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Friday
Aug122016

Escape the Fate Plots Co-Headlining Tour with Nonpoint 

Jeff Hahne/Getty ImagesEscape the Fate and Nonpoint will hit the road together this fall on their co-headlining Hate Poison tour. The joint trek kicks off November 10 in Denver and concludes December 3 in Chicago. Visit EscapetheFate.com for ticket info.

The name of the tour combines the titles of the latest albums from Escape the Fate and Nonpoint: Hate Me and The Poison Red, respectively.

"I'm excited to get back on the road and play some more Hate Me for the Escape the Fate fans and showcase ourselves to some new faces, it's going be a diverse show, that's for sure!" says frontman Craig Mabbitt. "Old school-new school meets new school-old school and it's going be one hell of a time."

Here are the Hate Poison tour dates:

11/10 -- Denver, CO, The Summit Music Hall
11/11 -- Salt Lake City, UT, In the Venue
11/12 -- Idaho Falls, ID, The Hitt Event Center
11/13 -- Spokane, WA, Knitting Factory
11/14 -- Seattle, WA, Studio 7
11/16 -- Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre
11/17 -- Santa Cruz, CA, The Catalyst
11/18 -- Fresno, CA, Strummer’s
11/19 -- Orangevale, CA, Boardwalk
11/20 -- Pomona, CA, The Glass House
11/21 -- West Hollywood, CA, Whiskey A Go Go
11/22 -- Phoenix, AZ, Joe’s Grotto
11/23 -- Farmington, NM, Top Deck
11/25 -- El Paso, TX, Tricky Falls
11/26 -- Café Lubbock, TX, Jake’s Sports
11/27 -- San Antonio, TX, Alamo City Music Hall
11/29 -- Houston, TX, Scout Bar
11/30 -- Dallas, TX, Trees
12/1 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
12/2 -- Clarksville, TN, The Warehouse
12/3 -- Chicago, IL, House of Blues

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Friday
Aug122016

Michelle Williams Stars in Foot Locker Commercial with Draymond Green

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteFormer Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams currently is starring in a hysterical new commercial for Foot Locker. The clip features the singer with Golden State Warrior basketball player Draymond Green, who is receiving wisdom on how to stand out from retired NBA superstar Horace Grant. Williams is first mistaken for a waitress in the visual. 

"I don't work here. I'm Michelle Williams....of Destiny's Child?" she says after Green asks if Grant would like anything. After both Green and Grant get the hint, Green asks Williams if she can introduce her to a mysterious someone, whom the audience isn't sure of, but might surmise could be... Queen Bey.  

Williams has been the butt of many jokes regarding her perceived status as the lesser Destiny Child's member, following Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. A #PoorMichelle Twitter hashtag and Tumblr account were both created to highlight this notion. 

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Friday
Aug122016

"Cypress Hill: Live from Austin" Concert and Interview to Air Tonight

Paul R. Giunta/Getty ImagesIconic hip-hop group Cypress Hill is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut album with an exclusive interview and performance, which will air tonight on DirecTV's AUDIENCE Network. The multi-platinum group is currently touring around the world to commemorate their music career milestone. 

Cypress Hill was released in 1991 and sold more than 2 million units. The West Coast group was is the first Latino-American hip-hop group to have  RIAA certified platinum and multi-platinum albums and were nominated for Grammy awards in 1994, 1995 and 1996, all for the Best Rap Performance by a Group or Duo category. Their song, "Insane in the Brain"  rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1993. Their second album, Black Sunday, also climbed to the number one Billboard 200 in the same year.

Cypress Hill: Live from Austin premieres tonight on DIRECTV and U-verse's AUDIENCE Network at 9 p.m. ET. 

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Friday
Aug122016

Listen to Christina Aguilera’s Disco-Inspired Song from "The Get Down" Soundtrack

ABC/Randy HolmesChristina Aguilera is bringing back the days of disco with a new track called “Telepathy,” featured on the soundtrack for Netflix’s The Get Down.

The singer recorded the song with legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers. “Boy, you keep me safe from harm/Ooh, you take me in your arms/’Cause you know me/Yeah, you know me/You’ve got telepathy,” Christina sings over a 1970s-inspired beat.

The Get Down premieres on Netflix today and the soundtrack is also out now. The musical drama, produced by Baz Luhrmann, chronicles the rise of hip-hop and disco in 1970s New York City.

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Friday
Aug122016

Judge Approves Sale of Some of Prince's Properties

BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty ImagesA Minnesota judge has just approved the sale of reportedly more than 20 million dollars' worth of properties that were owned by Prince.

According to Minneapolis Star Tribune, Bremer Trust -- which is temporarily in charge of the late pop and funk legend's affairs -- was given the go ahead to liquidate assets including homes, vacant lots, and a small commercial building, most of which are located in and around Prince's home town of Chanhassen, Minnesota.  One of the properties is located in the Turks and Caicos islands.

The star's sprawling home and recording complex, Paisley Park, is not up for sale.

Judge Kevin Eide declared the first six properties can be put up for sale on August 26, after Prince's half brother Alfred Jackson has a chance to tour them.

Another eight properties can be listed only after those looking after Prince's estate file an affidavit to do so. 

The trust is selling the properties in part to raise money to satisfy a tax bill that's due in January.  The total value of his estate has been estimated at between $100 and $300 million.

The newspaper reports that one home was withdrawn from sale after another Prince half brother, Omarr Baker, filed an objection.

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Friday
Aug122016

Enter the Silver Years: Metallica's "The Black Album" Turns 25 Today

Blackened RecordingsMetallica's 1991 self-titled record, commonly known as The Black Album, turns 25 today. With over 16 million copies sold, the album is the legendary metal band's best-selling release.

Arriving three years after 1988's progressive ...And Justice for All, The Black Album saw Metallica return with big riffs and even bigger choruses. The album boasted the mega-single "Enter Sandman," plus the songs "The Unforgiven," "Wherever I May Roam," "Sad But True" and the acoustic-based "Nothing Else Matters."

The Black Album was an immediate commercial success, giving Metallica their first number-one album on the Billboard 200. However, some fans, who favored the rawer, thrashier sound of Metallica's earlier work, saw The Black Album as the band's attempt at major mainstream success and a betrayal of their roots. Indeed, The Black Album is often seen as a dividing line in Metallica's catalogue, with some fans insisting that everything the band released after 1991 isn't as good as their pre-The Black Album work.

Nevertheless, The Black Album endures as a Metallica classic, and a seminal record in heavy metal and hard rock history.

Metallica is currently working on their 10th studio album.

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Friday
Aug122016

Madonna Celebrates Son Rocco's Birthday with Sweet Instagram Posts

Madonna and son Rocco on stage in 2012; Kevin Mazur/WireImageMadonna shared several Instagram photos of her son Rocco on Thursday in honor of his 16th birthday. 

“Happy Birthday to my First Born Son!” the 57-year-old pop legend captioned a shot of Rocco posing behind a fur shield in Malawi. “A true Warrior with a beautiful Heart. Let the Sun shine!” she added.

Another post features a black-and-white picture of Madge carrying Rocco when he was young. “Once my baby always my baby. Happy Sweet 16!” she wrote.

A third post is a Photoshopped pic of a toddler Rocco with a current image of the birthday boy, captioned, “Happy Birthday Wild Child! Time waits for no one!!”

Rocco, whom Madonna shares with ex-husband Guy Ritchie, has reportedly had a rocky relationship with his mother in the past, but the two have since reconciled.

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Friday
Aug122016

Jhené Aiko Files for Divorce

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesJhené Aiko has filed for divorce from Dot da Genius just five months after he broke the news of their marriage in a now-deleted Instagram post, according to E! Online.

Aiko, 28, reportedly filed for divorce from the 30-year-old music producer and DJ on Tuesday, citing "irreconcilable differences," and is asking the judge to deny spousal support for Dot, whose birth name is Oladipo Omishore.

While the couple kept the marriage a secret until last March, court documents obtained by the entertainment website state the former couple's wedding date as July 26, 2014. It lists the pair's separation date as June 2015.

Aiko has been linked to rapper Big Sean in recent months. The two recorded music together under the name Twenty88, and have been seen cozying up to each other in public and on social media.

Neither has commented on the nature of their relationship.

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Friday
Aug122016

Watch Christina Grimmie's Video for "Snow White"

Trae Patton/NBCA new Christina Grimmie music video has been released.

The clip for "Snow White" is the first part of a four-video miniseries, "The Ballad of Jessica Blue," that will be unveiled over the next month.

It shows the late singer playing the role of Jessica Blue, who's having issues with her music and with her boyfriend.

Each video in the miniseries is premiering on Billboard.com.  The second video, for "Anybody's You," will debut on August 18, followed by "Deception" on August 25 and "Without Him" on September 1.

Grimmie's manager has said the former Voice star filmed the videos in February. All four songs are featured on Grimmie's 2016 EP, Side A.

Grimmie was shot to death in June by a crazed fan as she signed autographs following a concert in Orlando, Florida. She was 22.

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Friday
Aug122016

2016 Elvis Week Celebration Gets into Full Swing Today

Elvis Presley's GracelandThe 2016 edition of Elvis Week, the annual Elvis Presley celebration at Graceland in Memphis that coincides with the anniversary of the King of Rock 'n' Roll's death, kicked off Wednesday, but the biggest highlights are yet to come.

Among Friday's scheduled events is "Elvis 101," which begins at 10 a.m. CT and features various authors, scholars and Presley experts discussing his life and music. At 7 p.m. that day, a concert dubbed The Sound and Soul of Memphis will be held, featuring local artists saluting the music that emerged from the city.

On Saturday, a major sale of Presley memorabilia called The Auction at Graceland will be held starting at 2 p.m. The event will feature nearly 200 Presley-related collectibles going up for bid, including Elvis' 1935 birth record, clothing, jewelry, film memorabilia and more.

Sunday will feature the Official Graceland Insiders Conference, which begins at 9 a.m. and features screenings of rare videos and archival footage. The event also will include guest appearances by Presley's longtime drummer DJ Fontana, his one-time girlfriend Marilyn Riehl and former backup singers Estelle Brown and Ray Walker. Then, at 8 p.m., a concert called the Elvis Gospel Celebration will take place, featuring various music artists who shared the stage with Presley performing inspirational tunes.

Monday's schedule begins with a 9 a.m. event titled Conversations on Elvis: Co-Stars, which will feature various actors who appeared alongside Presley in various movies sharing stories about their experiences. At 2 p.m., Glenn D. Hardin, pianist in Presley's TCB Band, will take part in an interview event. That evening at 8:30 p.m., the annual candlelight vigil held on the eve of the actual anniversary of Elvis' 1977 death will begin and will run until the morning hours of August 16.

For more details about the celebration, visit ElvisWeek.com.

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Friday
Aug122016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jennifer Nettles will play the NAB Marconi Radio Awards September 22 at Omni Nashville.

Charlie Daniels’ new album, Night Hawk, will be released August 26.

Chris Young sold out his Thursday-night date at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California.

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Friday
Aug122016

Carrie Underwood Airs Her "Dirty Laundry" at Number One Party

Arista NashvilleAt her number one party for “Heartbeat" and “Church Bells” Thursday in Nashville, Carrie Underwood revealed her next single from her Storyteller album will be the song “Dirty Laundry.” It seems it’s a subject the mother of a one-year-old knows a thing or two about.  

“I feel like I do laundry every day, like I'm not sure where it all comes from -- I mean, there's only three of us, and one of us is very small. So, I'm really not sure how we have so much!”

She demonstrated one possible reason earlier in the day, posting an adorable photo of her son Isaiah on social media, after he’d had a “blowout.”

“I'm still a mom, first and foremost,” she explained, “and like this morning, I was like, 'Oh it's going to be a really busy day, so I just want to just be here and just play with him all morning.’ And that's what I got for it!” she laughed. “We both had to change our clothes, so it happens! I think Ajax should sponsor my life, maybe!”

Carrie returns to the Grand Ole Opry for the second time this week, playing both of the Friday-night shows this evening.

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Friday
Aug122016

Todd Rundgren Set to Host "Sound of Music"-Themed Fan Camp This Month

Credit: Danny O'ConnorThe latest installment of Todd Rundgren's summer fan camp takes place later this month in Stowe, Vermont, and as previously reported, the event not only will celebrate the veteran singer/songwriter's music but also the famous musical The Sound of Music. The reason is that the camp, which has been dubbed Todd Rundgren's TyRolean Getaway 2016, is being held at the Trapp Family Lodge, the resort established and run by the family whose story inspired The Sound of Music.

Rundgren tells ABC Radio that besides the usual jam sessions and special performances, the attendees will have the chance to take part in special presentations focusing on the musical during the five-day event.

"We're actually going to spend most of the retreat casting and rehearsing and then presenting key scenes from The Sound of Music," he explains. "So, all the fans will audition for various parts and then every single evening we'll have maybe a 20-minute performance from some significant segment, with the songs and everything. So this is gonna be very interesting."

Rundgren adds, with a laugh, that "lots of nuns and Nazis" will be needed for the scenes, "so bring your old Nazi uniform."

Other amenities at the Trapp Family Lodge include an on-site brewery, multiple swimming pools and a 20-pereson Jacuzzi. The camp also will offer such activities as hikes, bingo and a croquet tournament.

On the final evening, Rundren tells ABC Radio, "I'm essentially doing a performance of my own…which is part of the reason why the fans like to come…It'll be a sort of intimate, private performance just for them."

Todd Rundgren's TyRolean Getaway runs from August 22 to August 26. Although all the rooms are sold out, you can add your name to a waiting list in case of cancellations. Visit ToddsTyroleanGetaway.com for more details.

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Friday
Aug122016

Grandmaster Flash Talks About His Influence on Hip-Hop, the Genre's Origins and "The Get Down"

Roy Rochlin/Getty ImagesThe Get Down, Netflix's show about the lives and music of South Bronx kids who discover hip-hop during its infancy, premieres today.

One of the producers of the show, legendary DJ Grandmaster Flash, believes it will introduce viewers to the origins of hip-hop. "This film here actually brings things into perspective, now it can become a topic of discussion on how we hip-hopped for those ten years before the first rap record," he tells ABC Radio.  

Flash remembers when Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, who created The Get Down, approached him about the show. "I feel this story should have been told. Nobody's done it. I've done research on it. You guys had so little, but you did so much," he recalls Luhrmann saying.

Flash knew his involvement in the birth of hip-hop in the late ‘70s would add weight to the project. "I can't tell you how many people took a slice off the cake,” says Flash about the early artists, producers and companies involved in the rise of hip-hop. “I can't tell you about the cake, but I can, in depth, tell you about the recipe, and that's what Baz wanted," Flash says he told the director at their first meeting. 

Flash hopes the show helps viewers realize the importance of hip-hop's origins, its influence on rap today and the hard work that it took for kids to develop an art form in New York City parks with no commercial goals.

"It took years for me to come up with this thing that is now known as turntablism, but also it doubled as the bed for what is known today as rap,” Flash says. “A lot of times the investors are the forgotten ones and... I thank Baz for even wanting to be interested in this era."

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Friday
Aug122016

HELLYEAH's Chad Gray Says Fans Forget "Emotional Aspect" of Asking for Pantera Reunion

Courtesy of Eleven Seven MusicHELLYEAH recently released a cover of Phil Collins' "I Don't Care Anymore," which features an unearthed recording of the late Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Hearing Dimebag jam with his brother and former band mate Vinnie Paul has some fans clamoring for a reunion of the surviving Pantera members, but HELLYEAH frontman Chad Gray doesn't see that happening.

"Tragically, even if Vinnie wanted to, Pantera can never do a reunion," Gray tells Revolver. "You can't do a reunion without a member of a band." Abbott was murdered in 2004 while he was on stage performing with Paul and their band Damageplan in a Columbus, Ohio nightclub.

"I think that people forget the emotional aspect of this," Gray continues. "Vinnie watched his brother get tragically murdered in front of him, and what's on their mind? They wanna see a Pantera reunion. I'm not trying to call people out as a*******, but people are kind of a*******. They forget that he had to live this."

Gray also has to wade through his fair share of reunion questions, regarding his old band Mudvayne.

"With Mudvayne, it is what it is," Gray says. "I'm tired of stringing people along. I still talk to the guys; we're cool. But for many reasons, Mudvayne doesn't exist anymore."

HELLYEAH, meanwhile, is very active, having just released their new album, Unden!able.

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Friday
Aug122016

Young the Giant's Immigration-Themed "Home of the Strange" Tells a "Very Strong American Narrative," Says Frontman

Fueled by Ramen/AtlanticYoung the Giant's new album is called Home of the Strange. The title is a play on "home of the brave," and addresses the experience of the band's members as first-generation Americans and immigrants. As frontman Sameer Gadhia tells Rolling Stone, tackling the subjects on Home of the Strange was a "very natural thing for us."

"We wanted to say more about who we are -- we're all first-generation Americans or immigrants ourselves," says Gadhia. "We consider ourselves to be Americans, but we're also tied to a lot of the belief structures of our forefathers." Gadhia's family emigrated from India.

"This is a very strong American narrative, which hasn't been discussed too much -- the Asian American story, someone who's coming here that's not part of the previously held binary of what's American society," he continues. "It's been less than 100 years since people from India moved to America, so it's still pretty fresh."

Gadhia doesn't necessarily see Young the Giant as a "political" band. Instead, he prefers the term "personally political."

"We have strong beliefs, and now more so than ever, we're talking about human rights," he says. "Our main thing is about equality. It's a humanitarian issue; it's not a political issue."

Home of the Strange, which features the single "Something to Believe In," drops August 12.

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Friday
Aug122016

PARTYNEXTDOOR's Third Album, "PARTYNEXTDOOR 3," Has Arrived

Kris Connor/Getty ImagesPARTYNEXTDOOR's third album, PARTYNEXTDOOR 3, is finally here! The 16-track EP features hit songs, such as "Come And See Me," which features Drake, "Recognize" and "Not Nice," which have all topped the Billboard R&B charts. None other than Kylie Jenner also starred in the artist's music video for "Come And See Me."  

Based in Toronto, the producer-singer was the first artist signed to Drake's OVO Sound label. He released his debut album, a mixtape titled PARTYNEXTDOOR, in 2013, and it landed on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart at number 34. PARTYNEXTDOOR's sophomore album, PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO, debuted on the Billboard 200 in 2014 at number 15 and topped the R&B Album chart at number one.  

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Friday
Aug122016

Train Launch Trek with Andy Grammer, Look Ahead to Next Album

Photo by David Becker/Getty ImagesTrain and their buddy Andy Grammer are hitting the road together starting tonight for a brief summer tour. Since Train's between albums right now, there's no roadmap as far as what they'll perform, but their set may include tributes to two specific music legends.

Since Train's most recent release was June's Led Zeppelin II charity tribute disc, singer Pat Monahan told ABC Radio not long ago the band "might play some different Led Zeppelin" songs."  For the past couple of months, on one-off dates, Train's also been performing two Prince songs -- "Let's Go Crazy" and "Purple Rain" -- because, Monahan said, "I think Prince is the Mozart of our time here on earth, and I want to honor him." 

The tour with Andy Grammer wraps at the end of August, and then Train will shift its focus to a new album, the follow-up to 2014's Bulletproof Picasso. Monahan's been writing material for the project for a while, but told ABC Radio he doesn't feel he's written a song that would make a good first single...yet.

"I've written a lot of songs that I'm excited about and I'm proud of and that I definitely want on the album, but I've never been able to pick a first single," Pat says.

Monahan offered his terrible track record as proof: "I would've never chosen 'Drops of Jupiter,' I would've never chosen 'Hey, Soul Sister,' and I definitely would not have chosen 'Drive By,'" he revealed. "And I never would've guessed 'Meet Virginia.' So, I'm the worst guy for that."

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Friday
Aug122016

Chainsmokers Don't Want to Be a Typical, Faceless EDM Act

Frank ApollonioMany EDM acts are global stars, but nobody really knows what they look like.  But thanks to the hits "Roses" and "Don't Let Me Down," deejay duo Chainsmokers are so high-profile, they're starting to get recognized, which they say they can handle...for now.

"We're at that nice point where it's not too often and people are pleasant and polite," says Chainsmokers member Alex Pall. "And it's exciting. I mean, it's a cool feeling, but I can't imagine [what it's like for] the Justin Biebers and Harry Styles, where...you can't go anywhere or do anything."

"But it's cool," Alex adds. "We like meeting our fans, so, so far so good."

Some EDM stars would actually prefer to remain anonymous -- for example, Zedd once said he wanted people to know his music, but not him.  But Chainsmokers think doesn't make much sense.  They believe it's important for fans to know something about you as an artist, so you can get your message across.

"If people know you and understand who you are, they understand your music better," explains Chainsmoker Drew Taggart.  "If people know what your voice is and where you're coming from, you kinda control the conversation about yourself. So I think that's an important thing to have as an artist, 'cause people can skew people's perceptions of you based on their own interests, and having a voice is really important." 

Chainsmokers will perform at festivals all over the world this summer and into the fall.  They also say they plan to continue releasing stand-alone singles, so don't look for an album from the duo anytime soon.

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Friday
Aug122016

Tyga Settles with His Landlord

Helen Boast/Redferns via Getty ImagesTyga has settled with his landlord following accusations that he owed money over a Malibu home he rented, People magazine confirms.

"There has been a settlement reached to the mutual satisfaction of the parties, the terms of which are confidential," notes Danny Abir, attorney for landlord Gholamreza Rezai.

"My law partner, Boris Treyzon, will appear in court Friday morning to ask the judge to quash the bench warrant since a settlement has been reached and our client is satisfied," adds Abir.

The landlord alleged, among other things, that the rapper had inflicted an estimated $480,285 worth of damages on the home, which the rapper rented in 2012.

A judge issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after the rapper failed to show up for a court hearing in the matter.

As a result of his failure to show up, "a lien was created...including any property gifted to a third-party, to be applied toward satisfaction of the $480,285.00 worth of debt," noted court papers.

Tyga reportedly is spending the week in Turks and Caicos with his girlfriend Kylie Jenner in honor of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star's 19th birthday.

Tyga has settled with his landlord following accusations that he owed money over a Malibu home he rented, People magazine confirms.

"There has been a settlement reached to the mutual satisfaction of the parties, the terms of which are confidential," notes Danny Abir, attorney for landlord Gholamreza Rezai.

"My law partner, Boris Treyzon, will appear in court Friday morning to ask the judge to quash the bench warrant since a settlement has been reached and our client is satisfied," adds Abir.

The landlord alleged, among other things, that the rapper had inflicted an estimated $480,285 worth of damages on the home, which the rapper rented in 2012.

A judge issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday after the rapper failed to show up for a court hearing in the matter.

As a result of his failure to show up, "a lien was created...including any property gifted to a third-party, to be applied toward satisfaction of the $480,285.00 worth of debt," noted court papers.

Tyga reportedly is spending the week in Turks and Caicos with his girlfriend Kylie Jenner in honor of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star's 19th birthday.

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