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Last night, “Empire” stars Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe hit up The Man Cave in L.A. for the season 1 wrap party. Peep their candids and decide whether 50 Cent is throwing subliminals with the season 2 “Power” trailer inside…

The two-hour season finale of “Empire” was filled with twists and turns that had us all on the edge of our seats. And Cookie Lyon definitely kept it interesting as she tried to kill her husband Lucious Lyon and that huge cat fight with Boo Boo Kitty, “Run them pearls hoe!”

Last night, lead star Taraji P. Henson was spotted outside of The Man Cave in L.A. to catch the finale at the season 1 wrap party. And security was extra tight as she walked through a mob of fans all trying to catch a glimpse of “Cookie.”

Taraji’s co-star Gabourey Sidibe (Becky Williams, whose character shocked us all with that seemingly sarcastic “My mom is white” comment)) got dressed up in a floral dress for the night’s festivities.

The “American Horror Story” star even stopped to snap an “us-ie” with one lucky fan who pushed through security.

In other “Empire” news….

The jaw-dropping season 1 finale numbers are in! And the hit FOX series is steadily climbing in viewership. Last night’s two-hour episode hit a brand new viewership high of 16.5 million viewers, going up 10% from last week’s episode, which garnered 14.9 million viewers. Yes!

This morning, Lee Daniels confirmed in an interview that Spike Lee will be directing an episode of the highly popular hip hopera for season 2. It will be interesting to see what Spike will offer for the upcoming season.

And there’s more good news. The “Empire” soundtrack debuted in the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, beating out Madonna’s new Rebel Heart album. The album is the first TV soundtrack to debut on the top of the charts since 2010, following the three chart topping “Glee” albums. Work!

By the way….

Post by Power.

Did you catch the “POWER” commercials during “Empire’s” season finale? We sure did. And it appears executive producer 50 Cent might be behind them, throwing a few shots at the FOX series with the season 2 trailer. He’s been quite vocal with accusations that “Empire” bites his show.

The “Power” trailer opens with “Empires are built on Power.” Folks are saying this is 50’s way of shading the show, especially since cable shows rarely ever advertise on network TV. Hmph. What do you think? Is 50 throwing more shade at “Empire?”

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