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Grapevine: Madonna spends the week on 'Ellen'

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Madonna spends a week on 'Ellen'

To promote her new album and tour, Madonna is spending this week on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

Tuesday the pop superstar opened up about being depressed after sending her daughter, Lourdes, to the University of Michigan. She called the milestone "an absolutely devastating experience." "I'm always so happy when she calls me and she says, 'Mommy, I miss you' or 'I need you to rub my head.' " Madonna also revealed that Lourdes has a boyfriend, "a very sensible boy — young man ... he's intelligent," Madonna said. Tune in to "Ellen" today for a performance by Madonna, along with visits from Justin Bieber and Jane Krakowski.

Nicki Minaj breaks record, announces tour

With the release of her three new, star-studded singles, rapper and pop star Nicki Minaj has become the first female artist to simultaneously occupy three spots in the Top 10 on the Urban Radio format, according to Billboard. But the biggest Minaj news of the day is the announcement of her Pinkprint Tour. The party started this week in Europe and she hits DTE Energy Music Theatre July 31. Tickets, $21-$75.50, go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Detroit's own Dej Loaf will join Minaj as support on the tour, along with Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd and Tinache.

Tavis Smiley to tape in Detroit

Talk show host Tavis Smiley will bring his award-winning program to film at Wayne State University in Detroit next week, March 23-25. Folks interested in being part of the studio audience should visit Smiley's scheduled guests during his Detroit visit include Mayor Mike Duggan, Judge Steven Rhodes, Judge Damon Keith, Wayne State University President Dr. Roy Wilson, Skillman Foundation President and CEO Tonya Allen and Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press, plus others.

Associated Press confuses Robert Durst with Fred Durst

Media blogger Jim Romenesko picked up on a flub made by the Associated Press Monday.

In reporting details about millionaire RobertDurst's first-degree murder charge, the AP referred to him as "the former Limp Bizkit frontman." The AP corrected the error. Fred Durst is the frontman for the rap rock group Limp Bizkit.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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