T.I. PAYS FINE FOR PUBLIC CURSING
ATLANTA (AP) — Rapper T.I. is paying a $300 fine after pleading no contest to violating a local law in Georgia that prohibits public cursing.
The charge against the performer stems from a May incident at the gated community where he lives in the Atlanta suburb of Stockbridge.
His spokesman, Steve Sadow, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that T.I. maintains his innocence but entered a plea “to put this matter to bed.”
Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland said at the time that T.I. lost his key and the guard wouldn’t let him into the neighborhood. A police report says the entertainer eventually was allowed inside but walked back to the guard, demanding his supervisor’s name. Police were called. T.I. was arrested and released on bond.
ALABAMA MARKING 50TH YEAR TOGETHER
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country band Alabama will mark their 50th year together with a new tour in 2019, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced that he has Parkinson’s disease.
The Grammy-winning trio of Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Cook formed in 1969 in Fort Payne, Alabama, and went on to dominate the sound of country music in the 1980s, scoring dozens of No. 1 hits, including classics like “Mountain Music” and “Dixieland Delight.”
Guitarist and fiddle player Cook announced in 2017 that he had been diagnosed with the chronic neurological disorder years ago and he would limit his touring with the band. Cook will perform on their new tour, which begins Jan. 10 in Detroit, as much as he’s physically able.
GARTH BROOKS - MINNESOTA
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Country superstar Garth Brooks says Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is why he’s adding a second concert when he visits Minneapolis.
Brooks told reporters during a call yesterday that his upcoming stadium tour is “all about one special night.” But the 50,000 tickets for his May 4 show sold out within an hour Friday, so officials at the state-owned U.S. Bank Stadium asked the governor to ask Brooks to add a second show, which Dayton did via Twitter.
Brooks says that was enough to get him to relax his one-night-only rule.
The second show will be May 3. Dayton plans to attend.
Brooks planned to make the announcement at a news conference with Dayton at the state Capitol, but the musician’s plane’s door wouldn’t close, so he couldn’t fly in.
TONI BRAXTON - BRANCHING OUT
NEW YORK (AP) — Toni Braxton has been nominated for Grammys again for her latest album, but these days the singer is also focusing on acting — and flexing her producing muscles.
“I find that I really love everything about film and film-making,” the multiplatinum-singer said in a recent interview. “I just really love movies, whether TV or anything that’s dealing with film.”
Braxton, a seven-time Grammy winner nominated for three more Grammys earlier this month for her latest album “Sex & Cigarettes,” is currently starring in “Every Day Is Christmas” on Lifetime. Inspired by the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” the movie centers around Alexis Taylor, played by Braxton, as she gets the holiday visit of a lifetime.
But longtime fans shouldn’t be worried that Braxton is swapping her music for movies. Why? “Because I love it so much,” Braxton exclaimed. “It’s my favorite thing to do — performing.”