ see it sooner or later -– either my album, his album, we’ll see.” (Rap-Up)
+ One Direction graced the “Saturday Night Live” stage. They performed “What Makes You Beautiful” and “One Thing.” They also took a turn in a bit part, dancing during “The Manuel Ortiz Show” skit. (MTV News)
+ Damon Albarn told the The Guardian that Blur and Gorillaz may be coming to an end, citing difficulties collaborating with certain band members in Blur, and he called the Gorillaz’s future “unlikely.” (Pitchfork)
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