SINGERSROOM ROUNDS: Nicki Minaj #1, Ciara Cares, Lil Wayne Pays, and MJ Broadcast

Young Money rapper Nicki Minaj may have missed a number one debut on the release week of her debut album Pink Friday but after 11 weeks the “Moment 4 Life” rapper takes the stage atop the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The now platinum set moved another 45,000 copies last week. Enjoying the good news, a happy Minaj took to Twitter stating, “We finally did it! PINK FRIDAY is the #1 Album in the United States of America!!!!! *faints* thank u sooooo much for the continued support!”

R&B princess Ciara is speaking out in an effort to raise awareness around HIV and AIDS, telling her fans to get tested. Monday, February 7 marked America’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), which was dedicated to instilling the importance of testing and treatment within African-American communities. In a post via Twitter, she writes, “Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! Get educated, get tested and get involved!!”

Rapper Lil Wayne is all paid up with the IRS. The Young Money Boss settled a $1.13 million unpaid tax bill after government officials filed papers in Dade County Florida Circuit Court last June alleging he owed income taxes from 2004, 2005 and 2007. According to papers obtained by The Detroit News, Wayne settled the bill shortly after his exit from a 1-year stint in Rikers Island prison. Up next is Wayne’s “I Am Still Music” tour with Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and drummer Travis Barker, which kicks off March 18 in Buffalo, New York.

The upcoming Michael Jackson trial just got a little public. According to CNN, Judge Michael Pastor ruled that the trial against Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the King of Pop, would allow approved television cameras. The judge has reported ordered news crews to submit proposals detailing how they expect to cover the trial and he voiced that he wanted the “absolute least intrusive placement” of cameras. Murray is accused of administering the lethal dose of Propofol, a surgical-grade anesthetic, which led to the death of the King of Pop back in June 2009. If convicted, Murray faces up to four years in prison.


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