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Rapper's Bodyguard Charged in Little Rock Nightclub Shooting

The bodyguard for Memphis rapper Finese2Tymes was charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault in relation to a July 1st shooting at a Little Rock, Arkansas nightclub during the rapper’s concert.

Kentrell Gwynn, who was arrested along with Ricky “Finese2Tymes” Hampton in Birmingham, Alabama the day after the shooting, was formally charged Friday. Twenty-eight people were injured in the incident, including 25 people who suffered gunshot wounds.

Shell casings found at the scene matched those from Gwynn’s weapon following a ballistics test, Arkansas Times reports.

Gwynn is currently in prison on federal weapons charges stemming from the Little Rock shooting as well as an unrelated Forrest City, Arkansas shooting that took place June 25th.

Hampton was also indicted on federal weapons charges from that Forrest City shooting; a search of the rapper’s vehicle yielded two handguns and an AK-47.

In that previous shooting, Hampton is accused of getting into an altercation in the parking lot of Forrest City’s Club Envy. While attempting to leave the lot, his car was blocked by another person. After growing impatient, Hampton allegedly pointed his AK-47 at the person and, as they drove off, the rapper fired a shot that shattered the rear window and struck the driver in the neck, Arkansas Matters reports.

“Hampton did not appear to be in any danger and did not appear to be threatened. He appeared to be the aggressor as he brandished a AK-style pistol,” the criminal complaint against Hampton reads. Social media video also captured the incident.

Hampton had previously been sentenced to eight years in prison for felony aggravated assault in his native Tennessee. As a convicted felon, Hampton is banned from possessing firearms.

Gwynn is also charged with providing the weapons to Hampton, as video from a Memphis gun store shows Gwynn purchasing the firearms later found in Hampton’s possession.

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On the Charts: Kesha Returns to Number One With 'Rainbow'

Kesha returned to Number One on the Billboard 200 for the first time in over seven years as the singer’s comeback LP Rainbow topped the charts in its debut week.

Of Rainbow‘s 116,000 opening week copies, 89,000 came from traditional album sales. A deal that packaged tickets to Kesha’s upcoming tour with a complimentary copy of Rainbow also spurred the album’s sales, since those copies count toward the opening week haul.

Rainbow marks Kesha’s second Number One album and first since her debut LP Animal topped the Billboard 200 in January 2010. Kesha’s Warrior – her last album before the career-halting legal battle with Dr. Luke – only peaked at Number Six upon its debut in 2012, Billboard reports.

Other than Rainbow, only one other new release made the Top 10: Rapper Moneybagg Yo’s Federal 3X debuted at Number Five with 30,000 total copies, 14,000 of which were traditional album sales. The Memphis rapper, whose previous Billboard 200 high was Number 97, couldn’t celebrate the career high as he spent the weekend being questioned by police over a shooting at a New Jersey Turnpike service area.

A week after reclaiming Number One, Kendrick Lamar’s Damn. moved down one spot to Number Two to lead the eight returning albums in the Top 10. DJ Khaled’s Grateful finished Number Three while Khalid reached a new Billboard 200 peak as his American Teen rose to Number Four, a new high in the album’s recent resurgence.

Filling out the rest of the Top 10: Ed Sheeran’s Divide took Number Six, followed by SZA’s Ctrl (Seven), 21 Savage’s Issa Album (Eight), Imagine Dragons’ Evolve (Nine) and Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic (Number 10).

Kesha will fight it out for next week’s Number One with surprise new arrivals like Brand New’s Science Fiction and Kodak Black’s Project Baby 2 mixtape.

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The Hunters/th Releases Debut Album "Thrash Attack"

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Watch Foo Fighters, Rick Astley Rickroll Tokyo Music Festival

Foo Fighters “rickrolled” the audience at Tokyo’s Summer Sonic festival Sunday by having Rick Astley join the band on a grungy version of his “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

This is fucking crazy,” Grohl said before the performance. “I just met [Astley] two minutes ago.” The singer was also booked for the Summer Sonic fest.

After introducing the singer behind the 1987 hit – which became the punchline in the viral prank “rickrolling” in the internet age – Foo Fighters launched into what sounded like the intro to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

However, it soon became evident that Dave Grohl and company were performing “Never Gonna Give You Up” in the style of the Nevermind classic.

“Fucking nuts. You’re nuts,” Astley told the band as he walked offstage.

The Summer Sonic audience weren’t the first recipients of a Foo Fighters “rickroll”: In August 2015, Foo Fighters served up “Never Gonna Give You Up” from a flatbed truck as they drove by Westboro Baptist Church members that were protesting the band’s Kansas City concert.

Grohl told the Sprint Arena crowd of the prank later that night, “We figured, you know what, why don’t we just fucking rickroll their ass? Cause nothing says love like a little Rick Astley in your life, you know what I’m saying? Never gonna give his ass up!”

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Watch Britney Spears Cover Bonnie Raitt's 'Something to Talk About'

With Britney SpearsLas Vegas residency winding down at the end of 2017, the singer deviated from her usual performance Saturday to introduce a cover of Bonnie Raitt‘s 1991 hit “Something to Talk About” into her Britney: Piece of Me concert.

“I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, right? This morning I woke up… looked at the news, lot of things going on in the world and stuff,” Spears said before seguing into how she’s faced the ups and downs of media scrutiny since the onset of her career.

“One minute they tear you down, and that’s really horrible, and the next minute you’re on top of the world, but I’ve never really spoke about it. I’m a Southern girl, I’m from Louisiana. I’m from the South, and I like to keep it real, so I just want to make sure I keep having you motherfuckers something to talk about.”

With that, Spears launched into an unexpected rendition of Raitt’s Luck of the Draw hit, with the singer shooting down those lip-syncing accusations with the performance.

Spears’ final run of Britney: Piece of Me concludes with 18 more shows at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, including the last performance on December 31st. Spears’ Vegas residency began in December 2013 and will end with over 250 performances.  

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Mystikal Sought by Police on Rape Charge

Shreveport police have issued an arrest warrant for the rapper Mystikal (real name Michael Tyler) stemming from an alleged October 2016 sexual assault incident in the Louisiana city.

The warrants charge both the 46-year-old rapper and a 26-year-old woman named Averweone Holman with first-degree rape, KSLA reports. While Holman was arrested Friday in Killeen, Texas, police are still searching for Tyler. 

A rep for the rapper did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The alleged incident took place October 22nd, 2016 in Shreveport, the same night Tyler’s Legends of Southern Hip-Hop Tour took place in the city. The Shreveport Police Sex Crimes launched an investigation into the assault and – after gathering the victim’s statement, witness testimony and DNA evidence – were able to connect the “Shake Ya Ass” rapper to the scene, KTAL reports.

Additionally, a 42-year-old woman named Tenichia Wafford, an associate of Tyler and Colman’s, allegedly attempted to convince the unnamed victim to drop the race accusation against the rapper. Wafford has since been charged with one count of Accessory After the Fact to First Degree Rape, but like Tyler, remains at large.

Mystikal was scheduled to perform with K. Michelle at Little Rock, Arkansas’ Robinson Performance Hall on August 25th, but a “special guest” has since replaced him on the venue’s site.

In 2003, Tyler pleaded guilty to sexual battery following an incident involving his hairstylist. As part of his plea bargain, the rapper was sentenced to six years in prison. He was released in 2010. Tyler has also faced charges involving domestic abuse and tax evasion.

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The Killers Hype Mayweather Vs. McGregor Fight With New 'The Man' Video

The Killers help hype the upcoming superfight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in their second video for “The Man,” a cut off the band’s new LP Wonderful Wonderful.

Brandon Flowers and company perform the track in a boxing ring in the middle of the desert in the video, which features plenty of footage of the boxing legend and UFC star prepping for their August 26th super welterweight fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. The much-anticipated battle will air live on Showtime PPV.

In addition to promoting the Mayweather-McGregor fight, “The Man” video serves as an ode to the Killers’ native Las Vegas, with casinos, lounges and luxury pools on display. Sin City and the Las Vegas Strip played a similar role in the Killers’ original “The Man” video.

“I think there’s a symbiotic relationship between using a song like ours and Las Vegas and a boxing arena. Business of boxing. It seemed to make sense,” Flowers said in a statement. “Oh, you want to use our song? We want to be in a ring too. You know what I mean… and I just wanted an excuse to wear this suit again. Really the main reason.”

As for Mayweather vs. McGregor, Flowers said, “It sounds like an exciting movie in the 80s. It sounds like some movie, good premise. It’s exciting. It is surreal.”

Wonderful Wonderful is due out September 22nd. Boxing plays a small role on the Killers’ new album in the form of “Tyson vs. Douglas,” a song Flowers penned about his own experience watching Buster Douglas knock out Mike Tyson in the 1990 fight.

“It was a monumental fight and it was the paradigm shift at my idea of the world and someone being perfect and someone that I idolized coming down,” Flowers said of the fight. 

“I realized everything was different after that fight. It sounds like a big statement to make. It really had a profound effect on me. I think a lot of people have these experiences and I’m not speaking for them, but I’m assuming it can happen with your dad or other types of heroes that you put up there. And so, we explored that with that song and it just kind of comes full circle by the third verse. It’s me talking about how I don’t want to let my kids down. I have a 10-year-old an 8-year-old and a 6-year-old now. And they haven’t gotten to that point yet where they have seen anything. To them I am still sort of flawless and I’m trying my best to keep it that way.”

Flowers added about his love of boxing, “I think we’re nostalgic about it you know. And it’s again going back to the roots of it in Las Vegas. My grandma used to work at the Golden Nugget and she met Muhammad Ali. She met all these characters throughout the years. My dad used to work on the west side of Vegas and he worked at this grocery store and Sonny Liston came in and shook his hand. My dad still talks about how big Sonny Liston hands were. I think that we defiantly have that romance… to me, there’s something romantic about boxing. No offense UFC people.”

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Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross Detail 'The Vietnam War' Documentary Score

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have detailed their score for the upcoming Ken Burns documentary The Vietnam War.

The score, featuring 17 tracks spread across two discs or three LPs, will be released on September 15th, two days before the 10-part series debuts on PBS. The Oscar-winning duo recorded 90 minutes worth of new music for the documentary.

“The sheer scale of the project combined with the magnitude of the subject matter was initially daunting for us, but the commitment, care and reverence they displayed made the experience deeply satisfying on many levels,” Reznor and Ross previously said in a statement.

In addition to the original score, Burns and his co-director Lynn Novick curated two discs worth of music from the Vietnam War era on an accompanying two-disc collection titled The Vietnam War: The Soundtrack. The compilation features music by Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Cream and dozens more.

“The Vietnam War era produced some of the greatest, most impactful music ever recorded. We are grateful that so many artists from the period wanted to be part of the film and now the soundtrack,” Burns and co-director Lynn Novick said in a statement on the Nine Inch Nails site (via Stereogum).

“We were equally fortunate to have had the tremendous honor to work with Trent and Atticus. Their original score beautifully complements the music from the time. And we are absolutely thrilled that our audiences will now have the chance to own the original score along with some of the best music from the film.”

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross’ The Vietnam War Track List

Disc One:

1. “Less Likely”
2. “Four Enclosed Walls”
3. “The Forever Rain”
4. “Remnants”
5. “Other Ways to Get to the Same Place”
6. “Torn Polaroid”
7. “Before Dawn”
8. “What Comes Back”
9. “Justified Response”
10. “Counting Ticks”

Disc Two:
1. “A World Away”
2. “The Right Things”
3. “Passing the Point”
4. “Strangers in Lockstep”
5. “Before and After Faith”
6. “The Same Dream”
7. “Haunted”

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