Cardi B with Offset; Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for FENTY PUMA By RihannaMigos member Offset, who's also the husband of rapper Cardi B, was arrested in Georgia Friday afternoon on gun and drug charges after his Porsche was pulled over for allegedly making an illegal lane change.
According to Atlanta ABC affilitate WSB, the rapper, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, and his bodyguard, Senay Gezahgn, were pulled over in Jonesboro, Georgia, for the illegal lane change. When Clayton County police searched his 2014 Porsche 911 Carrera, they found three guns, less than one ounce of marijuana and over $107,000 in cash.
Offset, 26, was charged with making an improper lane change, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a weapon during a crime, and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, according to jail records.
Gezahgn, 27, was charged with possession of less than one ounce of marijuana and possession of a weapon during a crime, records show.
At the time of the report both men were being held at Clayton County jail.
Offset has had multiple run-ins with law enforcement over the past few years. He spent time in jail in 2013 and 2015 for previous felony drug and weapons charges. He spent eight months in jail in 2015 and is currently serving five years probation. He was also reported driving with a suspended license in 2016.
Offset married Bronx-born rapper Cardi B in September 2017, and the two had their first child, Kulture Kiari Cephus, earlier this month. Offset has three other children from previous relationships.
Trae Patton/NBCJennifer Hudson will star with Taylor Swift in a movie version of the iconic Broadway musical, Cats.
The film, based on the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber stage production, will be directed by Tom Hooper, Deadline.com reports. Hudson confirmed the news on Twitter, commenting on a meme, “I guess the CATS out of the bag!" The Grammy and Oscar winner will portray Grizabella, the former “Glamour Cat."
The stage versionis the fourth-longest-running show in Broadway history. It follows a tribe of cats called Jellicles, who hope to be chosen to be reborn into a new life.
The film will be shot in the United Kingdom this fall.
Live NationH.E.R. is performing on the Chris Brown Heartbreak On A Full Moon Tour,” and for the 21-year old singer, it’s an honor to share the stage with a dynamic artist.
“I’ve been watching Chris like every single night, just studying him, and like his stage presence is like unmatched,” H.E.R. says. “I feel like he’s one of the greatest entertainers of my generation.”
“His creativity is written all over his show, his live performance, his music, everything,” H.E.R. continues. “It’s a celebration of R&B. All these artists are super talented, and we just love R&B music, and that’s what we’re here to represent.”
In addition to H.E.R., 6lack, Rich The Kid and Jacquees also serve as opening acts on the 27-city tour which kicked off June 19. The tour continues for two more weeks through August 4 in Las Vegas.
Gary Gershoff/WireImageAfter not releasing a new album since 2009, Mario is making a comeback with his new single and video, “Drowning,” which he released Friday.
In the song about the battle between lust versus love, the two-time Grammy Award winner sings in his signature falsetto, “I’m sinking, I’m not swimming, please stop me from drowning.”
Mario sounds like the song was inspired by his own love life as he tells Billboard, “This experience was an intense one for me, and sonically, the bittersweet chord progressions match the emotion of the story I’m telling.”
“Drowning” is the first single from Mario’s upcoming fifth solo album, Dancing Shadows, to be released later this year on his own New Citizen label.
Mario reached the peak of his career in 2004 with his platinum Turning Point album featuring the single “Let Me Love You” which was number one on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eleven weeks.
Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesKid Cudirevealed in a 2016 Facebook post he was depressed and contemplated suicide. Now two years later, he has overcome the darkness.
“I have so much joy that I don’t feel like I’m fighting anymore,” he tells Billboard.
Cudi, whose birth name is Scott Mescudi, says now he is happy and reflecting his joy in his music.
“I’m focusing on my art again and throwing myself back into it and wanting to write something with more of a positive outlook on things, because I’ve written the dark so well for so long,” says the 34-year old rapper.
“I’m at a place where I was able to do that,” he continues. “It took me so long to get to that place, and I was really excited to write from that standpoint when I got there.”
Cudi checked himself into a rehab center in 2016 to treat this depression. Now that’s he's on a positive path, he wants his 8-year-old daughter, Vada, to understand the challenges he’s overcome.
“I’ll have to explain my darker moments again to my daughter one day. She’ll want to know, and I’ll have to explain, but she’ll understand,” Cudi says. “She’s a happy little girl, and I’ll want her to know all of who I am.”
Two years after he released his most recent solo album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin,' Cudi returned to music this year with his Kids See Ghosts, his project with Kanye West. The song “Reborn” on the album describes Cudi’s state of mind in 2018.
“It was great when Kanye wanted to use the song, because it was perfect for both. We are both reborn after what we went through,” Cudi says. “I couldn't have made a song like 'Reborn' until now, because I didn't feel reborn yet.”
“In My Feelings,” riding the wave of the viral dance challenge created by Instagram star Shiggy, earned 71 million streams for the week ending July 12, up 58 percent from the previous week's total of 45 million, according to Nielsen Music.
“Nonstop,” also from Drake’s new Scorpion album, was the previous streaming leader.
“In My Feelings” is also number one ON the Hot 100. Drake has 24 songs on the chart, including two more in the top ten: “Nice For What” is number four, and “God’s Plan” is number six.
The Toronto rapper is the only artist in the Hot 100's 59-year history to chart 20 or more titles in a week, a feat that he has now achieved five times.
Scorpion also remains at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart for a second straight week.
ABC/Randy HolmesJAY-Z says his Made in America Festival must be held on the Rocky steps in Philadelphia, or he will move the event to another city.
The founder of Roc Nation issued his ultimatum following news that next year the city planned to move the annual Labor Day Weekend event from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philly, Varietyreports.
‘I want to be on the ‘Rocky’ steps,” JAY-Z says, according to his Roc Nation COO Desiree Perez. He’s referring to the famous “Gonna Fly Now” scene from the 1976 film starring Sylvester Stallone.
“The name of the festival is Made in America, it’s Labor Day weekend,” Perez tell Variety. “We chose that space. This is a symbolic space in the birthplace of America for freedom and everything we stand for.”
After the mayor’s office told a local newspaper of the plan to cancel the event next year because of excessive costs, JAY-Z wrote an angry op-ed letter in the Philadelphia Inquirer slamming the mayor’s decision.
“We are disappointed that the mayor of the city of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue, or proper communication,” he wrote. "It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city."
Mayor Jim Kenney responded with a statement calling the situation an “unfortunate misunderstanding” that they are “working to resolve.”
“This is a bullying tactic,” Perez responds. Perez says that Roc Nation is “in shock” over the decision by the mayor’s office.
The 2018 Made In America Festival will be held on the parkway September 1 and 2 featuring Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill, Miguel, Janelle Monae, Ty Dolla $ign, and many more.
Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty ImagesA Florida grand jury has indicted four men in the shooting death of XXXTentacion.
Dedrick Williams, 22; Michael Boatwright, 22; Trayvon Newsome, 20; and Robert Allen, 22, were indicted on first-degree murder and armed robbery charges, according to the Broward County Sherriff’s office.
XXXTentacion, whose birth name is Jahseh Onfroy, was driving a BMW which was blocked by a SUV as he was leaving the Riva Motor Sports motorcycle shop in Deerfield Beach, Florida in June 18, according to SunSentinel.com. Two masked men exited the SUV with a gun and apparently planned to rob Onfroy.
XXXTentacion was shot multiple times. Boatwright is named in the indictment as the person who fatally shot XXX. The rapper was taken to Broward Health North hospital where he died.
Boatwright and Williams are currently in police custody. Authorities say Williams was the driver of the SUV. Allen and Newsome remain at large.
Mark Horton/Getty ImagesIt’s like a dream come true for Rae Sremmurd to co-headline the Dazed and Blazed tour, which kicks off Saturday in Detroit, with one of their favorite artists, Wiz Khalifa.
“We always listened to Wiz Khalifa since we were little kids, and we always been homies since we just started our music career,” Swae Lee tells ABC Radio. “Like every time we see him, it's straight love,” he adds. “It's going to be straight good vibes the whole tour. It’s going to be amazing.”
Lee, his brother Slim Jxmmi, and Khalifa are good friends, and they promoted the tour with a hilarious, smoke-filled, Dazed and Blazed hotline parody video.
Slim says the music will be blazing when they hit the stage.
“The fans can expect plenty of energy, plenty good vibes in the air, great music, great performances.”
“Bring everybody they know because it’s a great time to bond with your friends,“ Slim adds. “Rae Sremmurd, Wiz Khalifa, it’s going to be a lotta rock star energy in the building.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)
You can expect at least one collaboration as Lee is featured on Khalifa’s song, “Hopeless Romantic,” on the new Rolling Papers 2 album.
Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd Dazed & Blazed Tour dates
7/21 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre 7/22 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center 7/24 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage 7/25 -- Saratoga Springs NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 7/26 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion 7/28 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 7/29 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 7/31 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center 8/2 -- Coney Island, NY, Ford Amphitheater 8/4 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 8/5 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre 8/7 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 8/9 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 8/10 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion 8/11 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater 8/12 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek 8/14 -- Pelham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 8/15 -- Jacksonville, FL, Daily’s Place 8/16 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre 8/17 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre 8/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood 8/23 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 8/24 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheatre 8/25 -- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater 8/26 -- Dallas, TX, Dos Equis Pavilion 8/29 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater 8/30 -- Phoenix, AZ , Ak-Chin Pavilion
abc/randy holmesChris Brown always wants to be in style, even when he’s wearing an ankle monitor following a recent arrest on an outstanding warrant.
Chris Breezy flaunted an iced-out ankle monitor with 100 carats on Instagram.
"Did the ankle bracelets... had to switch it up. house arrest monitor!," Brown commented.
Brown’s new bling was designed by celebrity jeweler Elliot Avianne who wrote on Instagram, "They Always Try To Make @chrisbrownofficial A Statistic We Put 100 Carats On His Ankle Monitor As A Reminder That You Can Turn Any Situation From Negative To Positive.”
The 29-year old singer is being monitored by law enforcement after being arrested on an outstanding warrant for felony battery following his July 5 concert in West Palm Beach, Florida. After being booked, he was released on $2,000 bond.
Brown's warrant stems from an April 2017 incident at the AJA Channelside nightclub in Tampa, Florida. Breezy was working as the DJ and objected to a photographer taking his picture. He allegedly punched the photographer in the face.
Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesNewcomer H.E.R. is making a name for herself with her latest single “Focus,” and she urges black females to “focus” on supporting one another.
“There aren’t enough female artists supporting other female artists. GENUINELY,” the 21-year old singer tweeted. H.E.R says black female artists need to work together to create classics like the 1998 Grammy award winner “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica.
“That’s why we don’t have this generation's ‘The Boy Is Mine’ or an iconic female empowerment live performance w/ your favs,” she continues.
“Black females need to UPLIFT other black females. No competition. No jealousy,” says H.E.R., whose birth name is Gabriella Wilson. “No insecurities. You don’t have to try to diminish someone else’s value to see your own.”
H.E.R. has released three EPs, and this year she was nominated for Best New Artist, and Best Female R&B Artist, at the BET Awards.
The singer from Vallejo, California lived up to her own words Monday when she brought Ella Mai out to sing “Boo’d Up” while H.E.R. was performing during the Chris Brown Heartbreak On A Full Moon tour at Barclays Center in New York City.
Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesDiddy’s son King Combs is paying tribute to The Notorious B.I.G. in his new “Love You Better” video he released Thursday featuring Chris Brown.
Combs recreates the classic 1995 B.I.G. “One More Chance” video featuring Faith Evans which depicted a house party in Brooklyn. That video began with Heavy D. as the doorman letting people into the bash. This time DJ Khaled portrays that role. Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown also makes a cameo appearance in the video.
“It was iconic to have such an influential artist in the hip-hop game today such as DJ Khaled embody the modern day Heavy D in the music video while featuring pop culture figures such as Jaylen Brown and my brother Justin,” Combs tells Billboard.
“I have made it my mission to bridge the gap between the new and old generations of music,” he continues. "I want people to know the '90s music scene will continue to inspire today's top hits across genres but will always need to include unique and modern sounds."
The Notorious B.I.G. was killed in 1997, one year before Combs was born, and he says he’s always been inspired by the B.I.G.
“Notorious B.I.G. has been a heavy influence in my musical career since I realized I wanted to continue the legacy of such a remarkable era in hip-hop," Combs states. "It is an honor to pay homage to his iconic 'One More Chance' music video alongside my friend and collaborator Chris Brown.”
Jorda FrantzisCardi B’s baby Kulture is sleeping in luxury in a custom-made, gilded crib.
Cardi showed off the plush crib, a present from rapper PreMadonna, in an Instagram video.
“I want to thank PreMadonna for this beautiful crib. Its so beautiful, so big,” the "I Like It" rapper said. “I didn’t want to set the crib up until we moved to our official home, but Offset set it up while I was in the hospital and its just so gorgeous and she also gave me this beautiful bassinet.”
The oval crib is adorned with white drapery and gilded trim. The bed is white-and-gold polka dot, with an an intricately-carved crown at its pinnacle.
The crib’s designers. Kapesh Designs, expressed their gratitude in an Instagram post.
Thank you @offsetyrn & @premadonna87 for this wonderful opportunity of making a beautiful custom crib for baby Kulture @iamcardib"
Cardi also revealed on Instagram that she has not hired a nanny yet.
“I just want to learn how to be a mom,” she said. “I want to enjoy every single second of it.”
ABC/Randy HolmesChance the Rapperannounced Tuesday he was not releasing a new album this week, however he did drop four new songs Thursday.
The three-time Grammy Award winners posted “Work Out”, “65th & Ingleside”, “I Night Need Security”, and “Wala Cam” featuring Supa Bwe and Forever Band on his website.
The tracks arrived just before Chance’s Special Olympics 50th anniversary concert he is producing and headlining Saturday in Chicago featuring Usher and Smokey Robinson.
The Windy City rapper had fans believing a new album was being released this week based on his comments to the Chicago Tribune on Monday.
“I got that feeling when people do something that has a new feel to it," he said. "It's going to come out just in time for the Special Olympics.”
Chance’s new four-pack is his first new solo music since his 2016 Coloring Book which won a Grammy in 2017 for Best Rap Album. Chance also won Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance for “No Problem” from Coloring Book featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz.
JAY-Z has a beef with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for booting JAY's annual Made in America festival, a decision Kenney later called an “unfortunate misunderstanding” that they're “working to resolve.”
Writing in The Philadelphia Inquirer, the music mogul said he learned about the mayor's decision to nix the event from a report in a local newspaper. The cost of staging the event and the traffic congestion it caused were reasons cited for the cancellation, even though JAY-Z's Roc Nation is said to foot more than half the bill for the fest.
"We are disappointed that the mayor of the city of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city, through a media outlet, without a sit-down meeting, notice, dialogue, or proper communication," wrote JAY-Z. "It signifies zero appreciation for what Made In America has built alongside the phenomenal citizens of this city."
The mayor responded several hours later with a statement obtained by Variety, characterizing the situation a "misunderstanding."
“The City of Philadelphia supports the Made in America festival and is greatly appreciative of all that it has done for Philadelphia,” the statement read. “We are committed to its continued success and thank them for their partnership. We hope to be able to resolve what has been an unfortunate misunderstanding."
The statement went on to say the city hopes to "resolve this issue" and "are committed to continuing our partnership with the Made in America festival.”
Held each year since 2012, Made in America has drawn as many as 50,000 people to Philadelphia. This year, the festival lost its longtime sponsor, Budweiser, reportedly because the brewer wanted to focus on other partnerships, including its association with country music and the NBA.
Ser Baffo/Getty Images for BETTeyana Taylorhas always idolized Janet Jackson, so when the leader of the “Rhythm Nation” congratulated her on hitting number one on iTunes with her new album, K.T.S.E., it was like a dream come true.
“I went crazy, Taylor tells Billboard. “For Janet Jackson to follow me and make me her [Instagram] Wednesday crush, and then do a whole video shout out, amidst her rough time, you know what she is going through right now, it really meant a lot.”
"It felt like, 'Wow! You really believe in me. You really know I exist,'” Taylor continues. “This is wild. This is real. I just saw her at the Essence Festival. It was like, ‘Alright, girl. You know I love you.’ She told me she loved me, too.”
Taylor says she’s inspired by Jackson’s incredible legacy over the past four decades.
“You can see how hard she works, and how serious she takes her visuals,” says Taylor. “It is great just being around her. Her answers to my questions are always full of advice. You know, I am deliberate. I ask questions for a reason.”
Taylor says spending time with her idol is an education, and she always learns something, even when Jackson is silent.
“As far as advice, she has given me a lot,” Taylor says. “I think with someone like her, her advice is self-explanatory. She does not even really have to say anything.”
ABC/Randy HolmesT.I. is looking to pay a six-figure salary to the ultimate Grand Hustler as his new reality series, The Grand Hustle, premieres tonight on BET.
The series is the latest project for his Grand Hustle film company
"We’re definitely developing content, we’re developing film and television,” T.I. tells ABC Radio. "Grand Hustle Films, we’ve had our success, but now we’re focusing on the next show we have, The Grand Hustle, on BET.
The reality competition series features 16 men and women competing for a position to work within T.I.'s Grand Hustle empire, which includes his Grand Hustle Records label. The winner will be crowned the Grand Hustler and receive a six-figure salary.
In addition to The Grand Hustle, T.I. continues to juggle many hats as a recording artist, Grand Hustle Records CEO, and actor.
The versatile entertainer currently stars in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and he has three more films in production: Dolemite is My Name co-starring Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes, Cut Throat City with Snipes and Terrence Howard, and also The Trap featuring Queen Latifah and Mike Epps.
T.I is also working on his tenth studio album, The Dime Trap.
The Grand Hustle debuts Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. ET. on BET.
Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImageAfter taking a three year hiatus from music, Ciara is back with a high intensity new dance track, “Level Up,” which she released Wednesday.
In the highly choreographed video featuring the Request Dance Crew, Ciara encourages her fans to elevate their lives to a higher level.
She sings, “I just keep elevating, no losses, just upgrading/My lessons, made blessings, I turned that into money/Thank God I never settled, this view is so much better/I’m chilling, I’m winning, like on another level."
The Grammy Award winner also offers advice about avoiding negative people.
“Fake friends get dropped like weight/Team love, don’t want no hate/I’m grindin', I’m shinin' Up, up, up on my way/Thank God I never settled/This view is so much better/I’m chilling, I’m winning/Like on another level.”
“Level Up” is Ciara’s first single since “Dance Like We’re Making Love” in 2015 from her Jackie album. Since then, Ciara has focused on her personal life. She married Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in July 2016, and their daughter, Sienna, was born in April 2017.
The 32-year-old entertainer also expanded her career as a Global Brand Ambassador for Revlon in 2016.
SMXRF/Star Max/GC ImagesBeyonce’s mother, Tina Lawson, and Beyonce’s sister Solange, are among those showing support for Michelle Williams after the former Destiny’s Child member checked into a hospital suffering from depression.
“You have given unselfishly of your time and support to so many and I know that you will be the best example of self care which we all need," Lawson commented on Williams' Instagram page. "I love and support you with all my being.”
Solange commented, “Love u so Michelle! Really proud of you. Sending u all the love in the world".
Missy Elliott also offered compassion for the singer.
"I want to lift our sis up in prayer because there are so many people battling this & many trying to deal with it alone," Elliott tweeted. "Let’s keep the ones who are openly dealing with it uplifted & be encouraging to them!"
As previously reported, Williams posted on social media Tuesday that she is receiving treatment for undisclosed mental health issues.
Williams wrote on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, "For years I have dedicated myself to increasing awareness of mental health and empowering people to recognize when it's time to seek help, support and guidance from those that love and care for your well being."
"I recently listened to the same advice I have given to thousands around the world and sought help from a great team of healthcare professionals," Williams continued.
"Today I proudly, happily and healthily stand here as someone who will continue to always lead by example as I tirelessly advocate for the betterment of those in need.”
Williams, who turns 38 this coming Monday, first revealed her struggles with depression in an interviewwith The Talk in 2017, admitting she felt suicidal at times, particularly during the peak of Destiny's Child's success.