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T.I. arrest: Petition urges police to drop charges against rapper

Days after T.I. was arrested outside his gated community in Henry County, Georgia, an online petition has surfaced urging police to drop the charges against the Atlanta rapper. 

>> On AJC.com: Atlanta rapper T.I. arrested after arguing with security guard

On Wednesday, the artist, whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr., was charged with simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, but the Care2 petition is calling on police to drop the charges.

The organizers called the charges “ridiculous” and said T.I. deserves an apology. They also said the security guards involved were “racist.”

“A simple check would have proven who he was and the situation could have resolved there. But instead they decided to involve the police which used the opportunity, not to aid the citizen in need, but support security who were in the wrong,” they wrote on the site

They are asking for 12,000 signatures. As of Saturday afternoon, they had garnered more than 11,700 supporters. 

>> On AJC.com: ‘You work for me’: 911 call released in rapper T.I.’s arrest

Via a live Instagram video, T.I. labeled the arrest “nonsense” and “small potatoes,” adding that God will take care of it. And his attorney, Steve Sadow, said his client “was wrongfully arrested.”

The incident occurred after T.I. arrived at the gate outside his community to find the security guard sleeping. While the guard initially refused to let the rapper in, he eventually admitted him, according to an incident report from Henry County police.

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T.I. then walked from his home back to the guard booth — a distance of more than a half-mile — and began to argue again with the guard, who called police.

He was released from the Henry County Jail about 8 a.m. Wednesday after posting $2,250 bond.

Acclaimed country musician Margo Price chats up ticket scalper outside own show

Concert ticket scalpers are often frowned upon by musicians and their fans, but one savvy country musician decided to engage one outside of her own show.

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Margo Price and her band performed at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta Thursday night. Before the show, Price was seen approaching a scalper selling tickets to her show. The interaction was caught on video and posted on Price's Twitter account.

Pointing to the marquee, Price asked, "Do you know this girl? Is she good?"

The scalper assured Price it's good music. Price promised to return to buy the tickets after going to the ATM.

This month, Price was nominated for artist, song and album of the year by the Americana Music Association for her latest album, "All American Made."

While some noted that the scalper was selling the tickets for $25, which was about face value, scalpers often sell fake tickets.

Georgia has strict ticket resale laws, but authorities admit enforcement is challenging.

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend welcome baby boy

Cookbook author and TV personality Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend have welcomed their second child, a son, People reported

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"Somebody’s herrrrrrre!" Teigen, 32, wrote early Thursday in a tweet that included baby bottle emojis.

The celebrity couple also have a daughter, 2-year-old Luna. 

According to E!, Teigen and Legend, 39, "elected to undergo a frozen embryo transfer in hopes of becoming pregnant again" in 2017. People reported that the couple welcomed their son early. Teigen previously announced that the baby was due in June.

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ first teaser trailer released

Fans of the rock gods Queen are getting their first look at the upcoming biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

20th Century Fox released the first teaser trailer for the film that stars Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury in the film that shows their rise to fame, their near-breakup and their epic reunion at Live Aid. It also includes all of the band’s iconic songs, like the movie title’s inspiration “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

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Bohemian Rhapsody” hits theaters Nov. 2. It also features Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon and Gwilym Lee as Brian May. 

Katy Perry sends Taylor Swift an 'actual olive branch' to end their feud

Has the "bad blood" between pop stars Katy Perry and Taylor Swift come to an end?

>> PHOTOS: Katy Perry gets angelic at the 2018 Met Gala

According to USA Today, Swift took to Instagram Stories on Tuesday to share a video of a letter and olive branch from Perry.

>> Katy Perry says she forgives Taylor Swift: 'I am ready to let it go'

"I just went to my dressing room and found this actual olive branch. This means so much to me," Swift reportedly said in the video, adding in a caption, "Thank you Katy."

"Hey old friend," the letter appeared to say. "I've been doing some reflecting on past miscommunications and hurt feelings between us." The note also included the words "deeply sorry."

>> See the image here

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The singers' feud came to light three years ago with the release of Swift's "Bad Blood." Perry's 2017 song "Swish Swish" is believed to be about Swift, whose “Reputation” tour began Tuesday in Glendale, Arizona.

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Country singer Jason Isbell swaps concert tickets for Hank Aaron baseball cards

Baseball cards for tickets? Country singer Jason Isbell is ready to deal if the offer is right.

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Well, at least when it come to Hank Aaron.

It began when author Jeff Pearlman, noting that Albert Pujols’ 3,000th career hit put him in a category of four players with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs, mentioned Aaron, who topped the list.

Isbell answered Pearlman in a tweetabout the baseball Hall of Famer on Friday night when a Twitter user posted an offer, MLB.com reported. 

The tweeter, James Herlitz, offered Isbell a 1971 Topps card and card No. 1 from the 1974 Topps set. Both were well-loved cards and the condition was less than pristine, but Isbell agreed to the swap, leaving a pair of tickets for his Aug. 30 show in Berkeley, California, MLB.com reported.

“You can give them to the sound guy. Red beard. Can’t miss him.” Isbell tweeted. “I’ll put you down plus one on the guest list. Have fun.”

Isbell released his sixth album, “The Nashville Sound,” last year.

Jordin Sparks and husband Dana Isaiah welcome baby boy

Singer Jordin Sparks has become a mom.

>> Jordin Sparks announces she's married, pregnant

According to People magazine, Sparks, 28, and her husband, Dana Isaiah, 25, welcomed a son at 9:04 p.m. Wednesday in Los Angeles. The baby boy, named Dana Isaiah Thomas Jr., was 21 1/2 inches long and weighed 8 pounds, 4.5 ounces, the magazine reported.

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The "American Idol" winner described giving birth as "miraculously beautiful," People reported.

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"He was and is everything we imagined," said Sparks, who plans to call her son DJ. 

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Back together? Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik spotted kissing in New York

Breaking up must be hard to do.

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Model Gigi Hadid and singer Zayn Malik were spotted locked in a kiss Sunday in New York, six weeks after announcing their breakup, Us magazine reported.

According to TMZ, the couple was “all over each other” on the streets of the city. Hadid, 23, was dressed in all black, while Malik, 25, had a shaved head that was adorned with a new tattoo, Us reported.

Hadid and the former One Direction band member announced their split on March 13 after being together for two years.

Malik had been spotted leaving Hadid’s apartment building in Manhattan on several occasions, fueling rumors of a reconciliation, W magazine reported.

Kanye West's new song defends his support for Trump

Rapper Kanye West released a new song Friday that trumpets his support for President Donald Trump, CNN reported.

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West has been outspoken in backing the president. His rap political debate with Tip “T.I.” Harris of Atlanta is the focus of his new song, “Ye vs. The People.” 

The track was played for the first time Friday night on Power 106, a Los Angeles hip-hop radio station. T.I. represents “the People” as he answers “Ye,” The Washington Post reported. Harris, a Grammy-winning rapper, has been a critic of police brutality and is not a fan of the president, CNN reported.

>> Twitter says Kanye West lost followers because of ‘technical inconsistency’

West opens the track by rapping “I know Obama was Heaven sent, but ever since Trump won, it proved that I could be president." 

T.I. answers “Yeah you can, at what cost, though? Don’t that go against the teachings that Ye taught for?”

West has clarified that he does not agree with everything Trump does, has posted a photo of himself in a Make America Great Again hat and shared one photo of a MAGA hat signed by Trump.

"Make America Great Again had a negative reception. I took it, wore it, rocked it gave it a new direction. Added empathy, care and love and affection, and y'all simply questionin' my methods," he raps in the song.

>> Chance the Rapper defends Kanye West

“Bruh, I never ever stopped fightin’ for the people,” West continues. “Actually wearin’ the hat’ll show people that we equal.”

He's still standing: Willie Nelson turns 85

Singing-songwriting legend Willie Nelson turned 85 on Sunday, and he’s ready to go on the road again.

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Nelson released his 73rd studio album, “Last Man Standing,” this week. He told Texas Monthly that his secret for longevity is to continue being creative and being happy while doing it. 

“I think trying to be creative, keeping busy, has a lot to do with keeping you alive,” he told the magazine.

Besides, Nelson told the magazine, why should he retire? 

“All I do is play music and golf,” he told Texas Monthly. “Which one do you want me to give up?” 

Besides, Nelson said he knows that death is inevitable, so he doesn’t worry about it. For now, he is ready to revel in his longevity. “I don’t want to be the last man standing,” he sang on the title track of his latest album, “But, wait a minute, maybe I do.” 

Nelson received many birthday wishes on Twitter. Here’s a sampling:

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