Prince Items From Paisley Park to Exhibit in London

Items from Prince‘s Paisley Park will head to London’s O2 Arena in October as part of an exhibit showcasing ephemera from the late icon’s career.

The My Name Is Prince exhibit also celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Prince’s record-breaking run of 21 straight sold-out shows at the O2 Arena in 2007.

“This is the first time we’ve taken any items out of Paisley Park,” Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson told The Guardian. “I’m so excited to be able to meet the fans and share their Prince stories and give them hugs, and have a cry with them if need be.”

Some of the items include guitars used throughout Prince’s career – like the Gibson from Prince’s first TV performance in 1980 as well as his 2007 orange Cloud guitar – as well as outfits from his Purple Rain and LoveSexy tours, a diamond-encrusted cane with the “love symbol” atop it, handwritten song lyrics and a pair of the “third eye” sunglasses Prince wore late in his career.

“I love the cane and the glasses,” Nelson said. “I love the guitars. I love, love, love the clothes, and the shoes! Every single piece that he keeps over the years becomes my favorite.”

“My Name Is Prince will showcase hundreds of never before seen artefacts direct from Paisley Park, Prince’s famous Minnesota private estate,” the exhibit site says. “Visitors will get a unique insight into the life, creativity and vision of one of the most naturally gifted recording artists of all time.”

Like Prince’s O2 run, the exhibit will spend 21 days at the arena, starting October 27th. Tickets for the exhibit go on sale Friday at the My Name Is Prince site.

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Flashback: Bonnie Tyler's Pop Masterpiece 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'

When Bat Out of Hell songwriter Jim Steinman was first approached about working with husky-voiced Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler on new music he was a little taken aback.” I was primarily known for doing records for Meat Loaf and my own records, which were these thunderous, Wagnerian, almost heavy metal, epic, stormy records,” he said in 1983. “I was a little bit surprised they would ask me, but my second thought it was a real challenge because of that. And I thought she one of the most passionate voices I’d ever heard in rock & roll since Janis Joplin.”

He also had an in-progress he felt would be the perfect showcase for her powerful voice that he began writing during a recent lunar eclipse. “I thought of it more as a fever song,” he said. “Most pop songs are about the lyrical side of love, the pleasant side. I’ve always liked writing about the other side, the darker side. An eclipse seemed like the perfect image to describe when someone is totally overwhelmed by love. It’s like an eclipse. There’s no more light at all.”

As he did with Bat Out of Hell, Steinman brought in pianist Roy Bittan and drummer Max Weinberg from the E Street Band to help create a bombastic, theatrical sound. The original cut of the song was over seven minutes long, but for radio it was cut down to a four and a half minutes. They promoted it with a video shot in a Victorian hospital in Surrey, England, which you can watch right here. The song flew up the charts all over the world, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 on October 1st, 1983, knocking Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About it” down a slot. It had a solid month in the top spot before Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton took over with “Islands In The Stream.”

She never had a hit that big again, though “Holding Out for a Hero” from the Footloose soundtrack got a lot of radio love the following year. But “Total Eclipse of the Heart” has never really gone away, becoming one of the most beloved pop songs of the entire 1980s. It’s given her a lot of work over the years, and she was even hired to sing it on a Caribbean cruise ship during today’s eclipse. “It’s going to be so exciting,” Tyler told Time. “It doesn’t happen very often, does it?”

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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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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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