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Critic: Lady Gaga's Artpop Offers a Mixed Bag of Hits and Misses

Lady Gaga's Artpop Offers a Mixed Bag of Hits and Misses

Originally posted 11/11/2013 09:35AM

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"Do you wanna see me naked, lover? / Do you wanna peek underneath the cover? / Do you wanna see the girl who lives behind the aura?" teases Lady Gaga in the beginning moments of Artpop, as if she might strip it all the way down to the real Stefani Germanotta.

But "Aura," the zigzagging opener, is as larger-than-life as the singer's persona, and the rest of her third proper studio album only goes further to show that she has crafted a pop image – as a walking, breathing piece of art – that goes far beyond the music.

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Creed's Scott Stapp: T.I. Saved My Life

Scott Stapp Says T.I. Saved His Life

Originally posted 10/05/2012 04:30PM

T.I. is best known as a chart-topping hip-hop icon, but maybe he should add guardian angel to his resume.

In an interview with VH1'S Big Morning Show, Creed front man Scott Stapp reveals the amazing story of how the rapper saved him during one of the darkest periods of his life.

A few years ago, Stapp checked into Miami's Delano Hotel for what he describes as a "binge." But after three days of partying "in a prison of alcohol and drug addiction," the rocker started to hear voices of what he presumed to be law enforcement and tried to escape. Instead, he ended up falling 40 feet from his balcony.

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Taylor Swift Surprises Atlanta Crowd with Rap Duet

Originally posted 10/03/2011 11:45AM



Don't let the cowboy boots fool you.

Taylor Swift stepped out of her pop-country niche at her Atlanta show Sunday night for a duet with rapper T.I., 31, to his 2008 hit, "Live Your Life."

Rocking black boots and a sparkly LBD, Swift, 21, performed the part of the hip-hop anthem originally sung by Rihanna.

She later gushed on Twitter about the "unreal" performance. "LOUDEST screams from the crowd, 14,000 people, hands in the air," she said.

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Rapper T.I. Walks Out of Prison | T.I.

T.I. Released from Prison

Originally posted 08/31/2011 11:40AM

"Welcome to the beginning of our Happy Ending," T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) Tweeted Wednesday, shortly after his release from federal prison in Arkansas.

"The storm is over & da sun back out. IT'S OUR TIME TO SHINE SHAWTY!" completed his message to nearly a million followers. He served 10 months for violating his gun conviction parole when he and wife Tameka Cottle were arrested on drug possession charges in September.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke will not disclose where the halfway house the rapper will complete his 11-month sentence is until he arrives.

Wherever it is, T.I. Tweets that it "feels great to be back where I belong ... Back in the arms of those who need me the most."

Filed Under: Crime & Courts, T.I.
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Inside Story: T.I. Knew in His Heart He Needed to Save Suicidal Atlanta Man

Inside Story: T.I. Knew in His Heart He Needed to Save Suicidal Atlanta Man

Originally posted 10/14/2010 01:15PM

What started off as any other day for T.I. ended with an emotional rescue as the rapper helped coax a suicidal Atlanta man off a ledge Wednesday.

After hearing about the man, who was contemplating jumping off the V103 radio station building, the rapper decided he needed to stop listening and do something.

"People were trying to talk to him and tell him to get down," the rapper, 30, whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., tells PEOPLE in a phone interview from the set of his new music video. "Something in my heart just said, 'You need to help.' At that point, I started calling people at the radio station."

But the radio station said the man was unresponsive to their pleas not to jump – so T.I. drove himself to the scene.

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Filed Under: Good Deeds, T.I.
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PHOTO: See Mugshots of Rapper T.I. and His Wife | T.I.

PHOTO: See Mugshots of Rapper T.I. and His Wife

Originally posted 09/03/2010 06:25PM

Rapper T.I. and new bride Tameka “Tiny” Cottle don’t look like happy newlyweds in their most recent photos.

The couple's mugshots were released Friday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department stemming from their Wednesday night arrest on drug possession charges in West Hollywood.

Released on $10,000 bail, the couple seem to be trying to remain positive. Cottle, 36, Tweeted on Thursday morning after leaving jail, "Jus wanted 2say thank u 2every1 dats been leaving encouraging msgs & prayers! We love u guys: ) going 2bed now! So glad 2b n a nice clean bed$."

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Filed Under: Crime & Courts, T.I.
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Rapper T.I., Wife Arrested on Drug Charge | T.I.

Rapper T.I., Wife Arrested on Drug Charge

Originally posted 09/02/2010 11:30AM

Rapper T.I. and his wife were released on $10,000 bail early Thursday morning after their arrests on drug possession charges in West Hollywood.

T.I., who is still on probation after serving prison time in a federal weapons case, was arrested late Wednesday night during a traffic stop on Sunset Boulevard when deputies smelled marijuana coming from his vehicle, says sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida.

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T.I. and New Bride Celebrate Second Miami Wedding | T.I.

T.I. and New Bride Celebrate Second Miami Wedding

Originally posted 07/31/2010 02:45PM

When one wedding just won't do, follow rapper T.I.'s lead. He wed his longtime partner Tameka "Tiny" Cottle in Miami Friday, only to have another ceremony Saturday.

With the legalities out of the way, T.I. (real name Clifford Harris), who wore a custom-made Prada tuxedo, and his bride exchanged vows in front of celebrity friends Chilli and Kandi from Real Housewives of Atlanta at Miami's Star Island on Saturday.

The newlyweds plan to fly Vegas and wrap up their wedding weekend with a third bash in Las Vegas on Sunday.

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Filed Under: Weddings, T.I.
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T.I. Is Released from Prison | T.I.

T.I. Is Released from Prison

Originally posted 12/23/2009 02:10PM

Someone got an early holiday gift.

T.I. was released from prison Tuesday and will serve out the remainder of his sentence on gun charges at a halfway house, the Associated Press reports.

The rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, left federal prison in Arkansas and will move into the Dismas Charities halfway house in Atlanta, where he will stay for up to three months.

T.I. was arrested in 2007 for attempting to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison. He began serving the jail term in May.

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Filed Under: Crime & Courts, T.I.
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Rapper T.I. Sentenced to a Year in Prison | T.I.

Rapper T.I. Sentenced to a Year in Prison

Originally posted 03/27/2009 11:55AM

Friday was the day of reckoning for rapper T.I. as an Atlanta judge sentenced him to one year and a day for federal weapons charges.

"Today I would like to say thank you to some, and apologize to all," the rapper told U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. at sentencing, according to the Associated Press.

T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris, pleaded guilty last March after he was arrested in 2007 attempting to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers.

He will have between 30 and 60 days to report to prison. Harris already has completed about 1,000 hours of community service and has warned youths about the pitfalls of guns, drugs and violence as documented on his MTV reality series T.I.'s Road to Redemption. He will need to complete 470 additional hours.

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Filed Under: Crime & Courts, T.I.

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