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The all-time best girl groups through the ages.
Girl power

Girl power

Sugababes and Spice Girls and all that's nice, that's what girl groups are made of. We take a look at girl groups through the ages.

Girl power: the all-time best girl groups

Girl groups are all about hitting women with a dose of female empowerment, but without any danger of alienating the boyfriend — potential or otherwise, writes Bob Dobson.

When watching the average girl band video she will see strong, assertive women comfortable in their sexuality, kicking a no-good boyfriend's ass to the curb. He sees hot chicks dancing. Meet our favourite nine girl groups from the last forty years.

The Supremes The Supremes
The Supremes weren't the first girl group when they started in 1961, but with a liberal dash of Motown glam they became one of the biggest acts of the '60s and supposedly the inspiration for the film Dreamgirls. Read more

Spice Girls Spice Girls
The Spice Girls gimmick can be summed up in two words: Girl Power! (TM). So what is Girl Power (TM)? Girl Power (TM) is a vague philosophy with obvious feminist overtones that doesn't stand up to much actual analysis. Read more

Bardot Bardot
The appeal of Bardot was watching everyday people turn into stars and then, as the band dissolved, crash back into reality. Hey, it's not rock and roll if there's nowhere to fall. Read more

Pointer Sisters Pointer Sisters
The Pointer Sisters' time as pop sensations was marked by great big hits and great big shoulder pads. And until recently, all members of the group were actual sisters. Read more

Pussycat Dolls Pussycat Dolls
Pussycat Dolls is six really hot women dancing and singing. Their gimmick is a clever marketing ploy by Hollywood executives to transform a Vegas dance act into an international money making sensation. Read more

All Saints All Saints
All Saints were more low key than their obviously manufactured competitors, The Spice Girls. While filling this niche was no doubt important, what also helped was their continued success as the Spice Girl train derailed. Read more

Destiny's Child Destiny's Child
The gimmick Destiny's Child has today is being ultra-famous. How they became ultra-famous is anyone's guess though number one hits like 'Bills, Bills, Bills' would have helped this progression to pop-stardom. Read more

TLC were the female version of Will Smith as the Fresh Prince of Bell Air. Playful, fun, smart and, though they didn't play it up, oh so sexy. Read more

Bananarama Bananarama
While best remembered for fun and indulgent video clips full of tasty man-candy, Bananarama were also big on the girl-power, sisters-doing-it-for-themselves message. Read more

Nicki Minaj blasts 'ungrateful evil' ex-boyfriend as she drops music video about breakup MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Dec 21 2014 3:20PM

Nicki Minaj has drawn the battle lines with her former boyfriend of 12 years, rapper Safaree Samuels, who she split from in November.

The 32-year-old took to Twitter with a series of extraordinary allegations about her ex "blackmailing" and "threatening" her, including "selling vids".

"Anything you don't appreciate will be taken. God sees your ungrateful evil soul. I gave and gave and gave. Threatening me? Blackmail? Jump," Nicki wrote.

On the same day, Nicki released a 16-minute music video, The Pinkprint Movie, telling the story of a relationship gone sour set to three songs from her new album The Pinkprint: 'The Crying Game', 'I Lied' and 'Grand Piano'.

From a tear-filled car crash to fighting it the street to a haunting bedroom embrace, the video is possibly Nicki's most personal video yet. See above for more.

The 'Anaconda' rapper continued to lash out on Twitter: "Let me be happy now. God."

"Wanted fame. I gave u my blessing. I still love. I still love. I still love. I'll always love. So disappointed. Told you it was the wrong move. I sheltered and protected you for years. Loyal for years. Come on. Selling vids? Cuz I'm happy now? Disgusting."

"Add up them chains watches bracelets rings cars bikes trex's babe. Stop spending money to floss on IG. that doesn't last. Love lasts. I'm sorry. My fans know this isn't me. Hate this. But I'm human. I do so much. Too much. No man would have stayed loyal in this game like me."

Nicki and Safaree in September 2013. Image: Getty.

Nicki's mother Carol added: "Safaree when you take on Nicki you take on me and the host of heaven… Stop while you can SB!"

Safaree defended himself against Nicki's very public airing of their dirty laundry.

Safaree's tweets. Image: Twitter.

According to TMZ, Safaree talks "openly about suicide" with friends and is "smoking weed" all the time.

He is reportedly blaming Nicki's closeness with rapper Meek Mill for "destroying" their relationship and sending out "false claims" Safaree cheated.

Nicki maintains that she's single and gave a sobering insight into her life post-Safaree recently in an interview with US station Power 105.

"This is somebody I grew up with. Like, I don't even know how I'm going to function without that person in my life," Nicki said.

"I never lived my life as a famous person without him. I don't think people realise it's not just a breakup, that was a humongous part of my life."

It's safe to say there's a lot of water under the bridge with this one.

View slideshow: Celeb feuds of 2014

Author: Adam Bub. Follow on Twitter.

Hacker group threatens to expose Iggy Azalea's alleged sex tape over her feud with Azealia Banks MusicFIX Blog by Adam Bub Dec 21 2014 10:14AM

The Iggy Azalea/Azealia Banks feud just ramped up a notch and it's nastier than we could have ever expected.

Hacking collective Anonymous have demanded an apology from Iggy for "misappropriating black culture" or else they will release proof of the Aussie star's alleged sex tape in the next 48 hours.

Iggy is currently embroiled in a legal battle with her ex-boyfriend, rapper Jefe Wine, who allegedly tried to sell a tape of Iggy aged 18, according to TMZ.

Anonymous has now tried to use the tape as a bargaining chip in Iggy's battle with another US rapper, Azealia Banks.

Here's just a handful of Anonymous' tweets:

Anonymous' tweets against Iggy. Images: Twitter.

The latest round of Azalea v Azealia kicked off on Thursday with '212' rapper Banks breaking down in tears on New York radio station Hot 97 while slamming the music industry for rewarding white hip-hop artists over black artists.

"That Iggy Azalea s--- is not better than any f---ing black girl that's rapping today," Azealia said. "And when they give those awards out, the Grammys are supposed to be accolades for artistic excellence, you get what I mean? Iggy Azalea’s not excellent."

See the most controversial moments from Azealia's interview below:

Iggy responded to her rap nemesis with a strongly worded message on Twitter.

"Special msg for banks: There are many black artists succeeding in all genres. The reason you haven't is because of your piss poor attitude," Iggy wrote.

"Your inability to be responsible for your own mistakes, bullying others, the inability to be humble or self control. It's YOU! You created your own unfortunate situation by being a bigot and don't have the mental capacity to realise yet."

""Probably never will. Now! rant, Make it racial! make it political! Make it whatever but I guarantee it won't make you likable & THAT'S why ur crying on the radio."

"Enjoy continuing to bang your head against that metaphoric brick wall & Savor this attention. I'm the only way you get ANY. You're poisonous and I feel genuinely sorry for you because it's obvious at this point you are a MISERABLE, angry human being. Regards!"

Azealia Banks wasn't too pleased, to say the least. "Itchy Areola, you are so stupid and selfish to make any of this about yourself in particular," she hit back. "My tears had absolutely nothing to with you and everything to do with society and the media in general.

"You have absolutely no place to comment. Stay out of this one... But, iffy azuzu will not play victim and make this about her, I made some very valid points about things that are important to me."

We're not sure if Itchy Areola and Iffy Azuzu are an improvement on Azealia's last taunt at "Igloo Australia" earlier this month.

Azealia originally hit out at Iggy with claims she didn't care about black culture and in particular, the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, which have sparked mass protests in the US.

At the time, Iggy dismissed Azealia's attacks as "trolling" on social media.

Let's hope it doesn't get any uglier from here.

In pics: Celeb feuds in 2014

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