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Rapper 2 Chainz arrested on drug charges in Maryland

Sergeant Marc Black, spokesperson for the Maryland State Police Department, has confirmed to EW that rapper 2 Chainz was arrested last night and charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

According to Black, a van was pulled over yesterday evening containing seven passengers. There was a grinder found in a backpack, and when 2 Chainz took ownership of it, he was arrested. He has since been released on a criminal citation.

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Britney Spears ex-manager testifies about 'distraught' singer in 'crisis mode'

The man who presided over Britney Spears’ life during her well-publicized meltdown is portraying himself in court as a benevolent personal manager who saved her from ruin.

Sam Lutfi was to finish his direct testimony Wednesday and face cross-examination by a battery of lawyers for the singer’s parents and conservators. They are fighting a multimillion-dollar lawsuit by Lutfi, who claims he was defamed by Lynne Spears in her book about her daughter.

He also said he was promised 15 percent of the millions of dollars that Spears earned during their association.

Spears’ mother portrayed him as a Svengali-like figure preying on Britney’s vulnerabilities. Lutfi said he was actually a peacemaker, reuniting Britney with her mother after a long estrangement. READ FULL STORY

Blink-182 cancels tour dates after Travis Barker's medical emergency

In a statement published on their official site, Blink-182 announced that a large chunk of their reunion tour will be canceled due to a medical emergency befalling drummer Travis Barker.

Barker “required an urgent tonsillectomy with a recovery period expected to extend beyond the scheduled tour dates,” the statement said. “The band apologizes for any inconvenience as a result of these cancellations and thanks their fans for their ongoing support.”

The canceled May dates that will not be rescheduled include shows in New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Canada. Two dates originally planned for Oklahoma have been rescheduled for September.

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Whitney Houston discussed role in 'Sparkle,' death of Aaliyah in last 'Essence' interview

Whitney Houston talked about her role in the forthcoming movie Sparkle and the death of Aaliyah in the course of an interview with Essence magazine, just weeks before Houston herself passed away. Houston and her Sparkle co-producer Debra Martin Chase originally intended to make Sparkle 11 years with Aaliyah but then the R&B singer was killed in an August 2001 plane crash. “God needed her more,” Houston told Essence. “We were so, so saddened by it. And then 10 years later, to the date, Debra calls me and said, ‘Whitney, you won’t believe this but they want Sparkle.’” Houston, who died Saturday afternoon at the age of 48, appears in the film alongside Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps.

Suge Knight charged with marijuana possession

Suge Knight was charged with marijuana possession after being pulled over by Las Vegas police for an alleged traffic violation, CNN reports. Police found less than one ounce of marijuana in Knight’s car. The rap mogul, who was also ticketed for making an unsafe lane change and had three outstanding traffic warrants, “was released on his own recognizance.” Knight, who spent time in jail in 1997 and 2003 for parole violations, was previously arrested in 2008 on drug and assault charges (which he was later cleared on) and in 2010 for assault with a deadly weapon and driving with a suspended license.

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Slim Dunkin murdered in Atlanta

Atlanta police say the rapper Slim Dunkin was gunned down Friday evening in a city music studio as he was preparing to record a video. Police Maj. Keith Meadows said the rapper, whose real name is Mario Hamilton, was fatally shot in the chest after getting into an argument with another individual. He was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. READ FULL STORY

Michael Jackson doctor files appeals notice in LA

The doctor sentenced to four years behind bars for causing Michael Jackson’s death has filed a notice that he intends to appeal the conviction.

Conrad Murray signed a one-page document that was filed in Los Angeles on Friday seeking all records and transcripts from the case. The filing does not indicate the basis on which Murray will argue to overturn his conviction or sentence.

The 58-year-old was sentenced Tuesday to four years in jail for his involuntary manslaughter conviction, but the term will be automatically cut in half.

Murray’s challenge will be heard by a state appeals court in Los Angeles, assuming he files an opening brief at a later date.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor blasted Murray’s conduct on Tuesday, calling him a disgrace to the medical profession.


Coroner concludes alcohol killed Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse died as the unintended consequence of drinking too much alcohol, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of “death by misadventure,” saying the singer died of accidental alcohol poisoning. “The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels (of alcohol) was her sudden and unexpected death,” Greenaway said.

The singer, who had fought drug and alcohol problems for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23 at age 27. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive, although it found no traces of illegal drugs in her system. Pathologist Suhail Baithun told the inquest into the singer’s death that Winehouse had consumed a “very large quantity of alcohol” — the level in her blood put her more than five times over the legal drunk-driving limit. READ FULL STORY

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

The man who put the world of entertainment in the palm of our hands has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple.

The Wall Street Journal has posted a letter from Steve Jobs to the company’s board of directors and “the Apple community” at large, saying that he felt he could not longer serve in his position at the technology powerhouse. “I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.”

He recommended Tim Cook, COO of the company, be chosen as his successor. READ FULL STORY

Miranda Cosgrove postpones tour after bus accident

Miranda Cosgrove broke her ankle in a bus accident early this morning, and her summer tour has been postponed, according to her spokesperson. The 18-year-old iCarly star was on a tour bus traveling on I-70 near Vandalia, Ill., at the time of the crash. “There were five passengers on the bus, and Miranda suffered a broken ankle. At this time, we are told everyone will be fine,” her spokesperson said in a statement. “Because of this, her tour is postponed until further notice. Miranda thanks everyone for their understanding and support.”

Cosgrove’s Dancing Crazy Summer Tour began in July, and she was driving to Wichita, Kans., after Wednesday night’s show in Kettering, Ohio. The tour was scheduled to last into late October.

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