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Tuesday
Aug302016

Chris Brown Arrested for Assault with a Deadly Weapon: Police

ABC/Randy HolmesChris Brown has been arrested and charged for assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Brown is currently being transported to the homicide/robbery division, the LAPD said, describing him as being "cooperative."

Police could not comment on if the weapon was found at his home.

LAPD were executing a search warrant at Chris Brown's house after responding to a call earlier this morning, according to officials.

LAPD arrived at the musician's Los Angeles home after receiving a call from a woman needing assistance at around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Brown denied any wrongdoing via social media, inviting police to obtain a warrant and search his home. "You’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing," he said in the video posted to his Instagram.

The investigation was transferred to the LAPD's Robbery Homicide division because of its high profile status.

After police received and served a search warrant, Brown and his guests were brought outside while authorities did a protective sweep.

All occupants will be interviewed about this morning's events.

Brown's representatives did not immediately respond to ABC News's request for comment.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

LAPD Search Underway at Chris Brown's Home

Nigel Waldron/Getty ImagesLos Angeles Police are executing a search warrant at Chris Brown's house after responding to a call earlier this morning, according to officials.

LAPD arrived at the musician's Los Angeles home after receiving a call from a woman needing assistance at around 3 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Brown denied any wrongdoing via social media, inviting police to obtain a warrant and search his home. "You’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing," he said in the video posted to his Instagram.

The investigation was transferred to the LAPD's Robbery Homicide division because of its high profile status.

After police received and served a search warrant, Brown and his guests were brought outside while authorities did a protective sweep.

All occupants will be interviewed about this morning's events.

Brown's representatives did not immediately respond to ABC News's request for comment.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

David Bowie, Ringo Starr to Be Featured in 2017 "Guinness World Records" Book

Jimmy King; Rob ShanahanThe late David Bowie and famed Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and are among the music stars who will appear in the 2017 edition of the Guinness World Records book. Bowie is being recognized for the albums he sold, while Starr's record is in acknowledgment for one particularly pricey record that sold at an auction.

Earlier this year, Bowie set a posthumous world record for having the most simultaneous entries in the U.K. albums chart, when 19 of his releases appeared on the tally shortly after his January 10 death. Ten of those albums landed in the chart's top 40.

As for Starr, he set the mark for the most expensive vinyl record sold at auction, when his first pressing of The Beatles' self-titled 1968 album, a.k.a. The White Album, brought in $790,000 at a December 2015 memorabilia sale in Los Angeles. Ringo's copy of double-LP was a mono edition of the record that was numbered "0000001," and was in near-mint condition, having been stored in a vault for almost 35 years.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Apollonia Makes Surprise Appearance at "Purple Rain" Celebration

JB Lacroix/WireImage"Purple rain, purple rain!" A special screening and discussion titled "Purple Rain: Celebration," took place in Beverly Hills, California Monday night -- and none other than the movie's leading lady, Apollonia Kotero, made a surprise appearance, says Billboard

The event honored the cult classic 1984 romance drama Purple Rain, which famously starred the late music icon Prince and made Apollonia famous, albeit briefly.

Co-stars Jerome Benton and Jill Jones, the film's producer, Robert Cavallo, and writer-directorAlbert Magnoli were also there, as well as the costume designer responsible for Purple Rain's iconic fashion looks, Marie France.    

"I was the last person they saw for the audition [to find the Vanity replacement]," Apollonia told the crowd.  "[Actress] Nia Peeples had just walked out of the room. I walked in and they asked me to take my shoes off. I thought, 'wow, they're into feet," she said. 

"Later I learned they were flying me to Minneapolis to meet Prince, who takes me out for a ride in a purple limo," Apollonia added. "He was very reserved and shy." 

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Twenty One Pilots Match The Beatles and Elvis Presley Chart Feat on "Billboard" Hot 100

ABC/Randy HolmesElvis Presley. The Beatles. And, now, Twenty One Pilots. Those are the only three rock acts to earn at least two simultaneous top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the chart's 58-year history.

Currently, Twenty One Pilots holds the number-five spot on the Hot 100 with "Ride" and the number-four slot with "Heathens." "Ride" is a single from the band's album Blurryface, while "Heathens" appears on the Suicide Squad soundtrack.

"Heathens" has also reached number one on Billboard's Alternative Songs. Twenty One Pilots previously ruled that chart with "Ride" and "Stressed Out."

Twenty One Pilots recently wrapped up their North American Emotional Roadshow tour, which they'll pick up again next year.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

The Weeknd Sets Guinness World Record

Photo Courtesy of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2017 Edition, out September 8."Tell your friends" -- The Weeknd has made it into the newest edition of the Guinness Book of World Records. 

The singer-songwriter set a record for the most consecutive weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 by a solo male artist. His singles “Earned It,” “Can’t Feel My Face,” and “The Hills” spent 45 consecutive weeks inside the top 10 between March 7, 2015 and January 9, 2016.   

The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness was the most-streamed album on Spotify in one year.  

Born Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, the entertainer also made headlines earlier this month for donating $50,000 to the University of Toronto's new Ethiopic Studies program and $250,000 to the Black Lives Matter social movement.

The Guinness World Records 2017 Edition arrives September 8. 

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Iggy Azalea and French Montana Officially Coupled Up?

Denise Truscello/WireImageIggy Azalea is bouncing back after her public break-up with L.A. Lakers Nick Young, apparently finding solace in the arms of rapper French Montana.

US Weekly confirms the news, with an insider telling the magazine that Azalea and Montana are "very much a couple," and "they've been all over each other."

The rumored couple were spotted together in an Instagram video posted by Baller Alert over the weekend. According to US, Iggy and French were headed to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for an intimate vacation together. In the video, Montana is seen resting his head on Iggy's booty as she poses for the camera. 

Azalea also captured her trip with French posting a photo of her and the Bronx rapper on an airport runway, with Montana later following suit by adding a photo of himself, Iggy and a friend catching some rays on a boat. 

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Jimmy Eat World Announces New Album, "Integrity Blues"

Credit: Jimi GiannattiJimmy Eat World has revealed the details of their next album. The ninth studio effort from the Arizona band is titled Integrity Blues, and will be released October 21.

Along with the album announcement, Jimmy Eat World has also shared a new song called "Sure and Certain," streaming now on YouTube. "Sure and Certain" is the second Integrity Blues track to be released, following "Get Right."

Next week, Jimmy Eat World will embark on a European tour to preview Integrity Blues, and they'll return to the U.S. for sets at Riot Fest Chicago and the Life Is Beautiful festival later in September.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Bring Me the Horizon Members to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Support of Children's Hospitals

Credit: Danny BaldwinBring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes and keyboardist Jordan Fish are planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. The trek will raise money for Friends of PICU, which supports pediatric intensive care units.

The pair plans to fly to Tanzania in January, and they'll climb Kilimanjaro over eight days. The inspiration for the climb came to Fish after his newborn son, Eliot, was admitted to the PICU in Southampton, England after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

"While in hospital I decided that I would focus myself on doing something positive for the ward and trying to raise enough money to pay for a new bed for them," says Fish. "Oli asked immediately if he could join me and help raise as much awareness for this cause as possible."

If you'd like to donate to Fish and Sykes' cause, you can visit JustGiving.com.

As for Eliot, Fish says his son has "a long way to go" toward a full recovery, but he's "breathing on his own and we are seeing small improvements every day."

"He is a little fighter and has shown amazing signs of recovery already, even at this early stage," Fish says.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Barbra Streisand Approves of Lady Gaga Remake of "A Star Is Born"

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for BSBOne of Barbra Streisand's most popular films was the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, which cast her as a showbiz ingenue opposite Kris Kristofferson. The movie is being rebooted once again with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and the diva says she's totally fine with that.

The original version of A Star Is Born came out in 1937, and Streisand's version was the second remake: the first, in 1954, starred Judy Garland.  Noting that the Gaga/Cooper version would be the third remake of the movie, she told Extra, "I feel great about it because I know A Star Is Born will work; it works every time... because the music can change with the decades, so I know it’s gonna work."

Streisand's #1 single "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)," became one of the biggest hits of her career.  Lady Gaga is composing and performing new music for the film.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Luke Bryan Hits a Home Run at Wrigley Field

ABC/Image Group LAThough he’s not usually playing on the baseball diamond, Luke Bryan can officially say he’s hit a home run at Wrigley Field. This Saturday, the CMA Entertainer of the Year managed a sell-out during his first show at the home of the Chicago Cubs.

You can get a taste of the Georgia native’s Chi-town concert in a new YouTube clip set to his most recent number one, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day.”

This is Luke’s fourth sold-out stadium show of his Kill the Lights Tour with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. Later this fall, the trek checks in October 22 at AT&T Stadium -- the home of the Dallas Cowboys, before wrapping up October 29 at Detroit’s Ford Field.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

T.I. Rips Rudy Giuliani After His Remarks on Beyonce's VMA Performance

(L-R) Terrence Howard, T.I. ; Norman Shapiro/CBST.I. had a few choice words for former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who criticized Beyonce and told Fox & Friends Monday that he's "saved more black lives thank any of those people you saw on [the MTV Video Music Awards] stage."

"Who gives a f*** about what Rudy Giuliani says about music?" T.I. told TMZ. "Who cares? He's not an aficionado of music. This isn't politics. He's needs to worry about Trump's campaign," he said.

Giuliani was asked to comment on Beyonce's VMA performance to "Pray You Catch Me," where a group of dancers were seen falling to the ground one by one, encircled by red lights, simulating that they had been shot dead.

"It's a shame, it's a shame," the former NY mayor commented in response to the video.  

"I ran the largest and best police department in the world, the New York City Police Department. And I saved more black lives than any of those people you saw onstage by reducing crime, and particularly homicide, by 75 percent, of which maybe four or five thousand were African-American young people who are alive today because of the policies I put in effect that weren't in effect for 35 years," he added.

"So if you're going to do that, you also should symbolize why the police officers are in those neighborhoods...And what the heck have you done?" 

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Sam Smith’s First-Ever Album, "Diva Boy," Getting a Re-Release

ABC/Image Group LAGet ready to hear a pre-fame Sam Smith. The singer’s very first album, Diva Boy, is getting re-released next month by London-based independent label Flipbook Music.

The album was recorded in 2008, when Sam was just 16 years old. It features a song called “Momentarily Mine,” which has an accompanying low-budget music video on YouTube. At the beginning of the clip, Sam reveals his ambition: “To be a star.”

Sam released his official debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in 2014, and is currently working on his follow-up.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Daya's Debut Album, "Sit Still, Look Pretty," Due October 7

Artbeatz/ Z Entertainment/ RED DistributionAfter two successful singles, Daya has finally announced details of her debut album.

The disc, called Sit Still, Look Pretty after Daya's hit single of the same name, will be out October 7, with a pre-order going live September 17. 

"Can't wait to share w/ you all," she tweeted.

A three-minute preview of the disc, featuring snippets of all the songs, is streaming now.

In addition to "Sit Still, Look Pretty," Daya has scored hits with "Hide Away" and her Chainsmokers collabo, "Don't Let Me Down."

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Mel C on Sitting Out Spice Girls Reunion: "Is It a New Rule that Bands Have to Reform?" 

C Brandon/Redferns via Getty ImagesA Spice Girls reunion to mark the 20th anniversary of the release of their hit "Wannabe" is apparently in the works, but both Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham and Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm, aka Mel C, are sitting it out.  In an essay for the British publication The Love Magazine, Mel C explains why.

"Truth be told, earlier this year after several face-to-face meetings with the girls I made the difficult decision not to be part of a proposed reunion with Emma, Geri and Melanie," she writes.  "Victoria had already bowed out understandably with the demands of her fashion label and her rather large family.  The hardest part for me was letting people down, the girls, the fans, civilization?! Unfortunately something didn’t feel quite right and I had to follow my gut."

Mel explains that it's been "particularly exhausting" having to deal with all the speculation about the "Wannabe" reunion, noting that, while she'll "be a Spice Girl 'til I die," she asks, "Is it a new rule that bands have to reform? Why can’t we just be remembered for our incredible achievements in the nineties?"

She explains, "I’d love to play huge arenas across the world, sing our brilliantly bonkers pop songs and relive our former glory. It is of course a very lucrative opportunity too. But we were a five-piece band. Didn’t we reach a peak with the Olympics? There’s a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note."

She goes on: "For me the absolute pinnacle of my Spice existence was being watched by a billion people around the globe belting out ‘Spice up Your Life’ on top of a black cab at the 2012 London Olympics. Anything less than the full line-up just didn’t feel like we’d be doing justice to the band or the fans."

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Selena Gomez "Clearing Her Calendar for a Year" to Deal with Lupus-Related Issues 

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Last year, Selena Gomez revealed that she suffers from lupus, an autoimmune disease.  Now, the singer has decided to take time off from her busy schedule to deal with some side effects she's experiencing as a result of the disease.

In a statement to ABC News, Selena explains that lupus "can affect different people in different ways," adding, "I've discovered that anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be side effects of lupus, which can present their own challenges."

Noting that she wants to be "proactive," she continues that she has "decided that the best way forward is to take some time off," and adds, "Thank you to all my fans for your support. You know how special you are to me, but I need to face this head on to ensure I am doing everything possible to be my best."

"I know I am not alone by sharing this, I hope others will be encouraged to address their own issues," she concluded.

A source tells People that Selena has "decided to clear her calendar for the year, in order to have this be her priority for future happiness."  And before you start speculating, the source says the decision is "absolutely not related to alcohol or substance abuse." Apparently, Selena decided to take a break because she "hadn't felt like herself" for awhile now.

"She feels relieved that she can now make more sense of why she was feeling the way she was and is optimistic about the future," adds the source.

When Selena revealed that she had lupus, she also revealed to Billboard that she had undergone chemotherapy to treat it.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Heart Singer Ann Wilson's Husband Arrested After Allegedly Assaulting Nancy Wilson's Twin Sons

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Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson's husband, Dean Wetter, was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly assaulted the twin teenage sons of guitarist Nancy Wilson after the band's concert Friday at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington.

According to probable-cause documents procured by ABC Radio, the 65-year-old Wetter, who hasn't been charged, is accused of roughing up the boys during an altercation that took place outside of Wilson's tour bus.

The documents allege that the boys were walking by the bus and when they saw Wetter standing outside of it, they asked if they could look inside. Wetter told them they could, but warned them to watch the dogs that were in the vehicle. According to the report, when the boys exited the bus, they left the door open, which apparently angered Wetter, who allegedly yelled at the boys, called them names and then slapped one of them on the back of the head, punched him in the same spot and briefly grabbed him by the throat.

The report also claims that when the boy's brother stepped in to help, Wetter also grabbed him by the throat "[a]nd squeezed to the point he could not breathe for about five seconds before letting go." That boy "later complained of a sore, raspy throat, fear of dying and pain in his throat area."

Following his arrest, Wetter was booked into King County Jail in Kent, Washington, and then made an appearance on Monday at the King County District Court. He was released from custody on Monday after posting a $10,000 bond. Wetter is due to make a followup court appearance Wednesday.

Wilson and Wetter were married in April 2015 after rekindling a brief romance they had during the 1980s.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Chris Brown Allegedly Threatened Woman with Gun, Police Investigating

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Chris Brown may be in big trouble after allegedly using a gun to threaten a woman early Tuesday morning.

The woman, identified as Baylee Curran, via TMZ, called 911. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, Curran requested help and officers from two LAPD police divisions responded.

TMZ reported that police retrieved one gun among other weapons and drugs from Brown's home, found after the singer threw a duffel bag outside of a window from his estate.

During the melee, Brown took to Instagram, posting three videos voicing his frustration and confusion about the whole affair.

"So I'm sleep half the d*** night...I just wake up...all these m************ helicopter choppers is around...police out there out the gate...come on my n****! What the f*** else do ya'll want from me bro?," he said. 

"And all this news s***...ya'll ain't doing nothing but giving me better publicity. Every-- how old is it gonna be? Come on my n****, I'm tired of this s***," he added. 

Brown even asked his Instagram followers to take a listen to his latest single, "Grass Ain't Greener," while police stood outside his door. 

"And while we on my promo kick...let me not forget to say, go stream, download, buy "Grass Ain't Greener," video out. Ironic how I put a crazy video out, right?," he said. 

Around 7 p.m. PT, LAPD were seen serving a search warrant at Brown's home, with Brown's attorney present.

No arrests have been made as the investigation continues. Curran stated that Brown pulled a gun on her, telling her to leave his home.  

'"Pulled out his gun, pointed at me, said get the eff out…and that was pretty much it. They tried getting me to sign a waiver afterwards, an NDA or whatever…I did not, I didn’t sign anything," she said. 

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Kehlani Premieres Lyric Video for "CRZY"

Photo Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsKehlani's hit single, "CRZY," now has a lyric video to complement it. The track, which debuted in July, is regarded as an anthem for female empowerment and was the first song to premiere from Kehlani's debut album, which is due this fall.    

The new lyric video from the vocalist features scenes with a comic book panel design and a fun overall vibe.  

You can stream and purchase "CRZY" now on the usual digital streaming platforms.   

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Ice Cube Denounces Alleged Donald Trump Endorsement

ABC/Randy HolmesIce Cube is refuting claims that he's supporting Donald Trump after a faked photo surfaced online showing Cube wearing a "Make America Great Again" t-shirt, seemingly suggesting that the N.W.A. rapper has officially endorsed the Republican presidential nominee.

"I will never endorse a m********* like Donald Trump! EVER!!!," Cube tweeted. He then followed up the next day posting the fake endorsement meme, which reads: "Rapper-actor Ice Cube endorses Trump. We need a common sense president."

The Ride Along actor writes, "Stealing endorsement is not how you become the president of the United States, homie. Leave my name out ya mouth..."

That doesn't necessarily mean Ice Cube's a fan of Hillary Clinton.  In an April interview with Bloomberg Politics, the rapper had lots of questions about the Democratic nominee.

“And if she becomes the president of the United States, we need to know what she’s thinking. How does she think?" he said.  "How is she gonna handle this? How’s she gonna fix this? She helped create it in a way. How are you gonna fix this?”  

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