Rapper T.I. released from prison

On Wednesday, rapper T.I. was released from the federal prison in Arkansas, where he spent nearly four weeks for a weapons sentence violation. According to Associated Press, T.I.’s attorney confirmed the artist is free since Wednesday morning but did not discuss where he was headed.

Following a sentence of 11 months in a low-security federal prison in Arkansas, hip-hip artist T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, spent a month behind bars, before being set free this morning.  The announcement was made by the spokesman of the Bureau of Prisons, Chris Burke and was later confirmed by the musician’s lawyer.

T.I. arrived to Forrest-City low security prison after violating his probation following an arrest on drug abuse in Los Angeles, in October. He had been scheduled to be released at the end of September.  But the rapper is already accustomed to the life behind bars. He was the client of Arkansas prison before. In 2009 he served a sentence of seven months after a trial that lasted almost two years. Back in 2007 he tried to buy unregistered guns and silencers. Unluckily for him, the sellers were undercover federal agents. It was speculated that he wanted the guns to take revenge on the death of his best friend, who was killed in 2006 after a party performance in Cincinnati. Harris revealed that the killers did not actually aim at his friend, but at him.

At the end of the trial, he got a sentence of 1,000 hours of community work which he spent in drug prevention programs in schools. He was also ordered not go get involved in any crimes and not to possess illegal substances. During his sentence, Los Angeles police found four pills of ecstasy on him. Which led to the current situation.

So where is T.I. heading to? Probably to a reality show, as VH1 announced on Wednesday it is planning to film T.I.’s journey home from jail and air it starting December.

Beyonce is pregnant with first baby

Grammy Award singer Beyonce is pregnant with her first baby. The soon-to-be mother made the announcement herself on Sunday, at  MTV Video Music Awards, Us Weekly reports.


 
Superstar Beyonce Giselle Knowles and husband Jay-Z are going to be parents very soon. On Sunday, at MTV Video Music Awards – held at Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, the glamorous diva showed up in a beautiful long red gown, hiding her baby bump.  Well, it was about time, seeing that she and Jay-Z are married for three years now.

And it appears that this baby was not just a happy accident. The couple planned the pregnancy way before. On June 27, Beyonce gave the first hint regarding her soon-to-be mother state. She was invited to appear on Piers Morgan Tonight show, which airs on CNN. There, she confessed her plans about being a mother, saying “”I always said I would have a baby at 30”. The singer is still 29, but not for long. She is going to turn 30 on September 4. Her husband, hip-hop mogul Jay-Z (real name: Shawn Carter), is 41.

The couple said “I do” on April 4, 2008, in New York City. Beyonce and Jay-Z started dating in 2002, after having had the experience of several collaborations in the music sector. Despite the fact that the rumors started gathering on them dating, they did not confirm they were a couple for a while. Beyonce did not show off her wedding ring until months after the wedding, on September 5, 2008, at the Fashion Rocks concert in New York. Several months later, in February 2009, the couple was voted by Forbes the highest paid couple in Hollywood. They made it to the top of the list in 2010 as well.

Beyonce’s latest album, “4” was released on June 24, 2011 and the first week sales reached 310,000 copies. This made her the second female artist to have her first four studio albums debut atop the Billboard 200.

It seems that everything she does reached the top of the tops. Will motherhood be the same?

Britney Spears – if not a singer, then a teacher

Famous singer Britney Spears recently told PopJustice.com that if she hadn’t been a singer she would have been a teacher. The pop queen talks about her career path choices and reveals why she thinks she would have made a great teacher.

You would think that after all the media reports regarding neglecting her kids, Britney would be far from loving the little ones. Surprise, surprise! Actually, the pop queen is deeply in love with the idea of having kids or becoming a role model for them. She recently gave an interview to PopJustice.com in which she reveals that she would have loved to be a teacher. “I love kids, and even in what I do now one of my favorite parts of my day is getting to meet my fans before the show. Especially the little ones. They are always so cute.”

So what kind of teacher would Britney like to be? She even thought about that, too. “I’d specialize in reading and history”, she says and adds that her favorite time period is the 1920s.

Britney says that the fame did not change the way she sees things in terms of child education. She believes that she would have raised her kids according to the same values, no matter her celebrity status. “I’m very strong in the way I raise my kids and stuff”, she tells the website. When talking about the possibility of her children following the same career path as her, the singer says “I’d definitely keep an eye on them, but if that’s what they wanted to do then I’d let them go after it”. She says that the show business is an industry that no one can prepare you for and that, as a mother, she would be as protective as possible. “I wouldn’t want them to go into it feeling fearful, “Britney adds. “I’d just have to trust that they have the instincts to know what’s right and wrong and help guide them along the way.”

Aaliyah remembered a decade after tragic death

A decade after her tragic death in a plane crash, singer and actress Aalyiah is remembered by her closest celebrity friends in an interview in The Rolling Stones magazine. On August 25, 2001, the R&B artist died in a plane crash which was heading to the Bahamas. Now, ten years later, she is still in the minds of her friends.

Aaliyah, whose name means “supreme” in Arabic, has died at only 22 years old.

The singer was born in Brooklyn and released her first album at the age of 14. “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” was produced by R&B famous singer R. Kelly. He and the young star were rumored to have married when he was 27 and Aaliyah only 15, but she never confirmed the rumor.

In 1996 she released her second album, “One in a Million” for which she collaborated with the then-not- so-popular Timbaland and Missy Elliot. They became famous shortly after “One in a Million” won two platinum discs.
 
The most popular songs of Aaliyah were “Are You That Somebody?”, “Try Again” and “One in A Million”. Despite her incontestable music talent, the R&B sensation did not settle just for being a good singer. She took acting lessons and in 2000 she landed a main role in “Romeo Must Die”. She also starred in “Queen of the Damned”, where she was the vampire queen.  Before her death she was set to star in the Matrix movies.

Rolling Stones magazine recently interviewed some of Aaliyah closest friends. Jomo Hankerson, her cousin and the president of her record label told the magazine that “she had an old soul. She seemed like she was living everything in rewind, like she’d already done all of this”, he continued and added that working with her “was never just a job. You always had fun. Good kid fun.”

“God definitely must’ve needed an extra angel”, Sean Coms said. “A real strong angel.”

Aaliyah was buried on august 31. Her ceremony was held at St. Ignatius Loyala Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan.  Among the ones attending were Sean Combs, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Mike Tyson, Jay-Z and Lil’ Kim.

Jeff Bridges debuts country music album

Actor Jeff Bridges has made a step we may have never thought about when it comes to his career: his passion for country music led to the debut of his first album.  The album bears his name and will hit the music store shelves starting August 16, NRP reports.

The actor Jeff Bridges has discovered his passion for music when filming for the movie “Crazy Heart”, in 2009, where he played a country singer. Since then he has seriously thought about making his debut is country music and has concentrated his efforts in the direction of his new hobby. Whether it will remain just that or turn into a profession is up to him and the audience he will have.

For the project, Bridges started working with the team that helped him impersonate his character in Crazy Heart, faded country singer Bad Blake.  In an interview to Morning Edition, the actor confesses that his passion for music dated actually from a very early stage in his life, even earlier than acting. He told the publication that his father had planned for him to become an actor. “Like most kids, you don’t want to do what your folks want you to do. You’ve got your own thing”, he said. But despite the fact that at the beginning he pursued other paths, such as painting and music, he eventually turned to acting. “I’m glad I finally got with the old man’s program”, he jokes. However, this did not stop Bridges to develop all his talents and use them in his career. “The wonderful thing about acting is that you can use all of your talents and interests in your work”.

The album, “Jeff Bridges”, includes two songs of Stephen Burton’s, the writer and producer of the “Crazy Heart” soundtrack, who inspired the actor in his musical debut, and a song written by Bridges over 30 years ago.  The album will come out on August 16, on Blue Note Records.

Gavin DeGraw in hospital after assault in NY

Singer Gavin DeGraw is still being kept under medical observation in Bellevue Hospital in NY, after being attacked by a group of unknown men on early Monday. According to Associated Press, the artist has a broken nose and a cut on his face.

On Monday, a representative of Gavin DeGraw released a statement saying that the “I Don’t Want To Be” singer was rushed to the Bellevue Hospital in an ambulance on Monday morning after being attacked by a group of men in East Village, in New York. The singer was not released from the hospital yet.

According to the police statement, the assault occurred after 3:50 a.m.  DeGraw went out drinking with some friends on Sunday night. After splitting from them, he was attacked on the streets of New York’s East Village. The official police reports states that after the assault, he was still able to get up and walk. He was then hit by a taxi, but the impact left minor injuries.  The attacker have not been identified yet.

Gavin DeGraw, 34, had to cancel a show in Saratoga Springs that was scheduled for Tuesday. He was supposed to open for Maroon 5 and The Train. On Wednesday, he is scheduled to appear on “Live! With Regis and Kelly”. There is no saying on whether he would be able to honor the invitation at this point, or not. A representative for the singer was not reached to offer further details on his state. The Bellevue Hospital cannot release any details on the patient’s state, either.

The singer is only five weeks away from releasing his new album, on September 20. Billboard says that the songs feature artists such as Ryan Tedder from OneRepublic and is produced by Butch Walker. DeGraw also has in plan to open a new National Underground bar. This would be his second one and will be opened in Nashville (the first one is in Lower East Side of New York).

Sinead O’Connor’s striking new look

For those who know the singer Sinead O’Conor from the early 90s, when she was bald and bold, her recent look may come as a shock. The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer has given a performance in County Wicklow, Ireland, for the first time in five years and she revealed a striking difference in her looks, Us Magazine reports.

Singer Sinead O’Connor became famous with the 90s single “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Her unique powerful voice, her shaved head and big green eyes – all these have become iconic. Of Irish origin, the singer was not seen publicly a lot in the past five years. Her last album, named Theology, was released in 2007.

On Saturday, O’Connor, 44, has given a performance in her hometown of Bray, in County Wicklow, Ireland. She was dressed in black, wearing a blazer, a sheer black blouse and black pants. She revealed a significantly fuller figure and let a golden crucifix rest on her belly. Once with the head shaved, O’Connor was wearing a chopped shoulder length black haircut and glasses. She was completely different from the image she had two decades ago.
 
Despite her looks, the singer says she has “really enjoyed” being on stage again. “I’ve been here in Bray for five years and have always been a bit jealous of bands I’ve seen here. It’s everyone’s childhood dream to play on a bandstand”, she told Ireland’s The Independent after the show.

Sinead O’Connor is now the mother of four children. After coming out as a lesbian in 2005, she had a change of heart later when, talking to Entertainment Weekly, she corrected the information. She said she was actually “three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay.”
In 2007, while the singer was invited to Oprah Winfrey show, she revealed she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since 2003.

The Bridge splits, Greg Allman hospitalized

Bad news for the fans of Gregg Allman and the rock band The Bridge: rocker Greg Allman is to be hospitalized for the following weeks and the band splits. The news was first announced by The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown and Jambands.com.

On Monday, Associated Press reported that the rock legend Gregg Allman will not be able to perform for the following months. According to an article published by The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown, Pa., the singer and his band, The Bridge, were supposed to have several public appearances during August and September. But, due to some medical problems of Allman’s, the performance at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival was maybe the group’s last one.  The publication cites Jambands.com saying that rocker Gregg Allman, who is 64 years old, will have to spend a few days in the hospital. Then he will have to spend four to six weeks in bed for rest. The rocker suffers from an upper respiratory condition and has been battling other health problems for the past years.

The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown also reports that The Bridge will break-up due to financial problems. Shelley Johansson, the marketing manager at the AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival says:  “It just makes me more grateful that he was here and put on such a wonderful performance.”

Born Gregory Lenoir Allman, the rocker founded his first band, The Allman Brothers Band, in 1969. Two years later, after his brother passed away, the rocker started his solo career and in 1973 he released his first solo album, Laid Back, which was received well by the public and the critics. His distinctive voice placed him in the top “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” of the Rolling Stone magazine.

Allman’s personal life included a constant struggle with drugs and alcohol since the early 1970s. In 2007 he was diagnosed with hepatitis C and in June 2010, he underwent a liver transplant operation.

Rapper Big Boi arrested for drug possession

OutKast rapper Big Boi was arrested by the Miami police on Sunday for drug possession. The officers found ecstasy and other drugs in his possession, Reuters reports. Later, the lawyer of the hip-hop artist said the substances were “contraband”.

Rap singer Big Boi is in trouble.  On Sunday, at the end of a ship cruise, the customs officials stopped him and after a quick search they found ecstasy, MDMA powder and Viagra in his possession. When they asked him to show them if he had any prescription for the drugs, he admitted he had none. The Miami Herald reports that he was taken into police custody and put in jail in the afternoon, but was released a few hours later, after posting a 16,000 dollars bond.

The lawyer of the rapper said the drugs weren’t for his client’s own use and that ther substances were actually “contraband”. Earlier that day, Big Boi, whose real name is Antwan Patton had tweeted “Fresh Out Baby!”. A little later he posted another message: “…they said it was the Love Boat…”. His attorney, Daniel Kane, explained that his client was spending time with some friends and that the amount of drugs found was small and not even in his own bags. “While Big Boi was traveling with his group and friends, a small amount of contraband was found in the collective luggage.” He believes that his client will face no charges in the end. “I am confident when the entire facts are aired Big Boi will be completely exonerated.”

Rapper Big Boi, 36, started gaining popularity with OutKast, a duo that he formed with Andre 3000. They have produced six albums and had several hits, including “Mrs. Jackson” in 2002, which has earned them a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group, and “Hey Ya” in 2003 which also won a Grammy in 2004. He began his solo work in 2003 and released one of his most popular singles, “The Way You Are.”

Demi Lovato opens up about Joe Jonas and rehab

Former “Sonny With A Chance” star Demi Lovato opens up about her problems with violence, cutting herself, eating disorders and bipolar disorder in the latest issue of Elle Magazine. After getting out of rehab, she is now ready to talk openly about her problems and how her romantic relationship with Joe Jonas contributed to her fall.

Demi Lovato has been romantically linked to Joe Jonas until May 2010. A few months after, when Joe was already in another relationship, she attacked a member of the dance crew of the Jonas Brothers.  The incident led to committing her in a facility for rehab.  This was the last incident in her life, but not the first. Back in 2008, Demi appeared on the red carpet at Miley Cirus’s birthday party with noticeable signs on her wrists. The media speculated it was from self injuring, but her publicist at the time said that it was false and that the Disney star had those marks from some gummy bracelets.  Now, six months after leaving the rehab facility, Demi says that she was not ready to talk about her real problems at the time. “I don’t think I would have been ready to talk about [my problems] then, but I could’ve come up with something better than gummy bracelets”, she told the magazine and added that the publicist was fired soon after. “Needless to say, that publicist is no longer with us … I mean, she’s alive”.

When talking about the impact that the split from Joe Jonas had on her life, she says that it had little to do with her problems. “I wouldn’t credit my meltdown to a guy”, she says about her ex who was dating “Twilight” actress Ashley Greene at the time. “There was so much other stuff in my life.” But the actress-singer admits that they had no contact since she went into rehab.

Demi Lovato’s career is getting back on track. Her latest single, “Skyscraper”, a depiction of the troubled times she has had lately, already topped the iTunes chart.