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T-Pain calls out Delta Air Lines for its music; Delta claps back

When rapper T-Pain was boarding a Delta flight last month, he was anything but thrilled to be hearing the same songs the airline often plays.

So he did what most people do these days: He tweeted about it.

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“@Delta we gotta change these boarding/taxiing songs more often guys. All of Us Million milers (quick brag) have to hear these same joints multiple times a day," he wrote. "I gotta go perform in the staples center in a minute and Adele just put me in the weirdest mood. Now I’m crying. Thanx.”

>> See the tweet here

The person running Delta’s Twitter account responded in a good-natured way.

“Our boarding/taxing songs are intended to provide a relaxing experience. Can you imagine what would ensue if we played ‘buy u a drank’ (a personal fave), with everyone snappin’ their fingers and what not? We’d never get anywhere on time. Necessary sacrifices, Mr. Pain. *HBN”

>> See the response here

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“Mr. Pain” (his real name is Faheem Rasheed Najm) and Delta exchanged a few more tweets before takeoff. But Delta had a surprise in store for the rapper.

When T-Pain arrived back in Atlanta this weekend after a trip to Los Angeles, he removed his headphones to hear “Buy U a Drank” playing over the the speakers on the plane.

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“We just landing back in Atlanta from LAX and @delta decided they wanna show out and starts blastin 'Buy u a drank' over the speakers in the plane. Not gon lie it felt pretty (expletive) cool. Made me chuckle like a lil girl,” he wrote on a video post on Instagram

“Delta lit,” he said in the video.

Ex-Journey frontman Steve Perry opens up about return to music in new interview

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry opened up about his return to music in a new interview with CBS.

>> Watch the full interview here

In a piece that aired this weekend on "CBS Sunday Morning," Perry, now 69, told host Tracy Smith why he left his band, his heartbreak over girlfriend Kellie Nash's death, and what moved him to release "Traces," his first album in two decades.

>> ‘No Erasin’: Steve Perry releases first new song in 20 years, album to be released in October

Although an injured hip was part of the reason he split from Journey in the '90s, Perry said the decision had more to do with how he felt in his heart.

"It became a group decision, major surgery, and I wasn't very happy about that," Perry said. "So I chose to put it off and decided when to do it, and they checked out some other singers, and we went our separate ways."

And he didn't just leave the band; he left music entirely, not even singing.

His life changed for the better when he met his girlfriend, Kellie Nash, who had stage 4 cancer. They were together for a year and a half before she died in 2012.

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"One night she said that, 'If something was to ever happen to me, promise that you won't go back into isolation, for I think that would make this all for naught,'" he said. "I had to make the promise, and I said, 'I promise.'"

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Iggy Azalea's 'Bad Girls' tour has been canceled

Iggy Azalea fans hoping to see her on tour are out of luck – again. 

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The “Fancy” singer announced over the weekend that her “Bad Girls” tour has been canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. 

On Twitter, Azalea said the decision to cancel was “not my call to make.”

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A statement from tour promoter Live Nation cites “unforeseen circumstances” as the reason for the demise of the 21-city tour, which was slated to kick off Oct. 27 in South Florida. It would have been her first headlining gig in four years.

In 2015, Azalea first postponed, then canceled, an arena tour

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Country singer Zac Brown, wife announce separation

Atlanta country singer Zac Brown and his wife Shelly are separating after 12 years of marriage.

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The couple, married since 2006, announced their split in a joint statement to People magazine.

“We feel blessed to be on such an incredible journey in life and sometimes the journey begins to lead in different directions. It is with deep love and respect that we announce we are separating as a couple,” the statement read. “We have led a whirlwind life together growing into a beautiful family with five amazing children and while life will be rearranging a bit, our love and commitment to our family will always be there.

“This was a difficult decision, but we’ve done plenty of tough things together and this is our next venture — love, mutual respect, and care for each other are what we are moving forward with. Family comes in all different forms. We would like to ask that rather than commenting or spending any energy towards this, that you take this moment to send love to your family, in honor of ours.”

The Atlanta country star, 40, and Shelly, 34, founder of Shelly Brown Jewelry, have five children: Alexander, 4; and daughters Joni, 7; Georgia, 8; Lucy, 10; and Justice, 11. 

Shelly Brown, an alumnus of Georgia State University, launched her lifestyle brand in 2015.

Zac Brown and his namesake band filled stadiums this summer on their “Down the Rabbit Hole” tour. The band played its first Atlanta stadium show in July at SunTrust Park. 

Chance the Rapper pledges $1M to Chicago's mental health services

Chance the Rapper pledged $1 million for mental health in Chicago and an additional $100,000 for 20 public schools in the city, WLS reported.

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The rapper made his announcement on Twitter and in front of Chicago’s health care experts and the city’s educators, the television station reported.

"I'm proud to announce I am pledging $1 million to mental health services in Chicago," Chance told the audience as he introduced his new initiative, “My State of Mind.”

Supporting Chance and his non-profit SocialWorks were stars like Tracee Ellis Ross, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman and Oprah Winfrey, WLS reported.

"This year, 20 more schools will get $100 K ..." Chance told the audience. "We will be upping the game in terms of equity, in terms of what is rightfully yours. Principals, teachers, we got your back."

Geoff Emerick, Beatles recording engineer, dead at 72 

Geoff Emerick, the recording engineer who worked on the Beatles’ classic albums, died Tuesday, Rolling Stone reported. He was 72.

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Emerick’s death was confirmed by his agent, David Maida, who said that a heart attack was the cause of death, the magazine reported. Emerick’s manager, William Zabaleta, confirmed the death to Variety.

“Geoff suffered from heart problems for a long time,” Zabaleta told Variety. “He had a pacemaker and, you know, when it’s your time, it’s your time. We lost a legend and a best friend to me, and a mentor.”

Emerick was the audio engineer who worked on Beatles classics such as “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” -- for which he won a Grammy Award -- and “Abbey Road.” He began working with the group in September 1962 when he was 16 and an assistant at EMI Studios, Rolling Stone reported.

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Beatles producer George Martin officially asked Emerick to become the Beatles’ sound engineer in 1966, the magazine reported. The first track he helped on was the final song on the “Revolver” album, “Tomorrow Never Knows.”

On Twitter, Abbey Road Studios mourned Emerick’s death, posting that, “We are hugely honored to be part of Emerick’s story and we are committed to ensuring his legacy lives on at the studio.”

The Beatles’ official Twitter feed noted that Emerick’s work as audio engineer “was integral, resulting in multiple highly deserved Grammy Awards.” 

In a July 2017 interview with Variety, Emerick cited “A Day in the Life” from “Sgt. Pepper” as his top moment with the Beatles.

“The night we put the orchestra on it, the whole world went from black and white to color,” he told the magazine.

In addition to his Grammy on the “Sgt. Pepper” album, Emerick also won Grammys for Best Engineer on “Abbey Road” and Paul McCartney’s "Band on the Run" album.

Emerick also worked with Elvis Costello, The Zombies and Johnny Cash, CNN reported.

On his Facebook page, McCartney said that while the Beatles had several engineers during the band’s career, Emerick was “the ONE.”

“He was smart, fun-loving and the genius behind many of the great sounds on our records,” McCartney wrote.

Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams-Paisley start free grocery store to help people in need 

One of the biggest names in country music is taking a step to help those who are in need. 

Brad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley have opened a grocery store that will provide food to those in need for free, The Tennessean reported

Called The Store, it is a new take on the traditional food pantry, in the fact that it is set up like a grocery store. 

The Store will give individuals and families who are referred by either nonprofit or government agencies, free food for a year. Organizers hope to help 3,000 people each year, The Tennessean reported.

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The idea of The Store came from the Unity Shoppe in Santa Barbara, California. The Paisleys took their sons to the shop to volunteer and help those who are less fortunate. And while they intended to teach their sons about helping others, the entire family was changed, The Tennessean reported.

“It was inspiring because these people have dignity. It’s not a scene from ‘Oliver Twist.’ These people are able to sit there and  feel very, very normal in the eyes of their kids. I remember ... thinking, ‘Why isn’t this everywhere?’ Essentially, we got this idea that it could be a very effective thing in Nashville,” Paisley told the paper.

But The Store, which will be in a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and located near Belmont University’s Ministry Center,  will not just be for groceries. For the holidays, there will be a toy aisle, filled with new, unopened toys that families can shop for to put under the Christmas tree.

Construction of The Store is expected to begin next year, but it is dependent on funding. It will cost about $500,000 before ground is broken, with the total construction to cost about $1.2 million with an additional $800,000 two-year operating fund. 

If you would like to help, click here.

Kanye West wants to abolish amendment that outlawed slavery

Rapper Kanye West’s tweet Sunday about abolishing the constitutional amendment that outlawed slavery sparked a vigorous debate on social media, the Huffington Post reported.

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West gave a speech supporting President Donald Trump during “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend. Sunday, in a rambling tweet, West pleaded for the abolition of outsourced jobs, advocated building more factories in the United States to create jobs and suggested that the 13th Amendment should be abolished. The tweet included a photograph of West wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat.

The amendment, ratified on Dec. 6, 1865, was the first of three constitutional amendments adopted after the Civil War.

Several celebrities responded angrily on Twitter.

West later tweeted that the 13th Amendment “is slavery in disguise ... meaning it never ended.”  

Cardi B surrenders to police after fight at Queens strip club

Rapper Cardi B turned herself in to New York City police Monday morning in connection with a fight at a Queens strip club, the New York Post reported.

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Cardi B, who was born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, surrendered at the Flushing precinct around 9:30 a.m., the newspaper reported.

She did not answer questions.

Almánzar allegedly ordered an attack on two bartenders at the Angels Strip Club in Flushing on Aug. 29, WPIX reported.

>> Nicki Minaj says scuffle with Cardi B was ‘mortifying’

The bartenders -- sisters Jade and Baddie Gi -- claim they were attacked because of allegations they had sex with Cardi B’s husband, Offset, the Post reported.

The bartenders are suing the Bronx-born singer for damages, according to the newspaper.

>> Cardi B, Nicki Minaj allegedly scuffle at New York bash

Cardi B performed at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park over the weekend, WPIX reported.

‘Rocketman’ teaser trailer released; Taron Egerton sparkles as Elton John in biopic

The trailer for the latest rock legend biopic has been released. This time Elton John gets the biographic treatment in the upcoming film “Rocketman.”

Taron Egerton put on the platform shoes, the crazy glasses and the costumes that made John the iconic songwriter who he is as the movie, which is scheduled for release in summer 2019, follows his path as he releases “Honky Chateau” in 1972, NME reported.

But as the trailer shows, John’s life wasn’t all flamboyant stage antics, it also gives a glimpse into John’s childhood and his battles with alcohol.

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>>Read: Elton John kicks off final tour, dedicates song to late rapper Mac Miller

The movie is being promoted as a “fantasy musical,” instead of a normal biopic, the Telegraph reported

“It’s actually his songs used to express important beats in his life at emotional moments,” Egerton told the Telegraph. “He’s not the only character that sings. It’s going to be fun.”

Egerton starred as Eggsy in the “Kingsman” films. John appeared in the sequel “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” as himself. 

Egerton is joined by Jamie Bell as John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin and Bryce Dallas Howard as John’s mother, Sheila Eileen. 

John and his husband David Furnish are producing the film through their company Rocket Pictures, the Telegraph reported.

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